Transfer NTSC DVD to PAL DVD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by xmatthew, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. xmatthew macrumors newbie

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    My friend has a DVD with a film he made and it is NTSC Region 1 (he authored it himself). He wants to send it to Europe and I offered to do the transfer for him. I have Mac the Ripper and know I can make it a region free DVD. Does anyone know if I also have to convert it into a PAL format? If so, what kind of software would that require?
    Thanks
    Matthew
     
  2. emaja macrumors 68000

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    I used Handbrake and iMovie with iDVD to do the opposite - PAL to NTSC - so I am sure that it would work the other way.

    I might have doen it the long way since I needed to create the menus and everything. I could not find anything that would simply import it in one format and burn it in another. I know this is due to the differences in the standards, but it made it a bigger project than I thought it would be.

    Basically, I ripped the DVD, then imported it into iMovie, marked the chapters as I wanted them to be, then saved it and imported it into iDVD. Made the menus and stuff and burned it.
     
  3. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    Its quite likely that it will play on a European domestic DVD as it is. Most of the DVD players in the UK will play NTSC, no problem as long as the DVD & TV are connected via an SCART lead, (usually sold with the DVD by the over keen sales person)
    Was it created on a mac /pc or professionally authored? I read in one of the DVD studio books that you can only set region encoding on professionally authored disk, but i could be wrong on this.

    Or he could re create the disk NTSC region free...
     
  4. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    These seem like better options to me. Software based NTSC<->PAL encoders invariably mess with the quality. If it's not critical to watch it on a DVD player, I would just Handbrake-rip it to a Quicktime movie and just watch it on a computer.
     
  5. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    Not all European DVD players play NTSC. You can try it and find out, but if you want to do the conversion:

    You can just use the converter in Final Cut or something like that. They tend to be mediocre.

    Also, you can check out the Final Cut plug-in made by Graeham Nattress, which I've used and does a great job.

    Or just send it and let them figure it out. After all, we were here first. Those stuck-up euro types had to go and create their own standard that doesn't drop frames, has a higher resolution, and doesn't get called "Never The Same Color" by your broadcast crew. ;)
     

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