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Can anyone help with NTSC VHS --> PAL DVDR?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by sdh500, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. sdh500

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    I am trying to record some NTSC VHS recordings onto DVD-R. There is no copy protection involved, just home movies. I'm using all Panasonic gear: the source player is a 930 VCR, recorded by an E50 DVD-R and my display is a Plasma 5. But my problem is this: my DVD-R recording is always in black and white.

    Both the E50 and the 930 are hooked up to the plasma (via the amp) with S-video cable and they are connected to each other via their AV2 scart sockets, all good quality cables. This connection has always worked perfectly in the past when recording from PAL VHS to DVD-R. So first I tried it without changing any settings and the recording I got was in colour but distorted and off-centre. So I changed both the E50 and the plasma display settings from PAL to NTSC. This was partially successful. There is no longer any distortion, but the image is black and white.

    I've done several trial runs on the RAM disk, but this is not really necessary as the E50 AV2 channel always displays a black and white image whilst the VCR source channel plays in colour, so I already know in advance what the result will be. Changing the E50's AV2 setting from S-Video to Video makes no difference, either. So I am stumped. :confused:

    Incidentally, whenever I press Function on the DVD-R, all the menus are in perfect colour, so I know I'm very close. Any ideas? I have a feeling there is still one setting I have yet to change...
     
  2. phelings

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    The output of the vcr will be PAL 60-a variant of NTSC to allow colour playback on less compatible sets.Vcr's that output pure NTSC are few and far between.The Panny will only accept NTSC.However,an oddity thats rarely gets a mention is that Philips DVD+ recorders will accept a PAL 60 input from your vcr and convert it to NTSC.The only alternative is a trip to Tottenham Court Road to a specialist dealer who will be able to supply a vcr that outputs NTSC.But make sure you specify NOT PAL 60.
    Whatever you do,the recording will be in NTSC,not PAL,unless conversion gear is added
     
  3. sdh500

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    Thanks, phelings. I wasn't aware of the different variants of NTSC. Please see PM.
     
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    Make sure that if you buy a VCR for NTSC backups and have a Panasonic dvd recorder that the VCR outputs pure NTSC 358 not NTSC 443 or Pal 60. Panasonic can record NTSC but it has to be 358 (American) not 443 (Japan).
     

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