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I've been around the houses with PAL AVI > NTSC MPEG2 conversion for DVD and basically Procoder does just about the best job unless you want to fork out to get it done by someone who's running an Alchemist hardware converter. I've heard rumours about combinations such as After Effects with Twixtor being better though, and I'm always open to suggestions, because the conversion is still a bit steppy during scenes with a lot of lateral motion.
I am not quite sure, if this is the right place, but here is what I did anyway, for anybody to try, if faced with the same problem:
I had to capture NTSC vhs for making a DVD of it, BUT I am in PAL-land. My VCR puts out NTSC as "PAL_60"-format, seems that is the usual procedure over here.
Now setting up the software and capturing was no problem (looked around the forum etc. a lot), but the resulting file lacked color, looked as if bleached, ALMOST b/w.
I first set out to convert to PAL, but any attempt at encoding failed, since the video looked dreadful and the audio was not anywhere near being in synch, although I followed the guides...
Since I know by this time a few things about AviSynth, wrote a script for color enhancement and the like, encoded with CCE (2.67), used BeSweet for audio encoding - after audio-extraction with VirtualDubMod - and ended up with video and audio badly out of synch! The original PCM wav was in synch, the mp2 file wasn't. I tried about every encoder out there, Canopus Procoder, CCE (s.a.), TMPG, WinAvi (v. 5.8 and 6), but only Canopus produced some reasonable results. Still:
The video was sometimes crappy, often with little stops in it. I went on to stay with NTSC-format, since most DVD-players 'know' it, yet although picture quality greatly improved, sound still was not in synch.
To cut a long story short: it took me 8 days, almost tearing my hair out by the roots and then a sudden glimpse of the sun...8)
In Womble mpeg I got the frame-number of audio and video file, they were slightly different. I opened the audio with Adobe Audition (since am told, Goldwave has similar function) and got it to "stretch" the audio to the exact frame-number the video had got, telling it to keep the tone pitch. Actually this is no real "stretching", but I am translating from german, the effect in Audition is called that.
The only thing to look out for: I usually encode wav to mp2 for my capture-DVDs, AC3 not giving any better results, mp2 saving space, but every time I transcoded (BeSweet), it was again out of synch! Even though the wav had not been. So I kept it as wav for DVD-encoding.
At last video and audio perfectly in synch, picture quality great (as vhs source comes at all) and the DVD is now NTSC-format.
I spent all weekend trying to convert interlaced PAL to interlaced NTSC without the jittery thing happening during lots of movement.
In the end, I connected by mini-DV camcorder to my Phillips DVD player and recorded the video to MiniDV tape. Then I transfered this new 29.97fps video to my PC, converted back to MPEG-2 in TMPGEnc and I it worked perfectly. No jittery video.
But I wish I didn't have to do that roundabout method.
What setting am I supposed to use to avoid that? I know that's a broad question because there are so many software choices, but if you tell me to use, say, DVD2AVI or VirtualDUB with AVIsynth, I'll do it! I tried all those and could never avoid the jitter.
I need to convert two DVDs from NTSC to PAL. I have looked over the various procedures described in the guides and forum. All of them are multistep precedures involving several software tools. Since more and more software tools are introduced frequently and existing ones upgraded, I am wondering if there may be something newer that is closer to a "one click" solution within a single software product. If not, is there a more streamlined procedure than those shown?
I have had good results using ffmpeg. I first extract the VOB (in my case, using yade X), then I do the conversion with this command. After that is complete, I author that video file (MovieGate).
Here is an example command of converting PAL to NTSC (all one line):
~/bin/ffmpeg -i /Users/myname/Desktop/movie.vob -target ntsc-dvd -r "30000/1001" -aspect 16:9 -ildct -acodec copy /Users/myname/Desktop/movie.vob.mpg
Actually ... the answer is no to a "one button sollution" ... but as for the other being any one application being able to , the answer is yes .
Though you need add some input , as no program can guess what it is you want the outcome to be ... if it could , it be ordering beer and pizza's every friday before the football .
Ulead video studio ... version 9 se in ebay cheap .
Nstc to pal , pal to nstc .. many feature's ... with dvd burning on top .
Considering what is included in the se package for it's price ... it save's having to work with many program's .
Not to forget , cutting mpeg's ... more acurate than other tool's ... and with less stuff up's ... hello to tmpgenc ... grrr
There is only one true, proper and cheap way to convert NTSC to PAL and that is buying Canopus Procoder Express. Believe me, I have search all Video Sites and have tried all the scripts and freeware programs including the so called best Avisynth scripts, but they still leave the final video not in top quality. I have spent a half a year search the net. If anybody does come up with a better/cheap solution do let me know.
OK, challenge me. But an answer like "nonsence" is not quite helpful.
OK, I use AviSynth feeding CCE. Does a great job. Any decent encoder can do it. To say only one encoder can do a proper NTSC to PAL conversion is ridiculous. If you like the soft, blurry picture that Procoder gives you, then fine, but we're not discussing the quality of encoder output, but whether or not there's only "one true, proper and cheap way" to do the conversion. And I still say "nonsense". By the way, I don't use Procoder, but I understand it blends the frames to do the conversion. If you advance a frame at a time, I think you'll see it. So, not only is it NOT the "one true, proper and cheap way", but it's actually about the worst way.
@manono. we were talking of a cheap way. cce in basic version does not do ntsc to pal conversion. cce in a higher version is not affordable for those wanting to do cheap.
however i have noticed what you have said about procoder and the blending issue. everytime i encode via procoder and add the final output to a avisynth script i have to add following code to the interlaced dvd material, so as to not have the dvd material jerky.
could that be the reason why i need to add these two script commands or is there an alternative way?
this is my full script:
audio=wavSource("C:\My Documents\tempo T01 2_0ch 448Kbps 48KHz.wav")
we were talking of a cheap way. cce in basic version does not do ntsc to pal conversion. cce in a higher version is not affordable for those wanting to do cheap.
Well, I don't use the basic version, true, but as I understand it, its main limitation is it only lets you do 2 passes. If it accepts an AviSynth script (which it does), then it can do the conversion. For more, please see the other thread:
My experience with audio sync is this:
1) If the PAL video is film based and broadcast at 25fps, then just use Besweet's PAL to NTSC to slow down the audio. Convert the video to 23.976p.
2) If the PAL video is filmed at 25i then leave the audio alone. Convert the video to 29.97i.
3) If the PAL video is a converted NTSC 29.97i video then leave the audio alone. Convert the video back to 29.97i. It won't be pretty (it'd be best to get the original NTSC footage), but at least it will be in sync.
By those rules, I have not yet had any sync issues.
I've read through all this and it all sounds pretty complicated, having to download several bits of software. At the moment i'm using either NeroVision Express or Pinnacle 10 to convert PAL - NTSC or vice versa. I don't have a problems with the sound, thats all fine, but what i don't like is the slight stuttering of picture after conversion. Is there a simple all in one product out there that does the job a lot better?
Originally Posted by arollason
Yes I agree totally with you. There must be one decent affordable product where I can just put in a VOB or MPG file in PAL format and convert it into NTSC, without having to go through about 30 steps and countless conversions and audio/video separations. I had a look at one of these guides and after about an hour i just gave up.
Originally Posted by SCDVD
Note that I'm NOT recommending it, but it might be worth a try for those who don't want to learn one of the, uh, proper methods. I might give it a test myself.Pull! Bang! Darn!
I decided to experiment with AQE2DVD. Problem? First, there are no help files with it. At first I thought it was dead-on-arrival since the "Open DVD" button was grayed out. Then, just as an experiment, I entered an output file directory ... and the button started to work. But, frankly, that's all that did work.
I pointed it toward my DVD and the status bar said "extracting audio" ... and I waited, and waited. After 15 minutes of this, I took a peek in the directory. The audio file was extracted ... but the software did not proceed on to the video. It just sat there like a lump on my desktop ... doing absolutely nothing. I even checked Explorer and found that the app wasn't using any CPU time at all. It just kept saying "extracting audio" after the task was already finished.
Oh, well. Maybe the next version will be better.
Originally Posted by AlecWest
I'm embarrassed now to have even mentioned it. :P
[EDIT] One shouldn't disparage the efforts of those who offer freeware programs. Obviously, the author has put a lot into it, it's just that this one isn't ready for release. Nice idea, though.Pull! Bang! Darn!
Originally Posted by fritzi93
FWIW, I sent an email to the creator ... giving him this link:
My comment may be disparaging but it says what needs to be said. Hopefully, it will spur him/her/them into positive action on the utility.
No, Alec, wasn't referring to your comments, they're helpful. You listed the problems well.
I was thinking more of some of the comments you see occasionally in the tools section, like: "junk", "crap", etc. That's not helpful, and insulting to boot. And I thought I myself may have been disparaging. So the author gets an "Attaboy" from me, and a ""Don't quit now, fix it".
The author of AQE2DVD made a mistake releasing this tool with some major bugs, which may damage future prospects for people giving it a fair trial.Pull! Bang! Darn!
Originally Posted by fritzi93
There was only one drawback ... but that might be mostly due to my only having a 1.3ghz Celeron with 256megs RAM. The conversion time on 41 minutes of video is slightly over 6 hours. But for someone using a faster CPU with more RAM, this conversion time "might" be cut substantially. I can't say.
Anyhoo, I decided to buy Procoder Express ($59.95) and am, right now, converting my 41 minute video (the whole video, not just a snippet) to PAL. And, I anticipate great results. Interesting, though. The demo version didn't recognize AC3 audio ... but the full version did. The bad news is that, to go to PAL, it reconverts the AC3 back to MP2 (argh). So, when the conversion is done, I'll have to demux again and change the MP2 back to AC3.
Anyhoo, I'll leave some feedback on the tool page for Procoder Express ... and there won't be too many disparaging words at all.
Update - The 41-minute video conversion worked like a Swiss watch. All in all, I think a fraction of a second was added to the PAL version. I watched the entire video from beginning to end and only noticed the slightest, most unimportant artifacts caused by the conversion. But (grin), I was looking for artifacts. The ordinary Joe who watches it probably won't notice a thing. And from beginning to end, the sound was in absolute sync with the video.
I'm a happy Canopus Procoder Express customer. True, with my system barely meeting or barely exceeding the software requirements, a 6-hour conversion time was required for a 41-minute video. But, it isn't like I'll be doing these conversions daily. And, I do sleep from time to time (grin) and can save these conversions for those hours.
Originally Posted by fritzi93
Anyhoo, I think the rest of my questions are more ProCoder related ... so I set up a different thread to address them:
But you didn't answer fritzi93's question. If telecined film, they can be IVTC'd back to 23.976fps before the PAL conversion, for much better results. If you don't know how to answer the question, or don't understand the question, then it's in your best interests to learn. Just know that if converting 29.97->25fps when you could be converting 23.976->25fps, you are unnecessarily ruining your videos.