Need help: Shooting in NTSC - need to provide PAL .avi file

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by samcraig, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    What's the best way to do this?

    I'll be shooting 16:9 video (NTSC) on DV tape and then importing. Need to provide an AVI file in PAL ultimately in the best res.

    Can someone tell me the best workflow/software/settings to use?

    I have FCP3 and can get other software if needed...

  2. atlanticza macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Cape Town
  3. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    You should be able to use Compressor to convert NTSC to Pal and then you'll probably need something like Mpegstreamclip to convert it to an AVI file. I can't understand why they'd want to use an AVI though.
  4. hsilver macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    New York
    Agree with Nattress or Compressor solutions for conversion to PAL. Can use Flip4Mac to convert to avi.
  5. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Thanks for the replies..

    now investigating just going 1080p24 and converting from 60i to 50i instead to provide them the footage. Seems as though the loss of quality would be significantly less than standard video...
  6. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    If you're shooting 24p as 60i, your process would ideally be:

    • Remove the pulldown (which you would normally do before editing)
    • Speed up by 4.096% to 25p
    • Pitch down the audio by 4.096%
    • Save as 50i
    I'd do this in Compressor. I don't think Compressor will pitch down the audio, but you can do it in Soundtrack.
  7. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Thanks.. I think Natress' plug in will do all that automagically - which is what I think I would do in this one case.

    This "project" is an anomaly. Normally we only deal with video for the web... but this use case is for a sister company in india that needs us to shoot some b-roll and talking heads to be used in a video overseas... so trying to make it the least painful as possible

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