Different Video Formats

NI Video Signal Fundamental

Video Fundamentals
Different Video Formats

The definition of the composite video signal differs from country to country. Three main video formats exist worldwide:

  • M-NTSC—Mainly used in the USA and Japan
  • B/G-PAL—Used in most of Europe, parts of Africa, and some other countries such as Australia
  • SECAM—Used in France, the former Soviet Union, and parts of the Middle East

Three other formats, M-PAL, N-PAL, and Combination N-PAL, are used in some countries in South America.