Converting NTSC home Video tapes to Pal DVD or NTSC DVD
I have a whole lot of home recorded NTSC Video cassettes that I want to put onto DVD. The original NTSC Video camera was bought in the USA I now live in Australia. Is there a DVD/Video Cassette recorder that will allow me to convert and burn to DVD without the lines at the bottom that can be played on any DVD player? I'm looking for the cheapest way of doing this
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Re: Converting NTSC home Video tapes to Pal DVD or NTSC...
You need either an NTSC DVD recorder (keep in mind that the US has 110 voltage, while Australia does not), or a computer card that supports NTSC. Some video capture cards support both NTSC and PAL (often switchable). Choose good quality, and pay attention to video/sound sync - some bad quality cards loose sync. Once the tapes are transferred to DVD - and keep it native NTSC all the way, they can be played on virtually any PAL DVD player/TV combo. With an NTSC source, it's best NOT to convert to PAL, while with a PAL source in the US, you'd need to convert to NTSC or only show the DVD on a computer (where NTSC/PAL doesn't matter).
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Yes, the problem with electronics is the US uses NTSC and most other countries use PAL, it changes how the tape head alignes with the tape. You have to insure the device you have is both (most devices are) so try and get into the menu settings and see if you have a PAL/NTSC video selector option. If so change it to PAL.
This is not a converting unit, it will play the format of the tape inside. To convert the signal you need one of the following:
1) A converting VHS player; they are fairly expensive.
2) A separate video converter (hardware); they run for about $200-$500; just put this between your VCR and the TV.
3) Capture the PAL on your computer using a software like Movie Maker via a Firewire cable. Than convert it to NTSC on your machine using software like Nero... do a search on Google for converting software. Or just watch it on our computer in PAL format, most computers do that... For this step I use a separate camcoder that has a passthrough feature. The VCR connects to it and the camcorder connects to the computer via Firewire.
4) send the PAL tape to a specialized shop for conversion. They normally charge $30-$40 for a regular 2h VHS tape.
If you got the video recorder in another country you need to check to see what it uses to scan NTSC or PAL because Kuwait is a Country taht uses PAL and if you have a vcr that uses NTSC it will not play those cassettes. Let me know where you got your camcorder from if its not on this list maybe i can find out for sure if it is NTSC or PAL. Here is a list of some countrys that use NTSC and PAL
Based on your post/description, you need to get a multi-system TV to go with your multi system VCR if you are going to playback VHS tapes from different regions.
You are quite correct "Plays NTSC tapes to NTSC,
Will not Play Pal to NTSC" to play PAL (even Secam) you would need a PAL/Secam TV. They have a different system for color and audio. In some cases, you can still play PAL but you get it in black & white and picture squeezed from top & bottom.
Hope this be of some help to you. Good luck and kind regards.
I suggest you to contact a company that will convert the NTSC VHS to DVP Pal for you. This will be easier and more effective (and unless you have MANY tapes, this will be cheaper).
I did a quick search and I found this place:
Please let me know if this is helping!
You have to buy first a VHS player that can play NTSC, might not be available locally in Ireland so you have to probably buy online (US).
The DVD recorder is fairly comnon nowadays and all of them are capable of recording and playing NTSC and PAL. You can then connect the AV out of VHS player to the AV In of the recorder.
Or you can use a VHS-DVD combi. You can google in UK, here is an example:
Toshiba RD-XV45, according to the specs, it can play NTSC on the VHS and you can record to DVD on any format that yoou want
You can go to this link to view other product:
My father died of cancer 6 years ago and I am also transferring the Hi-8 videos to digital format using PC.
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.