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First it has been my experience that some overseas distributers have
their tapes available in VHS. That's the good answer. Conversion is more
complicated. The simple way to do this might be to get a multi-standard
vcr. We have one in my office and while the picture leaves much to be
desired, it does work. The next, method is easy, gives high quality, sometimes,
and is very, very expensive. Take your PAL, or whatever standard tapes to
a professional video post production house and have them to the
conversion. Sorry but I have no current prices on that kind of work. The
quality would be very high, however.
Good luck.
       John Hiller             Smithsonian  Institution
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