Understanding The Basics of Video PAL Conversions

There are international standards that were and continue to be used in encoding information in video that is shown on different devices and systems, including television. Using the correct color encoding system for your video, based on where you are located in the world and were the original video was made, will determine whether you require a PAL conversion of your video

What is PAL?

PAL actually stands for Phase Alternating Line and was first developed and used for analogue television broadcasting. It was originally developed in Germany as a way to address issues in signal quality that were found using the other standard NTSC or National Television System Committee standards (NTSC), which is used in America, Japan and other areas of the world.

PAL was patented in 1962 and was used throughout Europe. Unlike NTSC, which transmits 30 frames per second at 525 scan lines, PAL transmits 25 frames per second with 625 scan lines.

Generally speaking, any country out of Central or South American uses PAL video, while the USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Philippines and Cuba as well as several other countries use NTSC exclusively.

Video PAL Conversions

The two systems, and there are actually others as well, cannot operate on equipment set up for the other standard. This means that you have to make video PAL conversions to watch a video produced in PAL standards on an NTSC device. There are also subtle differences in the conversion that have to be addressed as well to provide the best quality in the NTSC version of the original PAL recording or file.

Video PAL conversions are simple and easy to do if you have the right equipment. A professional service providing video PAL conversions, will assure that your video does not stutter or lose color, when converted.

Having video PAL conversions done professionally is the only way to retain the original quality of the video or file. While there are inexpensive software options available to do the conversion, the quality simply isn’t possible and, without the experience and professional know how, you won’t be happy with the results.