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playing pal dvd's in the states

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by molipa, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. molipa

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    Hi.
    i have a small video production company specialising in local history and aviation videos and have recently started offering our titles on DVD.
    I have two problems that i hope someone can answer.

    If i ship a pal dvd to someone in the states will it play on their equipment.

    we are presently copying DVD's using an Mtech copying machine on -r format however we are getting about a 20% return rate [picture freezing etc] is this down to poor quality discs,also we have found that +r discs seem to read better in older dvd players and that the cheaper dvd players seem more tolerant of our copies,has any one else found this.
     
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    I have sent -R PAL DVDs to the States and Canada. They will normally play on their PCs, but not on most of their stand-alone DVD players. I was quite surprised. Even failed on new players. Do a conversion from PAL to NTSC and they will all play OK over there. That's what I have found.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    Incidently, do you do disc pressing ? - if so please PM me.
    Regards
     
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    The primary issue here is that (because there's really no significant demand) the majority of US

    - TVs
    - DVD players

    do not have the ability to display a PAL TV signal. In Europe, however (because there IS demand) much of our more recent equipment is dual standard to a greater or lesser degree.

    So, to be assured of compatibility with the majority of potential buyers, you will have to produce a true NTSC edition of your discs. If you are generating the MPEG files on a PC, you will probably find the software has the ability to convert for you. TMPGEnc does this.

    Indeed, because of the relatively high proportion of multi-standard equipment in Europe, you may want to consider doing ALL your work in NTSC, to save time and mastering costs. You will already be aware that many of use routinely buy commercial DVDs from US and Canadian sources (which are NTSC). There have even been a few cases where major studios have actually officially released NTSC product over here for precisely this reason.
     
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    On a related note, I'm interested in getting a DVD multi-changer (Sony or the like) from the USA. However, although most of my discs are R1, I do have a few R2 (PAL) discs and I was wondering how they would play. Would the outputted signal be NTSC or PAL? Looking at the specs (and guessing a lot) I presume that most of these players will output NTSC or PAL, depending on the disc - it's just more cost effective to produce all players with the same common video circuitry surely?

    Ideally, I'd like to be able to put a PAL disc in (assuming the relevant multi-region mod is in place of course) and have the player output a PAL signal. Am I expecting a bit much??

    Anyone got a fairly new USA DVD player that can confirm this behaviour - especially a Sony DVP-875P mulit-changer!!? :)

    Please don't add any more speculation - hard facts only.
     
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    Loada: "How would they play"?

    Not at all is the probable answer. Most product aimed at the domestic US market has no PAL ability at all.
     
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    I can't comment on multi-changers specifically, but can confirm from my own experience that you can not count on a US player being able to play a PAL disk at all.

    I recently sent both PAL and NTSC copies of a DVD I made (family video) to my sister in the US. She tried them in 4 different DVD players. 1 of the 4 played the PAL DVD OK. One other played it, but video was in black and white only. The other 2 machines would not even play it a all. (All 4 machines played the NTSC versions OK).

    So, in making disks for the US market, unless you know they have a player that will play PAL I would convert them to NTSC. And I'd want to try a multi-changer with a PAL disc first before I brought it over here.

    It does seem to becoming more common though for US players to play PAL. The one player my sister tried that worked was a brand new JVC one.

    Mark
     
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    Thanks for all the info in this thread - just wondering if DVD players on pc's in the States would be able to play PAL dvd's ok. I've recorded some things from tv to send to a friend - didn't realise they probably wouldn't work on a multiregion player in the States. Just wondering about the pc playing them though.

    Thanks
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    A PAL disc should play fine on a PC where NTSC/PAL is irrelevant.All home recorded dvd's have no region coding
     
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    We have a holiday home in Florida, and often take pal discs/videos over for the kids to watch, no problem on our LG video/DVD player. Often we tape NTSC and play back in the UK. Tried copying these from video to discs using my E100 but get a 2" noice bar at the botom of the screen.
     
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    The E100 will record pure NTSC only.UK vcr's only output PAL 60,a variant used to increase compatibility,and not usually possible to record-but it appears Philips dvd recorders CAN record PAL 60
     
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    Thanks for that information
    steve
     

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