dayton j grant on sat 8 dec 01
Hey Ivor ,what kind of VCR's or video players do you use in Oz ,do you
use DVD's?how should I send videos to people over there ? I wonder if DVD
is the most popular worldwide.
C TRIPP on sat 8 dec 01
Videos are still more widely used than DVDs. For videos, different countries
use different "standards" such as NTSC for the US, PAL for the UK and Secam
for France. It all depends on which system is sold where you live and then
it follows that all the tapes sold there are for that system. In Dubai, one
can buy any system's player and any video that passes the Censor. We bought
a multistandard video player that plays most anything we want and we can
purchase videos from anywhere in the world and use them. To convert a tape
from one system to another requires expensive equipment and before the
advent of anti-piracy laws here, there was a little shop in Satwa that would
do this service. So, either Ivor has to buy a multistandard player or
someone has to find a service that will convert the NTSC tapes to PAL.
Neither option is cheap. Perhaps some still photos would be the answer.
PS You know that DVD's are zoned by regions and that DVD players are "fixed"
at the factory to only allow that one zone to be played? That's so the US
Zone 1 DVD's can't be played in Europe before the film is released in the
theatres over there. Well, there are ways to decode the machines and allow
them to play any zone. (Or you can buy a multizone DVD.) Anyway, video
machines cannot be changed like that, at least I don't think so.
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> Hey Ivor ,what kind of VCR's or video players do you use in Oz ,do you
> use DVD's?how should I send videos to people over there ? I wonder if DVD
> is the most popular worldwide.
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Lois Ruben Aronow on sun 9 dec 01
On Sat, 8 Dec 2001 22:53:56 -0800, you wrote:
>Videos are still more widely used than DVDs. For videos, different =
>use different "standards" such as NTSC for the US, PAL for the UK and =
>for France. It all depends on which system is sold where you live and =
>it follows that all the tapes sold there are for that system. =20
=46YI, DVDs also use different "standards". They all look the same, but
the encryption is different depending on the country where it's
purchased. For example, a DVD purchased in Europe won't work on an
american player. As far as I know, you can't get a multi standard DVD
player, but you CAN get someone to do some tinkering and get your
player to work for other formats. Not legal, though.
The price for multi standard videotape players has gone down in the
US. We bought ours 4 years ago for under $600, and my guess is the
price has gone down since then. It can easily be hooked up to our
regular NTSC player and we can record one to another. If we weren't
so lazy, that is. And our multi standard machine can record is PAL or
SECAM. Worth having if you do alot of tape swapping. =20
Natalie Winter on tue 11 dec 01
In message <19915409.1007880838017.JavaMail.imail@tiptoe>, C TRIPP
>PS You know that DVD's are zoned by regions and that DVD players are "fixed"
>at the factory to only allow that one zone to be played? That's so the US
>Zone 1 DVD's can't be played in Europe before the film is released in the
>theatres over there. Well, there are ways to decode the machines and allow
>them to play any zone. (Or you can buy a multizone DVD.)
Another solution is to play the DVD on a computer equipped with a DVD
drive and a suitable graphics board. These have the region as a software
install-time option that can be changed as often as you like by re-
installing the player software. If you already have a decent computer, a
DVD drive is a lot cheaper than a stand-alone DVD player, as well as a
lot more versatile, and gives better image quality than a TV. We have a
DVD drive and large screen monitor on one of our many PCs, and it makes
an excellent DVD player, with cinema-quality pictures.
> Anyway, video
>machines cannot be changed like that, at least I don't think so.
That's correct. With VCRs, it's not a different encryption standard but
a whole different recording standard. NTSC and PAL, for instance, store
the colour completely differently and also have different line and frame
scanning rates. And for added incompatibility, VHS-NTSC machines run the
tape twice as fast as VHS-PAL machines, which is why films that span two
tapes in the USA are only one tape here in Europe.
Hope this helps,
Nali. (Electronics geekette extraordinaire :)
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iandol on fri 14 dec 01
Dear Natalie Winter,=20
I seem as though I may be able to get a VCR which has both VHS and NTSC =
in Australia so I will follow that line of inquiry.