4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2013 6:17 AM by Bengt Wärleby
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How do I convert PAL to NTSC in FCP?


Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: converting PAL to NTSC in FCP
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,115 points)

    You can do it in compressor or get this plug in which does a great job.  I've had it for years and am still using it

     

    http://www.nattress.com/?q=Standards%20

     

    I'm outputting a 90 minute show right now.

     

    Do some googling for the compressor instructions.  if you can't find anything, post back and I'll see what I can find.

  • 2. Re: converting PAL to NTSC in FCP
    Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,155 points)

    Hi

     

    May be my Amateuristic way can be of help ?


    PAL to NTSC or NTSC to PAL

     

    A. Copying commercial DVDs - No Not possibly at all - Not even legal to discuss.

     

    B. Home made DVDs (DVDs without copy protection)

     

    C. Movies from iMovie or FinalCut

    • Save as full quality QuickTime .mov and convert this with JES_Deinterlacer  (free on internet)

     

    NTSC ---> PAL.

    • Most often not necessary - Most stand alone PAL DVD-players playback NTSC

    (if TV is old in BL/W)

     

    PAL ---> NTSC.

    • If played on Mac - not necessary AT ALL

    • If on NTSC DVD-player - CONVERSION IS NEEDED - nearly no Stand alone NTSC-DVD-players

    playback PAL at all.

     

    To do this You need to convert the PAL DVD to streaming.DV or full quality QuickTime .mov

    • I use Roxio Toast™ to do this (There are no free converter)

    • JES_Deinterlacer  (free on internet) to convert to NTSC

    • Set up an NTSC project (29.97fps or 30) in iDVD and import then burn

     

    I burn to

    • Verbatim DVD-R

    • Set down burn speed in iDVD to x1 or x4 recommended by many

    • Secure a minimum of 25Gb free space on internal boot hard disk before burning (IMPORTANT)

     

    PAL is 25 fps and an analog TV standard of 625 lines

     

    NTSC is 29.97 fps and 520 lines

     

    NTSC (29.97fps) 520 lines - about 640x480 pixels (square) 720x480 rectangular (narrow) pixels

    PAL  (25 fps)   625   lines - about 768x576 pixels (square) 720x576 rectangular (narrow) pixels

     

    to use a photo 702x480 resp 576 then add 9 pixels on each side to add together as 720

     

    If iDVD hangs on PAL or NTSC.

     

    Bengt W wrote

    Deleting iDVD pref. file - should return You into NTSC mode.

     

    Yes iDVD can switch to PAL - BUT as You see with a rather lousy result.

     

    a. Need to convert to PAL - most often not - Most PAL-player can playback NTSC

    and on a fairly new TV in color. (old TV in Bl/W)

    (Other way around - from PAL to NTSC most often a must - few NTSC-player can use PAL)

     

    b. IF MUST - then use JES_Deinterlacer to do this conversion - so much better and free.

     

    My list on this (or rather PAL --> NTSC - just think the other way around)

     

    I have to send it overseas

     

    That too can be a problem. As USA = NTSC = 29.97fps and EU = PAL = 25fps.

     

    DO Not let iMovie or iDVD do this conversion from one to the other - Result will be Very

    BAD

     

    I save the movie as a full quality QuickTime .mov file then I use JES_Deinterlacer to do the conversion - then I cont. in iMovie or iDVD with project set accordingly.

     

    JES_Deinterlacer is free on Internet and there are Pro applications but not that much better and costs are astronomical.

     

    PAL-DVDs - don't play in US

     

    NTSC-DVDs - usually plays well in EU

     

    All plays well on a Mac - What ever.

     

    Allosaurus writes

    Thank you SDMacuser. I dumped all the plist icons with no result, and was getting pretty plist off when it occurred to me to delete all the previous dvd.proj files. Bingo. That did the trick. So thank you for all your help and the additional information you provided.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • 3. Re: converting PAL to NTSC in FCP
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,115 points)

    "b. IF MUST - then use JES_Deinterlacer to do this conversion - so much better and free."

     

    If you've got fcp, you've got Compressor, so cost is not an issue.  Not sure it's any better than compressor.  I use Natresses Standards Converter for PAL to NTSC and vice versa, but for all other uses, when I've done a comparison of JES-Deinterlacer with Compressor, I haven't seen better results with JES_Deinterlacer.  I haven't done extensive tests so perhaps there are things I'm missing.

     

    Using Compressor and DVDSP will almost always give you superior results to IDVD.  Neither Compressor or DVDSP have a particularly steep learning curve if all you need to do is make a dvd with a simple menu.

  • 4. Re: converting PAL to NTSC in FCP
    Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,155 points)

    Yes You are 100%

     

    But when I wrote this - long time ago I didn't have FCP incl Compressor so my only option was JES_D. and I found the result OK compared with what I could lay hands on back then.

     

    Yours Bengt W