Australian TV System. PAL? NTSC?

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Peter Stedman
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Can some one quickly tell me the TV system used in Australia. PAL? NTSC? etc. This gen must be in every book and magazine published, but I can't find it when I need it.
Thanks.

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PAL

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tom hardwick
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Here's a site worth bookmarking:
http://www.3dresearch.com/video/Countries2.html

Chirpy
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Tom,

Thank you, what a useful link.

I just had someone ask me if they could send a copy of my video to Finland.

"You can send it anywhere you like" I said.

"But I can't guarantee they'll be able to watch it!"

Thanks to you I'll be able to check beforehand.

Cheers,

Chirpy.

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Glad to be of help Chirpy.

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DAVE M
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As a general rule of thumb, figure out who was the Post WW2 Colonial Power.
The former British Empire is PAL - and we were all over Europe after the war.

A hugre amount of the Pacific was under the Americans (NTSC)

The French just have to be different, so invented SECAM. They were in North Africa - hence MESECAM.

The Russians used to be SECAM so were the Warsaw Pact - but since the wall came down, most people prefer PAL fom Germany, rather than stuff from the East.

Greece is suposed to be SECAM, but a vein of PAL seeems to be moving down the country, as they become more "European" in taste.

The Canadians aren't stupid, they pick up USA for free, so the broadcasters are NTSC as well.

there are the few oddities such as M-Pal but this works most of the time.

If an African wants a copy of a tape, and the "offical" language of the civil service is French, a SECAM tape does the trick.
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John H
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Peter Stedman Last time I was in Aus my UK tapes played OK and recordings I made there played in the UK.Hope this answers the question.

pcwells
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My brother spent a few months in Australia and hired a VHS camcorder while he was over there (this was before the birth of DV).

The tape was PAL and played fine when he got back.

Incidentally, If I'm making videos for sale worldwide, I don't want the hassle of having SECAM tapes duplicated as well as PAL and NTSC. Will French VCRs and TVs handle PAL or are they really determined to be that different?

Cheers,

Pete

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Hmmmmmmmmm......I remember
getting the Secam version of 'Dawn of the Dead' from a store in France back in 1988 simply because it was a version xut by Dario Argento. When played through my VCR it was Black & white and a third of the screen was missing. Have yet to try it on my Multi regional VCR. Will try duuring the W/E.

Craig...

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tom hardwick
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Pete, if they ban the word "weekend" from their langusge then yes, they can be THAT difficult.

DAVE M
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From my experience with selling direct to French Nationals, most French systems now seem to be PAL/Secam. I think that it's a combination of
(A)the Hypermarkets selling cheap European market "one size suits all" equipment. SECAM only would hike the costs up.
and
(B)
Satellite Telly - French kids want to video stuff in colour.

I normally do SECAM for French orders, but often I'm told by the customer that it doesn't matter.

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Only very old or very cheap French kit is SECAM only. All French production is either in PAL or component form. SECAM is used only for terrestrial transmission, satellite transmission is either MAC or digital. Don't ever worry about SECAM, it'll go away soon enough.

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Richard Choroszewski
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Agree with PAL, but don't go buying DVD's out there or sending a UK region 2 DVD there as this is on a different region.

I know this cos last Xmas when the Sony Playstation 2 could not be bought in the UK, I could get it in Oz no problem, but (just) before handing over the readies it was realised that when I shipped it back to the UK it would not play region 2 discs.

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DAVE M
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http://www.tenlab.com/worldtv.htm
is a useful site.
The only thing to be aware of is that some developing countries change their systems as they buy new equipment.
Sod's Law says that you'll get one country that no-one can agree on.

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quote:Originally posted by Richard Choroszewski:
...I know this cos last Xmas when the Sony Playstation 2 could not be bought in the UK, I could get it in Oz no problem, but (just) before handing over the readies it was realised that when I shipped it back to the UK it would not play region 2 discs.

Although I see that Techtronics is now seeing multi-region PS2 consoles.

Looks nice, but I've heard bad things about the PS2's DVD playback.

But then I've never actually seen a PS2 in action so I can't say for sure.

Pete

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quote:Originally posted by Richard Choroszewski:
Agree with PAL, but don't go buying DVD's out there or sending a UK region 2 DVD there as this is on a different region.

This has nothing to do with tv standard this is to do with how the DVD data is encoded on the disk,works something like this.

Player: Hello disk i'm a region 2 DVD player what are you?

Disc: Hello player i'm a region 2 disc

Player: Then we will work well together
u get the general idea, This is the opposite

Player : hello i'm a region 2 player what are you

Disc : i'm a region 1 disc

Player: get lost!!!

Chipping the player litteraly takes the players chip off his shoulder

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