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When I try to play PAL tapes, there is no picture

I have a bakers dozen Mini-DV tapes that were supposedly recorded in PAL.  I am trying to watch them, and there is no picture, just a blank screen.  The deck is able to playback other tapes that were recorded in PAL, so I don't know what the problem is.
For some reason, when I push play, it says NTSC (even though it's switched to PAL).  But when I flip the switch to NTSC, it says PAL on the screen.  I'm stumped.  Does anyone have an explanation or a solution? Tapes don't play on a canon camera either.

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  • sswiller Jul 31, 2008

    But I have other tapes, which were shot in PAL, and they will play fine on the DSR-11 (both the analog signal and the firewire).

  • sswiller Jul 31, 2008

    I can't get any image signal at all, neither analog nor digital.

  • sswiller Jul 31, 2008

    The moniter is a Sony Trinitron. I know that the problem is not with the AV cable because other tapes work fine.

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You also need a PAL television or monitor to be able to view them. If you don't have a PAL compatible monitor or TV it will not work because the resolution and scanning is very different than an NTSC monitor. Your canon camera is probably designed only for NTSC use if it was sold in North America and can't be used for PAL use.

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  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 31, 2008

    You can play them on a firewire connection. Thats a different signal. The analog signal is probably NTSC by default. PAL signal are only used on European a/v equipment.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 31, 2008

    What kind of monitor are you using?

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 31, 2008

    It could be av cable you are using. It might have a short in it.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 31, 2008

    The only other suggestion I have it to clean the heads on the take with a DV tape cleaner.



    That might make a difference.





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