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FAQ to Flamenco guitar DVD

icon questionWhy is there a comment about PAL and NTSC. My DVD player runs all DVDs regardless of whether they are a Hollywood film or a Thaiwan production.

icon answer Worldwide there are only two DVD standards. PAL and NTSC. Almost all players that are regularly sold in Europe can play PAL and NTSC. Recent TV sets can even handle these signals. What must be mentioned though is the loss of quality,as there is no proper conversion of the video signal. What this means is that the vertical resolution remains at 480 (PAL = 576) and the refresh frequency stays at 30 fps (PAL = 25 fps) or to put it another way, NTSC = 60 half frames per second (PAL = 50). In technical jargon,this is the so called "pseudo PAL-signal".

In NTSC regions the situation is completely different. Apart from very few exceptions, players bought there can't play PAL, let alone TV sets.


icon questionIn France and a few other countries, the standard is SECAM though.

icon answerThe French Standard SECAM is identical to PAL on the DVD.


icon questionAre all the tracks on the FLAMENCO GUITAR DVD the same as the CD-Audio of FLAMENCO GUITAR METHOD?

icon answerThe chapters in the books (Flamenco Guitar Method Vol. 1 + 2) correspond to the lessons on the FLAMENCO GUITAR DVDs. Tracks 1 - 93 are exactly identical.


icon questionWhat does the running clock top right mean during the titles ?

icon answerWhilst this clock is ticking, it is still possible to return to the previous title (only in PAL version)


icon questionHow were the multi angle pictures of the Rasgueado made. Was a camera built into the sound hole?

icon answerEs un secreto ;-)


icon questionI would like to review (repeat) some tracks, that are very short. Why does no loop button appear on the screen?

icon answerIt would have been possible to programme the DVD in such a way that all the buttons of the remote appear on the screen. However, the screen would have been cluttered or filled up with buttons. Simply use the loop button on the remote control.


icon questionMr. Graf-Martinez - is there as much talking on your DVDs as on the DVDs of your much esteemed Spanish colleagues?

icon answerOn the table of contents 1 and 2, it is possible to recognise from the symbol <i> when there is an explanation. These explanations are mostly not too detailed i.e. are not as long as the text in the books (Flamenco Guitar methods 1 and 2) as the spoken word together with moving images generally doesn't require as much detail as a written description.


icon questionWhat's the difference between PAL and NTSC?

icon answerThere are two television display systems in commercial use: PAL (common in Europe and parts of Asia) delivers a scanning/frame rate of 25 fps (frames per second) with 625 lines, while NTSC (used in the U.S. and Canada) delivers a scanning/frame rate of 29.97 fps using 525 lines. A TV signal is made from interlaced half-frames, hence the 25 fps in 50 Hz countries, and 30 fps in 60 Hz countries. The color information of the signal is also encoded differently. Although most TVs have the ability to display both 50 and 60 Hz signals, without proper decoding of the PAL or NTSC signal the color information will be lost and the picture appears black and white. These technical differences are the reason for an intrinsic incompatibility of PAL and NTSC video DVD, respectively.


icon questionCan FLAMENCO GUITAR DVD be played on a computer?

icon answerYes, as long as the required Software (DVD player) is present and working. Unfortunately no information is available about the countless Windows version and above all their configurations. With old machines, picture wobble can occur as the images are de-interlaced. There are no problems on Macs..


icon questionThe intros (Schott) might be interesting the first time round and the copyright advice is required, but after the fifth time it gets annoying. Why can't this be skipped?

icon answerIt can be - there are so called easter eggs built in: simply press <Enter>.


icon questionWhy are the notes so unclear?

icon answerFixed 2007 in second editon


icon questionWhy two DVDs. It's possible to fit 4.7 GB on one DVD

icon answerOnly 4.3 GB to be precise. To get the content of both DVDs onto one DVD, the videos would have had to have been compressed so much that the picture quality, and above all the quick movements, would have been awful or unacceptable.


icon questionWhy does the language option have to be chosen each time? (only in PAL version)

icon answer Because a DVD is not a computer. To clarify; a DVD player has a temporary memory, therefore, after the DVD is ejected, this memory, or the variables that are stored in it, are cleared.

The preferred language can be set in the set-up of the DVD player. Only, a programmer can't assume that the user has chosen their language in the setup. What that means is that a player purchased in Germany isn't necessarily set to language option <German>. With the DVD Flamenco-Guitar, this question is built in. If the language option menu appear and no button is pressed, an automatic skip command is directed to the language option in the set-up. If everything appears in German, then the player set-up has definitely been set to German. If the English version appears, the player has definitely not been set to German.

These language options buttons were added to get around these set-up uncertainties.


European TVs

  • Generally, older TVs are PAL only
  • Newer and more expensive ones tends to be multi-standards (PAL and NTSC).
  • All European TVs can do PAL.
  • Most European TVs also support PAL 60.

Viewing NTSC titles on a European TV

  • If a TV is PAL only, it will display NTSC pictures in black and white, due to the lack of colour signal.
  • TV that supports PAL 60 can display NTSC video signals (in colour) provided the source is providing PAL60.
  • Conversion from NTSC to real PAL may produce some stuttering in the image. Thus when viewing NTSC videos, PAL 60 is preferred to that of PAL.

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