NTSC MG-155 usage in UK

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  1. thespacecowboy

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    Could someone explain the issues in buying one of these whilst in the US to use in the UK? It records in NTSC, but when it's transferred to the PC, does this difference still occur? The $/£ difference is making the option tempting for my budget.

    Is the issue is playing it DIRECTLY to a TV will be troublesome if the TV doesn't have NTSC playback? Majority of things I do will be camcorder > PC > DVD

    Thanks as always
     
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    You are correct that if you are playing directly from the camcorder, the TV will need to accept NTSC signals.

    It records in NTSC, but when it's transferred to the PC, does this difference still occur?

    The difference will still be there, yes. You'll have NTSC format (720x480, 29.97 fps) video on your PC. However:

    - Editing this or playing this on a PC will be no problem.
    - You can create a NTSC DVD on the PC. The majority of PAL DVD players will play a NTSC DVD, converting it to "PAL60" which most TVs will play.
    - You can also create a PAL DVD from your PC (using editing/DVD authoring software to do the conversion).

    One thing to note is that PAL is higher resolution than NTSC... so whilst it will work the PAL version may look better... NTSC has more frames so it may look smoother if there is fast action..
     
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    Yes, your TV will play the NTSC directly fine.

    And I'm sure your DVD player will play it. Most PAL DVD players convert the NTSC on the fly... a few output true NTSC... a few have an option to do one or the other. But in all cases your TV will be fine.
     
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    Nice one, thanks. Now to take some boring shots in my hotel room to try it out!
     
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    Just bumping this for one more question.

    I'm generally pretty disappointed with the video quality. On automatic settings, the colours are quite washed out and not at all vibrant. I've tried on some manual settings but that only seems to adjust brighness / gain

    Could it be that it's a NTSC one and not a PAL one? In other words, would I notice a difference in video quality when watching in on the PC (which I normally do) vs plugging straight into the TV? Want to see if the camera is actually just like this, or the fact I bought an NTSC one.

    Thanks again

    Rob
     
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    It shouldn't make any difference if you view it on a PC or TV.

    These small chip HDD cams just aren't very good...
     
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    OK thanks Mark, that makes me feel a little better.

    Me better save for a HD HDD cam ;)
     

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