Converting DVD

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Marlin, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Marlin macrumors member

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    Anyone know if a PAL DVD can be converted to an NTSC version
     
  2. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    Assuming you are doing this legally...

    The program called hawkeye will do this easily. That's one of its main features. ( it's as simple as rightclicking on the menu with the asset list and clicking convert to NTSC , if I read correctly )
    Here's the company website

    Also Toast will do this I believe.

    A free solution will be pretty convoluted if you want it to go back onto a DVD.
    Mac the Ripper, MpegStreamclip, or handbrake to get the video off for you. You'll need to reauthor the DVD with iDVD or Toast or something.

    It's kind of alot of effort.
     
  3. treehorn macrumors 6502

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    Agreed...it's much cheaper and easier to buy multi region DVD players (you will always loose some quality in the conversion)
     
  4. Marlin thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. The disk we have was sent by Porsche in Germany, footage of the car that won the Florio Targa race and is the car named for the Targa model. My cousin owns the car so they sent him the disk not thinking to send the NTSC format. The disk played on his Computer but not the set top, so thanks for the site. I didn't know you could do that, good to know thanks so much.
     
  5. treehorn macrumors 6502

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    People in PAL land also are used to having players that automatically decode (long story short - most DVD players would do it if not for a chip or bit of code that prevents them from doing it). Computers will do it with out problems (usually) but the difficulty is in region encoding.

    It really would be a lot easier to buy a region free DVD player as they only cost $50-60. Converting from PAL to NTSC involves changing the frame rate and the size of the image, so you lose detail and oftentimes sync (if it's a very short video, go for the conversion. But if we're talking an hour or more...)
     

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