Multisystem Vcr

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Watching Strange Videos

If you want to watch video tapes from various areas of the world you'll need a multisystem VCR to accommodate all the different types of video tape used. Multisystem VCRs do not actually convert video signals but output the same video signal that the tapes are in. You will probably also need a multisystem TV to be sure that you get the best results.

The Confusing Situation

North America uses NTSC, Europe uses PAL and SECAM, South America uses PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL and NTSC. To add to the confusion, almost every area of the world has a mixture of video standards. Unfortunately, none of these standards are compatible with each other. A multisystem VCR has the ability to play video tapes of different video standards.

Just To Confuse Us Further

There is often a difference between video standards and broadcasting standards in each country. The video signal you receive through your antenna, cable or satellite may be slightly different. For example: SECAM video tapes only come in SECAM; there are no variations. However, there are many SECAM broadcast standards. There are SECAM B, G, D, K and L, and all slightly different.

You Need A Multisystem VCR

One bright spot in this confusing state of affairs is that you don't need special video tapes to record any of these different signals. Video tapes are blank and you can record any video standard onto it. The other bright spot is that it's now easier than ever to find a good multisystem VCR to enable you to watch videos from any country.


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