Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Richard Crowley, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Just finished replying to a question about 29.97FPS
    and realized that while we are always talking about
    NTSC and PAL, we rarely even mention SECAM.

    Is SECAM still as widely used as ever?
    Is it losing out to PAL and/or digital formats?
    Is SECAM still used in the former Soviet Union?
    Did the dissolution of the eastern bloc change the
    "market share" of SECAM?

    Is (was) SECAM ever used in English-speaking
    countries? Seems primarily Francophone and
    east-block (and their "empire"s)
    Richard Crowley, Jul 28, 2003
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  2. Richard Crowley

    Thad Smith Guest

    I went to Moscow earlier this year. Broadcasts were in SECAM, but the
    few TVs I saw tended to be multi-format. They could then be used with
    NTSC and PAL videotapes, video games, etc. One receiver that I looked
    at showed NTSC, but the color was very weak and distorted.

    Thad Smith, Jul 28, 2003
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  3. SECAM is a 25p, 625 line system very closely related to PAL. These days
    most equipment can deal with both. The French are pretty much stuck
    with it but the eastern Europeans seem to be mixing PAL ands SECAM a
    lot. Not sure what this means in terms of Europe's Wide Screen Digital
    PAL PLUS system that is steadily replacing analogue transmission.
    Moving Vision, Jul 28, 2003
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