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Old March 7th, 2005, 02:14 PM   #1
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Is this even possible? EXPERTS PLEASE!

First let me admit my total inexperience w/ PAL. Now on to the question...

I have a foreign client that would like to produce a DVD for both PAL/NTSC usage.
they want to shoot w/ 2 NTSC DVX's in 24p. Is it possible to create just one master at 24p NTSC and make a PAL VERSION from it as well?

ie. convert 24p NTSC to 25p PAL in FCP?

I'd be using FCPHD4.5, DVDSP2

Would FCP & DVDSP2 play nice with these files?

Any help would be great....thank you!

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Old March 7th, 2005, 03:57 PM   #2
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Many people love the solutions offered by Graeme Nattress:

http://nattress.com/standardsConversion.htm

There's a trial version that you can download to judge for yourself.

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Old March 7th, 2005, 06:19 PM   #3
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Graeme's standards conversion software works great, and is well-worth the hundred bucks, but I am not sure it works on 24P originated material. But...Does your client really need a PAL version? NTSC DVDs will play on most PAL players and TVs. Might check it out. Graeme is a nice guy, and you could probably get an answer from him on the 24P thing.
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Old March 7th, 2005, 06:43 PM   #4
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It might be a better idea to do it in PAL and slow it down to 24p for an NTSC version. You would then be working with 25% more vertical resolution.

It is true that most new DVD players will play content in other systems and designated for other regions, but this is not always the case, and the conversion that happens in the DVD player might not be as good as the one that you can prepare on your NLE or using the DVFilm Atlantis or Graeme's products.

If you have a choice, will be renting the equipment and there is no nightime footage, I would consider renting the Sony Z1, shooting HDV 50i and downconverting to PAL and NTSC (4% slowdown in the latter case). Thus you get the best resolution, and a future-proof master that you can later sell to your client again when HD is the norm.
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