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What is the Difference between NTSC and PAL


Although VHS video format is the same throughout the World, the video standard or electronic signal that is recorded on the cassette varies from country to country. The two most common video standards used are NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) and PAL (Phase Alternating Line).

NTSC is the video system or standard used in North America and most of South America. While PAL is the predominant or standard video system mostly used in European, Australia and Asian countries. Besides this difference, follow this tutorial - Difference between NTSC and PAL, you will know more detailed information about NTSC and PAL.

Frist: Electrical Power System behind the transmissions on TV

In the US and other countries like Canada and Mexico, electrical power is generated at 60 hertz, the NTSC signal is sent out at 60 "fields" per second. While countries in Europe and Asia often use 50 hertz power supply, that is to say, the equivalent PAL lines is showed at 50 fields per second.

Second: Video Quality Display

This difference can be also concluded as resolution quality. While PAL may have fewer frames per second than NTSC, it displays more lines than NTSC. Television broadcasts in PAL contain 625 lines of resolution, but NTSC is only has 525. (Additional Tips: More lines usually means more visual information, which results in better picture quality and resolution.) Thus, if some persons convert the NTSC videos to PAL, they will get the black bars in the resulted video for compensating the original smaller screen.

Above are the main differences between NTSC and PAL. We can conclude as three simple differences between NTSC and PAL showed as below:

1. NTSC is for electricity supply in 60Hz countries, while PAL is for electricity supply 50Hz countries.

2. Compared with PAL, NTSC has a higher frame and image delivery speed.

3. The video quality of PAL is better than NTSC.

Conversion between NTSC to PAL:

From above Difference between NTSC and PAL information, we can easily notice that it is difficult for NTSC video to be played well in PAL electrical power system. On the contrary, it is also hard for NTSC electrical power system to afford PAL videos. In this case, Conversion between NTSC to PAL is needed. To make a change between NTSC to PAL, you are highly recommended Brorsoft Video Converter which can support various common videos regardless of NTSC or PAL to the format you want with effect of cropping the black bars. (Tip: The equivalent Video Converter Mac version is also designed for Mac users.)

Technical Support:

Video Home System (VHS) tapes were restricted to either NTSC or PAL playback, while newer digital formats such as DVD and Blu-ray do not have this limitation. Instead of restricted to NTSC/ PAL, DVD/BDs are usually region coded, which means they only work with players from a certain area. A DVD coded for the US and Canada(Region 1), usually will not work in a DVD player from Germany(Region 2). So, in order to remove the special Region, Brorsoft DVD Ripper comes out. Download and begin your conversion journey!

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