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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 10:47 AM
Maybe someone could help me with this...

I received some dvds that I can't play in my dvd player (Sony DVP-NS 325).
Of course I can play them in my computer...
Obviously, I need a multizone dvd player.

I'd like to know if there is a way to change this, a program or something. ???

I can play everything coming from USA, but not from Europe. (I sent one of this discs to brother Colin, and he can play it well)...

Thanks again,
Gaston.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 02:01 PM
Hi Gaston ... and thanks again for that DVD ... I nearly wore it out already

I know that it is possible to convert PAL recordings into NTSC format ... BUT ... I don't think it is a simple task. Denza kindly converted the 2004 Gov't Mule show from Cologne show for me so that I could spread it around my friends in the USA ... I suggest you ask him for advice as he is pretty expert in this field. If you can't get in touch with him (I haven't seen him around this board for a while now) then you could try bbart (Bob) who is also up to speed with these conversions.

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 02:31 PM
*Usually* when you convert PAL to NTSC there is some quality loss and you can end up with weird anomalies in the picture. Likewise I don't think it's a simple process.

I think your best bet would be to search out a region free DVD player. You can find a good one for cheap these days. These come in very handy, too, if you're a movie buff. Lots of good stuff only sold in the UK at this time.


 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 03:32 PM
I have a $500 DVD player for my main stereo and a Cheap $75 Portable DVD player.

The $500 DVD player will not play PAL. the $75 cheap one will. Go Figure.

I'd say buy a cheap portable DVD player. So far everyone I've tried has worked (about 4 different brands.)

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 03:36 PM
Thanks Colin and boss2005...

It's funny because I can play Zone 1 (North America) and Zone 4 (Latin America) when I rent a movie.

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 03:42 PM
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I have a $500 DVD player for my main stereo and a Cheap $75 Portable DVD player.

The $500 DVD player will not play PAL. the $75 cheap one will. Go Figure.

I'd say buy a cheap portable DVD player. So far everyone I've tried has worked (about 4 different brands.)
Hey Josh.
That's a good idea... Thanks.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 04:29 PM
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Thanks Colin and boss2005...

It's funny because I can play Zone 1 (North America) and Zone 4 (Latin America) when I rent a movie.

Thanks again.




Zone coding is another issue altogether, nothing to do with PAL / NTSC format ... PAL and NTSC use different frame per second imaging.

Also, I understand what boss2005 is saying, but done properly you can convert from PAL to NTSC without loss of quality ... as anyone who ended up with a copy of my Mule 09/06/05 DVD from Cologne that Denza did such a great job of converting and authoring for me will attest to.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 05:39 PM
It is possible to do conversions, yes, but I would just suspect that the average person (like me!) would have no idea how to do that.

I know with a lot of PAL films converted to NTSC that I buy you end up with a lot of weird stuff going on becuase of the transfer. I suppose it also would depend on if the source is film or tape too. Perhaps getting in over my head here..

In the end, I guess it simply comes down to necessity. If you have **many** PAL-formatted discs, I'd get the region free DVD player. I don't think most Region 1 players will do PAL even if it's Region 0.

Just search ebay for one---but make sure you buy from a seller with good feedback. Most of the time these are standard region 1 players where you just punch a code on the remote and voila---now you can play anything. I don't have one yet so I do play PAL on my computer and I'm okay with it.

So far as transferring it, find someone a bit more technical. I'll probably figure it out someday though.




 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 07:31 PM
As you know, DVD's video format is mpeg2, it is compressed. Also frame late of PAL format is almost 25 frames/second and NTSC is 30(29.97) frames/second. So it's not easy to convert PAL to NTSC (or NTSC to PAL) without converting video format, I think.
I do always just like this:
Convert mpeg2 to DV format by using mpegstrreamclip with option setting of frame late change.
Re-author DV format to mpeg2 DVD format (.vob).
This will takes so many time, also need much room of harddisk because DV format use 2Gbyte for only 9 minutes long.
Also have some more idea but not tried yet.
There might be more easy way but I don't know it well.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 07:37 PM
Thank you Masahiko...

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 07:43 PM
i have a $400 dvd player also that wont play pal . my $25 memorex
plays it just fine.

 

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i have a $400 dvd player also that wont play pal . my $25 memorex
plays it just fine.
Hey brother David!
Well, my next dvd player will be a cheap one, no doubt about it...

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 07:47 PM
What about this?

http://www.blazemp.com/convert_between_pal_ntsc.htm

 

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 08:34 PM
Most NEW models will play both. regardless of price.



I read that somewhere on the Internet.


It must be true.

 

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