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PAL/NTSC Conversion
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Atlantis converts PAL to film-motion NTSC, or NTSC to film-motion PAL!


DVFilm Atlantis performs the following operations in a single pass:

  1. It intelligently deinterlaces PAL video for a "shot on film" appearance, without reducing resolution.
  2. It then converts 25 frames per second into 29.97 frames per second interlaced NTSC, with a modified 3:2 pulldown, the same method used to convert film to video.
  3. It also converts 16:9 anamorphic to letterbox if required.I
  4. It can also letterbox (crop) 4:3 video to 16:9 if required.
  5. It can also simulate film grain and red layer emulsion shift, if required.

No modification to the soundtrack is needed, because with DVFilm Atlantis PAL to NTSC the duration of your movie stays exactly the same.


Atlantis can convert three different types of NTSC to PAL: Normal 60i (interlaced NTSC), NTSC with a 3:2 pulldown like film transferred to video, and NTSC with a 2:3:3:2 pulldown such as created by the Panasonic DVX100 or Canon XL-2 24P video cameras.

This function is useful for filmakers wishing to incorporate NTSC stock footage in their PAL projects, or filmmakers wishing to edit 24P video in a PAL editing system, or converting a NTSC tape or DVD to PAL format for viewing on PAL systems.

  1. It converts the NTSC to true 24P progressive-scan, without reducing vertical resolution.
  2. It then speeds up the 24P to 25P (by +4%), and speeds up the soundtrack to match, and enlarges the frame size to 720 x 576.
  3. It can also convert 16:9 anamorphic to letterbox if required.
  4. It can also letterbox (crop) 4:3 video to 16:9 if required.
  5. It can also simulate film grain and red layer emulsion shift, if required.

Can you make a high-quality NTSC-DVD from a PAL-DVD or vice versa?

Yes, see here for details.

What editing system is it compatible with?

    Any Quicktime or AVI-based digital editing system like Sony Vegas.

What OS do I need?

    Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.

How does it work?

    PAL to NTSC works by converting each PAL frame into a progressive-scan image, using the same algorithms used by our acclaimed product DVFilm Maker, and then scales and resamples each frame into 2 or 3 NTSC fields, as required, to smoothly convert 25 frames per second into 60 NTSC fields per second. You will notice that the NTSC video from DVFilm Atlantis is nearly as sharp and clear as your original PAL footage, yet looks as if it were shot on film.

    NTSC to PAL works by first converting the NTSC to film motion (24P), same as with DVFilm Maker, then speeding that up slightly to 25P.

Is it better than de-interlacing with Sony Vegas or After Effects and then dropping into an NTSC timeline?

    Yes, much better. Nearly all plug-in and built-in de-interlacers reduce vertical resolution by 50%. But DVFilm Atlantis works by analyzing motion in each frame, and only changing pixels in areas of the screen in which there is movement. This results in a much sharper image especially for scenes where the camera is still. Atlantis also detects horizontal lines and prevents aliasing, or "dot crawl".

How does Atlantis compare with other methods of converting PAL to NTSC?

Can I try it first?

To order DVFilm Atlantis

Is there a Mac version?

    Yes, click here. Please note the Windows version of Atlantis does not support 24p/25p conversions.

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