Pal and ntsc issue

if i had a dvd in the pal format, does all newer video card and monitors able to display ntsc and pal? or do i have to find special hardware that can accomodate both formats?

The main difference in PAL and NTSC is that pal has 25 frame refresh per sec while NTSC has 29.97 fps (or rarely 30). So you won’t have any problem…

NTSC is also referred to Never Twice the Same Color…at least, some American told me this once…

Generally speaking, PAL has better quality than NTSC.
PAL is the European standard, NTSC is the American standard. I believe there is also SECAm, which is used in France…but that is very similar to PAL.

Nope I don’t think so!!!:wink:

Most countries around the World use one of
three main television broadcast Standards.

These three main standards are NTSC, PAL and SECAM.
However, each standard is incompatible with the other.
For example, a video recording made in the UK could not be played on US standard VCR’s or shown on the TV.

NTSC

The first colour TV broadcast system was implemented in the United States in 1953. This was based on the NTSC (National Television System Committee) standard. NTSC is used by many countries on the American continent as well as many Asian countries including Japan.
NTSC runs on 525 lines/frame.

SYSTEM NTSC M
Lines/Field 525/60
Horizantal Frequency 15.734 kHz
Vertical Frequency 60 Hz
Colour Subcarrier Frequency 3.579545 mHz
Video Bandwidth 4.2 mHz
Sound Carrier 4.5 mHz

PAL

The PAL (Phase Alternating Line) standard was introduced in the early 1960’s and implemented in most countries except for France.European
The PAL standard utilises a wider channel bandwidth than NTSC which allows for better picture quality. PAL runs on 625 lines/frame.

SYSTEM PAL B,G,H PAL I PAL D PAL N PAL M
Line/Field 625/50 625/50 625/50 625/50 525/60
Horizontal Frequency 15.625 kHz 15.625 kHz 15.625 kHz 15.625 kHz 15.750 kHz
Vertical Frequency 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz
Colour Sub Carrier Frequency 4.433618 MHz 4.433618 MHz 4.433618 MHz 3.582056 MHz 3.575611 MHz
Video Bandwidth 5.0 MHz 5.5 MHz 6.0 MHz 4.2 MHz 4.2 MHz
Sound Carrier 5.5 MHz 6.0 MHz 6.5 MHz 4.5 MHz 4.5 MHz

SECAM

The SECAM (Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire or Sequential Colour with Memory) standard was introduced in the early 1960’s and implemented in France. SECAM uses the same bandwidth as PAL but transmits the colour information sequentially.
SECAM runs on 625 lines/frame.

SYSTEM SECAM B,G,H SECAM D,K,K1,L
Line/Field 625/50 625/50
Horizontal Frequency 15.625 kHz 15.625 kHz
Vertical Frequency 50 Hz 50 Hz
Video Bandwidth 5.0 MHz 6.0 MHz
Sound Carrier 5.5 MHz 6.5 MHz

here’s why i want to know. talkin to someone who wanted to buy a computer that had video card with tv in/out and a dvd burner. he’ll be movin back and forth to europe and NY and wanted it to record his favorite european programs which are in the pal format. the salesman said the monitor and the video card is not compatible with pal format but i fell it is being that it is fairly new hardware. i don’t know the exact hardware but i know most tv sold now aare compatible with both formats. sorry for the long story but i just need to know if the salesman was right or me.

I don’t think the videocard or monitor is subject to these TV standards, since they initially produce (S)VGA output, which is different.

I believe that most videocards with Video-Out can, by its software, output to both NTSC and PAL/SECAM.

Usually Televisions are set to one of the standards, whereas most current VCRs usually allow both NTSC and PAL playback.

I don’t think the videocard or monitor is subject to these TV standards, since they initially produce (S)VGA output, which is different.

I believe that most videocards with Video-Out can, by its software, output to both NTSC and PAL/SECAM.

Usually Televisions are set to one of the standards, whereas most current VCRs usually allow both NTSC and PAL playback.

thanks, that’s what i was looking for.