Séquentiel Couleur à Mémoire [SECAM]

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(pronounced “SEE-cam”) (n.) Literally translated from the French, “Sequential Color with Memory,” Patented by Henri de France in 1956. It is the French composite video standard adopted in Russia and in many Middle Eastern countries. The basis of operation is the sequential recording of primary colors in alternate lines. Specifications include a 50-Hz field frequency and 625 lines of image resolution. See also National Television Standards Committee or Phase Alternation Line.