What are the Problems Playing PAL VCD in North America?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by lcheni, May 17, 2005.

  1. lcheni

    lcheni Guest

    I bought a TaiJi exercise VCD in Taiwan Jan, 2004, and have had no
    problems playing it in various DVD players in Taiwan, USA, and Canada;
    and now on my computer.

    Just now, as I was playing it with Tmgpc/Nero etc of the contents of
    this VCD, I found it is actually a PAL version (size 352x288; Frame
    rate: 25 HZ etc). Without experiencing any problems for playing it
    during the last 16 months, I am wondering what's the fuss about the
    difference between NTSC and PAL.

    Currently, I was planning to rip the contents out to MPG file then to
    re-organize the flow and/or adding Chapters before burning into a

    Actually, last Friday, without knowing the difference, I burnt a VCD
    (Pal) that was played in my home DVD player (Panasonic) with no
    apparent problems.

    With the PAL format has no apparent effects on the VCD production, (or
    I am just lucky in getting DVD players that are tolerant of both
    formats?); I am wondering do I have to convert from PAL to NTSC for the
    DVD production?

    Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    lcheni, May 17, 2005
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  2. lcheni

    DeepOne Guest

    Some recent players will convert PAL DVDs to NTSC output - even if the
    documentation doesn't mention it. I have a Pioneer DV-363 that does a
    pretty good job of this, but the motion isn't entirely smooth due to
    the different framerates involved.

    I have an older player (Pioneer DVL-919) which will *not* convert
    ordinary PAL DVDs to NTSC. It plays them, but it apparently puts out
    a PAL signal which is not viewable on an NTSC TV. Oddly enough, I
    have found that I *can* play PAL video in VCD format on it just fine
    (whether the video is on a DVD or a VCD, I think). I don't fully
    understand why, but I think it may have something to do with the fact
    that VCD video is not interlaced.

    Anyway, you may find that if you play a normal PAL DVD (with
    interlaced MPEG2 video), your results will not be the same as they
    have been with the VCDs. Region coding can also become a problem if
    you try to play a PAL DVD that has regional coding.
    DeepOne, May 17, 2005
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  3. lcheni

    lcheni Guest

    Just now, as I was loading those PAL mpg files for trial by Nero
    Express 6. I got a msg:

    "The Video file ..........mpg is not video CD compliant. The
    video will be re-encoded to Video CD format before burning."

    Just wondering whether Nero6 would be trying to convert those PAL
    videos into NTSC compliant ones? Or it means something else?
    lcheni, May 17, 2005
  4. lcheni

    DeepOne Guest

    If Nero is set to make an NTSC VCD, then I expect it would want to
    convert them to NTSC format (I doubt it would do a very good job of
    that). You could try setting it to make a PAL VCD to see if it still
    gives you that message.
    DeepOne, May 17, 2005
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