Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
national television system committee

Short for National Television System Committee, NTSC is a committee responsible for video standards in the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, and other locations. The NTSC television standard defines a composite video signal with a refresh rate of 60 half-frames (interlaced) per second. Each frame contains 525 lines with up to 16 million different colors.

When configuring a desktop computer or laptop computer to connect to an external video source users in the United States should configure the video or BIOS (basic input/output system) for NTSC. Users outside the United States should select the option for PAL (Phase Alternating Line).

Computer acronyms, FCC, PAL, SCART, Video terms