That's my confusion is that I'm not really sure. In NTSC land, when I have a D1 file 720x486 and use my external monitor with FCP, all looks good and normal. That actual file on the computer monitor looks strange because the monitor can't display NTSC pixels. So quicktime displays it using the Production setting under Show Movie Properties, rather than displaying Encoded Pixels. So I would create a 640x480 square pixel file to represent what the TV would display. So looking at the 640x480 square pixel movie file on the computer side by side with the NTSC file on the TV monitor looks identical.
My question is, with PAL, what are the dimensions for this. What would a web deliverable in PAL be. If we deliver 720x486, as 640x480 for web in NTSC land, what is that equivalent in PAL land?
Sorry, this stuff is really confusing. And I'm not even sure I'm saying this correctly or even representing the files correctly. I don't use 720x486 for web because the computer can't display those NTSC pixels and allowing Quicktime to display it using the Production setting, still looks off. Hence using the 640x480 setting.
OS 10.6.7, Mac Pro 2 x 3 ghz quad-core intel xenon, 4 gb ram and AJA IoHD