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Old April 2nd, 2004, 01:53 PM   #1
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Converting NTSC to PAL - Help please

I have produced a video for a client and provided them with a NTSC DVD. They now want a version in PAL for their European market.

Obviously the video was shot in NTSC and the whole production chain (capture, editor, transcoding and writing DVD) was set for NTSC.

How would I now convert this to PAL? Can I just take the rendered AVI file (from Premier Pro) and then set the transcoder (TMPGEnc) and DVD Authoring program (Adobe Encore) to PAL?

Or, do I have to go right back to the source footage and start again with PAL settings the whole way through?

Or... is there a better way??

Any advice appreciated...

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Old April 2nd, 2004, 02:28 PM   #2
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A VHS NTSC/PAL conversion would be easier.
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 08:19 AM   #3
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Yes but....

Can anyone add to Frank's comment?
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 11:04 AM   #4
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I work on another platform so I can't help much with the technical details related to your exact setup... however you might want to consider rendering the project again in your NLE for PAL. You will gain spatial resolution if there are stills and titling, and you will gain temporal resolution if there are any slow motion kind of effects. You will need to set the clips to motion blur in someway so that there is no stuttering from the frame rate change and you will need to make sure the NLE correctly handles the change in pixel aspect ratio. All this can be done in FCP so I assume your NLE can probably do it too. Of course this will take a LONG tieme to render. But if you have the time, the end result will probably be of better quality then transcoding the rendered AVI.
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 11:58 AM   #5
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Just try the NTSC DVD in a PAL player - you will probably be pleasantly surprised.

Most PAL DVD players, together with modern PAL TV sets, can play NTSC DVDs OK. There will be a few people with older systems who have problems.

Computer playback will work fine - computer players can play both NTSC and PAL OK.

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PS shouldn't this be in the DVD forum, Mr Moderator?
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 03:45 PM   #6
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For conversions, I use a AIWA MX100 multi-system converting (VHS) VCR. For best results, record via AV-out from your mini-DV cam straight to the target format (in VHS). It's clean and simple.

Ron, I posted 2 article links by Peter Utz here that may be of inerest:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=24009

For other good links go here: http://www.dvfreak.com/links.htm
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Old April 3rd, 2004, 04:59 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Looks like Julian's suggestions is the most appropriate....just do nothing!!! I like that.

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Old April 6th, 2004, 06:35 AM   #8
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Use Canopus Procoder or Procoder Express.

Export your timeline into an AVI file, than use Procoder to convert it from NTSC to PAL.

Convert it to MPEG-2 and author your DVD.



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Old April 9th, 2004, 02:36 AM   #9
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This is similar to a question I also have.

What about mixing and matching NTSC and PAL footage, shot on two different PDX10s (or take your pick for camera).

PAL has an extra 100 lines of resolution,....how will the two formates hold up when you:

1) output to NTSC
2) output to PAL?
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Old April 9th, 2004, 02:38 AM   #10
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What about mixing and matching NTSC and PAL footage, shot on two different PDX10s
Why would you want to do this?
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Old April 9th, 2004, 02:51 AM   #11
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Well, actually I don't WANT to do this, haha, but there may be the case where someone (I) brought my PDX10 to Germany and used it to shoot as a B camera to another PDX10 and we want to edit it all together...
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Old April 9th, 2004, 04:02 AM   #12
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Why would you want to do that?

Stick with either NTSC or PAL but don't mix the 2 when you don't have to.
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