PAL vs. NTSC in iDVD, What's the difference?

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  1. Hyde244 macrumors member

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    Is there any beneficial gain from one format over the other?

    Is one more well designed for widescreen?

    I tried finding some article but fell short, does anyone have some insight?
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    If your DVD is for users in the US then you probably want NTSC. PAL has a higher resolution but requires a PAL-compatible TV and DVD player, which I've heard are not common in the US.

    On the other hand, all computers will play PAL without any trouble.
     
  3. migulic macrumors member

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    PAL is the TV/DVD standard used in, among others, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Africa, Asia and South America. NTSC is used mostly in North America, Japan, parts of South America and a few other countries. For more information look at this map: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:pAL-NTSC-SECAM.svg

    Which one you should choose depends on where you are/where the person who is supposed to watch your DVD is.
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    one will run on your TV, one wont. (PAL will)
     
  5. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    PAL will not, if his profile information is correct.
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    baha oh righto, i have no idea where he is i only know australian states :p

    sorry for the bad information.
     
  7. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    If your profile is right, you should use NTSC. Your DVD player and/or TV in all likelihood cannot do PAL.

    This is one of those things where a quick search on Google will get you an answer MUCH quicker than through these forums (I would say stop wasting your/our time, but I am still working towards getting that good old 6502a, so I won't complain that much :D)
     
  8. Hyde244 thread starter macrumors member

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    ^ I did run a couple google searches on this question first. While all of the sites and content gave very in depth details on the advantages and disadvantages of PAL and NTSC (PAL having higher resolution and all that jazz), none of the sites were able to mention the basic fact that PAL does not work in the U.S.

    Thanks for answering my question guys.

    And yup, I am in the U.S.A. :rolleyes:
     

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