View Full Version : NTSC vs PAL DVD rips

Mar 27, 2012, 08:36 PM
Hoping someone who's ripped both NTSC and PAL standard-definition DVDs can tell me if they notice much of a difference when playing them on Apple TV, iPad etc?

Being in Australia, most of my collection is in the higher-resolution PAL, but I have quite a few titles in NTSC and I was wondering if it's worth my while "upgrading" them to PAL?

They're mainly old sitcoms and SF series.

ADDENDUM: If a show is made in the US, is it most likely PAL DVDs are upconverted from NTSC masters anyway?

Mar 27, 2012, 09:39 PM
From my fairly limited collection of NTSC DVDs (I have mostly PAL), PAL looks very slightly better, but it's not really noticeable on playback.

You do have a frame rate conversion for NTSC->PAL (often it's just run ~4% faster), so the NTSC version is arguable closer to the original, even though it has a lower resolution.

Overall, they are basically equivalent.

Mar 27, 2012, 09:47 PM
Thanks for that, I'm coming round to the notion that if the original source material was in NTSC (which is true for me in most cases) I shouldn't be losing out with my NTSC versions.