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Converting Foreign Videos to the American Format

In the past people have called us and said that they bought a video camera during their vacation in Europe and now they cannot watch their video memories once they came home or that they bought a DVD in Europe or Ebay and cannot play it.   The reason is video format. America, Canada, Mexico and Japan use a system called NTSC. Europe uses a system called PAL.   The French developed and use SECAM.  Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East use MESCAM.  Each system is incompatible with each other due to the frame rate at which they were recorded.

When DVDs were developed Hollywood requested that DVD’s make a Region Code so they could control the distribution of DVDs. If you look on the back of a DVD case you will see in the fine print the words “region” followed by a number between 1 and 6. The six regions are:

1. The United States, Canada, US territories and Bermuda

2. Europe (except Russia, Ukraine & Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, French Overseas Territories, Japan, and Greenland

3. Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau

4. Mexico, Central and South America, The Caribbean Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania

5. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Africa, Central and South Asia, Mongolia, and North Korea

6. China and Hong Kong

There is a Region 0 and it is used for worldwide playability. If you do not have a multi-region DVD player or have a VHS tape from another country you will not be able to watch the video. The DVD or VHS must be converted to the American format.

The staff at CC Video Duplication converts european videos quickly and at low prices.  Click on European Videos to DVD link to find out how

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