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    I'm working again with PAL video. I'm capturing through a JVC HR DVS2EU SVHS recorder/player. I'm getting flagging at the top of the video.

    I've always heard that passing through a Panasonic DMR ES15 will fix this, and I thought I'd try it.

    The DVD recorder has to also be PAL, correct?

    This is one I'm looking at on eBay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-DMR-ES15-DVD-Recorder-w-remote-cables-EXCELLENT-COND...item27e3cee9a0

    I'm in the US and this is a US seller, so I was somewhat leery that this would be NTSC. But in the specs he claims it is Video Output - NTSC, PAL.

    I went to the UK ebay site and looked up their ES15. They all say the same thing.

    So, does it matter at all? This one will do the job for twenty bucks?
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  2. I don't know the answer to your question. But note that "video output PAL", doesn't necessarily mean "video input PAL".
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    Originally Posted by StrobeLightEpileptic View Post
    I'm working again with PAL video. I'm capturing through a JVC HR DVS2EU SVHS recorder/player. I'm getting flagging at the top of the video.

    I've always heard that passing through a Panasonic DMR ES15 will fix this, and I thought I'd try it.
    The ES15 is an improvement over my AVT-8710 TBC with this problem, on a number of tapes, particularly with the JVC SR-V101US that did this alot. So, on that, your answer is yes - it should be effective.

    Unfortunately, all my VHS content is NTSC, so I too do not know how the ES15 would fare, or if it would work at all, with PAL.

    If you want to take a gamble on this, and can afford a few bucks, at least you can make good use of it with NTSC if it won't work with PAL. I would say the S&D price would be more than $20 at auction's end. I bought mine for about $40-$45 just last week, so - at this point in time in May 2014 - I would say expect/budget similar if you decide to go for it.
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  4. From what I've seen, those Panasonics, in good working order, go for about $70 dollars at ebay these days.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    From what I've seen, those Panasonics, in good working order, go for about $70 dollars at ebay these days.
    Then I got lucky last week.

    This is very interesting to me. Since the DataVideo TBC has been discontinued, and since reports of the AVT-8710 having bad Q/C of late are getting more frequent, and more and more posts like this are surfacing around the 'Net, this could actually have an effect on the forces of supply and demand - the laws that govern eBay auction results - and the equilibrium price could balloon in the near future!

    Personally, I would rather buy it now than, say, six months from now.
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    this could actually have an effect on the forces of supply and demand
    It already has. They used to go for $20.
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    Well, I found a manual online. The US players will not play PAL dvds. So, I doubt it would allow for PAL input.

    I'm going to go with a UK seller.

    Thanks all.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
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    this could actually have an effect on the forces of supply and demand
    It already has. They used to go for $20.
    Now I'm thinking of getting a second one.

    I already have 3 of the discontinued ATI 600 USB devices (2 still as backup) for this reason.

    Originally Posted by StrobeLightEpileptic
    Well, I found a manual online. The US players will not play PAL dvds. So, I doubt it would allow for PAL input.

    I'm going to go with a UK seller.
    Glad you got an answer on this. Let us know if there are any PAL issues for some members.
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    This might sound like a pretty dumb question. I'm still looking at sellers over in the UK and hoping to find one willing to ship to the US. But I've been thinking of this and looking at the back of these machines the only input they have is through scart cables.

    The PAL SVHS has scart in/out so I would be hooking this up to the VCR through scart cables. Is that still going to work as far as a pass through mechanism?

    I'm just a bit foggy on the SCART tech.
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    Many sellers on eBay are nice enough to ship outside of their said regions if you ask in advance. You'd be surprised how courteous they can be if you agree to help with the extra S&H if you win the auction.

    I too am a bit foggy on SCART tech as well, but I know for sure there are s-video and/or rca/composite adapters for it. They should work in the connection, but I too have no idea of quality.

    For example, from my experience any s-video to rca/composite adapter, or vice-versa, works, but it degrades the signal.

    Since these adapters not very expensive, you can give it a try on connections you have now before you decide to buy an ESXX. Or, if the passthrough or TBC qualities of it are important enough to you, you may consider a different VCR if the SCART connection is problematic.

    Hopefully someone else chimes in with better info.

    PS: This one seems good.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Scart-Adapter-3Xrca-S-Video/dp/B00167WZ5O/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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    Originally Posted by PuzZLeR View Post
    I too am a bit foggy on SCART tech as well, but I know for sure there are s-video and/or rca/composite adapters for it. They should work in the connection, but I too have no idea of quality.
    To put it simply, SCART connectors are a greater sin to the world than VHS. I'm not sure how an adaptor will fare, but it is should be an improvement, and will probably be acceptable.
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  12. SCART is just composite, s-video, and RGB all in one connector. Not all devices supply all three signal types. Most SCART dapters just route the correct pins on the SCART connector to the different shaped connectors. Beware, the adapters usually don't work in both directions. The ones that do have switches to set the direction.
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    I've got a PAL Panasonic DMR-ES15 and it has both s-video in (front panel) and s-video out (rear), so it shouldn't be necessary to use SCART cables for anything. Unless the VCR doesn't have an s-video or composite output of course, then you need the adapter. I haven't tried the TBC properties using the SCART connectors on the ES15.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    SCART is just composite, s-video, and RGB all in one connector. Not all devices supply all three signal types. Most SCART dapters just route the correct pins on the SCART connector to the different shaped connectors. Beware, the adapters usually don't work in both directions. The ones that do have switches to set the direction.
    Yes of course, which is why in my link the product is 2 way.

    But I'm confused here.

    @StrobeLightEpileptic: Is the VCR you're wanting to work with equipped only with SCART connectors?

    @ajk: Does the PAL ES15 have SCART?

    (Neither was clear to me. )
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    Originally Posted by PuzZLeR View Post
    @ajk: Does the PAL ES15 have SCART?
    It does have SCART.
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    Wow, didn't realize that NTSC and PAL units differed that much in casing design. Even the color is different - mine in NTSC-land is silver.

    Nice feature for PAL-land that it does have SCART, but neither of us know if the TBC qualities of the ES15 will translate through that connection. It should, but if the VCR also has RCA/composite or s-video, I'd go with either of those instead.
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  17. I seem to recall the ES15's TBC is only connected to some of the inputs. So if it doesn't work on one, try another.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    I seem to recall the ES15's TBC is only connected to some of the inputs. So if it doesn't work on one, try another.
    On my end, I can confirm on my NTSC unit, the TBC has been effective through, both, the RCA/composite and the s-video inputs, hence my assumption to just go with those with the PAL unit if the VCR has those.
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  19. Originally Posted by PuzZLeR View Post
    I can confirm on my NTSC unit, the TBC has been effective through, both, the RCA/composite and the s-video inputs
    Both front and back? I know the TBC works on the rear s-video and composite inputs. But I've never tried the front inputs.
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    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
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    I can confirm on my NTSC unit, the TBC has been effective through, both, the RCA/composite and the s-video inputs
    Both front and back? I know the TBC works on the rear s-video and composite inputs. But I've never tried the front inputs.
    Interesting point - never tried the front ones since the rear ones are more convenient in my chain physically.

    This may be a similar analogy to USB ports on a desktop PC - the rear ones are more effective (more stable) since those are directly affixed to the motherboard. So maybe the TBC is attached only to one part of the unit on the ES15.

    Will try it now. Report back in a bit.
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  21. I think I remember sanlyn saying the TBC only worked off of the back inputs.
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    Definitely works with the front inputs in the PAL version though, that's what I've been using when transferring camcorder tapes (s-video). I'll give the SCART input a test next time I have the VCR set up, can't right now unfortunately.
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    Reporting back to confirm that the front unit inputs have the effect of the TBC. I've tried with 3 different known difficult tapes, with both the RCA/composite input, and the s-video input. All three tapes had correction on playback with the rear, and front, inputs (when they were all over the place without any TBC in the chain).

    So, it looks like this is the case for PAL and NTSC models.

    I just got this unit, and I'm getting more, and more, impressed with it day by day. These were - honestly - very difficult tapes previously, now a breeze with the ES15 on all my capture VCRs. I've been around the capture scene for a long time (too long), so you can take me serious when I say that I recommend this unit.

    Now to go back to my last setup. I had to physically twist things around to test this. I'm surprised my chain didn't fall apart...
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