I have been trying to find an NTSC version of this DVD for a bit, and figured I should just post and see if someone can help me out. My only DVD player is my PS2 so I need the NTSC copy. Any suggestions?
DVD's CAN be formatted in either PAL or NTSC (actually, they use 'regions' to define the formatting). However, nowadays most of the DVD's are 'all-region'...meaning they work on 99% of all DVD players (some old players will have trouble). We just produced an all-regions DVD, and haven't had anyone return one due to format problems. We sell it in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, etc.
Well I know PAL DVDs will work in all computer systems. I don't know exactly what it is, but when in London I was able to rent DVDs from the library fine there and watch them on my laptop.
I wasn't sure if there would be a problem on the PS2 because PS2s are region specific (The UK PS2 is different from ours). I think I will just get the DVD and give it a try, but I wanted to ask around before I spent the money. I will let you know how it goes.
Warwick, what DVD are you selling? Is it rally related? I think I am going a bit overboard on buying rally related material lately. I am looking on ebay for a UK PS2 so I can play WRCIII and CMR4.
> DVD's CAN be formatted in either PAL or NTSC (actually, they use 'regions' to define the formatting).
Actually you're wrong. They are two different things.
PAL/NTSC affects the number of scan lines on the DVD. NTSC players typically need a video RAM upgrade to be able to play PAL discs.
Some players do handle PAL/NTSC region 1 or 0 (free) discs just fine.
Region encoding is a restriction on which country's players the disc can be played in.
I have a cheap Rat Shack "Cyberhome" PAL/NTSC Region 1 player for the bedroom.
I also have a Sony DVD-NS730P progression scan, 110/240V, PAL/NTSC region free player from Australia. It is supposedly "region 4" on the box but that turns out to be "wink wink region 4" in Australia due to some federal law in favor of the consumer, not the copyright owner.
WRC Reloaded is PAL Region 0 and should play in most PCs. Try updating the DVD drivers for your machine, and try different CODECs if you're using a software CODEC. Also might be an idea to upgrade to Windows Media Player 9.
All of my foreign DVDs from UK and Australia play in my PC, of course you consume a region change in the settings if you do this. I believe they are ways around that.
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