I recently saw a few threads by people needing to convert PAL dvds to NTSC dvds. They were getting responses telling them to "do a search. This has been answered a thousand times". I did a search and found a few threads which may or may not answer their question completely. Nothing really definitive. And I had a new suggestion that I didn't see. I just happened to think of a little free utility that just may do this. I tried it on my own accord prior to posting this message and it SEEMED to work. I have no idea if it actually did work correctly or not. The original dvd folder and the new folder converted to PAL format played fine with my PowerDVD program. I didn't want to burn a dvd to see if it would/wouldn't work in my stand-alone player. Right or wrong guys, it's just an idea. Give the people needing help some input. Anyway, here goes: I ran across this free and EXTREMELY useful tool a few weeks ago. I posted a thread with instructions on how to split an exceptionally long movie with it, leaving the original menus INTACT. That's how useful this puppy is. The proggy's called VOB blanker. Newbies are probably not familiar with it. Those who have been on here a while know it well. Anyway, I did some digging on the functions available. This program seems to be very powerful. For those wanting to convert PAL to NTSC, download the program. Rip your movie to the hard drive with DVD decrypter. Then open your newly ripped files with VOB blanker. Under the title set block (center of program window), you'll see your VOB files. The center column says "video format". My example says NTSC 4:3 720x480. If you right click on the VOB's you want to convert, then select "video attributes", you'll see a new window pop up. In this window, you can change the "standard" from PAL to NTSC and vice versa. You can even change the resolution in this window. Do the above, then select or make a new output folder. Click on "process" at the bottom and let the conversion begin. You can then use DVD shrink or any other compression/burning program of your choice to burn your newly converted NTSC or PAL dvd (whichever you chose to convert to). When I opened the new video file with PowerDVD, I could tell that the aspect ratio was different than the original NTSC standard. I converted NTSC to PAL just for a trial run. I really don't need to do this, but I really had nothing better to do while the baby was sleeping. I have no life!! Hope this helps. Any input/criticism from senior members would be appreciated. As I said, I'm new to all this stuff and I have no idea if this actually completely converted to the new standard or not. It might just be a masking technique which may fool some dvd players. Anyway, it's worth a try for ya'll!!! Help 'em out, guys!