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« on: December 27, 2004, 03:12:23 PM »
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I want to send a copy of my movie to a buddy in Belgium.  So I guess I need to send him a PAL version?  OK, so I can make a PAL movie out of FCP...but how do you make iDVD burn it in PAL?  And if I send him an NTSC...can computers play both types of DVD...or is it segregated like TVs?

Basically what do I need to do?
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2004, 03:14:43 PM »
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I think there is no difference when it comes to DVD players... the important thing is that the DVD is Region Free. Other than that, I think PAL/NTSC works with regular TV and VHS, but not for DVDs. I may be wrong, but I dont think so

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2004, 04:40:25 PM »
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Firstly, I haven't used FCP before but I know that NTSC to PAL conversion on software I have (and in general) is tricky to do well. I dont know how much you know about it but NTSC is running at 30fps and PAL at 25fps. If done badly, a conversion can cause the footage to stutter.

If he's watching it on his pc, it doesnt matter whether its Pal/Ntsc aslong as its not region coded (and even then there are ways). For playback on a television through a dvd player it is also not a problem for the footage to be NTSC aslong as both the TV and DVD are fairly modern (and again there is no region coding, assuming the player is not multi-region).

Here's a good page I found when I had to do this, less of a 'How-to' more of a briefing of the technicals of whats happening when you convert.

http://www.michaeldvd.com.au/Articles/PALvsNTSC/PALvsNTSC.asp

A post on another forum suggested it could be as easy as this:

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export the video from FCP as an MPEG 2 then after you open your authoring program iDVD or Studio Pro, set the Prefrences for PAL, import the MPEG 2 and your end results will be a PAL disk.


But I don't know what the quality will be like.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2004, 06:18:20 PM »
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Thanks for the quick replies.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2005, 05:29:50 PM »
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Important question for anyone who knows about playing PAL DVDs on a Mac...

Would it be possible for me to [permamently] set my internal drive to PAL and my external to NSTC... so I never have to do any more switching (since the switching is limited)?
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2005, 09:23:54 PM »
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when i export originally NTSC footage from FCP to iDVD and burn it in PAL, i get a green bar down the side of the screen. wtf, mate?
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