3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2011 3:36 AM by Brushman1000

    PAL or NTSC?


      I'm very new to this, so please forgive me if I ask any daft questions. 


      My camera is a Sanyo Xacti CG-100 that uses MPEG-4 AVC/H. 264...


      I'm in the UK so I would imagine that setting project presets to PAL would be correct, but when I installed PrE 9 I might have overlooked this, I'm not sure, but it may have been set to NTSC, when I create a new project and change the settings from NTSC to PAL, and then within the project drag one of my clips to work with it, I get a warning saying; "mismatched project settings preset" the format of the clips you are adding do not match the project settings. For best results you should use a project preset that matches your clips do you want to change the project settings to match your clips?" When I click yes, it automatically selects NTSC and there don't appear to be any problems with that... So how important is it that it is set to PAL, if I'm the UK based? Or is there any chance that this is happening because I didn't set it up as PAL when I installed PrE?


      Hope that made sense...





        • 1. Re: PAL or NTSC?
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          Being in the UK, you should be using PAL for both your Projects, and also for the shooting mode on your camera, if it offers PAL & NTSC. Many do, but some are Region-specific. Check your camera and its settings.


          Now, besides the Region, there are other factors, such as Frame Size, FPS, etc., that must match also. Insure that they do.


          If one set an AVCHD Project, but their footage was AVCHD-Lite, or something else, there would be a mis-match, and this would not be good. Issues can certainly crop up.


          Though I installed my copy of PrE on a US machine, I have all of the PAL Presets, and could choose one, were I faced with PAL footage, and needed PAL output. IIRC, the Project Preset is "sticky," in that it will default to the last chosen Preset, even after a reboot. I do not think that Adobe has changed this, but will wait to hear from others, with newer versions of the program.


          Good luck, and check every aspect, plus your camera and its settings.



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          • 2. Re: PAL or NTSC?
            Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

            Your camcorder does shoot in 30i fps. So, yes, I'd recommend you use the Full HD NTSC 1920x1080 AVCHD preset with stereo audio. You may also want to change the suffix on the video from .mp4 to .m2t. I'd ignore any Project Mismatch warnings.


            Although I would recommend that you only shoot in Full HD 1920x1080 mode. (The camcorder shoots in a number of formats and quality levels.)


            Ideally, this video will appear on your timeline with NO red lines above the clips until you add effects or transitions to them. This indicates a perfect match between source video and project settings.


            However, it may not go. These camcorders are not made to produce video in a universally editable format. Even the manufacturers sell them as shoot-and-upload-to-YouTube cameras. So your wisest move may be to limit your editing to the software that comes bundled with teh camcorder.

            • 3. Re: PAL or NTSC?
              Brushman1000 Level 1

              Thanks again for the quick responses.


              Great, I'll look into this over the weekend!


              brushman 1000


              It does appear that no red lines are above the clips, so I guess it's perfect match using NTSC, how funny. Great.