NTSC to PAL - lower quality?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by gianni014, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. gianni014 macrumors newbie

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    I have captured movie from dv camera in ntsc format. When I've made a DVD in PAL format, I get a lower quality.
    Is there any chance to make PAL DVD from iMovie NTSC finished movie, resulting same quality?
    Thanks!
     
  2. ppc_michael Guest

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    What software are you using to make the DVD? A lot of factors regarding compression and upsampling come in to play, and the software you use is crucial.
     
  3. -DH macrumors 65816

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    >>Is there any chance to make PAL DVD from iMovie NTSC finished movie, resulting same quality?<<

    No. DV is compressed 5:1 when it's recorded to tape; DVD-Video is much more highly compressed (MPEG-2) and won't ever be the same quality as the original footage.

    -DH
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Short answer, "No."

    Long answer: As -DH said you are going from DV to DVD (which means a nice quality hit do the added compression) and that couple w/ going from NTSC to PAL is a lot of image manipulation going on.


    Lethal
     
  5. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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  6. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    One factor is going from NTSC to PAL there is a quality issue because it has to drop frames to conform with PAL specifications (i believe).
     
  7. cube macrumors G4

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    NTSC is lower quality than PAL, it has less lines.

    PAL has a lower refresh rate, but it's not noticeable. It's actually an advantage to transfer film (without duplicating frames, just running 4% faster).

    Note that all this does not apply to PAL-M (Brazil and Laos only), which is NTSC-like.
     
  8. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Read further into the article for step-by-step instructions to get the highest quality NTSC to PAL conversion.
     
  9. cube macrumors G4

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    That "fairly new TV" bit for playing NTSC DVDs is quite misleading. Many DVD players are capable of outputting an NTSC disk as PAL or viceversa.

    It's actually quite annoying that some allow you to set the output to always be one of the two formats, but don't have an AUTO mode to switch standards automatically according to how the disk is encoded.
     

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