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|E.g. Titan A.E. Reg 2 didn't have the DD5.1 or DTS soundtracks, just a DD 2.0.|
|Originally posted by David600:
1. pal speedup: being a laserdisc guy and soundtrack guy, I'm very sensitive to that though some R2 discs are less noticeable. but this is rare
This can be corrected to a certain extent.
2. color accuracy and original film transfers: while ntsc is often called NEVER THE SAME COLOR http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif , I still find most of R1 dvds to have a much better color rendition and naturalness. While PAL in in theory superior in terms of colors subcarrier and colors respect, the access to original prints and the encoding of R1 discs still make them much more appealing. Still many PAL dvds are transcodings from ntsc masters.
Since both PAL and NTSC DVDs store color the same way this is now irrelevant. NTSC color problems only arise when you use an inferior cable such as s-video, composite or RF (yuck).
What you're really left with is color calibration. PAL DVDs are calibrated differently than NTSC DVDs when it comes to color, so you need your display to be optimized for both in order to compare. There are potential color correction problems in the transfer itself, but that's dependent on the particular release and cannot be used as a general comment about the difference between NTSC and PAL.
Where do you get the idea the most PAL dvds are transcoded from NTSC masters? They're not. Look at most mainstream PAL releases today and there will be no resolution stretch. If you take a TV series or other material aimed for broadcast then the possibility is higher I admit.
3. encoding and compression: still a problem for most PAL discs, for the reasons above and also because encoders and hardware used ( and the time to do them ) are better in the US
You're correct in that there's a higher resolution you have to compress and so you have more data. Use dual layered discs consistently and do optimized VBR encodes and you should have no problem however. Hardware and software is mostly irrelevant btw for the encoding part. Once it's in digital there isn't much difference. Most professional hardware/software can do both PAL and NTSC encodes.
|NTSC wins all the way.|
|DVD's like Gladiator was not 3 years ago.|
|I'm not going to play russian roulette with my money thanks all the same.|
|There are a lot of horrible PAL disc's out there|
|R1 buyers get most release's a lot faster than PAL.|
|I just want to know if anyone has proof that we can look at, that says that PAL discs are NOT upconverted from 480i?|
|Does anyone know for an absolute and verifiable fact, that the movies on PAL DVD's are donwconverted to 576p DIRECTLY from the 1080p high definition masters?|