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Herb Sevush
Creating a PAL DVD - need help!!!
on Apr 11, 2008 at 7:46:47 pm

I'm trying to create a PAL version of an NTSC DVD using DVD Studio Pro. I'm doing fine with re-sizing the graphics and, with help from compressor, creating PAL video elements. But I am getting totally frustrated with what as first seemed a minor task - subtitling.

The original sub-title files were done in English for NTSC. We are using the STL format for subtitles. I can't seem to get DSP to read these files into a PAL project. Because of the 25 FPS rate for PAL I tried changing all time codes ending with frames 25 - 29 to end at 24. This hasn't helped.

Can anybody point me in the right direction, or post a small part of a PAL caption file so I might see what I'm missing.

Thanks.

Herb Sevush
Zebra Productions


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Michael Sacci
Re: Creating a PAL DVD - need help!!!
on Apr 11, 2008 at 8:01:53 pm

Is DVDSP giving you an error?

Did the compressor encode keep relatively the same timecode.



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Kay Nender
Re: Creating a PAL DVD - need help!!!
on Apr 11, 2008 at 8:38:45 pm

Thanks Michael,

I'm working with Herb on this problem.

This is the error message:

No corresponding subtitles found.
The video asset timecode may not correspond with the timecode specified for the subtitles in the import file or the file is invalid


This is the text file:

$Fontname = Arial
$FontSize = 30
$TapeOffset = TRUE
$HorzAlign = Center
$VertAlign = Bottom
$TextContrast = 15
$Outline1Contrast = 15
$Outline2Contrast = 10
$BackgroundContrast = 0
$FadeIn = 6
$FadeOut = 6
$ColorIndex1 = 3
$ColorIndex2 = 1
$ColorIndex3 = 1
$ColorIndex4 = 15
01:02:19:11 ,01:02:20:07 ,FIVE, FOUR,
01:02:20:07 ,01:02:20:24 ,GO
01:02:20:24 ,01:02:25:00 ,THREE, TWO, ONE, ZERO.
01:02:25:00 ,01:02:26:15 ,HOUSTON, WE HAVE IGNITION.
01:02:26:15 ,01:02:27:15 ,WHAT A LIFT OFF.
01:02:27:15 ,01:02:28:15 ,AND LIFT OFF.
01:02:28:15 ,01:02:31:00 ,ROGER IGNITION.
01:03:09:07 ,01:03:10:05 ,HELLO, HOUSTON.
01:03:10:05 ,01:03:12:05 ,THE ENDEAVOR IS ON STATION WITH CARGO
01:03:12:05 ,01:03:15:06 ,AND WHAT A FANTASTIC SIGHT.
01:03:15:06 ,01:03:16:04 ,OH, THIS IS REALLY PROFOUND.
01:03:16:04 ,01:03:19:13 ,I'LL TELL YOU, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY MIND BOGGLING
01:03:19:13 ,01:03:21:01 ,UP HERE.
01:03:21:01 ,01:03:23:15 ,GENTLEMEN, I CAN WELL IMAGINE
01:03:23:15 ,01:03:29:04 ,THAT A FOREIGN PLANET MUST BE A WEIRD THING TO SEE.






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Michael Sacci
Re: Creating a PAL DVD - need help!!!
on Apr 11, 2008 at 8:49:16 pm

[Kay Nender] "The video asset timecode may not correspond with the timecode specified for the subtitles"

My guess is if you look at the new TC on the PAL video it starts at 00:00:00;00 instead of 01:00:00;00



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Kay Nender
Re: Creating a PAL DVD - need help!!!
on Apr 11, 2008 at 9:15:12 pm

Hi Michael,

I tried changing the timecode to hour 0, but DVDSP still won't import the file. I'd really appreciate any other ideas you may have.

Kay



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George Wing
Re: Creating a PAL DVD - need help!!!
on Apr 12, 2008 at 3:18:19 am

Is this a one-time conversion, or are you making it for duplication/replication?

If a one-time job, then have you tried just playing the NTSC DVD in a PAL DVD Player (I understand most PAL DVD Players will play NTSC DVD's).

Regards,
George




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Herb Sevush
Re: Creating a PAL DVD - need help!!!
on Apr 12, 2008 at 8:18:31 pm

George -

We are creating a DVD for duplication. It's a bonus DVD for a book publisher and they want a PAL DVD for the European versions of the book.

Herb Sevush
Zebra Productions


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