When you say that you know that you cannot use NTSC tapes, is that because
you've asked the institute where you are giving the talk or because you
assume that British machines are incompatible with the NTSC format???

A lot of British VCRs actually play NTSC tapes even if they don't look as if
they are meant to (it's usually the older machines that don't). There can be
loss of quality, the degree of which depends on the machine. But I've got
what is possibly the cheapest VCR on the UK market and it plays NTSC tapes
more or less perfectly. Expensive machines may even have a PAL/NTSC switch
on them.

I hope that helps

Andrew James Horton
Editor-in-Chief, Kinoeye,
Culture Editor, Central Europe Review,

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