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World DVD Video Format – NTSC or PAL or SECAM

DVD is very common in our community as most of the people got DVD players at home. Nowadays, people watch a lot of movies without knowing their formats. Sometimes if you cannot play DVD/CD on your player, it might because of the DVD format although most of the DVD players are multi-format.

What is NTSC standard?
The NTSC Standard (National Television System Committee) is used by many countries on the American continent as well as many Asian countries.

What is PAL Standard?
The PAL standard (Phase Alternating Line) was implemented in most European countries except for France.

What is SECAM Standard?
The SECAM standard (Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire or Sequential Colour with Memory) was implemented in France.

Difference Between PAL and NTSC
The main differences between PAL and NTSC are as follows:
– PAL televisions produce 25 frames per second while NTSC produce 30 frames per second
– PAL signal is sent out at 50 fields per second while NTSC signal is at 60 fields per second
– PAL format has better picture quality and resolution compare to NTSC format

How To Convert PAL to NSTC format
Although currently we have some good conversion tools such as Blaze Media Pro software which able to convert NTSC format to PAL or PAL to NTSC. But it can be time-consuming and loss in picture quality.

Check the below table and find out if your country are supported NTSC format or PAL format or SECAM format:

Country Video Format
Abu Dhabi
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Antigua
Antilles (Dutch)
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Austria
Azores
Azerbaijan
PAL
PAL/SECAM
PAL
PAL
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Barbuda
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia Herzegovinia
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma
Burundi
NTSC
PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL M
NTSC
PAL
SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
SECAM
Cambodia (Kampuchea)
Cameroon
Canada
Canary Islands
Cape Verde
Caymen Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China, Peoples Republic
Christmas Island
Columbia
Congo, Peoples Republic
Cook Island
Corsica
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Cyprus, Turkish
Czech Republic
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL/NTSC
SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM/PAL
Dahomey
Denmark
Diego Garcia
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dubai
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
Easter Island
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
PAL
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
Falkland Islands
Faro Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
Gabon
Galopagos Island
Gambia
Gaza & West Bank
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltor
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana, French
Guyana Republic
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM/PAL
NTSC/PAL
NTSC
SECAM
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
Haiti
Holland
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
PAL
SECAM/PAL
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
Jamaica
Japan
Johnston Islands
Jordan
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
Kampuchea
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea, North
Korea, South
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
SECAM
SECAM
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
SECAM
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Leeward Islands
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
PAL
PAL/SECAM
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL/SECAM
PAL/SECAM
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Madeira
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mariana Islands
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Midway Islands
Monaco
Montenegro
Mongolia
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norfolk Island
Norway
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
Okinawa
Oman
NTSC
PAL
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Polynesia
Portugal
Puerto Rico
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
Qatar PAL
Reunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
SECAM
SECAM/PAL
SECAM
SECAM
Samoa
Sardinia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
SLovakia, Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Pierre
St. Vincent
Sudan
Surinam
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
NTSC
PAL
SECAM/PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM/PAL
Tahiti
Tajikistan
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks & Caicos Islands
SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
Tonga
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
SECAM
?
Ukraine
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
United States of America
Uzbekistan
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
Vanuatu
Vatican
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands
PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC/SECAM
NTSC
Wallis Island SECAM
Yemen
Yugoslavia
PAL
PAL
Zaire
Zambia
Zanzibar
Zimbabwe
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL



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