standard-definition video mode

576i is a standard-definition digital video mode,[1] originally used to make analog television digital in most countries where the utility frequency for power distribution is 50 Hz. Because of its association with older colour encoding systems, it is often referred to as PAL, PAL/SECAM or SECAM when compared to its 60 Hz NTSC colour-encoded counterpart, 480i.

576 identifies a vertical line count of 576 and the i identifies it as an interlaced resolution.[1] The refresh rate, 50 Hz, is sometimes including when finding out the video mode, i.e. 576i50; another notation is the frame rate, endorsed by both the International telecommunications Union in BT.601[2] and SMPTE in SMPTE 259M to make it 576i/25.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "What means 576i? - AfterDawn". www.afterdawn.com. Retrieved 2023-06-06.
  2. "Recommendation ITU-R BT.601-7 : Studio encoding parameters of digital television for standard 4:3 and wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratios"