Feldman's Digital Transfer Services

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By Appointment Only

Phone:
813-685-4343

Location:

12000 N. Nebraska Ave.

Tampa, FL  33612

 

NTSC Video Tapes Converted To PAL
"The Best in Tampa Bay, Florida"

In Tampa near St. Petersburg, Clearwater & Lakeland

There are several different and incompatible video formats in use around the world.  The United States uses the NTSC video format while other countries use either PAL or SECAM. This means that video tapes in the United States will not play on equipment overseas and the European video formats of PAL and SECAM will not play on our VCRs.

Feldman's Photography can convert almost any world standard video tape to another! We will convert your NTSC video tapes to play overseas or convert a PAL or SECAM tape to play on American VCRs.

We can also transfer your PAL video to a computer hard drive for your movie editing needs. By converting PAL to a movie format you can add titles, music, transitions and delete unwanted footage.

WHAT IS NTSC?

NTSC is an acronym for "National Television System Committee". 

The NTSC standard was introduced in the US in 1941 as the first set of standard protocols for television. It is used predominantly throughout the USA, Canada, & Japan but has also been adopted elsewhere. NTSC has 525 lines displayed at 30 frames per second in a 2:1 interleave. It has a lower resolution than PAL or SECAM but a faster frame rate, which reduces flicker. Though color stability is acceptable in a closed system (ie: direct video to video), broadcast of the composite signal often results in reflections and multi-path signals being received by the antenna. The result: phase distortion resulting in varying color.  Engineers lovingly defined NTSC as actually meaning "Never The Same Color".
 
The first broadcasts were made in 1939 at the opening of the New York World's Fair. Because at this time there was no broadcast standards the FCC finally stepped and founded the NTSC who set the standards in use today.

NTSC COUNTRIES ARE: USA, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burma, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Kitts, Saipan, Samoa, Surinam, Taiwan, Tobago, Trinidad, Venezuela, Virgin Islands.

WHAT IS PAL?

PAL is an acronym for "Phase Alternation by Line".

PAL is used in much of western Europe, Asia, throughout the Pacific and southern Africa. PAL has a higher resolution than NTSC with 625 lines, but refreshes at only 25 frames per second causing flicker of a PAL video when shown on TV in US homes.  However PAL does offer noticeably improved resolution and color stability over NTSC.
 
PAL COUNTRIES ARE: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina (PAL-N), Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Cameroon, Canary Islands, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece (also Secam), Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, North Korea, Kuwait, Liberia, Luxembourg (also Secam), Madeira, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay (PAL-N), Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia (also Secam), Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay (PAL-N), Yemen (the former Yemen Arab Republic was PAL, and the former People's Democratic Republic of Yemen was NTSC, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

NOTE:  For more information about how video tapes and movies degrade over time and how to store your movies check our "How to Store and Care for Video Tapes" by clicking here.

Many of our clients want to know if they can edit their own home movie once they are transferred to DVD. The answer is two fold! Like a rented movie you can not edit a DVD once it is created. However, for many of our clients we digitize their old video tapes to a "movie format" on a computer hard drive. With this process our clients can add titles, delete bad footage and add movie-like transitions to their home movies. Once completed these movies can be easily converted to the "DVD format" to be enjoyed on a TV or PC.

Our Hillsborough County studio located in Tampa Florida just nine miles north of downtown Tampa converts and transfers video tapes to DVD. We also regularly serve clients from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding areas in Pinellas County and many cities and towns in Pasco County and Hardee County by converting old film types to DVD and audio tapes to CD. To see photos of the different video formats click here.

      1. VHS to DVD

      2. VHSC, VHS Compact, VHS-C to DVD

      3. 8mm video to DVD

      4. Hi8, HI-8 to DVD

      5. Mini DV to DVD

      6. MiniDV HD to DVD

      7. DVCAM to DVD

      8. Sony MicroMV to DVD

      9. Beta to DVD

      10. Beta Max to DVD

      11. BetaSP to DVD

      12. Mini DVD (8cm dvds) to DVD

      13. SECAM to NTSC

      14. NTSC to SECAM

      15. Umatic, U-Matic, UCA/U-Matic to DVD

      16. Audio Tapes to CD

If you are in the Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater area call for an appointment and bring in your video tapes or movies for us to convert. We are only 9 miles north of downtown Tampa, Florida. If you live outside of the Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk county area please call our studio prior to shipping your video and movie treasures to us.

If you would like the best quality DVDs for your old video tapes call our Tampa studio at 813-685-4343 M-F from 10-7. We also convert photos to dvd and slides to DVD.

We promise to convert your memories with the utmost care - the proper way!

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