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Old February 17th, 2004, 02:45 PM   #1
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Capturing PAL with an NTSC deck/camera

Alright, this may be a stupid question, but I haven't been able to find an answer anywhere.

Here goes - Is it possible to use an NTSC deck or camera to capture/view, via firewire, mini DV footage shot on a PAL camera?

If so, is there any difference or quality loss in picture?

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Old February 17th, 2004, 03:08 PM   #2
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Sorry Jaz, there is no way to use NTSC gear to view PAL video. You must use a PAL deck or camcorder to view PAL video. Hope this helps,
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Old February 17th, 2004, 03:12 PM   #3
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Which deck did you have in mind? You would have to check it's features. I don't know of any models that can, but perhaps some exist.

I don't believe there are any cams that can do this.
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Old February 17th, 2004, 03:57 PM   #4
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I've done this several times with my sony dsr 11. It automatically switches itself to PAL mode when a PAL formatted tape is inserted. You'll need a PAL compatible monitor to view the footage though. There isn't any loss in quality as far as I know.

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Old February 17th, 2004, 04:02 PM   #5
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Thanks, Corey, but can you upload PAL footage to it?
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Is it possible to use an NTSC deck...to capture/view, via firewire, mini DV footage shot on a PAL camera?
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Old February 17th, 2004, 04:42 PM   #6
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Oops, my statement above may have been a bit too bold and sweeping. Corey is absolutely right about the Sony DSR-11's ability to switch between PAL and NTSC. Just make sure you have a PAL monitor to view it!
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Old February 17th, 2004, 04:42 PM   #7
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Yes you can print PAL footage to tape... there's a switch on the back of it so you can set it to PAL and it acts just like a regular PAL deck, same thing goes for NTSC.

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