Feldman's Digital Transfer Services

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By Appointment Only



12000 N. Nebraska Ave.

Tampa, FL  33612


SECAM Video Tapes
Converted To NTSC
"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 SECAM video to a computer hard drive for your movie editing needs. By converting SECAM to a movie format you can add titles, music, transitions and delete unwanted footage.


SECAM is an acronym for "SÉquentiel Couleur À Mémoire"

SECAM was developed in France and is used in France and it's territories, much of Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and northern Africa. This system uses the same resolution of PAL, 625 lines, and frame rate, 25 per second, but the way SECAM processes the color information is not compatible with PAL or any other system either.

SECAM uses an FM color subcarrier that carries the color difference signals somewhat similar to PAL. But instead of all the color difference information being transmitted all at once, in SECAM the color difference signals are transmitted sequentially (Red-Yellow on one line and Blue-Yellow on the next. A delay line in the receiver provides the necessary time delay for making R-Y and B-Y available for display at the same time and thus the term "Memoire" as part of the standard's name.

SECAM was not developed for any technical reason of merit (as was PAL)  but was mainly invoked as a political statement, as well as to successfully protect the French manufacturers from stiff foreign competition.

Likewise, no other foreign manufacturer had any desire to commit economic suicide by having to deal with and support such a limited market that was incompatible with everything else on the planet. However, the Eastern Block countries during the cold war adopted variations of SECAM simply because it WAS incompatible with everything else !
SECAM COUNTRIES ARE: Albania, Benin, Bulgaria, Congo, former Czechoslovakia, Djibouti, Egypt, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Greece (also PAL), Guadeloupe, Haiti, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg (also PAL), Madagascar, Martinique, Mauritius, Monaco (also PAL), Mongolia, Morocco, New Caledonia, Niger, Poland, Reunion, Romania, Saudi Arabia (also PAL), Senegal, Syria, Tahiti, Togo, Tunisia, the former USSR, Viet Nam, & Zaire.


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.

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. NTSC to PAL
      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 in 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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