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Old April 20th, 2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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NTSC/PAL and DVD regions

I want to confirm my thoughts.

I'm to provide a DVD for a client to send to Europe and he wanted ntsc/pal formats of the video...as far as i can remember, as long as i have the DVD set to "all regions" the shooting format does not matter and there will be no problems...is this correct?
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Old April 25th, 2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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You can either record in PAL or NTSC. Now the DVD you make will also be either PAL or NTSC, it can not be both. Your friend in Europe must have a DVD player that can play both systems. Most DVD players sold here have this facility. Mine does.

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I want to confirm my thoughts.

I'm to provide a DVD for a client to send to Europe and he wanted ntsc/pal formats of the video...as far as i can remember, as long as i have the DVD set to "all regions" the shooting format does not matter and there will be no problems...is this correct?
The region settings aren't related to the video format except by coincidence.
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Old April 26th, 2009, 01:48 PM   #4
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The region settings aren't related to the video format except by coincidence.
Steve, I have never seen a region 1 in PAL format. Is it possible then to have a PAL format in region 1? and do you have a setting in your NLE program to burn a DVD in different regions?

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Old April 26th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #5
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Steve,

The region setting isn't related to the format of the video. It's purely an artificial thing to restrict sales of DVDs to various regions for release timing and pricing reasons.

Recommend that you author your DVDs with no region code setting, producing an unrestricted disc. Also, produce both PAL and NTSC versions of these DVDs.

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Old April 27th, 2009, 04:10 PM   #6
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Steve, I have never seen a region 1 in PAL format. Is it possible then to have a PAL format in region 1? and do you have a setting in your NLE program to burn a DVD in different regions?

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AFAIK, there's no reason you couldn't burn a Region 1 DVD in a PAL format or a Region 2 in NTSC. It might not make any sense to do it but that's another story. What I understood the initial question to be was does burning it for a specific region also automatically set the video format and AFAIK it does not. For that matter, Region 2 includes countries using all three formats. PAL, SECAM, and NTSC while Region 4, Mexico and South America, includes contries using both PAL and NTSC.
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As Stelios said, the DVD will either be PAL or NTSC; you can't mix them on the same disk (at least for normal DVD format, data DVDs are another story). You will notice in your authoring program that you have to make this choice, one or the other, before you build the DVD.

Regional codes are nothing to worry about, they have no connection to the content, just something added to commercial DVDs for commercial reasons. Your authoring program may or may not allow you to add this to your DVD, but there is no reason you would want to do this.

The bottom line is to send your client one NTSC DVD, and one PAL DVD.
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