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Old March 20th, 2008, 07:24 PM   #1
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DVD for the UK?

I am making a DVD using Architect 3.0 for the UK - but living in North America, is there a way I can ensure that it will work for the region? Thanks
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Old March 20th, 2008, 09:37 PM   #2
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My experience was as follows:

1) People have told me "just render NTSC, viewers in Europe can see it on their PAL DVD players & TV sets because PAL is so wonderful". This is partly true. Most PAL systems seem to see most NTSC DVDs most of the time. Wasn't good enough for me, and I personally saw some of my work in Europe played this way - it looked good, except it was black & white only, no chroma! "Most of the time" wasn't good enough for my projects.

2) People using computers for playback of their DVDs will almost always be able to handle an NTSC or a PAL DVD.

3) What I did was render from my NTSC timeline to a PAL MPEG2 for DVDA. I then took my existing NTSC DVDA project and changed its properties to PAL and imported the PAL MPEG2 - this worked fine.

How I checked it was to try my DVD in a PC - PowerDVD or whatever reported it as a PAL disk, and in fact, my PAL viewers were happy with it.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 06:08 PM   #3
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Ok, so this is all in the render settings? That would be great because I am running out of time and want to get it over there before I have to spend $70.00 on priority shipping.
Is it just : render > DV PAL?
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Old March 21st, 2008, 06:31 PM   #4
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Yep. Just follow Seth's step #3 and you'll be all set.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:22 AM   #5
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Yep, make sure you create a PAL disk. Don't rely on PAL systems playing NTSC. There's a reason why we call NTSC 'Never The Same Colour (twice)' in PAL world!!
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 08:51 AM   #6
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Stuart, we call it that in the NTSC world too :-(
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 09:33 AM   #7
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 12:55 PM   #8
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Is there a way of making a PAL disk in Arch 3?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 02:05 PM   #9
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Once again, start with a PAL render from Vegas, best practice is to render direct to PAL MPEG2 for DVD Architect from the Vegas timeline.

Then, in an existing or new DVDA project, change project properties to PAL.

I'm pretty sure the first time I did this I was working with DVDA-3. Exact same process as 4 or 4.5.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 11:21 AM   #10
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Ok, I made the movie as a PAL in DVD Arch 3 - I just can't figure out how to check it! I have WinDVD, but can't find the feature for properties of the DVD to see what it says - whether it is PAL or NTSC.
I did try with VLC and WMP but can't find anything after a hurried glance to show if the DVD is in face, actually PAL. Any little programs or freeware that will give the info?
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