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Old 2004-12-05, 06:22 PM
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PAL to NTSC...?

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ust getting into DVD boots...

Can a person download a PAL DVD and burn to NTSC with NERO? I remember seeing a setting in nero where you can pick formats...

I want to download the 12.03 U2 DVD that is up now

Sorry if this has been asked before...I did look...

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Old 2004-12-05, 06:45 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

I don't use Nero, but I'm going to take a stab at this and say NO. You need to use some conversion software to convert the PAL DVD to NTSC format. You can find it over at videohelp.com, but it may be easier to just buy yourself ("Oh no, here she goes....") a cheap Apex play that plays both formats.
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Old 2004-12-05, 07:07 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

Yes, actually, depending on the Nero package you have, you will be able to convert from PAL to NTSC when burning your DVD. It will take quite a long time to do, however. This is a discouraged practice as it reduces the quality of the recording. Lynne's advice is the best...to just spend the $40 to get yourself a multi-format DVD player.
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Old 2004-12-05, 07:10 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

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Yes, actually, depending on the Nero package you have, you will be able to convert from PAL to NTSC when burning your DVD. It will take quite a long time to do, however.
Really? Hmmm, but as you said, the conversion reduces the quality.
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Old 2004-12-05, 07:26 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

I think NeroVision 3, which comes with the latest version of Nero 6.6.01 does this.
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Old 2004-12-05, 07:57 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

My DVD player plays both.
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

Does the TV need to be able to handle PAL as well? I now have some PAL DVDs so I'm going to test my 2 Apex players and see if either or both work on my TVs. Whee!
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

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Does the TV need to be able to handle PAL as well?
No, the DVD player will interpret the signal the right way....

Let us know how the PAL/NTSC test goes....
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Old 2004-12-05, 09:12 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

err.... the TV needs to see an NTSC signal. If the DVD player does a PAL>NTSC conversion, then fine.

On the conversion issue. PAL is a higher resolution standard than NTSC. Simply based on specs, you will lose quality on the downconversion, but unless the source was shot in dual formats you don't have a choice.
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Old 2004-12-05, 09:23 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

DVD players bought in America will output an NTSC signal....if it plays dual-format, it will do the necessary conversion internally.
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Old 2004-12-05, 11:42 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

The two Apex players I have do the conversion internally, so it doesn't matter about your TV set. However, sometimes my PAL DVDs will skip occassionally when I play them.
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Old 2004-12-06, 09:30 AM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

It sure matters on my TV. My standalone DVD player plays both formats, but the TV can't handle PAL so I get a shitty, stretched black and white picture. I guess I don't have one that does on-the-fly conversion. I can only watch PAL DVD's on my computer.
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

I could be wrong, but I would be surprised if a modern US "NTSC" TV set had trouble with accepting a PAL signal from a DVD player. I would imagine that modern sets constructed the same for all regions of the world and are hence capable of accepting all kinds of input even if they don't explicitly say they can. Also, to be pedantic, PAL and NTSC refer to methods of analog colour encoding: technically they are a separate issue from the resolution and frame rate of the picture. For example, although Western Europe uses 625/50 and PAL colour (PAL-I), Brazil uses 525/60 but with PAL colour (PAL-M). There are two questions to consider - whether your TV can synch to a non-standard frame rate (e.g. 50 fields-per-second in the US) and secondly if it can decode the colour. Most modern TV sets in Europe can do the former and given the economy of scale of global production, I'd be surprised (but open to correction) if a set purchased in the US could not likewise. The key feature to look for is an automatic vertical hold.
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Old 2004-12-06, 12:26 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

Wow, this is some crazy stuff. You guys are wicked smart. I guess, for me, the bottom line is that if Nero can burn to PAL (and there is a menu in Nero to select the country PAL) then it must be able to play them on my computer.

But what happens if I get a TV reception card for my computer...would I still be able to watch PAL DVD on it? (just kidding...)
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Old 2004-12-06, 12:35 PM
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Re: PAL to NTSC...?

Your computer should be able to play PAL or NTSC.
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