Why is there no filter for VHS vs Beta video tapes or PAL vs NTSC vs SECAM formats?

There are format filters for VHS and Betamax:


It is my understanding that PAL / NTSC / SECAM aren't formats, but rather colour encoding systems. This can be mentioned in the Color Encoding System attribute of a release, but its not required and we currently do not offer a way to filter on those values. Do you think that would be useful functionality?

Yes. That would help me search from here in Australia. We use the PAL system for VHS video tapes.

Very few VCRs in Australia will play NTSC (U.S.) VHS video tapes.

The trouble is with that is the fact that not everybody types in "PAL" or "NTSC" on their releases, as they may not understand the color encoding system or don't know what system the release is in. I think more often than not the Country Of Origin would give you your answer.

To kalli (staff):I can now see that there is a filter for VHS vs Beta video tapes. The release I was looking at only had VHS copies for sale, so my search didn't differentiate.

To WolfXCIX: Thanks for your input. Being in Australia (PAL), we need users from North America to remember that not all tapes are NTSC and that UK, Australia etc need to search for only PAL VHS tapes.

I can absolutely see your point, but if you're adding a release that's not from North America then that's pretty much what you would expect by default is for it to be PAL anywhere else. They'd put it on there if it said it on the back, the only other ways would be they didn't look or were rushing.

Yes, I agree. We should also remember that some French VHS tapes in SECAM don't play in PAL VCRs. Japan also uses SECAM. I don't know if there is a difference between French and Japanese SECAM. Do you know?

This is the first time I've ever heard of SECAM, huh. I don't have a clue.

Anyone else know more about Colour Encoding Systems for VHS video tapes?

What is it that you wish to know?

AFAIK you get NTSC, PAL and SECAM and that's it.


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