This article is from the Sri Lanka FAQ, by Prasad Dharmasena email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Sri Lankan TV format is called PAL whereas that of US is called NTSC.
These are not compatible with each other. Hence, PAL video tapes need
to be converted to NTSC before you can play them on a normal VCR in the
US. (Vice versa for US tapes taken to Sri Lanka) Conversions can be
done in numerous ways (analog, digital, studio quality (super-VHS), low
quality, etc) Quality of the converted tape may depend on how much you
are willing to shell out.
There are way too many video places which can do this.
Check with your school's video/broadcasting/television/ department. They
might be able to do it for free.
Multi-system VCR/TV combinations can play all tapes. Following VCR is
a special case as it doesn't need a multi-system TV. See input/output.
AIWA HV-MG360 VCR will do the conversions on the fly.
Input format: PAL, NTSC, Secam, Mesecam
Output: PAL or NTSC (i.e can hook upto Sri Lankan or US TV sets)
Tuner: NTSC tuner (will record off the air from US broadcasts)
Operating Voltage: 110-240V (50 -60 hz)