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I heard that from a filmmaker as well, that PAL was getter than ntsc for transferring to film. Actually he said "used to be". Apparently, the big quality improvement was that PAL’s 25 FPS translates to film’s 24FPS a lot better than does video. However, this guy now uses the new NTSC cameras that record in 24P. He said those are his new favorite, because not only does it convert directly to film without figuring out what to do with an extra frame, but he can also watch the output on his American monitors and TV’s, a really nice feature 🙂
To answer the original question, NTSC is the American standard in video. Most of (not all, mind you) the rest of the world uses PAL. I think of it as the video equivalent of the S.A.E./Metric system of measurement.
If you live in North America, Buy NTSC.