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Convert PAL to NTSC

You can shoot on PAL format and then convert to NTSC for richer colors.

DV video comes in two flavors: PAL, which is used in Europe, Asia, Australia, and most of the world, and NTSC, which is used in North America. PAL has better resolution and richer colors. You can shoot on PAL then convert to NTSC and have a better-looking NTSC project.

Getting to Know PAL

PAL is actually a superior format, having more natural colors, a higher resolution, and a more film-like frame rate (25 frames per second much closer to film, which is 24 fps). NTSC runs at 30 frames per second (well, 29.97 when in color). PAL also has a bigger frame size (720 x 576 pixels, compared to NTSC’s 720 x 480), so it captures a larger image.


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