Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Visual Media > Digital Video

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 2, 2013, 06:30 PM   #1
macaddict23
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: MacVille, USA
Question about NTSC and PAL

I plan on creating a standard DVD to sell domestically and internationally. Do I export/sell two versions, one set to NTSC and other to PAL? I'm using an old version of Encore, version 3.

Does Encore 3 have an "All Region Code" export setting that' I'm missing?

Thanks!
__________________
Think Different.
macaddict23 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 3, 2013, 01:41 AM   #2
phuocsandiego
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by macaddict23 View Post
I plan on creating a standard DVD to sell domestically and internationally. Do I export/sell two versions, one set to NTSC and other to PAL? I'm using an old version of Encore, version 3.

Does Encore 3 have an "All Region Code" export setting that' I'm missing?

Thanks!
Be careful here. Region Code and broadcast formats are two different things. You can for example, have a Region 0 (all regions) NTSC DVD or a Region 0 PAL DVD. These would only work in DVD players that supports those respective formats. Sometimes you can find players supporting both but it's not that common.

If you're just an individual, I wouldn't worry too much about the region code. Just set that to 0 for all regions and worry more about using the correct video format (either NTSC or PAL or even SECAM!). I don't know Encore so I can't give you details as it relates to that software but perhaps this helps you to figure out what you need to do.

Good luck!
phuocsandiego is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 3, 2013, 01:20 PM   #3
Dave Braine
macrumors 68020
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Warrington, UK
Although a lot of dvd layers will play both, I'd create both types, just incase.
__________________
PPC Mini, 10.4.11, Intel Mini, 10.6.8, White MacBook 10.9.2
iPhone 3GS, using o2 PAYG
Dave Braine is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:37 PM   #4
Thuc5dides
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Definitely do both, we aren't quite rid of these standards problems yet. Yes newer DVD players usually take both, but you need a tv which does both too.
Thuc5dides is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 01:52 PM   #5
GreatDrok
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New Zealand
Region 0 NTSC should be enough. Virtually all PAL TVs are capable of playing 60Hz 525 line video as are DVD players. I haven't had a TV in 20 years that couldn't. Only NTSC sets were a problem because they couldn't play 625 line 50 Hz material. Every DVD player I've had since the first generation was able to play NTSC discs that weren't region locked and they would standards convert to the PAL output and these days all flat panel TVs are capable of supporting all standards. Whatever your material originates at (assume 60 Hz) stick with that because converting the frame rate to 50Hz is going to look pretty lousy unless your material was shot at 24fps and you can run it fast to 25fps as they do for commercial movie DVDs. Label the discs as Region 0 NTSC and you'll be fine. The shops here in NZ sell plenty of import DVDs and by law our DVD players are region free.
__________________
Retina MacBook Pro 13" i5 16GB 500GB SSD, Mac mini C2D + 20" ACD 8GB 960GB SSD, iPad mini 64G WiFi+cellular, ATV2, ATV3, iPhone 4 16GB
GreatDrok is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 02:23 PM   #6
Thuc5dides
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Here in Australia I'm always being asked to do shonky conversions because clients can't play their NTSC DVDs on boardroom or home TVs.
Thuc5dides is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 02:33 PM   #7
GreatDrok
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New Zealand
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thuc5dides View Post
Here in Australia I'm always being asked to do shonky conversions because clients can't play their NTSC DVDs on boardroom or home TVs.
Is that because the discs are region locked or because they're 60Hz? As I said, I haven't ever encountered a DVD player that wouldn't play a 60Hz DVD as long as it wasn't region locked and the TV supported 60Hz mode. Many DVD players have a PAL60 mode to provide colour to TVs that don't support native NTSC mode but do support 60Hz/525 line output. It isn't correct to say that DVDs are NTSC or PAL, they are digital and are 60Hz 525 line or 50Hz 625 line and can be progressive or interlaced but DVD players have been capable of converting to various formats that the TVs supported and some even have the ability to convert frame and line rates to give true PAL output from region 1 discs but the quality suffers as a result so PAL60 is the most compatible compromise on those players. However, modern panel TVs will take whatever they're presented with and certainly here it is very rare to see an old CRT set and even rarer for one to not support at least PAL60 mode so I would say the added hassle of supporting both 60 and 50Hz DVDs is outweighed by the vanishingly small number of potential customers who couldn't play a region 0 60Hz DVD.
__________________
Retina MacBook Pro 13" i5 16GB 500GB SSD, Mac mini C2D + 20" ACD 8GB 960GB SSD, iPad mini 64G WiFi+cellular, ATV2, ATV3, iPhone 4 16GB
GreatDrok is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:42 PM   #8
Thuc5dides
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Most of these jobs begin with clients asking me why their preview DVD is black and white and glitchy, I don't think it's a region problem. I agree that it's mostly old hardware, but not exclusively CRT.

Could be you kiwis just have better gear than us
Thuc5dides is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Visual Media > Digital Video

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PAL mov to NTSC DVD thecounthahaha Digital Video 2 Oct 25, 2013 08:50 AM
Ntsc and pal TenerifeMac Digital Video 3 Jun 3, 2013 03:57 PM
NTSC to PAL for Final Cut Pro 7 jsykes Digital Video 6 Feb 16, 2013 01:38 PM
PAL - NTSC Question steveOooo Digital Video 7 Nov 27, 2012 05:58 PM
Does PAL and NTSC matter these days with HDTVs and Blu-Ray? Power Macintosh Digital Video 0 Jun 23, 2012 11:47 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:09 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC