What is the difference between PAL and NTSC?

By yapmy
Apr 10, 2002
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  1. I just want to know the difference between PAL and NTSC
    thnx
  2. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81

    PAL, NTSC and SECAM Comparisons
    See the link provided for technical specification differences...
  3. yapmy

    yapmy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    is there any difference in video quality or colors?
  4. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 327

    I think NTSC uses 24 fps while PAL is 30 fps.
  5. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,327

    As regards DVD at least PAL has a higher resolution than NTSC. Dunno if that applies to TV & the like though.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,201   +229

    It does apply to TV. NTSC is typically broadcast at 525 lines while PAL is typically 625. Not sure if this is still the case, but a while back it was said that HD broadcasts for PAL would be higher than HD broadcast in NTSC.

    btw - I think it's important to add that Japan uses NTSC as well.

    LNCPapa
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    NTSC = 29.97 fps, typically referred as 30
    PAL = 25 fps
    Don't mix movie framerates with these. Those are sometimes 24 fps.
  8. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 327

    It's ridiculous how they come up with numbers such as 29.97 fps. Why don't they just use a whole number like 60 fps.
  9. yapmy

    yapmy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    THNX guys....i wanted to know this because i wanna buy a Playstation2 but i dont know whether to buy a NTSC or a PAL system....i guess i should get a NTSC now..
  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Actually, there is an error in my previous post; quote says there's only one NTSC format. There are two: NTSC-M and NTSC-J, for Japan.
  11. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    You don't really have a choice. You have to buy one that will work on your TV, and also PAL games will not work on an NTSC console & vice-versa.
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Without a good mod-chip ;)
  13. ssingh

    ssingh Newcomer, in training

    Difference Between NTSC and NTSC(M)

    Dear Friends.

    I am sridhar, Can anybody tell me the difference between NTSC and NTSC(M).

    Thanking you in anticipation of favor
    Cheers
    sridhar
     
  14. ton80

    ton80 Newcomer, in training

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