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Quick tech question re: DVD region coding. Help needed.

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Hi everyone-

My wife and I are planning a trip to France this summer, and she wants to bring some of her Yoga DVDs with her. A couple of the DVDs say "All" in the Region field, which leads me to conclude they would work in France. However, underneath the "All" icon, it also says "NTSC." Will this still work in France, despite the fact that it says NTSC, or does it need to be PAL?

Does anybody know for sure?

Thanks in advance.

-GG
 

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Yer correct. Region ALL allows playback on any player.

However, NTSC means the player/TV GOTTO be NTSC capable.

So, in France, the DVD player/TV has got to be one of those Universal kind.

However, u should be able to play those in laptop just fine. PC-based players are software controlled, adjust themselves and not constrained.

Quick google tells me France uses SECAM.

If yer the GURU, shouldn't u know these things? :D
 

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Guess I'm not the InternationalGadgetGuru, just the DomesticGadgetGuru. ;)

Anyway, I'm not sure if the place we're renting in France will have a "universal" TV. So, you're saying that it might not play, right?

So, maybe I need to somehow convert to SECAM in advance of the trip.
 

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I have some US region DVDs which will play on my DVD player, the only 'hack' being to over ride the region lock on the player.
Quite a few DVD players will play either system - I guess it will be a chance you take if the one at your rental is one of them!

Why not load them onto your iPod?
 
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That was gonna be my suggestion. Convert them for the iPod then you won't have any problems playing them. Just remember to pack your A/V cable & charger.
 

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What bitrate would I have to encode at to make the videos look "decent" on a TV? It's just yoga, so the image doesn't have to be perfect, just decent enough to watch.
 

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Depends on codec. On my DVCR it's 3000 kbps and I can't tell whether original cable or recorded, go down from there for space constrains.
 
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