Some VCD play white&black but some play color : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread

I bought a Japanese Sharp DVD player DV-S100 in HK. When I played VCD with the player at U.S., some of the HK VCD play color but most of others only play black & white on the TV. If anyone have any idea what's going on, please give me a hand. Thank you!

-- Samantha Cho (, October 17, 1998


There's another thread that may have some related information, "Why only B&W on my PSX with VCD-CARD".

-- Russil Wvong (, December 08, 1998.

I too had the problem on my PSX video card. I was du to my SCART cable. Now I use the RCA cable for viewing VCDs (note: the SCART cable work well with games).

-- Sothavath AN (, December 30, 1998.

For getting a clear perspective on the answer to this we need to have more information because there is something like PAL and NTSC as different color processing schemes for video around in the world. So, when you have a PAL encoded Video CD played back on an NTSC dedicated VCD player connected to a NTSC only TV using something serial like 'YC - chinch' or 'CVBS - antenna' you are lucky when you are getting even a black and white picture.

So, as far as I know the situation in HK the typical TV set will be dedicate PAL only. So, you might get in trouble playing back NTSC VCDs using not an RGB SCART connection, which requires the color processing to be done inside the VCD player. Otherwise I assume the Sharp DVD player to be capable of handling this with even a 'Framerate Conversion' which is a fixing of the 25 pictures per second for PAL to 30 (well, close to that) pictures per frames for NTSC and vice versa. Typically you should see a cropped ( but colored) PAL picture in an NTSC player and a slightly jerky NTSC movie in a PAL player.

-- Axel Kochale (, January 09, 1999.

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