Should I buy the NTSC or PAL version?

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  1. MichaelAW

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    My favourite band, Marillion, is having their video compilation released next month in DVD. Originally, it was going to be a R0 release in PAL only. A bunch of American fans complained about that, and now an NTSC release is due to come out as well.

    I'm wondering which version to buy. Most of these videos are from the 1980s, and while the PAL version would have better video quality, the PAL speedup (which I can detect) worries me for buying music-oriented DVDs.

    Being in R2, I can play any and all DVDs, so I'm just wondering, all things considered, which one should I buy? Would your advice be the same for a super-duper concert DVD (like, say, the U2 live in Boston DVD), too?
     
  2. Dan Brecher

    Dan Brecher Producer

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    Was it shot on film or video? Most concerts are video sourced in which case PAL speedup shouldn't be an issue (at least, I don't think it should).

    Dan
     
  3. Matt DeVillier

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    Dan,

    how is video-sourced material (30fps) converted to PAL then? Is every 6th frame skipped? sorry to go slightly OT
     
  4. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    Unless I'm missing all kinds of things, PAL video is 25fps. Thus video sourced material, assuming it to be shot in PAL in the first place would require no conversion for a PAL DVD, and would not suffer from speed up.

    Ted
     
  5. MichaelAW

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    This DVD is a collection of the band's music videos (ie., the kind you'd see on MTV if they had good taste). I have earlier VHS compilations of these videos and I can't remember if they were originally shot on film or video.

    Let's say half and half.

    Is the PAL speed-up only affecting film-sourced DVDs?
     
  6. Chris Xolotl

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    WOW! Marillion. That is name I haven't heard in 15 years. I always liked them. I lost them in the millions of 80's European Bands. I am going to pick this up. I'll pick up the NTSC since I am in the U.S. I always pick NTSC over PAL for concerts --unless-- they aren't released yet here such as Motorhead - Boneshaker Concert, Megadeth - Rusted Pieces, Montreaux Festival (B.B. King), and a few others.
     
  7. MichaelAW

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    Chris: The NTSC version will only be available here (at Marillion.com). The PAL version will be available world-wide (save North America), as well as at marillion.com.
     
  8. Wade K

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    Wow!!! I practically skipped over this thread, but am damn glad to be able to get Marillion on DVD.
     

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