I bought a DVD from an online store awhile back, it was a new release and had just come out on DVD that week. I was so excited because I saw what looked to be a great deal online, turns out when I got the disc in the mail it would not play in any of my DVD players! I thought they gave me a blank disc or maybe my DVD player had a problem. Later on I realized what a PAL DVD was and why that would not work for me in the United States, here is a breakdown of NTSC vs Pal.

 

You may have heard of the NTSC and PAL television systems at some point in your life, but what do they mean? NTSC and PAL are the two most used television encoding systems that we view our videos on. North America and parts of South America use the NTSC standard while Europe and other parts of the world use the PAL standard. Countries that use PAL as their primary television standard have different picture frequencies than those using NTSC, this makes it so any playable disc (let’s say a DVD) that is in PAL will not be able to be viewed in any American DVD player. The same goes for any American (NTSC) DVD will not be able to be played in Europe. It is good to know that if you are planning to travel to Europe soon, you may want to leave those new movies you just bought at home. Each television standard has a different frame rate, resolution, and scanning lines which will cause playback issues in DVD players that are set up for the other standard. Here is a breakdown:

NTSC-PAL

What we do at Horizon Media Express is convert PAL television standard discs to NTSC standard discs or vice versa. Some of our customers travel to different parts of the world and need their DVDs available to be seen in a PAL format. Other people come from out of the country and shoot video in PAL and need a conversion to NTSC in order to view their projects here in the United States. Whatever the case may be, we use machines that convert between the two standards so you will be able to view your DVD in any part of the world.