PAL/NTSC Video Converter

If you’re a video editing enthusiast, hobbyist or even a professional, you will be likely to need a PAL/NTSC video converter sooner or late… especially if you deal with videos from different regions of the globe. There are different types of converter available on the market, aimed at different media such as DVD, VHS, and also HD digital formats. In simple terms, these devices are used to convert a source video signal so you can use the signal with a TV or video device from a different region.

In case you’re wondering, the NSTC format is mostly used in the American continent, in countries such as the US, Canada, Mexico; and it’s also a standard in Japan. By contrast, the PAL format is used mostly in Europe, Asia, Africa and some south American countries such as Brazil. Your NTSC television or video recorder won’t be able to decode signal from PAL regions unless you get a  PAL/NTSC video converter.

Are there different types of PAL/NTSC video converters?
There are as many different types of video converters as there are different types of video devices. Some people just want a simple, no-frills converter cable so they can take their NTSC television to a foreign country, while others need a full-featured converter box so they can edit together recordings created in different video formats, for example. There are also digital and analog video converters to choose from, which can be used with different types of video devices… anything from a DVD player to a hand held camera or  a video game console will require a converter, if you try to connect it to another device (usually a television) from a different region.

Some video converters are as simple as a cable, while more advanced models are usually a box with several dials and buttons, which can be used to fine-tune the picture conversion quality. Some PAL/NTSC video converters include additional features such as a TV tuner; if you want to use a television you bought in China, for example, you will also need an external TV tuner, unless you get a video converter that includes such a device. If you own a HDTV or Plasma, you should get a High Definition video converter, to make sure you get the best results.

If you are not sure which type of video converter is better suited to you, feel free to contact us and we’ll help you make an informed decision.

Is it hard using a PAL/NTSC video converter?
Using a video signal converter is not hard at all, unless you’re planning to use a professional model aimed at video editing (but if you want to buy such an advanced device, you probably know how to use it, already). If you’re just using a simple video signal converter, installation is also quite straightforward: you just have to connect the video converter to the foreign device as a bypass, before connecting it to your national television. After doing so, you just have to use the video devices like you normally would.

For example, if you have bought a PAL video camera in your latest journey to Europe, you might want a video converter that will allow connecting your camera to a television as well as your personal computer. When you get the appropriate video converter model, you just need to plug your camera into it, and then plug the converter into your TV or PC. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, we recommend that you choose one of the simpler PAL/NTSC video converter, since that will make your life a lot easier.

Are all PAL/NTSC video converters the same?
There’s a wide range of video converters available on the market, and they are not all the same. Not only are different converters meant to be used with different types of electronic devices, but the picture quality itself may differ quite drastically depending on the converter you use. If you get a cheap video converter, you may realize that picture quality is not as good as you’d want it to be, or the viewing experience may be riddled with all kinds of interferences and levels of quality may appear quite garbled.

Rest assured, though: we spend a lot of time researching not only the best video converters prices, but also the converters that provide higher picture quality. If you choose any model in this website, you can be confident you’ll get the best of both worlds, in terms of high quality and low price. If you’re reading this page, chances are you don’t know much about PAL/NSTC and you just need to get your video conversion problem solved. If that’s the case, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll help you choose the most appropriate converter, depending on what you want to do with it.

This PAL/NTSC Video Converter Review is Written/Updated on Oct 5th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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