NTSC - National Television System Committee - 525 lines/60 frames per second
PAL - Phase Alternating Line - 625 lines/50 frames per second
SECAM - Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire - 625 lines/50 frames per second
In the UK, most new players have the capability of playing both PAL and NTSC (American) standard tapes. However, players in the USA are not normally dual standard, so a tape recorded here in the UK will need to be converted before someone in the USA will be able to view it.
There is also a difference in the playing/recording speeds of these tapes. The conversion chart below shows the difference this makes in recording/playing times for any given tape.
|Tape Label||Tape Length (meters)||Runtime (PAL/SECAM)||Runtime (NTSC)|
|E30||45 m||30 mins||22 mins|
|E60||88 m||60 mins||44 mins|
|E90||130 m||90 mins||65 mins|
|E120||173 m||120 mins||86 mins|
|E180||258 m||180 mins||129 mins|
|E240||346 m||240 mins||173 mins|
|T20||44 m||28 mins||20 mins|
|T30||64 m||42 mins||30 mins|
|T45||94 m||63 mins||45 mins|
|T60||125 m||84 mins||60 mins|
|T90||185 m||126 mins||90 mins|
|T120||246 m||169 mins||120 mins|
|T160||326 m||225 mins||160 mins|
If you need your tapes converted, we will gladly perform this service quickly & efficiently for you, often on the same day!
Use the facility below to find out if you need your video converted. Select your destination country to find the appropriate Video Standard.