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Old 10-29-2010, 06:23 PM
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Can You Rip PAL DVDs With Handbrake

I have a friend in NZ and she got the Blu Ray versions of some movies and wanted to know if I wanted the DVD versions she has.

I checked my computer and it says it can play PAL DVDs. But I normally don't watch DVDs through the computer. I like to rip my DVDs with Handbrake and make MKV files so I can play them on my netbook (no dvd drive).

My question is would a rip work with PAL? I haven't had time to check around proper at the forums at handbrake, but glances of it, seem to say you have to convert the PAL DVDs to NTSC first before ripping. But I think that was an early version of handbrake.

I don't need detail instructions, I don't want to waste anyone's time. I was just wondering if you can go from

PAL DVD -> Rip it -> MKV file or is there more processing needed.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:50 PM
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Hmmm. Handbrake was developed in France, so I would expect it to handle PAL. A quick look indicates it works.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:07 PM
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Hmmm. Handbrake was developed in France, so I would expect it to handle PAL. A quick look indicates it works.
Alright, but I believe they don't use PAL in France.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:43 PM
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True, but if Handbrake converts to NTSC (which it does), it makes sense to also convert to PAL while you're at it.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:49 PM
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I guess my real question is the DVD is specific to PAL but are the files IN the DVD specific to the region? Or are the files themselves just files and something else in the DVD makes them PAL or NTSC or SECAM (France)

Of course with most countries converting to digital, who knows what will be the format a year from now
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:51 PM
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Aside from the PAL conversion issue, what about the region encoding on the DVD? I assume that the DVD from New Zealand will be Region 4, but your computer's DVD player is probably set to Region 1. Will you have a problem with that?
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:17 PM
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The newer versions of Handbrake don't allow ripping of DVDs. You would have to rip it with another program. After ripping it doesn't matter if it's PAL or NTSC, Handbrake can encode it using the native framerate. Under the "Video" tab check "same as source". This will ensure that PAL is encoded at 25 fps and NTSC at 23.976.

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