3141 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 2, 2009 7:40 AM by mrbarth
Others may chime in with suggestions, but I have two. First using iDVD you can burn your video in either NTSC or PAL without converting the original footage. You simply burn a DVD in NTSC then change the preference to PAL and burn again. See here for the help info right from iDVD:
"Selecting NTSC or PAL video format
iDVD can create DVDs with video that is in either NTSC or PAL format. NTSC format (with a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second) is used in North America, Japan, and some other non-European countries. PAL format (25 frames per second) is used in most European countries.
iDVD encodes the entire project in the format you have selected in iDVD, regardless of the video format of your footage (except when you burn a OneStep DVD from your camcorder, in which case iDVD automatically encodes the project in the format of your footage). This means you can have video in PAL format that iDVD encodes in NTSC format, and vice versa. When you have conflicting project and video formats, iDVD warns you before burning because sometimes encoding PAL video in NTSC format causes visual distortions. You cannot create a disc that includes video in both formats.
By default, iDVD is set to the correct format for your country.
To select the video format for an iDVD project:
Choose Project > Project Info.
Choose NTSC or PAL from the Video Mode pop-up menu and click OK.
You can use these steps to change the format of a project while you are working on it. If the project is being encoded in the background, however, some files will have to be reencoded. When you switch formats, a warning dialog prompts you that already encoded assets will be erased if you continue with the switch. If you click OK, the previously encoded assets are automatically erased and background encoding reencodes all files in the new format."
The Other way would be to use Toast. It's a third Party program for burning DVD and CD. Many users prefer to burn in Toast.
See below for burning help.
"To change TV standard preferences:
1 Choose Toast > Preferences.
2 Choose the TV Standard:
NTSC: Create discs compatible with televisions in North America, Japan, and parts of South America and Asia.
PAL: Create discs compatible with televisions in much of Europe and Asia, and parts of South America.
3 Close the preferences.
Encoded items are temporarily stored in the Roxio Converted Items folder in your Documents folder. These items are available for additional disc projects and will not need to be reencoded. Temporary files can be very large and are automatically deleted when you quit Toast."
You can read about Toast here: http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/toast/titanium/overview.html
Good luck with your project.
A. iMovie does the type You recorded it in PAL or NTSC - Don't change here.
B. Just starting a PAL resp NTSC project in iDVD and import - Works but the result
of the converted version is low/bad ! !
C. Most PAL DVD-player can playback NTSC. Near no NTSC-player can playback PAL.
If playback on Mac - PAL or NTSC is of no importance.
I put together some thoughts on howto convert a DVD of the wrong sort.
Read on. (One can do it the other way as well)
*PAL to NTSC*
A. Commersial DVDs - No Not at all - Not even legal to discuss.
B. Home made DVDs (without copy protection)
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 conver the PAL DVD to streaming.DV
• I use Roxio Toast™ to do this (There are no free converter)
• MPEG Streamclip (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)
Yours Bengt W