Multisystem VCR - NTSC PAL SECAM

Want to know how you can play a videotape from anywhere in the world without having the videotape converted from one video format to the other. With a Multisystem VCR (Video Cassette Recorder), it is possible to play back video tapes that have been recorded in a different format.

For example, if you are in the USA, where the video format is NTSC, and you wanted to play back a video tape recorded in the UK PAL video format, you could do so with a Multi System VCR. However, there are two types of multi-system VCR's which are either straight forward Multi System or Multi-System Converting VCR's.

Multisystem Converting VCR

A Multisystem Converting VCR is able to play and record in NTSC PAL SECAM. However, the one big advantage is that it also has the ability to convert from one standard to the other.

For example, if you have a PAL formatted tape and live in the USA, you can set the machine to convert the PAL video on the tape into NTSC video output so that the tape will play on a standard US NTSC television.

The Samsung SV-5000W Worldwide VHS Format VCR is one of the most popular multisystem VCR's. Equipped with advanced digital standards conversion circuitry, the SV-5000W provides worldwide NTSC, PAL or SECAM playback on any television. This means you can playback VHS tapes recorded in almost any country and on any monitor.

Multisystem VCR

A multisystem VCR is capable of playing some or all (depending on the make and model) tapes formatted in PAL, SECAM or NTSC. However, this type of machine only outputs the format of the tape that you put into it. For example, if you put in a PAL formatted tape, the VCR will output a PAL video signal. If you play an NTSC format tape, the video output will also be NTSC. A straight forward multi-system VCR does not actually convert video signals. To be able to watch a PAL tape on an NTSC television or vice versa you would also require either a Multi-system television or a video standards converter.

A multisystem Television is basically a normal television which has the ability to receive broadcasts in different formats - PAL, NTSC and SECAM. The television will also allow the playback of video tapes recorded in any of these formats using a Multi-system VCR as above.

A Video Standards Converter would take the output video signal from the Multi-system VCR and convert that signal to the format that the television is capable of receiving. For example, if the television was a standard US model, it would only be capable of NTSC reception.

To be able to view a PAL format tape played on a Multi-system VCR, a PAL to NTSC converter would be required. The multi-system VCR would output a PAL video signal which would then pass through the video standards converter to be converted to NTSC and thus giving a signal that the television could recognise. Alternatively, if the television was only capable of recognising a PAL input signal and the video tape was recorded in the NTSC video format, then an NTSC to PAL converter would be required.