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Friday, December 9, 2011

Convert PAL to NTSC

Patching a PAL DVD to NTSC on Windows 7

Television encoding systems by nation.

Have you ever wondered how you could convert a PAL DVD to an NTSC version? The reason you are most likely interested in accomplishing this is because you either have a DVD or a Disc Image file created for another region other than your own, such as Europe or China if you're from North America. Following these steps will teach you how to patch a PAL DVD (or image file) to NTSC and burn it.

This guide will only work for DVD Movies, you must have either the actual DVD disc or a disc image file (.ISO, .IMG, .UDF, etc). You may also want to note that this process does not mean you will have to re-encode the actual movie, it is just a patch that fools the DVD player into thinking it is NTSC in order to play it, this fix should work with a majority of DVD players in the market today.

Did you know? DVD region codes are a digital-rights management technique designed to allow film distributors to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and price, according to the region. DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played.

Slysoft Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware)
IfoEdit 0.971 (Freeware)
Windows Disc Image Burner (Windows 7 feature)

  1. Mount your PAL disc into your DVD drive, if you do not have a disc, mount the disc image file with Virtual CloneDrive. (If the movie automatically plays, close it)
  2. Open "Computer" from the Start Menu and right click on the device which has the DVD mounted and select "Open". 1
  3. You will now see a "VIDEO_TS" folder, copy this folder onto your desktop. 2, 3
  4. Run IfoEdit, select "Open" on the bottom left side of the window.
  5. Browse to your VIDEO_TS folder and select the "VIDEO_TS.IFO" file. (If you have multiple VIDEO_TS_XX.IFO files, you will have to do this for all of them each, individually) 4
  6. You will now see the file you selected, click the first line in the top area. (The one with your username) 5
  7. Now look towards the bottom area, you will see references to PAL, double click the line with the first reference to PAL.
  8. A "Video attributes" window will appear, switch PAL to NTSC first, then uncheck Automatic Pan&Scan and check Automatic Letterbox, now make sure the resolution is "720 x 480", then click "OK". 6
  9. Continue scrolling the bottom area, doing the above step for every line which references "PAL".
  10. Afterward click "Region Free" and click "OK". 7
  11. Click "Save", you should be prompted to save the BUP file as well, do so. (After this you can either close and re-open IfoEdit and reload the "VIDEO_TS.IFO" file to verify changes or not)
  12. Now click "Disc Image" near the bottom right area of the window, click "Create Image" after choosing a location to save it to. 8
  13. After the image file has been generated, right click the .img file and Open with "Windows Disc Image Burner", then select "Burn", make sure you have a DVD+R Burner and DVD+R disc to burn the image onto. 9
  14. You've completed the patching process and burned an NTSC version of your disc, feel free to watch it on your DVD Player now.

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