How to Convert PAL to NTSC Using Toast

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How to Convert PAL to NTSC Using Toast
DVD players typcially will only play NTSC or PAL standards. (dvd image by dinostock from

PAL and NTSC are the two major video standards, which are nothing more than the encoding used on the files contained on the DVD. However, very few DVD players will playback files encoded with both NTSC or PAL. Traditionally, PAL encoding is used in parts of South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, while NTSC is the industry video standard in North America, parts of South America and parts of Asia (see Resources). Roxio Toast allows Mac users to burn a DVD from any file using either standard. The standards are chosen from the preferences menu from within the program.

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Things you need

  • Blank DVD
  • DVD burner

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  1. 1

    Open Roxio Toast. The program will typically be located in your Applications folder, which will be located either on the dock or on the sidebar of Finder.

  2. 2

    Click “Toast,” located at the top of the screen.

  3. 3

    Choose “Preferences” from the Toast menu.

  4. 4

    Change the TV Standard setting to NTSC. Click “OK” to save your settings.

  5. 5

    Locate the file that you would like to convert in Finder. Drag the file into the Toast window to load the file into the program.

  6. 6

    Insert a blank DVD into your DVD burner.

  7. 7

    Click the large red button located at the bottom right of the screen to begin the NTSC burning process.

Tips and warnings

  • Roxio Toast is only compatible with Apple computers. Roxio Creator is the equivalent of Roxio Toast, designed for the Windows operating system.

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