How to Determine NTSC or PAL From ISO

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How to Determine NTSC or PAL From ISO
A NTSC DVD won't play in PAL player and vice versa. (DVD control panel with a STOP sign image by Peter Ivanov from Fotolia.com)

NTSC and PAL are two broadcast standards. While NTSC is commonly used in the United State and parts of Asia, most of Europe and South America use PAL. The two standards are not compatible with each other, so an ISO from a PAL DVD will not play in an NTSC player, and vice versa. If you have an ISO file and you do not know which format it is in, there are several programs that can help you discover that information.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install MediaInfo. Launch the program after installation is complete.

  2. 2

    Go to "File" then "Open" and then "File" again. Choose the ISO you want to analyse and click "Open."

  3. 3

    Click on "View" then "Basic." Under "First Video Stream" it will tell you if the video is in the NTCS or PAL format.

  1. 1

    Download and unzip GSpot. This program does not need to be installed, just double-click on "GSpot.exe" to start the program.

  2. 2

    Click "File" and then "Open."

  3. 3

    Select the ISO you want to analyse and click "Open." Look on the right side of the program window, either PAL or NTSC will be highlighted in bright green text to tell you which format the ISO file is in.

  1. 1

    Download and install the VLC Player. Launch the program after installation is complete.

  2. 2

    Click "Media" and then "Open File." Select the ISO you want to analyse and click "Open."

  3. 3

    Click on "Tools" and then "Codec Information." Look under "Stream 1" and make note of the video resolution.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the PAL vs NTSC page in the resource section. Compare the resolution of your ISO with the resolutions listed there to determine if your ISO is in PAL or NTSC.

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