Multisystem VCRs

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Normally, a multi system VCR permits you to play video tapes from all over the world, but is not capable in converting the video signals. Therefore, if you are using a NTSC system, a multi system VCR may not allow you to watch a PAL tape on your NTSC television. A converting multi system VCR is then required which will convert its video output signal through a in-built video converter, so that a PAL video tape could be played on an NTSC TV. With an ordinary multi system VCR, you will need to procure an external Tenlab video converter or a multi system TV. Normally these days the multi system VCR’s are being manufactured with in-built Video Converters. A multi system TV is capable of playing all the video formats like NTSC, PAL and SECAM.

On the same fundamentals, whether the video signals are in PAL, NTSC or SECAM, a multi system VCR will have the corresponding output.

Now the question arises, how will you view the tapes on your TV?

Well, there are a number of ways to execute this. As mentioned above, only a multi system VCR alone won’t be helpful. You will need to have a TV, which has either an in-built converter or an external one. Therefore, to watch a PAL video tape on a NTSC TV with your multi system VCR, the signal from the VCR need to pass through the signal converter before your TV can operate in PAL.

However, some multi system VCRs already have the video converter installed internally, and in this case, there is no need to purchase an external one. The disadvantage to these VCRs is that the image quality they produce is not as good as a multi system VCR and an external video converter combination.

The other possibility is the combination of a multi system VCR and a multi system TV. As discussed above, a multi system VCR only supports the type of signal coming in and does not have the capability of signal conversions. A multi system TV, with its inherent conversion capability, transforms PAL, SECAM or NTSC signals appropriately, would play the video tape in your multi system VCR. The disadvantage of such playing arrangement is that, converted copies of the video tape cannot be made. On he other hand, there are no video degradation with the combination mentioned above.

The final possibility is to get a multi system TV/VCR combo. This solution is not recommended because TV/VCR combos tend to be of low quality.

Common characteristics of Multi System VCR

A VCR needs only two video heads. to record and playback a tape, Additional heads are used for special effects, if any, such as slow motion, freeze frame, etc. Many manufacturers are going for modification in the video heads in different ways to improve the picture quality. Many VCRs now offer quick play from the stop point. There are also a huge number of VCRs that provide quick access from fast forward or fast rewind …