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Evaldo Vicente
PAL to NTSC in Compressor - Newbie question
on Feb 18, 2013 at 5:23:20 pm

Hi,

This is kind of a newbie question - please forgive my ignorance:
I have 10 files taped in Portugal (PAL) that need to be transcoded to NTSC, for use on broadcast TV here in Canada. I am using Compressor with the Apple ProRes 422 HD codec, but it is taking forever... a typical 30GB file (about 01:15:00 run time) takes no less than 60 hours, and the output file measures at about 130GB.

Any suggestions or workarounds that would allow me to do it faster - using only what I have, btw?

Here is my setup:
Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 (Compressor 3.5.3, Cinema Tools 4.5.1)
MacBook Pro 2009 with OS X Lion (10.7.5)

Here are the original files specs:
File format: QuickTime movie
MPEG 2 Video, Linear PCM, Timecode
1920 x 1080
25 FPS
Compressed with XDCAM HD422 1080i50
2 audio channels @ 48.00 Khz

And these are the settings I am using for transcoding in Compressor:
File format: QuickTime movie
Codecs: Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Timecode, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080
29.97 FPS
2 audio channels at 48.00 Khz.

Any input greatly appreciated.

Thanks.


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Shane Ross
Re: PAL to NTSC in Compressor - Newbie question
on Feb 18, 2013 at 5:46:26 pm

[Evaldo Vicente] "Any suggestions or workarounds that would allow me to do it faster - using only what I have, btw?"

http://www.nattress.com

STANDARDS CONVERTER. Use the footage in your timeline, but apply this plugin.

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Evaldo Vicente
Re: PAL to NTSC in Compressor - Newbie question
on Feb 19, 2013 at 7:39:09 pm

Thanks Shane,

I will give this plug-in a try.
Thanks.


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Mark Spano
Re: PAL to NTSC in Compressor - Newbie question
on Feb 19, 2013 at 6:13:53 pm

Using only what you have, I'd say that's about it. Your current offline file-to-file conversion will not get any faster than that, unless you had multiple systems to string together in a cluster.

However, your time may be more valuable than the cost of a Blackmagic Teranex 2D. You can play out of one system and have each episode converted in real time by the 2D and recapture the converted output on another system. The conversion looks good and you would be saving 50+ hours each time.



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