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picture quality: pal vs. ntsc

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by jdg, Nov 2, 2003.

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  1. pal

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  2. ntsc

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  3. Can't see difference

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  4. Depends on Transfer used

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  5. Depends on a whole raft of issues that simply can't be discussed using a poll

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  1. jdg

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    Which format generally delivers the best picture quality?
     
  2. figrin_dan

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    Don't even go there!
     
  3. cybersoga

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    It's a matter of

    * the quality of the original print used for a given DVD
    * the quality of the transfer process for a given DVD
    * the quality of your viewing equipment, which may be better at displaying NTSC or PAL
    * opinion and the placebo effect
     
  4. Lex

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    Depends...
     
  5. Jeff

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    As a video standard PAL is better full stop, but with individual DVDs it depends on the transfer. With newer DVDs I would say PAL wins most of the time, which is why I switched about a year ago.
     
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    Why oh why don't people use the "search" function:rolleyes:
     
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    I did use the search function, but I couldn't find a clear answer. Maybe its because there isn't one? ;)

    My dilemma is, that I currently own a dvd player which is capable of doing only NTSC progressive. I plan on upgrading to a PAL progressive player later on, when my funds allow it.
    So I just wanted to get some sort of clearification on which version (of dvd movies) I should buy :)
    Didn't intend on annoying people!
     
  8. Kevo

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    NOT AGAIN! :boring:
     
  9. Lex

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    Just because people have discussed things in the past doesn't mean that they can't be discussed again if people so desire it. If you don't want to participate then don't, but it doesn't mean other people can't :smashin:
     
  10. rosemanbridge

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    I wouldn't dream of buying Region 2. They aren't screened at the cinematic speed and the BBFC hack them to death..they've even scissored the Raiders box set!!! Ugh!!!
     
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    Well, most people don't notice the speed difference and the BBFC don't actually cut that many films.

    But I did buy the R1 Indy Boxset to get Temple of Doom uncut :smashin:
     
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    Yes, and they put those crappy DTS tracks on them.
     
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    Like Cybersoga says,
    It depends on the transfer/print and the equipment your using.......

    Eg/ Myself:- Panasonic plasma= 852 x 480 res

    So when i play a NTSC Disc on reg 1 prog (720 x 480) my screen doesnt have to do as much decoding to view the movie.....compared to say a pal disc (720 x 576) on my screen.

    But then again say i put Training day pal on my system and Hercules in new york NTSC ON MY SYSTEM....then it would go back to my first point!
    So equally specced discs on my setup.....Reg 1 is the winner!
    Generally speaking.

    Danny-p
     
  14. jdg

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    I guess, I can judge the poll as inconclusive then :)
     
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    pretty much, yes.

    so if this question ever comes up in Who wants to be a millionaire, make sure you don't ask the audiance. :p
     
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    Most important releases I prefer to get the R1 versions, as they generally have better special features and less cutting. I will never forgive Warner Bros for the R2 release of Eraser which had an entire scene cut at the end (where the train smahes the limo + some earlier croc scenes). BUT to be fair I have not noticed significant 'picture' difference between the two formats, will have to do more investigating when a plasma should arrive early next year :D
     
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    The only real difference I can tell between NTSC and PAL, is the increased line structure visibility you get with NTSC (In 50hz CRT's anyway - I believe this isn't an issue with 100hz, and definately not if you have progressive scan - so I'm told).
    I've demo'd DVD's of the same movie in both R1 and R2, and on my set-up the only difference most of the time was the line structure which I do find annoying. Often though, the NTSC picture looked sharper - more resolution doesn't necessarily equate better picture.
    Like has been said - it depends on a few things, it's just not that clearcut.
     

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