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Steve Mullins
a PAL / NTSC Question (selling mp4 / DVDs)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:55:31 am

I have produced several fitness DVDs for my client filmed in PAL, 1080i, 25fps.

He wants to sell these as downloadable .mp4 files, but, what happens if someone wishes to make a NTSC DVD from the PAL 25fps .mp4 file? Is there software for the consumer out there that can do it?

Ive made some tests of the PAL master into NTSC flavours - 23.98 seems to be ok in terms of smooth motion, as this is a NTSC flavour, if I made the .mp4 files all 23.98, would this then allow for easy NTSC and PAL DVD creation?

In future, I think ill film in 23.98 NTSC and up convert to 25fps PAL?

(Note my client has a NX5, I have a EX3)


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Daniel Ludwig
Re: a PAL / NTSC Question (selling mp4 / DVDs)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:48:14 am

you should think the other way round. you can easily record 1080p25, use this for your PAL-DVDs, and then for int. distribution you should conform it to 23.98 and create a NTSC-version out of it.

using this workflow is the best way, as you don´t need to deinterlace your footage prior format-coversion and if you are conformed 1080p23.98, you can create blu-ray for int. distribution out of it as well.

and finally: this is a common workflow!

cheers (from germany)

danny


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Steve Mullins
Re: a PAL / NTSC Question (selling mp4 / DVDs)
on Nov 29, 2012 at 3:18:33 am

sounds so simple - thankyou!

When selling .mp4 versions - which one would you recommend - 25p or 23.98p?

If someone in The USA bought a 25p PAL .mp4, could they burn a DVD NTSC ?

If selling a 23.98 .mp4, could someone in The UK burn a PAL DVD from it?

Obviously they all play .mp4 regardless of framerate etc.. and 24p is usually converted on the fly by the TV / web streamers like PS3, Apple TV etc... if the TV cant handle it


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Daniel Ludwig
Re: a PAL / NTSC Question (selling mp4 / DVDs)
on Dec 1, 2012 at 10:21:18 am

hi steve,
you should use 23.98

all PAL-player could easily play NTSC-DVDs but NTSC-player wont be able to play PAL, conclusion: if you are in PAL-land you wont have any problem with NTSC-DVDs.

by the way: it´s not possible to create a PAL-DVD from 23.98, but this doesn´t matter.

cheers

danny


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