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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Re: When I try to play PAL tapes, there is no picture
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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well if the vcr is hooked up and you can watch a show on it put in a tape that has a movie on it then press play if you can see the show take out that tape put in your blank tape find the show on your tv u wish to record press record try this before the show comes on record a little bit of a show like 30 sec or so then rewind and play back to see if it did record if it did just repete this when the show that you want to record comes on hope this is helpfull....
You need to use longer tapes. The DER-11 is a DVCAM deck which when recording, uses a faster tape speed then mini DV. Think of your older VCR's. They had SP, two hours, and EP or SLP, which would be six hours. The SP speed would give a better picture. DVCAM is more like an SP recording except digital and a lot better. More information is laid down on the tape.
You'll have to jump up to the full size DVCAM tapes in order to record the full hour.
Not all tracking is created equal, and this is a classic example of what you want to do in the future. Make sure that the tape you want to play back in the secondary machine has been recorded originally in the "SP" mode. "EP mode sometimes has too much crosstalk to effectively play in other machines without the more closely spaced tracks interferring with each other. Hop this helps...Accordianman