NTSC/PAL w/ Sony VX1000 & Casablanca Editing???

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I have recently purchased Sony VX1000 DV camera (NTSC) and I'm planning to purchase a 060 CB w/ Firewire immediately. My question is in regards to NTSC and PAL as it turns out ( all of a sudden ) I am moving to Australia (PAL)!

Can I go ahead and purchase a NTSC Casablanca to go with my camera (already have) and edit then do a conversion from NTSC to PAL if it is to be broadcast in OZtralia? Will there be a loss in quality ?, can it be converted? , is there hardware available for me to convert myself that is affordable?, do you take it somewhere to be done? Does having a IEEE1394 Firewire set up negate this potential situation by being able to direct feed into Pal or NTSC formats? (Am I way off????) Please enlighten me if you have constructive knowledge or experience to share.

I would be very grateful,

Thanks in advance,

"Soon to be downunder"


-- steve lasky (prana@nets.com), August 31, 1999


Hey there, just so you know, the difference in PAL and NTSC is in the electricity supplied by the wall socket. NTSC takes the electricity from the socket at 60 mhtz and this is why ntsc runs at 30 frames per second because of the electrical pulse(giving the frames a timing) the problem is that in Pal countries the electricity comes out at 50 mhtz current which causes a 25 frame per second video(again halving the pulse and delivering a timing mechanism for the video) When you purchase the equipment you should ask a knowledgable person about these problems before you buy something that might cause problems. I don't know enough abbout the problem to be able to help you- sorry-

-- no answer (bs@hotmail.com), October 02, 1999.

Never Twice the Same Colour, converted to Peace At Last. It will look a bit cruddy. PAL converts to NTSC better than NTSC to PAL. PAL also converts to film better (25 fps vs 24 in film) The scan rates are different (NTSC 30 frames, 525 lines vs PAL 25 frames, 625 lines). Plugging it into a different power point won't convert anything (except the power supplies into mush & fire).

Technically, Digital video is neither PAL or NTSC (they are analogue) but the frames rates & resolution are there to stay. Shoot in the format you intend to distribute in.

Many NLE's accomodate both PAL & NTSC but usually not in the same project. Surely something out there even does standards conversions but I don't know what it is.

Also, Australia cameras don't have the silly restrictions with DV in/out. More expensive than the USA tho'

:-) Ewen

-- Ewen Wallace (ewenw@optusnet.com.au), November 30, 1999.

What we both need (I have the same problem) is some one that knows what he / she is talking about.

The main question here is: Can you convert DV file (I-1394) which is in PAL / NTSC format using a software or hardware into NTSC / PAL and keep it in DV format .

I believe someone had produced a tool (probably hardware based) to do this kind of conversion (if not, any of you entrepreneurs come on Im willing to spend money for it )

Any help ???

-- Nadav Goshen (nadav@goolot.com), December 11, 2000.

cannopus make a dv format converter, but it works only for dv avi files in their codec. I believe it costs around $600 US. I have similar issues, living in AUS and doing stuff for America - any other software converters that are not codec specific that anyone knows of??? -

-- jezz nottle (jezz@eleven1.net), February 06, 2001.

hey man. I'm from Spain but I'm living in USA and I have the same problem... i guess in the computer you should edting PAL/NTSC or you can buy a PAL/NTSC video card

-- Raul (raul_rider@yahoo.com), September 17, 2002.

there are a lot of signal conversion hardware (it will work with the analog signal) And, yes, there will be quality lost. If you want to be able to watch your recorded tapes in a Tv you must buy a Multinorma TV o VCR. (That is that accept PAL and NTSC) They are very common.

-- gabriel (gabrielquiroga@hotmail.com), October 01, 2002.

Hi guys, i had the same problem yesterday, ive shooted the footage on a PAL DV CAMCORDER, captured the footage with a 1394 Firewire Card into Adobe Premiere with its PAL preset, then exported in NTSC format, it works, but the frames in PAL are 25 and in NTSC are 29.97, so i think this difference caused a lost of quality in some parts of the movie (Fast motion), you can see the lack of frames (lines in some parts of the video)...

So if someone knows how to do this without losing quality please let me know

-- Roberto Alvarez (lorito2000@hotmail.com), January 31, 2003.

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