Hi, I am attempting to digitalise some of my NTSC tapes... Problem is, they will appear distorted in WinTV but look alright on my TV and VCR (both can play PAL and NTSC).
The only workaround I got so far was to hook the "Out to TV" port of my VCR to the Cable in port of the card. The NTSC tapes will no longer be distorted but they become black and white.
So am I supposed to get a NTSC TV card/VCR to get over this issue entirely? I was told that this occurs as the signal being transmitted to my TV card is a PAL/60 signal, which it cannot read entirely...
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Last edited by darkarn; 8th Aug 2010 at 22:43.
I've tried WinTV with no luck(PAL PVR-350) and have tried ChrisTV with black & White results trying to record a PAL60 signal(NTSC tape in a European VCR). Some say PAL Hauppauge cards can record a true NTSC signal via S-video(?) but I tried that a few years ago....also with no luck.
Something tells me we are out of luck... =(
But then again, why the same thing also happen when I tried using the TV out port from the TV to the composite ports on the TV card?
Your VHS player is putting out a PAL60 signal. That's neither PAL nor NTSC, it's half way in between (60 Hz NTSC luma, PAL format chroma). PAL TV's usually have no problem displaying it but few capture cards are designed to capture it. Get an NTSC deck and you'll be able to record your NTSC tapes with the PVR-150.
But then, I thought I can transmit a PAL/NTSC signal from my TV via its composite ports... Why will that not work either?
Also, given that VCRs are hard to find in Singapore (my country), any recommendations on TV cards that can do it? Or at least, how can I see whether the card can do it?
We have posts from time to time from UK gamers who want to record PAL60 game signals. Search the forums for posts about PAL60 and you should find some that list which capture cards can capture PAL60 signals.
It is possible to capture PAL-60 signal with the Hauppauge PVR-150 cards.
The support for PAL-60 is build in the drivers since version 18.104.22.16854.
The big problem is there is NO support for it in the Hauppauge software itself.
With some trickery and alternative software, ChrisTV, i have been able to capture PAL-60 with my Hauppauge PVR150 cards, Chris PC Support Forum: Pal Vcr With Ntsc Tapes To Pc, Capture NTSC VHS Tape to PC
I plan to do some testing to see if other alternative capture software can also work correctly with PAL-60 and the Hauppauge PVR150.
Still it a shame Hauppauge is not intrested at all to support this much wanted feature in their software.
See :SHSPVR: Hauppauge WinTV2000 and PAL60 mode?
Thanks, that was fast! =)
@danno78: Interesting... Never thought of that one...
@jman98: I have seen some approaches to this issue on the net; people suggested using a very specific model of EasyCap TV card or an elaborate setup involving a Pinnacle TV card (forgot the model)...
@The_Doman: Saw your posts about this issue on the net too! Only (minor) issues are that AdAware flagged ChrisTV (Lite) for some strange reason and I need at least ChrisTV Standard (must pay) to get this working... Let me see what I can do next...
Ok, I have tried ChrisTV Standard already and still no go... I tried following the steps as stated here:
1. Use the Hauppauge Tweaker (got an archived version via the Internet Wayback Machine)
2. Switched the video standard to NTSC M
3. Shut down Hauppauge Tweaker
4. Went into ChrisTV
5. Set up a Composite channel with PAL 60 selected
6. Shut down ChrisTV and used the Hauppauge Tweaker
7. Switched the video standard to PAL 60
8. Shut down Hauppauge Tweaker
9. Went into ChrisTV
10. Used the Composite channel with PAL 60 selected
11. Failed miserably; no video but got audio
ChrisTV as 'suspect'.
No real suprise because that Chris-TV uses some heavy "booby trap" routines for protection of the program...
You can use it to change procamp/noise reduction settings though.
Also you can probably use use the tweak options from Chris-TV for that.
So i leave out the Hauppauge-Tweaker for now.
First make sure you use one of the latest PVR-150 drivers which support PAL-60 (22.214.171.12454 and higher)
Also turn off the overlay mode and enable WMR-9 in the Chris-TV Video Rendering settings.
Otherwise you will probably only get a black screen when you switch to PAL-60 mode and try to watch/record.
First set up a normal PAL(B?) composite channel in ChrisTV.
Then add a second (same input) composite channel, but now select the PAL60 mode for it.
See the example in which i also use the S-Video input:
Now first select the normal PAL input in the channel list and then quit & restart Chris TV.
It then should start in PAL mode, and depending on the input signal you will see a normal PAL picture or a distorted PAL-60 signal.
My european JVC VCR displaying the system menu, outputting a normal PAL signal and Chris-TV/Hauppauge-150 is running in normal PAL(B) mode:
To switch to PAL-60 mode select the PAL-60 input and again quit & restart Chris TV.
After this Chris-TV should start in PAL-60 mode and again depending on the input signal you will see a distorted PAL picture or a stable PAL-60 display.
Again my JVC PAL VCR, still outputting a PAL signal, but Chris-TV/Hauppauge-150 is switched to PAL-60 mode:
Now my JVC PAL VCR is playing a NTSC tape and Chris-TV/Hauppauge-150 is switched to PAL-60 mode:
Probably because the PAL-60 option is not really (officially) supported by Hauppauge there are (ofcourse) a few problems.
As i pointed out in the above guide you can not switch directly in your application (Chris-TV) between PAL and PAL-60.
You really need to restart the whole application to activate the PAL-60 mode or go back to normal PAL again.
Also when you start Chris-TV 2 times after each other in PAL-60 mode things can get confused and possible the hardware recording support will disappear in Chris-TV.
Also the Hauppauge WinTV200 can react strangely after you used the PAL-60 mode.
In this case you need to 'reset' everything first by starting again in normal PAL mode and then switch back to PAL-60 again.
With this procedure you should be able to use your Hauppauge-150 in PAL-60 mode.
Possible there are other capture applications which can use this 'hidden' Pal-60 mode on the Hauppauge-150, but i had no time to test this yet
Let me know if it works for you.
Last edited by The_Doman; 9th Aug 2010 at 15:39.
I've got it solved.
I'm writing it up right now, but it may be a few hours before I finish. Doing it between other things.
I played Liar Liar (NTSC) with my PAL JVC.
And I captured it with my Hauppauge PVR-150. Not a problem.
I'll be back.
I also use DVB recording now but still keep my trusted analogue PVR cards working, they still have many uses today.
am using a much newer one... Will using 126.96.36.19954 help?
I prefer XP for the (analogue) capturing because with that system i know how to tweak all the driver settings like procamp/noise reduction filters.
With other OS systems things can be differnt , i still have to test all that.
THat is the whole problem with getting PAL-60 to work.
What sources are you using? Real PAL and PAL-60?
Do you get a colour picture when setting ChrisTV/Hauppauge-150 to PAL and receiving a PAL (composite) video signal?
When setting ChrisTV/Hauppauge-150 to PAL-60 with a PAL signal you should see a flickering colour picture as shown in my examples.
Maybe you configured a wrong connection, mixing up (composite and S-video)?
Last edited by The_Doman; 10th Aug 2010 at 12:35.
And I tried the method on a pre-release version of that driver and the latest one...
2. Yep, got a colour picture when on PAL.
3. I got a flickering colour picture on PAL 60, but that when I am playing those TV channels (the VCR is hooked to the antennae)
4. Nope, nothing is connected to S-Video cos' I don't need it... for now...
Thanks once again!
Because of the flickering colour picture you get with a the PAL signal it seems the PAL-60 mode is activated correctly.
Maybe the Toshiba is outputting some other kind of signal when playing NTSC tapes?
I guess you don't have any other PAL-60 sources to test?
The composite inputs are really badly designed on the (PAL) PVR-150 cards, much has been written about this issue.
Even running a composite signal through a external S-Video conversion device (VCR/DVDR) can improve things dramatically with this card.
I made sure my VCR is directly connected to the card, then did the same trick with a NTSC M channel this time and got it working!
Only issue is that sometimes the video will not appear at all; you have to restart ChrisTV several time without changing the channel.
Send the PVR-150 a high resolution test pattern. You will see the difference. See the images in this post:
Also watch the dot crawl artifacts at the edges of colorful objects:
These problems are less of an issue with VHS sources since VHS resolution is so low.
Yes, the ATI 650/750 devices have a 3d comb filter that cleans up all that luma/chroma crosstalk (rainbow and dot crawl artifacts) -- at least on static shots.
Last edited by jagabo; 11th Aug 2010 at 08:10.
Some time ago I did also some testing with my (European PAL) DVB Cable Box and a Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD recorder.
The pictures were captured with VirtualDUB MPEG2 from the recorded MPEG2 streams.
Orginal (DVB) TS capture:
DVB BOX RGB SCART output to Panasonic DMR-E55:
DVB BOX S-VIDEO output to Panasonic DMR-E55:
DVB BOX COMPOSITE output to Panasonic DMR-E55:
DVB BOX COMPOSITE output to Panasonic DMR-E55 with activated COMB filter:
DVB BOX S-Video ouput to my Hauppauge PVR-150:
The problem with the Hauppauge 150/500 is those cards can't even handle a good composite signal properly.
Lot of weird , unnecessary, dot crawl effects will be introduced when you use the PVR150 composite inputs.
The build in comb filters are really not programmed/designed well it seems.
Last edited by darkarn; 11th Aug 2010 at 10:38.