You are woking on an NTSC project with a four day window to complete it. You are waiting for some footage to fill a hole in your timeline that is a vital visual to the project. The the client locates the footage and sends you a tape.
It is in the PAL format.
Now what? Well, luckily you are using FCP and have a Sony DSR-11 or a JVC BR-DV3000U with a NTSC/PAL switch. You can quickly create a new project, using the DV/PAL Easy Setup. Capture the footage you need with the deck in the PAL mode.
THEN…you go to http://www.nattress.com and buy the Standards Converter for $100. You quit FCP, install the plugin, restart FCP opening your original project (with the deck in NTSC mode again) and import the PAL footage you captured from the PAL project. You play that PAL footage in the Viewer (it plays normal speed, even though this is an NTSC project (That Viewer is VERY versatile). You mark what you need and drop in into the cut. You add the standards converter and render.
Your cut is complete. All under 30 minutes. Try THAT on an Avid. Thphthphthph!
Is this an Ad for Nattress…I suppose. It is also meant to show the process to go thru to get PAL footage to work on an NTSC project.