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Old August 13th, 2004, 09:00 PM   #1
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Convert PAL vhs to NTSC

My friend came home with a video from Africa, and I think it is PAL. Is there anyway to convert that over to NTSC through some feeding process of camera via pc's or something.

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Old August 13th, 2004, 10:51 PM   #2
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I haven't done this myself, but as I understand it you could capture the video into an NLE (such as Adobe Premiere Pro) in PAL format, and then just export it in NTSC format? I think it will just chop about 100 pixel lines off the bottom. I did export NTSC footage to PAL once, and it just added a big black bar to the bottom of my footage (and made it unplayable on my TV). Do a search on the topic as this has surely been discussed over and over again.
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Old August 14th, 2004, 12:12 AM   #3
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Yeah i did a search but they didn't answer my question. I don't have access to a pal vcr, and all i have is a pal version of a vhs cassette that i need to get into my pc to convert to ntsc...
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Old August 14th, 2004, 12:36 AM   #4
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If you don't have access to a PAL playback deck, then your best bet will be to take the tape to a local small video business that offers this service (PAL - NTSC conversion) and have them do the capture and conversion for you. If there isn't a small video business in your area, tell us where you are and we'll help you find one.
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Old August 16th, 2004, 12:21 AM   #6
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Also check out the focus enhancements web site under the section with the firestore systems on it. They now have a suite of softeware applications that does several format conversions and I believe PAL to NTSC is one of the things this software can do. Otherwise I believe the previous poster is correct, capture it in Premiere or other application and output it as NTSC - however, you will need a PAL format deck to do that.

Check Markertek for multiformat VHS decks. They are pricey so don't be too shocked. The good news is, if you buy one and let a lot of people know about it, you could offer format conversions as part of your business.

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