Re: why won't this video play?

Delin, Peter (
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 10:59:13 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Renee,

Videos in PAL do not run on VCR in the U.S. that use NTSC. There are
differnet broadcast standards the U.S.(NTSC) and in Europe(PAL or
SECAM): Pal uses a frame rate (vertcal frequency) of 50 Hz with 625
horizonatal lines, NTSC has a frame rate of 60 Hz with 525 lines. The
result is "snow". NTSC runs with 30 frames/sec, PAL with 25 frames/sec
(respectively half of the vertical picture frequency). I suppose that's
the reason why the PAL video "sounds" a little faster on a NTSC-VCR.

More info here:

With kind regards
Peter Delin/Videolektorat
Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin

Renee Zurn schrieb:
> A patron called today and asked about a video a friend purchased in France while on vacation. She called the library for help when she could not play the video in her VCR and described the video and what is wrong.
> When she plays the tape the screen is black with "snow" and there is sound, in English, but he is speaking a little faster then on US tapes. The video is from Montopomasse Productions, labeled VHS PAL English, Hi-Fi Stereo, Reunion DES.
> Any ideas? Thanks.
> Renee Zurn
> Duluth Public Library
> 520 W. Superior St.
> Duluth MN 55806