DVD Studio Pro - NTSC or PAL?

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A DVD-Video title must contain either all NTSC or all PAL sources. If you intend to create
a title that can be played on either NTSC or PAL DVD players, you must create two titles
and two versions of the sources (including all graphics and video, which will require
significant effort), one for each standard.

About the Terms “NTSC” and “PAL”

The terms “NTSC” and “PAL” are technically incorrect when used with respect to DVDs.
These terms specify a variety of things with respect to an SD composite video signal.
When you refer to a video asset as NTSC or PAL with respect to SD-based DVDs, you
are defining the asset’s frame rate and resolution. With most HD assets, the terms NTSC
and PAL refer only to the frame rate, because the resolution is far different than an SD
video asset.


Chapter 4

Preparing Video Assets

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Many DVD players in PAL countries can also play NTSC DVD-Video titles. It’s important
to understand that these players often do not convert NTSC video to PAL—they simply
output the NTSC sources. You must connect an NTSC or dual-standard video monitor to
view the output. Additionally, be aware that all DVD players have a region code that
prevents them from playing DVD-Video titles not intended for the player’s region.