Transfering PAL mini DV tapes to PC using an NTSC camcorder.
by Dagobert_ - 11/5/12 6:27 AM
So I was overseas and have some mini DV tapes that I want to transfer to my PC. Thing is, I don't have a mini dv type camcorder. Also the tapes might have been recorded in a PAL camcorder over there. It was recorded using one of those bigger expensive camcorders. Problem is, I don't know for sure if it's in PAL or not since they use a mix of PAL or NTSC where I was. Now there's no way of me knowing any of this. However I want to transfer this to my computer.
So I've been reading that the cheapest way is to buy a cheap mini DV camcorder (was looking at the Canon HV20) and transfer it to my PC that way. Now my question is, does it matter if lets say the tapes were recorded in PAL and I use a camcorder from here to transfer it to my PC? Also I'm not sure if the camcorder they used was in HD or not. Lets assume it is, would I have to get a HD camcorder as well to transfer it?
Any other cheap way of getting these tapes on my PC? I know there are places that will transfer it however they tend to be expensive and these tapes are really important which is why I don't want to send these tapes anywhere.