Can an NTSC camcorder be viwed on a PAL TV through an NTSC/PAL VCR?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by amer, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. amer

    amer Guest

    Hi all.

    The Sony digital camcorder I am planning to buy (DCR IP1) is NTSC USA
    Model. My Sony VCR is multisystem (PAL/MESECAM/NTSC 3.58/4.43
    and NTSC Playback on PAL TV).

    All TV's here are PAL/MESECAM only.

    Can I view a normal picture from this camcorder on my TV if I connect
    it thru my VCR?

    This is an expensive cam (1000$) and I would like to be more
    comfortable before

    Thanks for help.

    (p.s. it also records in mpeg format. I am wondering if viewing mpeg
    from it directly on my computer would also involve the PAL/NTSC
    amer, Feb 1, 2004
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  2. amer

    LaoFuZhi Guest

    Probably not.......

    Usually VCRs that play back NTSC tapes in PAL do not do a full scan
    conversion. Rather they produce a 525 line 30FPS picture with the colour
    subcarrier modified to PAL standards. Most TV sets will tolerate the
    difference in scanning rates.... But you can't for instance copy an NTSC
    tape to a PAL VCR....

    Now, there are SOME VCRs that DO produce a proper 625\25 PAL picture from
    NTSC tapes. I don't know if yours is one of them but I suspect not; they're
    quite unusual. Similarly very few PAL VCR's are multistandard in so far as
    they can record from NTSC sources.....

    I would have though you'll have fewer problems with the computer. I often
    see students who have got hold of NTSC cameras and we have no problems
    editing theire stuff ..though of course we don't have NTSC capable monitors
    on the edit suites so watching it anywhere other than on the PC screen is

    Frankly, if you live anywhere outside an NTSC region I would advise in the
    strongest possible terms against buying an NTSC camera.... Quite apart
    from the logistics of viewing editing and copying your footage every NTSC
    camera I've seen (and I've seen many) produces a significantly poorer
    picture than it's PAL equivalent!
    LaoFuZhi, Feb 1, 2004
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