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NTSC or PAl Camcorder

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by kacee, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. kacee

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    Hi

    I am looking for a new Camcorder and am off to Florida in about 6 weeks.

    I have had a look at some of the reatilers in the US and the prices are way below what we pay here, it is roughly $ for £

    Now for the big question Is it worth the saving???????
     
  2. MartinImber

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    Not if you plan to use in the UK a lot
     
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    Nope!

    - No warranty
    - NTSC (PAL is much better resolution)
    - You could get stung for import duty (they can tell from the model and serial numbers)
     
  4. MarkE19

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    Wont be able to record to a VCR.
    Wont play back on some TV's as they wont play NTSC. Mainly older models, but some newer ones as well.
    VCD's & DVD's will be in NTSC (maybe a problem, maybe not).

    Unless you can find a USA retailer selling PAL camcorders, but still could get caught for inport duty & VAT.

    Mark.
     
  5. Sgiandubh

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    Assuming you plan to use PC conectivity, you could convert the video from ntsc to pal then onto DVD/SVCD. The only problem is this can be time consuming and a whole load of hassle.

    As people have already said most Japanese/Asia manufactured TV's from the past couple of years can cope with NTSC. My TV is a JVC Widescreen from about 2/3 years ago and it works fine with NTSC, most modern VCR's are the same.
     
  6. MarkE19

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    Modern VCR's will play back an NTSC recording, but will NOT be able to record from an NTSC source.

    Mark.
     
  7. saggio

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    Soupladel,
    can you suggest a good PC software to convert PAL/NTSC material?

    I have a NTSC DV camcorder and I need to mix both PAL and NTSC clips onto DVD-R

    thanks
     
  8. vonhosen

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    Canopus Procoder . Excellent software MPEG & multi format converter. Does, as you wish, good NTSC/PAL conversions amongst other things.


    It's also nearly half the price of what it was when I bought it version 1.0
    :suicide:
     
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    thanks, vonhosen.

    any experience with cheaper shareware alternatives, like "River Past Video Cleaner" or Easy Video Converter"?

    I am not really doing this professionally, but to convert a few home video clips
     
  10. vonhosen

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    Sorry......no experience with them.
     
  11. vonhosen

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    How long (big) are your DV clips & how many of them ?
     
  12. kacee

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    Thanks for all the input.

    I have a 2 TV capable of NTSC playback and my parents and in-laws also have the facility. DVD playback from PC edited DVD's should not be a problem either.

    Just got to talk myself into the NTSC money saving, ( although I will have to purchase a 240V battery charger, as the one I would buy will no doubt have a 110V one ) against the slightly better quality of PAL systems.
     
  13. saggio

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    vonhosen,
    normally I have clips between 3 and 20 minutes long, captured in AVI from DV tape via firewire. I use Pinnacle Studio 8 to edit the clips and produce MPEG2 files for DVD authoring.

    The problem is that I cannot mix in the same DVD mpeg files coming from PAL and NTSC material: they need to be all the same.
     
  14. vonhosen

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    Saggio

    I've sent you a PM
     
  15. Orbitalzone

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    I'm also looking to convert my 13min home movie to NTSC to burn to DVD for some American friends... I can't run to the Canopus for this little project..

    Perhaps Vonhosen you could PM me with any info?

    Thanks!

    :clap:
     
  16. vonhosen

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    Orbitalzone

    You've got mail ;)
     
  17. Sgiandubh

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    Saggio,

    You could use something such as Tmpgenc to do the conversion as well as canopus.
     
  18. saggio

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    well I have decided to spend those 16 quid and by that shareware "Easy Video Converter". It works well, simple interface.

    I have converted a NTSC Mpeg2 file of 2.5 minutes in to PAL: well it took 40 minutes for the conversion !!! (on a P4 1.5GHz and 768MB RAM). Strange thing the output file was 235MB against a starting file of 150MB ... why so much more???

    Anyway, the result seems to be acceptable.
     
  19. Orbitalzone

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    I tried the demo of the video converter (seemed very cheap!)

    It did indeed convert to NTSC when I tried a 10 second MPEG2 clip but when I tried to convert a 13 min MPEG2 movie, the program crashed... I'm not sure if it's due to being a limitation of the shareware version, or if the software is just a tad buggy?

    I'd love to know how you get on with NTSC conversions


    :clap:
     
  20. saggio

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    Orbitalzone,
    I do not think that there is any difference from the trial version and the licensed one, apart from the watermark. Maybe the software is not very stable.

    I will do some more testing in the next few days. Will let you know.
     

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