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  1. gemi

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    Please help me out here, I've just bought myself a nice new shiny JVC DR-M10 dvd recorder. I've got some old home movies on VHS which I'd like put onto dvd and send to relatives in America. They have a region 1 dvd player not multiregion. Will the dvd discs I create play over there as normal or do I have to change some settings during the recording procedure. If the recorder won't make discs that can play in US, is there any way of doing thru' PC.

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    There is no issue with region codes, but there is an issue with video formats - PAL (UK format) and NTSC (US format). I assume your tapes are PAL; I don’t know of any recorder that can convert a PAL input to NTSC.

    From a PC, yes you can do a conversion from PAL to NTSC. Editing and authoring software can do this, with varying quality. I send home movies to relatives in the US regularly; I convert the files to NTSC.

    Note PCs don’t care about NTSC, so they would be able to play your disc on a PC.

    If you are lucky, they might be able to play your PAL disc on their NTSC player, but this is not generally the case. Also note, a PAL player can usually play an NTSC disc (but this doesn’t help you here).

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    I have recorded tv shows from sky to my tosh XS32 and sent them
    to Canada and they worked without any problems. :thumbsup:
     
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    You were lucky.... though it is getting more common that NTSC players can play a PAL disc.

    I sent some PAL discs to various relatives to try on their players, and found only 1 in 4 could play them. When I converted to NTSC they all could.

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    Thanx guys, I know the DVD producer software on my PC will convert PAL to NTSC so I'll run it thru' that.

    Many thanks again :)
     
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    You could also try sending them a PAL copy, to see if it works. But yes, if that doesn't, do the conversion on the PC.

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    The Phillips 620 in North America can play PAL discs on an NTSC tv. I saw them for sale in Radio Shack in Toronto last month. The guy in the shop said it would play just about anything including DiVX.
     

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