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Alex Rose
Advice on converting NTSC to PAL
on Jan 17, 2006 at 9:38:15 pm


I am wondering if anyone can point me towards advice or howto's on converting all of the assets on our DVD to PAL. It is important that we not lose the chapter markers we insert in FCP before we bring it back into DVDSP.


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Matthew Keane
Re: Advice on converting NTSC to PAL
on Jan 21, 2006 at 12:58:22 pm

I'm doing the opposite at the moment - creating the NTSC version of a PAL DVD project. In my case I was able to go back the the original After Effects project and create an NTSC composition into which I dropped the existing PAL comps. I rendered this out as uncompressed and then used Compressor to crunch the MPEG2 video file.

In DVDSP, I saved a copy of my PAL project and deleted all the video files from the assets bin so that I could change the project settings to NTSC. All the tracks (including chapter markers), menus, scripts etc remained in place so I then imported the new NTSC assets and dropped them into place. The chapter markers sometimes need tweaking so that they sit on the start of a GOP in the new video file, and it looks like I'll have to check the subtitle files carefully for timecode hiccups, but other than that, it went very smoothly.


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