Discovery of PAL/NTSC

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by chancefavours, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. chancefavours macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2005
    Simple question. How do I find out if a video file is PAL or NTSC?
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    PAL and NTSC are different methods of broadcasting. Video files, however, are not broadcasted directly and are therefore neither PAL nor NTSC.

    However, some people use the video frame rate to determine whether a certain file would play best on PAL or NTSC equipment. You can find out the frame rate by opening the file in QuickTime Player, then doing a Show Movie Info. PAL is 25 frames per second and NTSC is 29.97.
  3. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    PAL is 720x576 pixels and runs at 25 frames per second.

    NTSC is 720x480 pixels and runs at 30 (29.97) frames per second.

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