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Pal to NTSC


I am trying to record DVDs from a JVC Pal VCR to a MAGNAVOX NTSC DVD recorder. I bought a PAL to NTSC converter, but the vertical adjustment is off and the DVD recorder-records the vertical offset.

I understand that with the new TVs there is a way through the remote to adjust this. Can I do this with the DVD and how.

Or any other suggestions?


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  • roberga Dec 10, 2007


    The message I received was not a solution but a quick and dumb response
    I assume to get money for answering. In fact, it made no sense at all.
    If this is the type of assistance you have to offer, please refund my


  • roberga Dec 11, 2007

    Well again this does not answer my question about the vertical adjustment. The video converted fine, the vertical adjustment is just off a little bit. Is there a way to fix this using the remote like a TV or other method - Without buy more stuff.

    Buying more stuff is not a solution to the problem.

    If this can not be done using the stuff I have. This service cannot help and therefore please return my $9.99.



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If you bought a converter it would convert 25 frames a second to 29.97 or 30 frame 625 to 525 NTSC no adjustments and thats been that way for decades. You can rent a sony or Aiwa deck with legal converter on board and do this easy. So go and get a real converter!

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