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Convert NTSC VHS video tapes to DVD PAL

I live in Ireland and want to purchase a DVD recorder that I can convert my NTSC VHS videos to DVD PAL. I don't know what to purchase and can't find anything locally. I am in urgent need of this as I have terminal cancer and I want to convert all my sons tapes from when he was a baby to give to him. Any advice would be appreciated.

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If you do not have an adaptor to play the tapes to a standard VHS viseo player, you can use the camera as the player by connecting the AV out to a DVD recorder. There are hundreds of models in the market, and do not worry if it is NTSC or PAL because 99% of DVD recorder accepts both.

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