Do US domestic DVD Players have multi region playback?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Moving Vision, Sep 25, 2004.

  1. I have to fly over to Houston shortly for a business meeting at which I
    also need to show some material produced on PAL video. I'm thinking to
    take a PAL PD170 as a player and I also have PAL DVD's. How reasonable
    will it be to find a domestic DVD player over there which can play PAL
    disks at full quality and a PAL capable TV/monitor?

    I'm sure I could find professional equipment rental facilities but if
    ordinary domestic kit can do it it will save me hassle and expense. In
    Europe multi region TV's and DVD players are pretty common. Otherwise I
    can get my local colleague (a college professor who knows little about
    these things) to hire some professional equipment from somewhere in the
    Houston area. We only need it for a few hours on a Friday, dunno which
    one yet, next month.

    Cheers
     
    Moving Vision, Sep 25, 2004
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    Jack Perry Guest

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    Jack Perry, Sep 26, 2004
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    gothika Guest

    I have a Daewoo region free dvd player that plays anything and can be
    set from ntsc to pal at the push of a button.
    Mod# DVG-500N Cost me about 70 bucks on ebay.
     
    gothika, Sep 26, 2004
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  4. If your DVD has much importance, I would certainly take along something
    (player AND screen) to show it with. Chances of finding PAL-capable
    equipment in any particular place (especially in a corporate setting)
    will likely vary between slim and none. Unless these people regularly
    deal with playing back PAL DVDs for some reason (you didn't mention
    what kind of business it is.)

    Note that your average NTSC TV/Monitor will *NOT* handle PAL
    either, so just taking along a player seems insufficient to me.

    Do you have a laptop PC with DVD drive? Can you play it on that?
    It may be the most portable and universal way of playing back a
    PAL DVD in NTSC-land since the computer video is standard and
    will fit US monitors and projectors.
    If you have that much lead time, what about just making an NTSC
    DVD for use in the territories? Likely much easier to handle than
    trying to find PAL equipment.
     
    Richard Crowley, Sep 26, 2004
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  5. Thanks for the tips Richard. Looks like the meeting is going to be in
    Dallas and not Houston. I'm negotiating a distribution deal for the US
    DVD version of a film we produced earlier. We've already created the
    DVD version in terms of menus, extras and chapter points but before we
    re-master for the pressed distribution version (as opposed to an
    unmarketable burned version) we need to be agreed about the design as
    well as the rights. Our burned DVD has been produced within a G5 FCP
    system. We have tried the NTSC conversion facility provided within FCP
    but sadly the conversion quality is just no where near good enough. I
    guess there's a reason why we still have to convert our PAL master tapes
    to NTSC Digi Beta via a $180,000 Snell & Wilcox Alchemist! (Facilities
    house of course, not our machine) We'll then have a completely new NTSC
    DVD master created from that. An expensive and demanding palaver, hence
    we don't have a suitable NTSC DVD to demonstrate yet.

    Fortunately my Texas associate has managed to locate a bunch of PAL
    equipment for our meeting so it looks like we'll be OK. He did complain
    that it took him a long time find it though.

    Cheers
     
    Moving Vision, Sep 28, 2004
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