PAL vs. NTSC

I am not versed in the difference between the PAL and NTSC video standards, but I was operating under the assumption that to play on a North American television, video had to be in the NTSC format. While this might be true for other applications (videotapes?), it appears that if I have a PAL-format MPEG movie, and I use Toast to burn a VCD of it, I can still watch it on my (cheap, recently purchased, no-name) DVD player. Curious.

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Daniel on December 6, 2004 - 20:59

This from a man who once tried to encourage a dinner party of geeks to abstain from acronyms: <voice style=”nerd”>”it appears that if I have a PAL-format MPEG movie, and I use Toast to burn a VCD of it, I can still watch it on my (cheap, recently purchased, no-name) DVD player.”</voice>

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Darin on December 7, 2004 - 12:39

Yes, indeed. I’m not very familiar with Toast, but I’d say that your Toast-er was able to handle the PAL video, and, because your software is North-American-licensed, the default output is NTSC.

Bread in, toast out.

I believe the acronym for what you made is NTSC-VCD for DVD.

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