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ian haig
exporting NTSC
on May 18, 2010 at 5:37:08 am

I have a question I was hoping you may be able to help me with.

1. I have a DV PAL movie made from Final Cut Pro, I needed to send this on DVD to the US, so I actually used TOAST and re encoded the DVD as NTSC which was probably a dumb thing to do, it made an NTSC dvd, most of it is OK, however on certain bits of movement I get a sawtooth look, which i assume is a interlace or field issue. I see this when I play it back on a PAL TV, MY DV PAL movie plays fine.

As I have sent a number of these DVD's off to the States, will this interlace/sawtooth problem appear on TV's in the US ?

2. When making another NTSC movie from my PAL DV, I put a shift field filter on my PAL DV movie and put it to LOWER and when I exported this new NTSC movie it played this what I should do ? what is the best way to export a NTSC movie from FCP should I be using compressor ?



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John Fishback
Re: exporting NTSC
on May 18, 2010 at 10:56:04 pm

I'm not expert in standards conversions. The couple times I've done it with software I used Graeme Nattress' Standards Converter. I've seen people discuss successful conversions with Compressor, but I have never used it for that. If you search, it's possible you'll find a Cow tutorial about this. I seem to recall one.


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Sascha Engel
Re: exporting NTSC
on May 19, 2010 at 9:19:09 pm

There is several ways to convert from and to NTSC:

1.) The most simple one, which I used a couple of times and the result is pretty good: I imported the footage onto a Timeline with the settings of the original footage and exported it into the settings I wanted.

2.) The Nattress one mentioned by Johne works very well.

3.) Friends of mine did it with Compressor and it was doing a good job as well.

4.)Download the App "MPEG Streamclip" - it's for free - also working very nicely on NTSC Conversation (A great App panyway, if you want to convert DVD Footage back to Quicktime!!!!)


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