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

    macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2004
    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

    Aug 24, 2009
    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

    Dec 29, 2004
    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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