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Convert iDVD project from NTSC to PAL - does that work?

683 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 8:17 AM by babowa RSS
babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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Nov 10, 2012 5:50 PM

I finished a project in NTSC and burned it - looks good.  I also need a couple of DVDs for family/friends in Europe, so - instead of having to start over with iMovie (25 fps) and importing all clips, editing, etc, I checked the settings in iDVD in Project Info and saw that I can switch to PAL - has anyone tried that? Or will it not use the correct frame rate since the clips were assembled in NTSC/30 fps? Being able to do that would obviously save me several hours of work....

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  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)



    Usually iDVD and/or iMovie can do this - BUT THE RESULT IS VERY BAD


    A. from NTSC to PAL - usually no need to do this as most PAL-DVD players and all computers play these as is


    B. from PAL to NTSC - usually You must do this as few NTSC-DVD players playback these


    I do my movie in a Video-editor set to same frame rate as material was recorded in

    - iMovie HD6 - or

    - FinalCut any version

    - NOT iMovie'08 to 11 - as they all way's known - discard every second line in the picture when going from Event's to Project' - and this can not be mended (at all) (can not handle interlaced SD-Video - and HD doesn't make it any better (but even worser))


    Then when material is edited I do

    - Share as full quality

    - import this into JES_Deinterlacer (free on Internet) and convert it to NTSC

    (this it does so much better and Pro applications at astronomical costs - fairly noticable better - to no real gain)


    Then I import this New into a PAL-iDVD project.

    Save as a DiskImage

    Test it to see that all play's well

    Burn it with - Disk Util tool - or Roxio Toast™ (I like)


    Yours Bengt W

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,415 points)

    Yes, most DVD players sold in Europe will play both PAL and Never-The-Same-Color without a hitch.


    Older, or very cheap, DVD players may object!

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (18,920 points)



    I had been under the impression that one needed a multi-region (PAL, NTSC, and whatever others there are) DVD player


    You may be - mix two very different entities.

    • TV-System

    • Region Code


    TV-System - is number of lines that build up the picture and the refreshment rate - frames per second

    EU = PAL = 625 lines - 25 frames per sec (interlaced as on all DVDs)

    USA = NTSC = 480 lines - 29.97 frames per sec (interlaced as on all DVDs)


    Region Code

    EU = 2

    USA = 1


    What iDVD always does is Region Code = 0 (can be played on all DVD-players as long as it can handle the TV-System


    EU = Most can handle both PAL and NTSC

    USA = Most only can do NTSC


    Yours Bengt W


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