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Video Tape Conversion Services
General Information - FAQ: different video standards (NTSC, PAL, SECAM, MESECAM, M-PAL, N-PAL), conversion quality, restrictions
Video Standards Map - which standard is used in my country?
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High quality digital video standards conversion
VHS, Video8, Hi8, Digital8, DVD ... PAL, NTSC, SECAM, MESECAM, M-PAL, N-PAL
NTSC is the TV standard in North America and Japan, SECAM is used in France and parts of Africa, PAL is used everywhere else. Standard VCRs can only play back videos recorded in your local TV standard. If Europeans want to watch US videos (or vice versa), these videos must be converted first.
We can now digitally convert video tapes (VHS,Vid8, Hi8, DVD) from the American NTSC to the European PAL standard and vice versa (either in mono or HiFi stereo). We can also convert most other standards such as SECAM and M-PAL. Digital conversion gives much higher quality than other methods. If you have a tape you want to convert, please contact us by e-mail to get a quote! Pricing information can be found here.
Please note, however, that certain restrictions apply for copyrighted material!
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General Information on Video Standards (FAQ)
There are three major video signal standards, i.e. PAL, NTSC, and SECAM, and several substandards such as M-PAL and N-PAL.
We are often asked by American customers to convert PAL to VHS. This is not possible, because VHS is the kind of video tape, and PAL is a kind of video signal that's recorded on that tape. One can record PAL, SECAM, and NTSC signals on the same VHS tapes! Consequently, it's a conversion from VHS-PAL to VHS-NTSC.
PAL, NTSC, and SECAM signals can also be recorded on Video8, Beta, and other video tapes.
Different video (and broadcast) standards are used in different parts of the world. To view a tape on an American VCR that's been recorded in Europe, for example, this tape has to be converted first. Alternatively, you can buy multi-standard VCRs and TV sets; this, however, only pays off if you wish to watch videos from other parts of the world regularily. For more information on such VCRs and TVs, please email us.
Conversion quality is at least as good as a normal video copy, often even better because we digitally enhance the original video.
The only real restriction is on copyright protected material (see below). Other than that, we can convert all kinds of materials as long as they are legal, including adult material.
Unfortunately, copyrighted material cannot be converted. There are, however, certain exceptions to that rule! First, if you own the copyright, we can of course convert the tapes for you. Further, many companies allow conversion of their material under certain conditions, i.e. for private home use only. Many of these companies require the original tape to be destroyed after conversion.
How to Order
To order, please send the video tapes to our office or send an email message for more information.
Our service is very popular, thus please ask for delivery times before sending a tape to us.