Pal to NTSC Video Conversion

Professionals are aware that PAL and NTSC are the designations for the different analog television systems used globally. NTSC is the one used North America, most parts of South America (not Argentina or Brazil) and East Asian countries like Japan and Korea. PAL is used in most of the other countries in the world, including most of Europe. SECAM is the system used mostly in France, behind the former Iron Curtain countries and in many of the countries in western Africa.

The Differences in Regional Formats

Most of us are not able to recognize the differences between NTSC and PAL. All we really need to understand is that a PAL formatted DVD can’t play on a NTSC DVD player. PAL videos show up scrambled with black bars, and in the United States European television sets simply won’t operate at all. To fix these problems, you have to figure out a way to make video PAL conversions to NTSC.

The Hands-on Approach

The hands on way do this is to do a little research on the subject and tackle it on your own. There are many types of software available for self-starters and after studying up for a weekend or so most people are abler to get the hang of handling their own video PAL conversions.  Find reputable software download sites and look up tutorials on conversion and video editing. Make sure to only choose software downloads you trust. There are sites that charge a fee and the money may be better spent finding a professional. This is especially true if the videos are important.

Enlisting the Help of Professionals

Sometimes people simply don’t have the time to do this on their own though, and they require the help of a professional. Experienced staff at production companies can make short work of the conversions for a small fee, and have people’s videos put into the proper regional format.

If you are looking for more info on video PAL conversions, contact Chromavision. They can be found online at