NTSC vs PAL DVD rips

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by WebHead, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. WebHead, Mar 27, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012

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    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?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    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.
     

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