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Problem Converting Pal Format Dvd To Ntsc Format.


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Hello,

 

I using RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 to try to convert a non-protected PAL format DVD from Germany to a NTSC format DVD that will play in a standard U.S.A. home-theater DVD player.

 

RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 looks like it will do this, as I select Movies from the Copy_and_Convert screen. Then I select the path of my computers D: (DVD) drive, and Copy_and_Convert loads the movie and shows it in the lower left box (source). Then I select DVD as the destination device. Then I press the custom button and select NTSC as the video format for the DVD. Then I press the start button, and Copy_and_Convert runs and burns a DVD. It says the operation was successful.

 

However, when I take the DVD out of my computer, and place it in our Panasonic home DVD player, the player says that it cannot read the DVD.

 

Has anyone done this successfully? If yes, please send me detailed directions on how to do it.

 

Thank you.

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Lets back up a step. Can you play that German DVD through your computer DVD player? If yes then that DVD is region code free or is region 1 and the program should be able to convert the PAL to NTSC (if the program has that feature included).

 

 

All Roxio generated DVDs are region free. PAL and NTSC format have absolutely nothing to do with region codes. I have a couple of DVD players that can play either PAL or NTSC DVS but only if they are region free or region 1.

 

Hello myguggi,

 

Thank you for replying again. Yes I can definitely play the German PAL DVD on my PC using PowerDVD software. I even tried it on a second PC (my notebook) which successfully played it on WinDVD software. I think both of these software players will play DVDs with any region code.

 

Obviously RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 could also read the DVD since it said that it successfully converted it, and then burned the conversion onto a blank DVD-R.

 

The original question that I asked is "Has anyone successfully converted a PAL format DVD from western Europe with region code=2 (in my case Germany) to a NTSC format DVD that will play in a standard U.S.A. (region code=1) home-theater DVD player"?

 

Since you said you have DVD players that play "foreign" DVDs can you please try and convert a "foreign" DVD and see if it plays in a standard USA region 1 DVD player?

 

Again, my opinion is that if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 will let me convert a DVD from PAL to NTSC but not set the region code to 1 so that a standard home theater DVD player will play it, then the feature is useless, and this is a waste of time.

 

Thank you.

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Hello,

 

I using RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 to try to convert a non-protected PAL format DVD from Germany to a NTSC format DVD that will play in a standard U.S.A. home-theater DVD player.

 

RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 looks like it will do this, as I select Movies from the Copy_and_Convert screen. Then I select the path of my computers D: (DVD) drive, and Copy_and_Convert loads the movie and shows it in the lower left box (source). Then I select DVD as the destination device. Then I press the custom button and select NTSC as the video format for the DVD. Then I press the start button, and Copy_and_Convert runs and burns a DVD. It says the operation was successful.

 

However, when I take the DVD out of my computer, and place it in our Panasonic home DVD player, the player says that it cannot read the DVD.

 

Has anyone done this successfully? If yes, please send me detailed directions on how to do it.

 

Thank you.

 

 

That DVD from Germany is propably region code 2 which means it cannot play in North American DVD players unless you have a DVD player that is "region free". This has nothing to do with PAL or NTSC.

 

Some DVD players can bee "hacked" to make them region free. What is the make/model of your DVD player?

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No, you are missing the point. All DVDs produced by Roxio are region free so they are playable on any DVD player. There is no region code setting required when burning DVDs with Roxio.

 

If you are able to play a DVD from Germany on your computer's DVD player then that DVD is region free and there should be no problem converting it from PAL to NTSC.

 

Roxio does not and cannot remove the region code on DVDs. No video software program will break the region code. If you can play a DVD with region code 2 on your DVD player then either you have a DVD player that is set for region 2 or the region player is set to play all regions.

 

 

Hello myguggi,

 

Thank you again for replying.

 

In an earlier post you said:

 

"That DVD from Germany is probably region code 2 which means it cannot play in North American DVD players unless you have a DVD player that is "region free"."

 

Later, and in this post, you said that "All DVDs produced by Roxio are region free".

 

That is what confused me, because it implies that if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 successfully produces (burns) a DVD it is Region Free.

 

Which of your two statements is correct?

 

Did you mean to say that if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 converts and burns a DVD with an existing region code, then the existing region code is burned on the destination DVD, otherwise the burned DVD is region free?

 

At this point I am still not sure if the reason the converted DVD won't play is because of a problem with PAL to NTSC conversion, or if the region code is set to 2, or if the new disc is region free. Do you know of a way to inspect a DVD to see what the region code is set to?

 

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As myguggi said, "All Roxio generated DVDs are region free." I can attest to that from down here in region 4.

 

Region coding is a "prohibitive" protection. It stops you reading a DVD in a player that can't handle the region code which has been set. You never "NEED" a region code to play/read a disc, so discs without region code set can be played/read in all players.

 

If a standard home theater won't play your converted DVD, it won't be because of region coding or the lack of it. It will either be because your player doesn't like burned discs [vs. pressed ones] or there's something odd about the format of the disc.

 

Do you have a "Disc Information" item in your EasyDVD Copy, either in the menu items ot in tools?

A screenshot like this one of the problem disc would be most useful.

 

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Hello myguggi,

 

Thank you for replying again. Yes I can definitely play the German PAL DVD on my PC using PowerDVD software. I even tried it on a second PC (my notebook) which successfully played it on WinDVD software. I think both of these software players will play DVDs with any region code.

 

Obviously RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 could also read the DVD since it said that it successfully converted it, and then burned the conversion onto a blank DVD-R.

 

The original question that I asked is "Has anyone successfully converted a PAL format DVD from western Europe with region code=2 (in my case Germany) to a NTSC format DVD that will play in a standard U.S.A. (region code=1) home-theater DVD player"?

 

Since you said you have DVD players that play "foreign" DVDs can you please try and convert a "foreign" DVD and see if it plays in a standard USA region 1 DVD player?

 

Again, my opinion is that if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 will let me convert a DVD from PAL to NTSC but not set the region code to 1 so that a standard home theater DVD player will play it, then the feature is useless, and this is a waste of time.

 

Thank you.

 

I repeat: region codes have absolutely nothing to do with PAL or NTSC formats. Roxio makesd all DVDs it creates region free.

 

I have received many DVDs from Germany and have converted them from PAL to NTSC. Some of the PAL DVDs were set at region 2 and some were region free. The region free DVDs converted directly using my Roxio software.

The region 2 DVDs of course cannot be read by most North American (region 1) DVD players. It has nothing to do with the software but only the DVD player. In order to convert the region 2 DVDs I had to hack my DVD player to play region 2. This of course prevents that DVD player from playing region 1 DVDs so I have a dedicated DVD player for my German region 2 DVDs.

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That DVD from Germany is propably region code 2 which means it cannot play in North American DVD players unless you have a DVD player that is "region free". This has nothing to do with PAL or NTSC.

 

Some DVD players can bee "hacked" to make them region free. What is the make/model of your DVD player?

 

Hello myguggi,

 

Thank you for replying.

 

I am familiar with Region codes. I guess I expected RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 to burn a CD with Region code 1 or no Region code at all. I could not find the ability to specify a region code in RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010. Do you know:

 

a) what region code, if any, that RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 puts on DVDs that it burns?

 

B) if the region code is customer selectable in RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010?

 

Why would RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 give you the option of converting from PAL format to NTSC format, but then not change the Region code so that you can play the coverted disk? That seems like a waste of time.

 

Thank you.

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Hello myguggi,

 

Thank you for replying.

 

I am familiar with Region codes. I guess I expected RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 to burn a CD with Region code 1 or no Region code at all. I could not find the ability to specify a region code in RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010. Do you know:

 

a) what region code, if any, that RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 puts on DVDs that it burns?

 

B) if the region code is customer selectable in RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010?

 

Why would RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 give you the option of converting from PAL format to NTSC format, but then not change the Region code so that you can play the coverted disk? That seems like a waste of time.

 

Thank you.

 

Lets back up a step. Can you play that German DVD through your computer DVD player? If yes then that DVD is region code free or is region 1 and the program should be able to convert the PAL to NTSC (if the program has that feature included).

 

 

All Roxio generated DVDs are region free. PAL and NTSC format have absolutely nothing to do with region codes. I have a couple of DVD players that can play either PAL or NTSC DVS but only if they are region free or region 1.

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I repeat: region codes have absolutely nothing to do with PAL or NTSC formats. Roxio makesd all DVDs it creates region free.

 

I have received many DVDs from Germany and have converted them from PAL to NTSC. Some of the PAL DVDs were set at region 2 and some were region free. The region free DVDs converted directly using my Roxio software.

The region 2 DVDs of course cannot be read by most North American (region 1) DVD players. It has nothing to do with the software but only the DVD player. In order to convert the region 2 DVDs I had to hack my DVD player to play region 2. This of course prevents that DVD player from playing region 1 DVDs so I have a dedicated DVD player for my German region 2 DVDs.

 

Hello myguggi,

 

Thank you once again for replying.

 

I fully understand that region codes are different than the video format (PAL,NTSC,etc.).

 

You completely missed the point of my last post. What I was saying is that if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 lets you convert the video format, and REMOVES the region code, then it would be nice if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 let you select a region code before burning the DVD. This way the burned DVD would work in a regular DVD player. Then I would not have to purchase a special player, or "hack a player", to watch DVDs from different countries. It would work in my existing player.

 

By the way, I already found a workaround. I basically used my notebook computer's S-video output and connected it to my DVRs S-video input, and then burned the DVD on my DVR. I know it probably lost a little resolution, but it worked.

 

Thanks again for your help. Your last post was great.

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Hello myguggi,

 

Thank you once again for replying.

 

I fully understand that region codes are different than the video format (PAL,NTSC,etc.).

 

You completely missed the point of my last post. What I was saying is that if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 lets you convert the video format, and REMOVES the region code, then it would be nice if RoxioEasyDVDCopyPremier2010 let you select a region code before burning the DVD. This way the burned DVD would work in a regular DVD player. Then I would not have to purchase a special player, or "hack a player", to watch DVDs from different countries. It would work in my existing player.

 

By the way, I already found a workaround. I basically used my notebook computer's S-video output and connected it to my DVRs S-video input, and then burned the DVD on my DVR. I know it probably lost a little resolution, but it worked.

 

Thanks again for your help. Your last post was great.

 

No, you are missing the point. All DVDs produced by Roxio are region free so they are playable on any DVD player. There is no region code setting required when burning DVDs with Roxio.

 

If you are able to play a DVD from Germany on your computer's DVD player then that DVD is region free and there should be no problem converting it from PAL to NTSC.

 

Roxio does not and cannot remove the region code on DVDs. No video software program will break the region code. If you can play a DVD with region code 2 on your DVD player then either you have a DVD player that is set for region 2 or the region player is set to play all regions.

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