PAL playback

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#1

This may sound stupid, but do all PAL DVDs play back 4% faster than their theatrical exhibition? Or are some movies slowed down prior to mastering for DVD?


#2

I can’t find anything erroneous to take issue with in this particular wikipedia article.


#3

PAL’s 4% Speedup

http://www.michaeldvd.com.au/Articles/PALSpeedUp/PALSpeedUp.asp

:cool: :cool:


#4

Ok cool, thanks. I already knew the theory behind it. I was just wondering if there were any instances where the DVD production companies tried to compensate for this. I guess the answer is no.

I always knew PAL DVDs played 4% too fast, but I never really paid much attention to that fact. Then I was watching the PAL version of Lord Of War which I bought recently (since the Canadian/US version has the aspect ratio screwed up) and I noticed that the song during the credit sequence, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, was about a semitone too sharp! Luckily, a simple click of “PAL TruSpeed” in WinDVD fixed the problem. :slight_smile:


#5

What is the value added to the PAL format playing %4 faster?, is that makes the quality of playback more enhanced?.


#6

It’s to do with the frame rate and also the refresh rate of PAL tv screens. I’ve been told that there are some electronic “tricks” that the studios use to preserve a film’s true playing speed when being played from a PAL region DVD.