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SECAM

This is a format used in some European countries, Russia, and parts of Africa. SECAM stands for Systeme Electronic Couleur Avee Memoire and is very similar to the PAL format. It’s a rare format for any final work, and you’ll most likely not have to worry about it. Your main priority will be producing work with NTSC and (perhaps) sending work to a production house for conversion to PAL. These same houses should also provide a SECAM conversion or some equivalent, if you are in fact sending work to countries with this broadcast signal.

Most countries in the UK, Europe, and Asia play back on the PAL format, but in some countries, VCRs are “dual format” friendly—that is, the VCRs can play both PAL and NTSC. However, some PAL countries (such as Brazil) use NTSC as their DVD standard, so check ahead. Dealing with the jump from NTSC to PAL is discussed in more detail later in the book. If you want to get a head start in research on conversion costs, you can usually find video production houses in phone directories under the heading of “Television or Video Production” or “Computers— Multimedia Production.”


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