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    Can the brain trust help here. I have x20 old but Ok VHS-C tapes 'familyy footage ' recorded in Pal Format. I would like to rip them here in the USA to my PC. I had forgotten that they were PAL and although I purchased a very good condition Panasonic PV-L557 and a Cloner Alliance Box pro , the input is unreadable and the software senses it is NTSC. Other than using a $$$ service or trying to buy a multi-world VCR player and VHS-C adapter to rip is there another solution ?

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    The user manual for this camera confirms that it is NTSC only. I may be wrong but I do not think that dual-standard VHS-C cameras existed.


    Your only options are:


    1. Professional transfer
    2. Multi-standard VCR and vhs-c adapter
    3. VHS-C camera outsourced from UK with confirmation that it is a PAL unit.
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    Thats what I was afraid of - is there any software that could decode the input coming from the NTSC camcorder or maybe a digital camcorder that can act as a recorder ?

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  4. Originally Posted by DB83 View Post
    Your only options are:


    1. Professional transfer
    2. Multi-standard VCR and vhs-c adapter
    3. VHS-C camera outsourced from UK with confirmation that it is a PAL unit.
    To that I'd add a 4th option. Get a PAL VCR with an adapter. You need only change the plug and you're good to go.
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    VHS-C cameras are terrible anyway.
    Get a recommended VCR with the recommended VHS-C adapter.
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    any suggestions re purchase options ( other than ebay pot-luck ? ) ...
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    Originally Posted by manono View Post
    Originally Posted by DB83 View Post
    Your only options are:


    1. Professional transfer
    2. Multi-standard VCR and vhs-c adapter
    3. VHS-C camera outsourced from UK with confirmation that it is a PAL unit.
    To that I'd add a 4th option. Get a PAL VCR with an adapter. You need only change the plug and you're good to go.

    That is indeed an option as long as the power supply is provided for. Not so sure with UK vcrs which, I thought, tended to be 220/240 volts. But one can always get a power converter.
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    You will need a capture card/device that also accepts Pal. Many of them are switchable dual standard, but don't just presume it works, because in ntsc-land lots don't.

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