Hi, I've been offered VHS tapes used in Belgium. I was told that they are of the SECAM or PAL types. Can I play those on my North American VCR? Aren't we using a different kind of system than the ones in Europe?
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Re: Playing VHS tapes from Belgium?
Yes, having invented TV here in America, we have always used the NTSC
format. It is not compatible with the other formats. There
are some commercial VCR's that can play any format, but very expensive
of course. If it is something important that you need, take it to
a TV editing service that can convert it for you.
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It's likely to be an incompatible signal. You have PAL (UK) and NTSC (Belgium), the DVDR/VCR combo may not be compatible with PAL causing it to seem like it's not receiving any signal, when in fact it is - but not in a recognisable format.
You may try and get an NTSC to PAL signal converter like this:
That'll solve your problem.
hi, make sure that you are playing the correct color system disk they are disk recorded in a standard NTSC disk if you are living in US or PAL SECAM from arab country.same with your DVD player check if your player supports a multisystem disk...You can also try to switch the color system from your remote control you switch from NTSC to PAL system...
It sounds to me as if you have the Video standard wrong, Check what your standard is either PAL, NTSC or SECAM and make sure you have correct one activated. Sounds like a PAL signal being played NTSC. or vice versa.
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.