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jan boersma
Convert PAL HD (XDCAM 720p50) to SD NTSC DVD
on Oct 26, 2011 at 3:17:29 pm

I need to create a NTSC DVD from footage that was shot on PAL (XDCAM 720p50),what is the best way to achieve this?
Can I send my finished movie straight into compressor to create a NTSC MPEG2 or do I need to take an intermediate step to convert to NTSC?
I know that XDCAM 720p50 maybe strictly speaking isn't PAL but have never done this workflow before.

Any ideas?
Thanks,
Johan


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John Pale
Re: Convert PAL HD (XDCAM 720p50) to SD NTSC DVD
on Oct 26, 2011 at 3:23:14 pm

Yes. You need the intermediate step of converting to NTSC. The MPEG encoder doesn't do standards conversion...it's very complicated to make the GOP structure while converting standards.

You can down convert to SD and convert to SD in one step though. Use Pro Res or Uncompressed 8 bit for your intermediate file.


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John Pale
Re: Convert PAL HD (XDCAM 720p50) to SD NTSC DVD
on Oct 26, 2011 at 3:27:07 pm

"You can down convert to SD and convert to SD in one step though"

I meant you can down convert to SD and convert to NTSC in one step.


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