January 30, 2007

X-Treme DVD...

by Chris Randall

Just got a DHL package from our Red Bull friends in Austria containing a couple new Xtreme Sports DVDs that I licensed music for. I've got tunes on a lot of these DVDs, and something bothers me: I can't watch them, because they're usually PAL. Does any multi-media junky here have a DVD player that does both PAL and NTSC, and is it worth a shit? (And by "multimedia junky," I mean "bizarre Dutch man-boy bondage fetish junky," of course. I know how you guys are.)

Caveat: it has to shit NTSC out its output holes; I don't care 'bout PAL, because my TV doesn't understand it. Which is what got me in to this mess in the first place.



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Jan.31.2007 @ 8:03 AM
Don't think I saw this previously mentioned, but you should google the model of your dvd player, quite a few dvd players have codes that can be input via-remote that will let them suddenly play all regions...

If that doesn't work(and you're not down to use VLC as others have suggested), Region-free dvd players are the shit. There are a lot of kickass boutique-y companies in Europe that release great obscure films(Second Run, Masters of Cinema, Artificial Eye, etc.).


Jan.31.2007 @ 8:11 AM
Most of the el-cheapo dvd players at wal-mart/costco/sams club that are off brand (i.e. coby, daewoo) will play PAL in addition to NTSC, though it won't list that feature on the packaging.

I've got both a coby and a daweoo player, both purchased for about $35 from sams and wal mart that i got for the purpose of playing some PAL discs i got off of ebay.

For the person with just tons of useless time on their hands, they could rip the disc to their drive, convert it to PAL and burn it back to dvd. But that defeats the purpose of being lazy and just buying a player that will play it to begin with.


Jan.31.2007 @ 8:14 AM
MacTheRipper -> Popcorn
or Handbrake

Jan.31.2007 @ 8:50 AM
high tech
go here and learn:



Jan.31.2007 @ 9:09 AM
Porco Rosso
I've been very happy with the Oppo Digital OPDV971H link [www.oppodigital.co...]">link [www.oppodigital.co...]

If you go to the dvd benchmarking on link [www.hometheaterfi.co...]">link [www.hometheaterfi.co...] you'll see it does very well.

It upconverts to 1080i and outputs

* Analog Stereo Output (RCA): 1
* Coaxial Output: 1
* Optical Output: 1
* Composite Output: 1
* S-Video Output: 1
* Component Output: 1 - supports 480i, 576i
* DVI Output: 1


I use it to watch movies on a Sony VPL-HS51 projector. It rocks. And yes it does convert pal to ntsc.

link [www.hkflix.com]">link [www.hkflix.com] has a variety of multi-region/pal players.

But its often best to order directly from oppo.


Jan.31.2007 @ 10:47 AM
Chris Randall
That's what I'm talking about, right there. Thanks for that. I have no interest whatsoever in monkeying with any sort of DVD playback on my computer(s). I only have one region switch left on the iMac, and that's just a big pain in the arse, and life is too short to spend an afternoon trying to convert something.



Jan.31.2007 @ 2:17 PM
Solipsist Nation

Whoo hooo! Labbit!

I love the corncob pipe, and the giant moustache is pretty amazing too.


Feb.03.2007 @ 2:27 PM
Multi-region DVD players that handle NTSC/PAL are easily and cheaply found, but doing it isn't the same as doing it well. Be sure to get a few opinions about image quality, regardless of the device you buy. You need to make sure that the image scales properly {on cheap Cyberhomes, eg, widescreen DVDs from the UK will play back as stretched, full-frame monstrosities} and that the jitter on the edge of the screen is at least unnoticed in use.

HK Flix have always done right by me:

link [www.hkflix.com]">link [www.hkflix.com]

I use a hardware-modded XBox, and it's been perfect 98% of the time.


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