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Old June 19th, 2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Brand specific decks required to convert/digitize PAL HDV to NTSC?

Hello all,
I have about 15 HDV tapes shot in PAL for a job. The tapes were shot on two separate cameras, one a Canon and one a Sony. I don't have any more details from the shooter. I took them a place that does PAL-NTSC conversions (Dub Express/Express Media - in California), but for some reason their Sony PAL deck wouldn't read the tapes. I had never heard of this before. The guy there said that if it was shot on a Canon sometimes their Sony decks won't read the tapes. Does this mean I have to somehow track down someplace with a Canon PAL deck in order to convert this footage to NTSC, or even to digitize it? Has anyone had to handle this before? I didn't realize these tapes and decks were brand specific. Any ways around this? So far I have a relatively flexible deadline, but I"d like to get these at least digitized soon if possible...
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Old June 20th, 2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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Re: Brand specific decks required to convert/digitize PAL HDV to NTSC?

If the Canon tapes were shot using their propriety 24f system, the Sony decks will not reckognise them.

You're going to have to find a Canon HDV camera to get them downloaded, no other way to do it.

Cheapest way is to find a s/h HV20, 30, or 40 and snap it up, it'll do the job.


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Old June 21st, 2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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Re: Brand specific decks required to convert/digitize PAL HDV to NTSC?

dang... there's always surprises with these tapes. do you think that if I find a PAL Canon Vixia that it will be able playback the Sony HDV tapes? thanks for your help!
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Old June 26th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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Don't think so, for the same reason the Sony decks won't read the Canon tapes.

However, as you're definitely going to need a Canon HDV camera to read the Canon tapes, no harm trying.


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Old June 27th, 2013, 02:00 PM   #5
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Amsterdam companies - convert/digitize PAL HDV to NTSC?

Thanks for the advice Chris. I think I may just wait until I'm in PAL-land in a month and see if I can have things digitized there. Does anyone know of any companies that might do this kind of either digitization or conversion in Amsterdam?
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