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Is PowerDVD PAL Compatible?

Old 03-20-05, 11:00 PM
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Is PowerDVD PAL Compatible?

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Old 03-20-05, 11:09 PM
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I can't speak for all versions, but PowerDVD 6 plays PAL.

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Old 03-20-05, 11:13 PM
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The computer program? PAL or NTSC don't make any difference on a computer display.
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Old 03-21-05, 12:34 AM
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So a PAL R0 DVD Could play on PowerDVD? I need to know, because I am going to buy the Tartan 2-disc Battle Royale DVD.
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Old 03-21-05, 12:48 AM
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Maybe I can buy those Bruce Lee movies, the R1 versions suck ass
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Old 03-21-05, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by surfingelectrod
So a PAL R0 DVD Could play on PowerDVD?
Yes.

I am going to buy the Tartan 2-disc Battle Royale DVD
Why? The PQ is horrid! It is valuable only because of the subtitled extras...
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Old 03-21-05, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by DrGerbil
Yes.

Why? The PQ is horrid! It is valuable only because of the subtitled extras...
I hear only because of the "ghosting", which would not appear, because "The computer program? PAL or NTSC don't make any difference on a computer display.", and the ghosting is because of the NTSC-PAL conversion.

If not, what release should I buy, then?
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Old 03-21-05, 03:52 AM
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Will a R0 disc play in a DVD-ROM drive that is encoded for, say, R1? I.e., will it trigger the "disc region coding isn't compatible" error? Or are R0 discs effectively region-free? I've never tried, I usually use a region-decoding media player like VideoLan or use PowerDVD in conjunction with Remote Selector.
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Old 03-21-05, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by surfingelectrod
I hear only because of the "ghosting", which would not appear, because "The computer program? PAL or NTSC don't make any difference on a computer display.",
If only that were true... get the Starmax release. While not without fault (subtitle issues on added scenes), the Starmax version has vastly superior PQ.
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Old 03-21-05, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Egon's Ghost
Will a R0 disc play in a DVD-ROM drive that is encoded for, say, R1? I.e., will it trigger the "disc region coding isn't compatible" error? Or are R0 discs effectively region-free? I've never tried, I usually use a region-decoding media player like VideoLan or use PowerDVD in conjunction with Remote Selector.
Yes, a R0 disk will play on any DVD player, regardless of the players' set region.
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Old 03-21-05, 10:11 AM
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In you computer, there is no such thing as PAL and NTSC.

What you need to do is skirt region codes.

If your DVD drive isn't pretected (RPC-1), then DVD genie works fine. Free download @ http://www.inmatrix.com/files/dvdgenie_download.shtml

If your DVD drive is protected (RPC-2), then you need DVD Region-Free: http://www.dvdidle.com/dvd-region-free.htm (this can easily be found in "certain" sites).
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Old 03-21-05, 10:42 AM
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Yes, if you can find region-free firmware for your DVD-ROM and you aren't afraid of flashing your drive (and taking a small risk on killing it if you aren't careful) that's the way to go.

Your DVD player and/or OS may also be locked into your current region. They only allow a small number of changes. However you can get around that with software patches as well.

You will have the PAL speedup with PowerDVD. WinDVD has a feature that slows down PAL playback although you'll only get analog output (I believe only 2-channel) when using it.
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Old 03-21-05, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by DrGerbil
Yes, a R0 disk will play on any DVD player, regardless of the players' set region.
I know of someone that gets the region error on a PC DVD drive when trying to play a R0 release. He also couldn't set his region to 0, so AFAIK, he still can't play R0 discs on his PC. YMMV.
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Old 03-21-05, 12:46 PM
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Yes, if you can find region-free firmware for your DVD-ROM and you aren't afraid of flashing your drive (and taking a small risk on killing it if you aren't careful) that's the way to go.

Your DVD player and/or OS may also be locked into your current region. They only allow a small number of changes. However you can get around that with software patches as well.
I used a region free firmware. While I knew what I was doing and didn't damage my drive, the firmware did downgrade performance when reading CD-Rs. So I patched it back and now I use the DVD-Region free program and it works perfect.

You will have the PAL speedup with PowerDVD. WinDVD has a feature that slows down PAL playback although you'll only get analog output (I believe only 2-channel) when using it.
PDVD gives PAL speedup?? You sure??
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Old 03-21-05, 01:26 PM
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PDVD gives PAL speedup?? You sure??
PAL is inherently sped up due to its framerate. PowerDVD doesn't provide the ability to slow it down 4% to normal speed.
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WinDVD has a TruePAL playback feature.
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Old 03-21-05, 02:26 PM
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I know PAL is by nature a bit faster, but would it show if played in a R2 DVD player?
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Old 03-21-05, 02:31 PM
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For film sources, yes.
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