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Right now the usual video cassette system is VHS. Because of this a lot of people think they can order tapes from a different country. Unfortunately this isn't the case:

In the US there's a TV/Video system called NTSC, while in most Europe they have a system called PAL. A similar system is called SECAM. France is using a version of this system. Japan has a newer version of NTSC as far as I remember. There are versions of these system around the world, so research thoroughly before bying

In Europe some new VCRs can actually play NTSC tapes, while the old ones couldn't. I've never heard of US VCRs that do both systems, because PAL is a better system - which makes it easier for PAL VCRs to emulate NTSC, while the other way around is more expensive. You can get a tape converted, but it'll cost you! Around the world there are lots of VCR capable of emulating another system, so by careful researching you'll be able to play videos made on another system. You need to know what system is most important in your part of the world.

I've got some links to page made by people who knows what they're doing (I'm not a pro at this), but I'll have to find them first. I'll put them up here shortly.

The actual tapes are the same in Europe and the US (standard VHS, you can buy them either place and go to the other continent and tape whatever).

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