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Jen Dunbar
NTSC Sequence Settings for US Broadcast
on Feb 6, 2009 at 11:31:26 am


I'm submitting a documentary to some US film festivals and PBS stations and I need to convert our Digibeta Pal sequence into NTSC format. Which settings do I use on my sequence in my Final Cut Project?


Aspect Ratio, is it NTSC (4:3) or NTSC DV (3:2)?

Pixel Aspect Ratio, is it Square, or NTSC CCIR 601 / DV (720x480)?

I've tried all the above combinations and it seems to cut off part of the image, is this unavoidable when converting from PAL to NTSC?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Stephen Smith
Re: NTSC Sequence Settings for US Broadcast
on Feb 9, 2009 at 8:07:31 pm

You need to set your sequence to 720x486 CCIR 601 NTSC (40:27) It will not cut off any of the image and 720 x 486 is what you should be set to for broadcast. 720 x 480 is for DVDs. Personally, I would just send the Digibeta Pal to a transfer house and have them transfer the Pal tape to a Digibeta NTSC tape. (or what ever tape format the station will take it in,)

Stephen Smith
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