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Skeeter
NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 7, 2006 at 9:22:32 pm

Hey,

I've created a DV project entirely in NTSC (using PPro). But today I've been asked to burn a few DVDs of my project in PAL to go to England tomorrow.

I thought I could just create a PAL Encore Project and Import my NTSC avi's... but that doesn't work because of the resolution differences.

Whats the best and quickest way to make a quality PAL version??

I really appreciate speedy help!

Thanks,
Skeets.


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Joe Bowden
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 8, 2006 at 1:37:12 am

The quickest way is not the best, and the best way is not the quickest.

Quickest way is to just send them an NTSC disc. Many PAL players can also play NTSC DVDs which they send out as a variant of PAL. But not all PAL players can do this, and if they do, not all PAL televisions will play them.

The best way is to convert your video to PAL. You can do this in Premiere or After Effects. Then create a PAL project in Encore and rebuild.


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Frippy
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 8, 2006 at 11:00:51 am

Premiere and AfterEffects CAN NOT transcode PAL<>NTSC

To do this need to use
#1. Canopus proCoder
#2. Hardware transcoder
#3. Create stills from NTSC video, then deinterlace its by using Photoshop, then use AfterEffects to create PAL video




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Joe Bowden
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 8, 2006 at 3:51:04 pm

Frippy, of course both Premiere and After Effects can convert NTSC to PAL, or vice versa.

There may be better (more expensive) ways to do this, but Premiere and After Effects are also capable of doing it with acceptable results.


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Frippy
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 11, 2006 at 12:36:51 pm

/* ....with acceptable results */
Hm...not sure.... Why hardware transcoder's cost so BIG?
Why software to transcode can do this so slow?

The best software way to transcode pal to ntsc is change speed from 25 to 23.98 and add fields to create 29.97 movie

Way to trancode from ntsc 29.97 w/o pullodwn to pal is only interpolation, and Premiere/AfterEffects do this so slow and with low quality



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Joe Bowden
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 11, 2006 at 3:53:39 pm

Frippy, if I may quote you from your previous reply:

[Frippy] Premiere and AfterEffects CAN NOT transcode PAL<>NTSC

Now you say they can? But not as good quality?

Well, what is it? Can they do it or not?



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Skeeter
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 11, 2006 at 4:57:01 pm

Thanks for the discussion guys,

I've sent out both NTSC and PAL.. hopefully the NTSC works, because the PAL i converted in Premiere.. and I could not guarantee the quality of playback when it gets to a full PAL system.

Fingers crossed,

thanks again.

Skeets


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Frippy
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 12, 2006 at 12:36:26 pm

If you need quality transcoding - "Can they do it or not?" - answer is NO
By using Premiere can get only low quality videos with interpolated frames, "twitching" movie - this is answer YES :)



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Neil Wilkes
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 15, 2006 at 5:58:05 pm

If you're talking about re-encoding an MPEG-2 file, I would agree.
If you are talking about taking an uncompressed AVI, then you are wrong.
We run these sort of processes all the time, and there is no loss as long as you do it all correctly.

What you cannot do with any kind of acceptable quality is take a PAL DVD & make it an NTSC one - you must revert back to the original media files, and re-author the project.



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Frippy
Re: NTSC to PAL ***URGENT***
on Dec 15, 2006 at 11:57:44 pm

/* revert back to the original media files */

if no original files.....?



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