Eric, but not the other way around I'm being told from America. I've had a film accepted by a festival in America and they insist on demanding an NTSC disc, either DVD or BD. They accepted a PAL DVD for initial submission which they obviously played. For the public exhibition they want all NTSC.
Is there an easy conversion, otherwise I'll not bother? I've got Toast 11 Pro, will that convert PAL to NTSC. I'm prepared to re import my HD file (ProRes 422 HQ) provided I can then do an easy conversion.
By the way, I thought that Blu-Ray did not differentiate between PAL and NTSC, obviously I'm wrong.
Thanks for any help or advice that you can supply.
Yes, US is for the most part PAL-less. Expect most people not to be able to play it.
IMO the best Pal to NTSC conversion is to convert your footage to 24p, just by retiming it. This change will not be noticable and you get a frame for frame conversion. This conversion should not be done in toast or any other authoring system. Use Compressor or similar to do this the image is also changed but the frame rate is what cause the most trouble.
Their (US) television pics are not as good as ours, neither are their programmes come to think of it. Actually, some American homes I've been in can play PAL DVD's on their players, I think the modern kit will play both.
My festival still insists on NTSC and I've been advised that the conversion is best done in Compressor and I'm being sent the settings.
[Michael Slowe]" I think the modern kit will play both."
Very few manufactured DVD, BluRay players and TVs in the US can play PAL. PAL playback is by far the exception to the rule. US needs to be thought of as NTSC only unless you are only delivering to a specific individual that states they are PAL compatible.
NTSC is always 720x480 on a DVD. It is the shape of the pixels that change. 4:3 is .9 and 16:9 is 1.2. If you are using Photoshop it corrects for this as you build, as does any video graphic package. If you are doing it manually you start off with 854x480 (square), design then convert to 720x480, if you are looking at it in a photo program the image will now look wrong. Bring it into DVDSP set it to 16:9 and it will look correct.
I would agree when going from NTSC to PAL, it is the framerate that is the problem, but my suggesting you are not converting the framerate, but retiming the rate to play all the actual frames at a different speed. There is no real work here. The resolution is a minor adjustment. IF they have it it just save them some money.