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Recording a DVD for use in USA

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Rolly Coaster, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Rolly Coaster

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    Hi everybody - can you help me?

    I'm about to buy a DVD recorder for a number of reasons, not least of which is that I hope to be able to record some of our DV (and VHS) camera footage and possibly some TV programs in NTSC so that they can be watched by our friends in the US. I am wondering if this is possible on either the Pioneer DVR-520, the Panasonic DMR-E85 or the Philips HDRW720 because the specs all say they can record PAL/NTSC. Has anyone done this successfully? or any tips or advice on choice of machine?

    Thanks

    Rolly :thumbsup:
     
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    Has nobody tried this? or is everybody ignoring me????
     
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    I don't have this recorder so I can't say for sure, but from looking at the Pioneer manual I don't believe it can take a PAL input source and convert to NTSC for recording (which is what you want to do).
    If you feed it an external NTSC source (e.g. a NTSC VCR playing an NTSC video) it will record it in NTSC. If you feed it PAL it records PAL.

    The closest I could find to a definite statement on this in the 520 manual is this error message definition below, which implies that the input and output must be the same system.

    • This channel’s TV system is different from the
    recorder’s setting.
    The TV system (PAL, NTSC, etc.) of the current channel is different
    from the TV system settings of this recorder. (Page 121)

    Mark
     
  4. JH4

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    That's correct. Pioneer machines will record in either PAL or NTSC, but they will NOT convert standards.
     
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    If you have a PC and a DVD writer thats your safest bet..
     
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    Agree, that's what I do (in fact just sent off some DVDs of the family to relatives in the US for Christmas). The conversion is done by my editing software. I can see the advantage in terms of speed and ease of having a settop recorder being able to convert, but as far as I know they don't do this..

    Mark
     
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    Thanks for your thoughts

    Pioneer have just sent me this in reply to the same question.

    Thanks for your email.

    The DVR-520H-S records the signal that it receives, it can not transform a PAL signal into an NTSC recording.

    We do find that allot of NTSC players and TV screens also support PAL, if your friends in America do not have a PAL capable TV or DVD player then they should be able to watch your recording on a PC that is equipped with a DVD ROM drive, DVD playback software on a computer is always able to play NTSC or PAL equally well.

    Regards.
    Customer Relations
    PIONEER GB LIMITED


    Comments?
     
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    While most PAL DVD players and TVs will handle an NTSC disc ok, it is my experience that while some NTSC players/TVs will handle PAL, many (most?) do not. Very unscientific study - I sent a PAL disc to 4 relatives in the US to try, 1 of 4 players handled it OK. Another one played it in black and white - i.e. it could handle the disc ok, but the output the TV didn't like. The other 2 just wouldn't play at all. I sent them an NTSC version and all could play it fine.

    So, you could try and send a PAL disc and they might be lucky... or get your friends to get a DVD player that will play a PAL disc on their NTSC TV. They could even take your disc into a shop and try it out on a few players!

    Mark
     
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    I have a Pioneer 5100 and friends in the USA who love Brit TV.

    The solution we came to was for them to buy a PAL capable player over there....
     
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    I go to the US every year. My girlfriend has a cheap Apex DVD player, that has a "Play Pal on NTSC TV" setting, so I would imagine that most would now. Makes nice change form the Americans only supportng there own formats. What I need now is themn to support my voltage!
     
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    Has anybody tried the PC DVD-ROM drive aspect?
     
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    Yes - it is true that the PAL/NTSC thing doesn't apply to PCs... so your PAL disc will play on any PCs (which can read that type of disc, e.g. -R).

    Mark
     
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    Excellent news, Thanks.

    Rolly
     
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    Hi Rolly Coaster,

    I just noticed this program FireStore™ DV Standards Converter in a different (computer related) forum and rembered your request.

    Website: http://www.focusinfo.com/products/firestore/dvconversionsuite/dvcsuite.html

    Maybe this will do what you want, but it certainly isn't cheap (€ 299)

    Cheers,
    Ron
     

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