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.
Quick description of my project --
I will be recording a documentary in the US (which uses NTSC) on mini-DV tapes, editing it on my home computer (I believe all editing software supports both NTSC and PAL, or doesn't know the difference), then burning it to disc to be shown in Russia (which uses PAL).
My questions are --
1. Is it worth it to buy a PAL camcorder in the US (more expensive), if I will be doing extensive editing anyways and then converting the material to DVD? I will not be watching the material directly on a PAL tv.
2. Are mini-DV tapes the same for both NTSC and PAL cameras? In other words, if I buy an NTSC camcorder, will I be able to buy mini-DV tapes for it in Russia, where only PAL is used? And vice-versa, if I buy a PAL cam, would I be able to use the tapes sold in the US?
Thanks so much for any input!