Video converters are used to play video formats from different regions in the world. They are necessary because video formats and standards may vary from one country to another. As such, video recorders or certain video cassettes or disks that are formatted for a certain region will not display or play properly without the use of the correct decoder for the TV or monitor. A multi-system video converter is essential to read video information across different encoding standards.
There are two types of video format standards that are commonly used in certain countries. NTSC is a ‘30 frame per second’ standard with 525 scan lines per frame, and it is commonly used in the United States, Canada, South America, Japan, and other Asian countries. PAL is a standard used in Europe, the Arab countries, Australia, and other Asian nations. This format runs at 25 frames per second with 625 scan lines per frame.
The difference in video formats and frame rates can be an issue with older video equipment, preventing users with PAL system players to run NTSC coded videos and NTSC players to play back PAL formatted disks. This is where a multi-system video converter comes into play. The converter is a device that allows older machines to play back any video format on any device. These converters connect to your existing video playback equipment to allow it to read across all formats and regions for high-quality video reproduction and display.
Multisystem video converters come with an assortment of output ports for VGA, composite video, and on more advanced models, HDMI capability to allow you to hook up newer television sets and LED displays. Some models also include features like built in TV tuners or connectivity for satellite TV gear to ensure compatibility with your existing entertainment system equipment.