SECAM

Here is a list of countries which use the SECAM television system.  Currently I can transfer SECAM Betamax recordings in full color, and attempt to transfer SECAM recordings for VHS, but only in black and white. Also, before the reunification of Germany in 1990, East Germany used the SECAM TV system; however, VHS VCR's in sold in East Germany could record in both PAL and MESECAM.  SECAM was discontinued, in favour of PAL, with the 1990 reunification.

NOTE: S-VHS, Video8 and Hi8 recordings from SECAM equipment were actually recorded in PAL and will play fine on PAL S-VHS, Video8, Hi8, Digital8 machines.  Digital formats do not use SECAM so Digital8 and MicroMV tapes from SECAM countries can be played on PAL equipment. 

If your Betamax recording was made on equipment intended for one of these countries, then it will likely be a SECAM/MESECAM recording on the tape.  Just taking your NTSC camcorder from Canada to such a country, for example, does not of course dictate what television system your recording is.  It would still be NTSC, just as if you had recorded it in Canada.

Benin

Bhutan

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Congo

Cyprus (also use PAL)

Djibouti Dem Republic

East Germany (also used and since 1990 switched to PAL)

Egypt

France

Gabon

Greece

Guadalupe

Guiana (French)

Guinea

Guyana

Hungary

Iran

Iraq

Ivory Coast

Kiribati


Lebanon

Libya

Luxembourg

Madagascar

Mali

Martinique

Mauritius

Monaca

Mongolia

Morocco

New Caledonia

Niger

Reunion

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Syrian Arab Republic

Tahiti Islands

Togo

Tunisia

Tuvalu

USSR

Western Sahara

Zaire

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