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Pat Ford
Pal Conversion
on Dec 9, 2008 at 7:32:23 pm

I have some Pal footage which I'd like to look as good as possible in my NTSC project. I tried various software conversion and none worked well. I took the stuff to a posthouse and they did a hardware conversion. However, the conversion is still jerky when the camera is panned.

Anything else I should consider?


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Stephen Smith
Re: Pal Conversion
on Dec 9, 2008 at 8:44:54 pm

If you have FCP I would check out Nattress's Standards Conversion plug-in.






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Pat Ford
Re: Pal Conversion
on Dec 9, 2008 at 8:54:34 pm

Thanks.

Should have mentioned I am on Premiere Pro CS2. I have heard about the Natress plug-in.... I have gone through a lot of converters on the Windows side.

I always thought that hardware conversion was in any case better than software conversion...but this is far from perfect.



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Greg Ball
Re: Pal Conversion
on Dec 10, 2008 at 4:03:09 am

I think you really need to get it converted at a facility who has something like and Alchemist Platinum
standards converter. These converters are quite expensive and will work much better for you than any software method you're trying.



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Pat Ford
Re: Pal Conversion
on Dec 10, 2008 at 4:25:16 am

Thanks Greg. I did get it converted at one of the leading post houses here in Seattle. And it was a hardware conversion.

I was surprised that it was not much better than the freeware converters I tried. I understand that top of the line converters are Wilcox & Snell.



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Mike Smith
Re: Pal Conversion
on Dec 10, 2008 at 2:34:28 pm

Have you tried a Procoder conversion ?


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Vince Becquiot
Re: Pal Conversion
on Dec 11, 2008 at 3:13:58 am

Cheapest and best quality I've gotten converting through software was with TMPGEnc Xpress

http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com/en/product/te4xp.html#tabs



Vince Becquiot
Director | Editor

Kaptis Studios
San Francisco - Bay Area


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David Keslick
Re: Pal Conversion
on Dec 11, 2008 at 5:56:49 pm

For converting Pal to NTSC you may want to try the demo of DVfilm Atlantis. It will convert Pal to NTSC and NTSC to Pal.

Hope this is helpful,
Dave



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