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Worldwide CCTV Formats
Last Updated: 02/20/2008
World CCTV Formats.
There are 3 major types of Video Format for CCTV Security cameras and Digital Video Recorders
Definitions:
NTSC - National Television System Committee. The NTSC is responsible for setting television and video standards in the United States The NTSC standard for television defines a composite video signal with a refresh rate of 60 half-frames (interlaced) per second. Each frame contains 525 lines and can contain 16 million different colors. Iin Europe and the rest of the world, the dominant television standards are PAL and SECAM. The NTSC standard is incompatible with most computer video standards, which generally use RGB video signals.

PAL - Phase Alternating Line is the dominant television standard in Europe. The United States uses a different standard known as NTSC. Whereas NTSC delivers 525 lines of resolution at 60 half-frames per second, PAL delivers 625 lines at 50 half-frames per second. Many video adapters that enable computer monitors to be used as television screens support both NTSC and PAL signals.

SECAM - Sequentiel Couleur @ Mimoire (Sequential Color with Memory), SECAM is a color TV standard that was introduced in the early 1960 in France. SECAM uses the same resolution as PAL (625 lines) but transmits the color information sequentially: R-Y on one line and B-Y on the next. SECAM is used sparingly around the world and can be found in France, parts of Greece, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Africa. See www.amasecurity.com or call 1-800-417-2113 for all major CCTV Cameras and DVRs

Formats throughout the world.

Abu Dhabi
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Antigua
Antilles (Dutch)
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Austria
Azores
Azerbaijan

PAL
PAL/SECAM
PAL
PAL
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM

Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Barbuda
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia Herzegovinia
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma
Burundi

NTSC
PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL M
NTSC
PAL
SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
SECAM

Cambodia (Kampuchea)
Cameroon
Canada
Canary Islands
Cape Verde
Caymen Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China, Peoples Republic
Christmas Island
Columbia
Congo, Peoples Republic
Cook Island
Corsica
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Cyprus, Turkish
Czech Republic

SECAM
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL/NTSC
SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM/PAL

Dahomey
Denmark
Diego Garcia
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dubai SECAM
Easter Island
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia

SECAM

PAL
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM/PAL
NTSC

PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL

Gabon
Galopagos Island
Gambia
Gaza & West Bank
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltor
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana, French
Guyana Republic

SECAM
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM/PAL
NTSC/PAL
NTSC
SECAM
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
NTSC

Haiti
Holland
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary NTSC

NTSC

PAL
NTSC
PAL
SECAM/PAL

Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast

PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM

Jamaica
Japan
Johnston Islands

Jordan

NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
PAL

Kampuchea
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Korea, North
Korea
, South
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

SECAM
SECAM
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
SECAM

Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Leeward Islands
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg

PAL
PAL/SECAM
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL/SECAM
PAL/SECAM

Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Madeira
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mariana Islands
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Midway Islands
Monaco
Montenegro
Mongolia
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar

PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
PAL
SECAM
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
NTSC

Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norfolk Island
Norway

PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM
PAL
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL

Okinawa
Oman

Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Polynesia
Portugal
Puerto Rico

NTSC

PAL

PAL
NTSC
NTSC
PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM/PAL
SECAM
PAL
NTSC

Qatar

PAL

Reunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda

SECAM
SECAM/PAL
SECAM
SECAM

Samoa
Sardinia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
SLovakia, Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Pierre
St. Vincent
Sudan
Surinam
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria

NTSC
PAL
SECAM/PAL
SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
NTSC
PAL
PAL
PAL
SECAM/PAL

Tahiti
Tajikistan
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan

SECAM
SECAM
NTSC
PAL
PAL
SECAM
Tonga
NTSC
SECAM
PAL
SECAM

Ukraine
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
United States of America
Uzbekistan

SECAM
PAL
PAL
PAL
PAL
NTSC
SECAM

Vanuatu
Vatican
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands

PAL
PAL
NTSC
NTSC/SECAM
NTSC

Yugoslavia

PAL






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