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Chapter Three. DV Technology and the Cam... > What Are NTSC/PAL/SECAM Broadcast Fo...

What Are NTSC/PAL/SECAM Broadcast Formats?

One of the biggest challenges for DV and digital TV (DTV) is that for the foreseeable future they must remain compatible with analog television (ATV) standards that were established half a century ago.

As a videomaker, you need to understand this arcane system well enough to make the right choices about equipment that may be compatible with some standards but incompatible with others. (For the most part, filmmakers don't have to worry about this stuff, aside from framing their shots for the small screen.)


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