Everyone else is of course free to comment but Mark was so helpful last time I have a follow up. From the previous thread it seems as though the real problem is getting something from an NTSC DVD to a Pal DVD and vice versa. You say there are no DVD recorders that effectively do what the Pan NV-W1 or Samsung SV5000W do in video tape world. Given this what is my best option: 1. I have both a Samsung SV5000W and Panasonic NV-W1 - can I use this by effectively playing through ie connect a DVD player to the SV5000W set that to the correct format I want then connect that to a DVD recorder. If I do this what facilities do each of the 2 DVD machines require. Can one be a cheap and cheerful player ie £100 or less and does the recorder need anything that not all recorders have? 2. If 1 isn't possible then presumably we are talking about the same scenario but using a different piece of hardware to insert inbetween the 2 DVD machines. What is the best piece of kit to buy and what sort of price range and what features do you pay for. 3. I would prefer not to use videotape as there will be a severe quality loss but presumably I could play on a cheap and cheerful DVD player record on SV5000W in format of my choice then go back to DVD recorder in format of my choice eg NTSC but would I be able to record in NTSC on the DVD recorder.