question about vhs and the PAL system?

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  1. Alex_SZ

    Alex_SZ Auditioning

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    I recently went to Spain on a trip and I made a video using my Sony mini dv camcorder.

    I want to send a copy of the tape to some of my spanish friends, but I am a little baffled as to whethere a standard vhs tape from the United States would work in a PAL vhs player in Spain. I have heard many differnt answers, some say yes it will work while others say no.

    I would like some input here, and if you don't think it will work on a PAL vhs player, is there a way to somehow covert my ntsc video to a pal video?

    Thanks for you help.
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    It should be OK. First your friends must have a TV that displays NTSC. I don’t know about Spain, but most PAL TVs will also display NTSC signals (as opposed to almost no NTSC TVs being able to display PAL).

    Next he must have a VHS that will output an NTSC picture OK. There are plenty of these around and your friend can likely find one—at least as a loaner.

    So the technical answer is, ‘it depends’. But the answer in practice is that he should be OK with a little luck and/or effort.

    It is possible to convert NTSC to PAL, but I don’t know if it is very common in the States.
     
  3. Alex_SZ

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    Thanks for you reply. Does anyone else have any opinoins on this matter?
     
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    VCRs and TVs that accept NTSC tapes and signals are almost universal down here and I would think it's the same in Europe.
     
  6. Koit

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    At least here in Sweden VCR's and TV's that can play NTSC tapes are very common.

    If your friends in Spain has a decent VCR it most likely can play the NTSC tape.

    Let them try the tape and see what happens.
     

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