AFAIK most of the PAL DVD players abroad can also play NTSC. More importantly, the TV they end up using to play back the NTSC DVD does however need to be something bought in the last 10 yrs or so to be compatible. Unfortunately, the reverse is not true- PAL DVDs are not nearly as compatible w/ our North American equipment. More on PAL-

MiniDV tapes are blank (slates), and will work equally well to capture on PAL or NTSC cameras.