Season 6 PAL dvd 4% speed-up sound issue. just wanted to share this problem with people that are planning to buy the region2 pal dvd...
I just bought the season 6 region 2 dvd recently and to my surprise all the sound and dialogue sounds abit high pitched.
When I inquired about this problem I discovered a known issue called "PAL's 4% Speedup" which happens when converting from film with 24 frames per second to a PAL system which is 25 frames per second (this issue doesn't occur on NTSC).
"Video and audio has to be sped up by 4% which means audio for the film is both 4% faster and 4% higher in pitch. In musical terms, this equates to a rise in pitch of approximately one semitone."
Although when hearing the characters talk it doesn't bother that much (and in the previous pal dvd seasons I bought I haven't even noticed it) , this was highly objectionable when listening to the musical episode where all the songs play faster and everyone sings higher and not in their normal voices.
As someone who heard the soundtrack and seen the broadcast version of the musical at least a million time this is really annoying and just not the right way these episodes were meant to be heard.
I found this problem can be corrected by watching the dvd on a computer dvd-rom with a program like windvd which has an option to slow down to the correct speed. But I don't know if there are any regular pal dvd players out there which also have this kind of option (mine don't).
So I recommend everyone to wait and buy the region 1 ntsc dvd's which come out this summer . Although region 1 won't be in widescreen this feature isn't that important compared to the sound issue in my opinion.
November 02 2003
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