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  • David Mayer

    January 5, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    I just posted asking about DVD Studio Pro alternatives. I installed Toast Titanium 19 and authored a DVD with my FCPX .mov to Compressor mp2 files. Turns out my files are apparently PAL. I am burning YouTube videos to DVD. I used 2 different YouTube downloaders, edited those files in FCPX, created DVD files with Compressor and in both cases it turns out they are PAL files. Does anyone know how to fix this so I can get normal NTSC files?

  • Jeremy Garchow

    January 5, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I am burning YouTube videos to DVD

    Most likely, those videos are 25fps or PAL, or your sequence is set for PAL in FCPX. You’d have to convert them to NTSC (Compressor can do this) first, or try converting the file to NTSC and compressing for DVD at the same time (using Compressor). Your results may vary.

    Check the frame rate on your downloaded files, and your FCP Project as perhaps the original files aren’t PAL.

  • David Mayer

    January 5, 2021 at 9:19 pm


    Thanks for taking the time. Everything went through Compressor using the standard “DVD” button that produces an audio and a video file. That setting has always created NTSC DVDs for me. I wonder if it is still 25 fps even after that, and the DVD software sees that as PAL.

    Is there a special way to convert to NTSC in Compressor?

  • David Mayer

    January 5, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    I created a custom setting in Compressor. It is the standard MPEG-2 setting with one change; normally frame rate is “automatic” which must be exactly why everything that starts out PAL, stays PAL (25 fps). I reset that to 29.97.

    Is that probably all I have to do?

  • Jeremy Garchow

    January 5, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I would check the files before they go to compressor. Are the downloaded files PAL from YouTube?

  • David Mayer

    January 5, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Yes – i used 2 different apps for downloading youtube videos – they seem to work ok (hoping the malware isn’t too bad)

  • Patrick Donegan

    January 6, 2021 at 6:26 am

    After you download the files bring them into Compressor and convert them to NTSC or SD.

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