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  • Stuart McAlister

    March 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, I have a mate in Africa (somewhere out of the loop) and he has the strangest problem. Everything he has shot/edited and delivered was in PAL. He has NO NTSC equipment with him.

    He FTP’d the clip yet the end user writes back saying that it has arrived in NTSC.

    He has sent me a list of what he did;

    Format : MPEG Video
    Commercial name : IMX 30
    Format version : Version 2
    Format profile : 4:2:2@Main
    Codec ID: mx3p
    Bit rate mode: Constant
    Maximum bit rate : 30.0 Mbps
    Encoded bit rate : 30.1 Mbps
    Width: 720 pixels
    Height : 576 pixels
    Original height : 608 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 4:3
    Frame rate mode: Constant
    Frame rate : 25.000 fps
    Standard : PAL
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type: Interlaced
    Scan order : Top Field First (upper field first)
    Compression mode : Lossy

    Format : PCM
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate: 1 536 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Bit depth: 16 bits

    I apologise for asking on his request, but with the time difference, broadband availability etc, I said I’d ask the pro’s and get back to him.

    Any ideas as to why this should be happening?


  • Stuart McAlister

    March 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Just to update, I did have a similar problem when using ‘Fetch’. I changed to ‘Filezilla’ and the problem was resolved. You may think that a change in FTP programme may be appropriate …?

  • David Eaks

    March 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I’m not terribly experienced in this area, but have had good experiences with FileZilla. If its working for you now, why not stick with it?

  • Mark Spano

    March 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    FYI, if these are the specs, there is NOTHING that FTP transfer can do to convert PAL to NTSC. I would say it’s the other end user’s problem.

  • Stuart McAlister

    March 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm


    Yes, I tend to agree with you. My mate’s client is a little difficult to say the least and refuses to believe that it is their fault. I was sent a copy of the clip and dumping it straight into FCPv7, I could see that it was PAL all the way through.

    Thanks again.


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