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Old March 19th, 2004, 10:47 AM   #1
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Putting PAL tapes in NTSC camera

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So if i mistakingly put a PAL tape in my GL2 , will it explode or something. Or i just won't be able to see anything

Thanks a lot for your answer
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Old March 19th, 2004, 04:21 PM   #2
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Tapes are tapes, tapes sold in PALSville will work.
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Old March 19th, 2004, 07:49 PM   #3
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Are you referring to blank PAL tapes or tapes encoded with PAL DV? Neither will hurt your camera.
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Old March 20th, 2004, 12:58 AM   #4
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Thx a lot guys , i was a bit scared before putting a tape in but now i feel much better

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Old March 23rd, 2004, 02:32 PM   #5
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Putting PAL tapes in NTSC camera

I read somewhere that the tape runs through an NTSC cam at a different speed compared with PAL models.
That said you may get more running time out of a PAL tape.
Then again you may get less-not sure which standard is quicker through the cam.
Anyone know??
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Old April 6th, 2004, 03:25 PM   #6
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I know this for a fact:

NTSC = 30 frames per second
PAL = 25 frames per second

30 min. NTSC tape * 30 frames (NTSC) = 900 frames on the tape

900 frames / 25 frames pr sekund (PAL) = 36 min. on the tape

We get 6 more minutes if we use a 30 min. NTSC tape in Europe.

Ooohhh YEAH!!!


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Old April 6th, 2004, 04:18 PM   #7
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Do you mean with VHS tapes?
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Old April 6th, 2004, 04:25 PM   #8
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Sorry. I forgot to write what tapes I was talking about :)

My first hand experience is the BETA SP tape. I must confess that I haven't tried it with MiniDV or DV tapes... but shouldn't it be the same???

Maybe someone can help me with that one?


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