[Grief] In the Shadow of the Sun

andy at flesheatingants.com andy at flesheatingants.com
Wed Dec 26 10:52:46 PST 2007

-In my boxing day state, I got my numbers mixed up - and my video  
argument doesn't hold up so well.

Film = 24FPS
NTSC = ~30 FPS
PAL = 25fps.

An article on PAL speed up though is anyone is curious:

Possible simper reasons for the time inconsistencies would be tape  
warping over time, or the VCR speed being off, or something happening  
in the transfer to the VHS copy you have.  But since you work in TV  
you probably know all this already.;-)

The issue of transferring the PAL TG videos to NTSC though is still  
somewhat odd, as the quality will suffer in the transfer and with the  
dollar being so weak I can't see many people in the US, who can't play  
PAL DVDs anyway, forking out nearly $200 for the set.


Quoting andy at flesheatingants.com:

> Hmm...  Would you say the CD length is about 24/25 of the video length?
>  The problem is likely down do with the difference between PAL and
> NTSC, you often here about PAL speed up - with film lengths in Europe
> being faster than in the US, due to there only being 24 FPS with PAL
> and 25 with NTSC.
> Seems dvdcompare.net is down for refurbishment, but an example of this here:
> http://web.archive.org/web/20041025192528/www.dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film.php?fid=5567
> Das Boots:
> US: "The mini-series is split over 2 discs (108:15 min - NTSC / 185:18
> min - NTSC"
> UK:"2-disc set, split over a 103:57 min single-layer first disc, and a
> 177:54 min dual-layer disc"
> I'm assuming if there's PAL speed up there is also NTSC slowdown for
> films made in PAL - I assume Das Boot will have been, and any of Derek
> Jarman's films will have been also.
> This is what is a bit worrying about TG releasing TGV in NTSC - it was
> filmed in PAL so the discs will almost certainly suffer from "NTSC
> slowdown" and thus comparing the lengths to the lengths of the audio
> discs will show the music is slowed down on the DVD.  Anyone want to
> test this theory?  It's also rather odd since I'm sure Sleazy mentioned
> on the Thresholdhouse site awhile back that he hated working in NTSC
> and wasn't going to do the Coil boxset in NTSC...
> -Merry belated X-mas to you all,
> Andy
> Quoting Jon Whitney <turbid at turbid.com>:
>> So I've made an attempt on a DVD of this and overdubbing the CD but
>> the length of the film and the length of the CD music are a bit off.
>> Has anybody else had a crack at it?
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