For many people nowadays the terms NTSC and PAL are really fairly unknown. On a very basic level, back when people used VCRs, different countries would use different encoding standards and so the United States was using NTSC while Europe was using PAL and a video recorded in one encoding would not be able to be played on a VCR supporting the other.
While all that may seem like ancient history, the fact of the matter is that it is still present today – especially in DVDs. There are still quite a lot of older DVD players that either only support NTSC or only support PAL, so if the DVD that you’re trying to play is PAL and you’re using an NTSC player then it simply won’t work. The same also applies vice versa with a NTSC DVD and a PAL DVD player.
The good news is that if that were to ever happen, you do have options. The easiest of which is to look to the Movavi Video Converter and convert the video between NTSC and PAL – depending on which format your DVD player supports.
How to Convert Between NTSC and PAL
With the Movavi Video Converter, you’ll find that converting between NTSC and PAL really isn’t complicated at all. All that you need to do is use the software and select your DVD video files from the ‘VIDEO_TS’ folder where they’re stored. Then, convert it and be sure to select the DVD compatible video option that suits your needs (i.e. either NSTC or PAL). In short, it will act as an NTSC to PAL converter (or vice versa).
That’s really all there is to it. Once the conversion process is done you’ll have a video file in the format that you desire, and you can then burn it onto a DVD using the Movavi Video Suite. If you’d rather not burn it onto a new DVD you could even just keep it as a file and opt to save it as an AVI, MPEG, or MP4 video that you can watch later on your PC.
The Movavi Video Converter also has several options for presets that will allow you to save it in an optimal format for mobile platforms as well.
In case you’re wondering, there is a third video format that is sometimes used in DVDs as well (though not very often) and it is known as SECAM. Although only France and a few Eastern European and Asian countries use this format, you may encounter it – in which case you can convert it in much the same way as NTSC and PAL since the Movavi Video Converter is capable of doing so.
As you can see though, the process itself is completely hassle free and can be done quickly and painlessly.