I have recently recieved a refurbished JVC 30K.
I have on my hard drive several clips in .TS format, I've downloaded them from Internet to test the machine. Since I live in Sweden there is no access to HDTV whatsoever, so having the possibility to try it this way is really exiting for me as a home-cinema enthusiast.
My situation is this:
I had problems buying D-VHS tapes from USA. However, I read on this forum that several people has succeeded in using regular SVHS tapes to record in DVHS mode.
Also, according to my knowledge there is no real physical difference between a S-VHS tape sold in a PAL-country and one sold in an NTSC-country. Is this correct?
As soon as I got the deck, I put one of my old Fuji SVHS (PAL?) tapes in the deck and pressed the DVHS-button on the deck. No problems thus far. The DVHS logo was lit and the deck seemed ready to record in DVHS mode.
I connected my computer via Firewire to the iLink input of the deck and started up DVHSTOOL.
I then started trying to archive some small clips to tape.
This is what happens:
The deck starts rolling and the DVHSTOOL seems to be archiving the .TS files whithout complaining. However, the deck goes to "STD" (should be "HS" right?) mode as soon as the archiving starts. The results of the archiving then varies from nothing to garbled noise picturewise and no digital sound gets recorded.
(I test the component video and optical digital audio out against my PJ and reciever.)
My first suspicion was, of course, that "PAL"-tapes can not be used. As I have no "NTSC"-labelled tapes, I tried archiving to the player without "Control recorder tape transport" (or whatever it's called) activated but it still switches over to "STD". This lead me to believe that the problem actually lies somewhere else...
Anyone recognize this?
Could it be the Firewire cable?
Would the tape transport operations work if the cable is the culprint?
Is there any physical difference between a "PAL"-labelled tape and an "NTSC"-labelled tape?
Any ideas? :( :confused:
I will try with a different Firewire cable tonight...