VIDEO_TS to MPEG? PAL to NTSC?

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  1. aidanpendragon macrumors 6502a

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    In the long saga of converting PAL DVDs to something I can watch both on my Mac and my N. American TV...

    I need something that can convert the PAL to NTSC.

    I have a valid PAL VIDEO_TS folder.

    Is there any (easily & cheaply available) program than can take that and make it NTSC? I've heard Compression can - but I think it's v2 and I only have v1.

    Barring that: Please recommend software that can take a VIDEO_TS and make Mpeg (-2) files out of it.

    The Mpegs would let me do the following workaround:

    -Convert PAL VIDEO_TS to Mpeg (or AVI, Mpeg-4, etc.)
    -Use Burn (frontend for ffmpegx?) to convert Mpegs/AVIs from a PAL file to an NTSC Mpeg-2.
    -Generate a new NTSC VIDEO_TS folder using Burn and, well, burn.

    A bit convoluted to be sure, but it would work if I can get the intermediary file from the PAL VIDEO_TS. Would prefer something that can convert directly to Mpeg-2 so there's a minimum of loss in encoding/re-encoding.

    ffmpegx MIGHT be able to do this - but between the elements you need to download separately, the bits that don't work without paying, and the general complexity of the thing...if I don't have good directions...

    As this brainstorm just occurred to me, I haven't tested to see if Burn can directly convert a VIDEO_TS from PAL to NTSC. I know it does if you drag-and-drop AVIs/Mpegs, but not sure if it would for a folder (as opposed to discrete files).

    Thanks!
     
  2. theBB macrumors 68020

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  3. aidanpendragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, I'd always thought of that in relation to H.264 on iPods, but a quick look at Versiontracker shows promise...thanks. It is Mpeg-4 (not -2), but going from PAL might have a quality hit anyway.
     
  4. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, I did not notice MPEG-2 notation even though you wrote it in bold. In that case, I believe MPEG Streamclip should help. You'll need to buy QuickTime MPEG-2 component, but it should be about $20, not the end of the world.
     
  5. aidanpendragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Further attempts show that Burn will NOT convert a VIDEO_TS folder from PAL to NTSC - that option only appears for AVIs/Mpeg-4s that you're converting to Mpeg-2.
     
  6. Heath macrumors regular

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    Try looking into ffmpegX I'm sure it'll do all you want and more, it's just not the most user friendly software out there.
     
  7. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Did you have a chance to look into to MPEG Streamclip?
     
  8. aidanpendragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not yet - this is one of those projects where not putting cash into it is a factor. If I can PAL VIDEO_TS to Mpeg-4 (via Handbrake, thanks) back to NTSC Mpeg-2 (via Burn) to VIDEO_TS to DVD, that would be sufficient. Will lose a little video quality, but previous PAL AVI/Mpeg-4 to NTSC Mpeg-2/VIDEO_TS conversions (a similar quality hit?) look fine. In any case, I gather that PAL to NTSC results in a slight quality hit, anyway.
     
  9. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    MPEG2 Works is your best bet. But why don't you just buy cheap ($25-30) DVD player that converts PAL>NTSC, it'll save you a lot of time and headaches.
     
  10. aidanpendragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That looks horribly, horribly useful! Thanks! Will give it a try.
     

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