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With some exceptions, most newer PAL players can handle NTSC DVD-Videos just fine. That would be my first course of action. If the in-laws have a much older DVD-Video player, then you can tackle the project of changing from NTSC to PAL.
From what I have read, I am trying to decide if it is necessary to recapture the video as a new project and burn it in PAL, or can we bring up our completed NTSC project and select PAL and burn it?
The former is the way to do this Project, if "Plan A" does not work. It is not that easy, and much will need to be redone with the properly sized, Assets, with the correct PAL frame-rate. It can be done, but not with out a bit more work.
Let's keep our fingers X'ed that your in-laws' player will do NTSC just perfectly.
Sorry to bother you once again, but your response has confused me. When you say:
"The former is the way to do this Project, if "Plan A" does not work." I am confused. What are you refering to as the "former way" and what do you mean if "Plan A does not work"?
I do hope that the NTSC video will work for them. If not, is there a step by step set of directions anywhere online that could walk a novice through this conversion?
Sorry. "Plan A" is shipping the NTSC DVD-Video to the in-laws, in hopes that their particular player will have no issues.
If not, then you will need to start a new Project with PAL Presets, in either Widescreen (16:9), or non-Widescreen (4:3). This should match the general footage that you have Captured, either Widescreen, or regualr. You should then be able to Import your original Captured footage, and Rt-click, choosing Interpret Footage. Make sure that you also change the Frame Rate of your original footage. You will need to re-edit to suit. Then, you will need to do the authoring with Menus, etc., all over again. In a worst-case scenario, you may need to convert your NTSC footage to the appropriate PAL files, but that should not be necessary - here's hoping, though it is not the end-of-the-world.
You see why I strongly recommend shipping the NTSC version, and having the in-laws test it in their player?
I am also interested in knowing how to do this.
Maybe a silly question, but is there an easy way to convert?
I've searched before on the net, and could never find a simple way
to go NTSC to PAL
There is no clean, completely effective way to convert from NTSC to PAL. The frame rates as well as the frame sizes are different.
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I never had to do a NTSC to PAL conversion and never did. So, with that said....
So far it looks like you have gotten two pro opinions on your question from those who have probably been there and done that.
But, I came across this online article that looks interesting with respect to your wanting to know more.
I hope that you find it helpful.
Thanks ATR. The article was very informative. I think at this point we will send one and see if it works. If yes, we will send more, if no, we may just take it somewhere to have it converted. I think the conversion is beyone our knowledge bank.