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Re: PAL Format
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0962  Friday, 27 April 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 Apr 2001 09:16:17 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 12.0944 Re: PAL Format

[2]     From:   Paul Maddox <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Apr 2001 13:19:31 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0944 Re: PAL Format


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 Apr 2001 09:16:17 -0700
Subject: Re: PAL Format
Comment:        SHK 12.0944 Re: PAL Format

Andy,

I was recently given an AIWA VCR.  This is a New Jersey company, or at
least they have a branch there, so their products are available in the
U.S., though you may have to order on-line.  Their VCRs are not in most
of my local electronics stores.

The VCR appears to play or record in any format used anywhere in the
world, not just NTSC and PAL.  It was pricey, about $800, but it works
very well, without the fuzzy play-back that concerns you.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Paul Maddox <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Apr 2001 13:19:31 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 12.0944 Re: PAL Format
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0944 Re: PAL Format

>Related to that, it is my understanding that the resolution of image in
>PAL format is different, and can result in some fuzzy play-back on some
>machines.  Anybody have experience with this?

On the technical side:

I believe it's the vertical resolution that is different. NTSC has
578-ish lines, whereas PAL has 610-ish lines. This is balanced by the
fact that NTSC is 30 fps, whereas PAL is 25 fps.

When you squash or expand vertical resolution you will inevitably get
loss of quality. I guess how much depends on the quality of the VCR (and
how good it is at compensating).

Paul.

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