anydvd removes region coding and makes your discs region free. I think this might be what you're confusing with PAL/NTSC conversion.
even if the copy is region free it still needs to be in the correct format before it will play correctly on your standalone.
in addition to scarfaceal's suggestions, you may want to look into a program called DVD Santa. I can't vouch for its output quality, but I've seen a few forum members reporting that it successfully solved their conversion problems.