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Jerri Blank's Boy 07-05-02 03:08 AM

Will PAL DVDs look like crap on PC with a software DVD encoder?
I'm thinking of buying an affordable DVD-ROM drive that can be firmware upgraded to region free.

I will be using a software DVD encoder as opposed to a hardware one.

Is this worth doing or will PAL DVDs have some kind of conversion problem and will play but not be pleasant to watch?

Hendrik 07-05-02 05:07 AM

(...scratches head...) ..."encoder" ?... don't you mean "decoder" ?...

(signed) Ignoramus

. . . :o . . .

photodrome 07-05-02 08:19 AM

I haven't had any trouble with mine. It's an old drive - Toshiba SD-M1202 but everything looks fine. You'll need a decent amount of power to keep sound/picture from stuttering with the software decoder, but that's true for any disc, not just a PAL disc. I've got an Athlon 1900, 256mg of RAM and a GeForce 3 Ti200, running PowerDVD XP. As long as your machine can handle the decoding, the PAL conversion shouldn't present a problem.

I've also watched region-free PAL discs on my iMac and that has handled the conversion with no problem, as well.

Furious 07-05-02 08:33 AM

It's a non-issue. Your in VGA so PAL or NTSC is irrelevant. Only stupid stone age TV's make it an issue.

benedict 07-05-02 09:40 AM

As this seems to have been asked and answered, I think it is safe to close rather than moving to the Computer & DVD-ROM Forum which would be its natural home IMO.

The threadstarter is, of course, free to seek additional input there; perhaps by bumping a pre-existing thread if the information you seek hasn't already been posted:<ul><li><A HREF="http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=139781" target="_blank">pal dvds on the computer dvd player?</a>
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