PAL to NTSC Conversion

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by P.C. Ford, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. P.C. Ford

    P.C. Ford Guest

    Long story short...I was going to go to shoot on site...client said
    there will be people shooting there. I said ok, just be sure to get me
    source tapes.....

    I got a mixture of PAL NTSC HD WMV and...what else...all on DVDs.

    My question is how to convert Pal to NTSC. I have done searches and
    have tried a few converters but they don't deal with the frame rate
    change well. My post house said that it is possible to do with a home
    brew solution; the post house can do it better but still not perfect.

    Any suggestions?
    P.C. Ford, Jul 27, 2008
    1. Advertisements

  2. P.C. Ford

    Bill Fright Guest

    I'd try to beg for what you asked for in the first place... Copies of
    source tapes. There are really good converters out there but if you have
    to extract from DVD in the first place, you'll hate the quality.

    IMO, PAL and NTSC never marry perfectly but I've gotten some really
    respectable results.

    Bill Fright, Jul 28, 2008
    1. Advertisements

  3. P.C. Ford

    P.C. Ford Guest

    What converter did you use? All the "push the button" converters leave
    a lot to be desired.

    The site to be shot is in Beijing. I am not real excited about going
    to shoot...but certainly will if I need to. Also, the Chinese are
    being funny about visas and equipment. I would have already gone if
    not for these factors.
    P.C. Ford, Jul 28, 2008
  4. I had to convert a PAL DV source to NTSC DVD once, and the only converter
    that really nailed it without any hassle was Canopus Procoder 2.

    Markus Fuenfrocken, Jul 28, 2008
  5. P.C. Ford

    Powell Guest

    Powell, Jul 28, 2008
  6. P.C. Ford

    P.C. Ford Guest

    P.C. Ford, Jul 28, 2008
  7. I used to do massive amounts of PAL to NTSC DVD conversions using a
    combination of DGIndex, Avisynth and TMPGEnc which gave the best results.
    The first two programs are free, the third is shareware. Definitely not
    push-button, but it'll recompress your video only once (in TMPGEnc).

    Look on for tutorials.

    Jacques E. Bouchard, Jul 28, 2008
  8. P.C. Ford

    Spex Guest

    LOL, not the same post house that said you could uprez PD150 video to
    HD? The level of advice you've been given would suggest it was.

    If you are serious about getting standards conversion done at the very
    highest level then you should seek out a facility with a Snell & Wilcox

    The next level down would be to use something like Shake or Compressor
    to do an optical flow retime of the footage.

    If you have a lot of footage then the S&W is the preferred method.
    Spex, Jul 29, 2008
  9. P.C. Ford

    mkujbida Guest

    Download the trial version (good for 30 days) of Vegas Pro 8, load in
    the PAL footage and render it out as NTSC DV-AVI.
    Then you can use it in any NLE you want.

    mkujbida, Jul 29, 2008
  10. P.C. Ford

    Peter Guest

    Can anyone recommend a simple but high quality converter?

    The purpose is to display text (I can choose the font to be nice and
    thick and big) showing on an 800x600 winXP industrial PC device, on a
    "box" which has an NTSC composite video input.
    Peter, Sep 7, 2008
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.