Anyone who has poor audio sync in their original files (before putting them on DVD), follow this solution.
Also, anyone who has files which play properly in media players but lose sync in editing programs, follow this solution.
If the audio only loses sync on the DVD, see my post "How To Fix Audio Sync Problems 101".
The following method works if the original file is MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or AVI. This guide is designed for people who want put video files onto DVD using DVD Workshop, but can also help you fix audio in files you just want to play on your PC.
You will need these programs: Cool Edit Pro, Media Player Classic, TMPGEnc, VirtualDub.
If you have any trouble using one of these programs, you will find plenty of guides dedicated to using these if you search Google.
If the file plays out of sync even in media players, start from step 4.
If the file only loses sync in editing programs, start from step 1.
You can test to see if your file loses sync in editing programs by loading it into virtualdub, skipping to a dialogue scene near the end, and listening for sync problems. If you are told by virtualdub that the file has an improper VBR header, read the NOTE below step 8 before continuing.
1) If your file is AVI:
Open the file in virtualdub, and go File>Save Wav. Then go Audio>WAV Audio and select the wave. Then save as direct stream copy and go to step 4.
If your file is MPG:
Open TMPG, and in the project wizard, click "NTSC Low Resolution" (or PAL if you video is PAL) and make sure the window on the bottom right says "CBR MPEG-1...".
Never use variable bit rate when there are sync problems. We're using low resolution because we're going to discard the video output, and low res encodes faster.
2) Click "Next", and browse for your original video file under the AUDIO file slot. Your original file must be MPG, AVI, MP2, MPA, or WAV. Leave the video slot blank.
Click "Next" twice. To speed up the encoding, go to expert settings and change motion search precision to "Very Fast".
Click "Next" and encode the file. Check "Output as individual elementary streams".
3) Go to File>MPEG Tools, and multiplex the new audio stream (it will have the extension .mp2) with the ORIGINAL video stream. You can delete the blank m2v file TMPG generates.
These first 3 steps allow media players to see the file the same way as an editing program sees it. If you play the new file in a media player, you should see that the audio near the end is out of sync.
4) Open the file in Media Player Classic. This program is useful because of its on-the-fly audio time shift function.
5) Play the file until you notice loss of lip sync.
6) Click Play>Audio>Options. Go to Audio switcher. Check "Enable built-in audio switcher" and "Audio time shift". Enter a value such as 200 ms.
7) Click Play and see how this affects the audio sync. If it makes it worse, change to -200. If it makes it better but not enough, increase the value to 300. Keep increasing or decreasing the value until the audio is in sync. Note down the time code (Minutes:Seconds) of the point at which you adjusted the audio, and next to this write the adjustment value you settled on.
If your original file played out of sync even in a media player, one adjustment at the beginning may be enough to fix the file. If your file only lost sync in virtualdub, you may need to make more adjustments further along in the file. If you captured your file from TV or VHS, there may be dropped frames, and in this case you can also expect to make more than one adjustment.
8) Continue through the file until you notice the audio lose sync again. Adjust the value again so that the audio is in sync. This time, note the difference between the new value and the old value, and write this next to the timecode where the adjustment took place.
e.g. if after the first loss of sync you adjusted by +500 ms, and on the second loss you decreased the value to +300, you would note down -200. Repeat step 8 until you have corrected any further loss of sync in the file. Try to pick your adjustment points where the is a silent pause in the audio. This is because you will either extend or shorten this silence in step 10.
You should only need to note down 3 or 4 values.If you find the audio constantly losing sync soon after you fixed it, then you're dealing with an avi file with an incorrect variable bit rate header. To fix this you need to first extract the audio as a wave using virtualdub. Start from step 1, but use the wave file instead of the original file in the TMPG project wizard audio slot.
9) Your notes should look something like this:
with adjustment points on the left and adjustment values on the right.
Once you have all the values, load the original file into virtualdub. Click File>Save Wav, to extract the audio to a wave file.
10) Open the wave file in Cool Edit Pro. Move the cursor to the first adjustment point. As with anything in Cool Edit, it helps if you zoom in using the magnifying glass icon.
Click the stop button.
If the adjustment value is positive, go Effects>Generate>Silence. Enter the adjustment value after the decimal point.
e.g. 50 ms will be typed as 0.050 seconds
200 ms will be typed as 0.200 seconds
If you picked your adjustment point as a silent part, this will simply extend the silence. Otherwise you will hear a short glitch in the final file.
If the adjustment value is negative, you will need to delete part of a silent pause. Find the closest silent pause to your adjustment point (silence is represented as a flat line, zoom in until you see it), highlight the appropriate amount of silence, and press delete.
e.g if your adjustment value is -200, highlight 200 ms of silence and delete it. There is a timecode array on the bottom-right corner of the screen. Under "Sel" and "Length" you will see the selection length in seconds. To delete 200 ms, get this value as close as possible to 0.200 and press delete.
If you have to delete a section that is not silent (represented as a a zigzagging line), you will be deleteing part of the audio, which could be music or characters talking. In this case you will hear a short glitch in the final file.
Make all the corrections in this way.
11) When you're finished, save the file as a wave.
12) If you want to make a DVD with the final file read this:
Import the wave into DVDWS. I recommend importing the video as m2v (demultiplex the original file using TMPG). Now the encoded DVD will have its audio in sync!
If you just want to play the final file on your PC read this:
If your original file is AVI, open the original file in virtualdub, do a direct stream copy on the video and compress the wave from step 11 to MP3.
If your original file is MPG, compress the wave from step 11 to mp2 audio like in steps 1 and 2, and multiplex it to your original file like in step 3.
Any questions email me on email@example.com
May all your digital audio be in sync!
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hypercube,sounds very promising,so you can play the audio with video in realtime mode with the audio being shrunk or stretched on the fly and then saving after its in sync?I think,therefore i am a hamster.
hypercube,sounds very promising,so you can play the audio with video in realtime mode with the audio being shrunk or stretched on the fly and then saving after its in sync?
I made this software only to make a French version of a manga (totoro).
I had a video tape in french and a nice Divx in japanese.
Has you know it was impossible to simply dub the audio from VHS with the Video because Videotape are irregular.
after several nights it finally work ! (but still remain in beta stage !)
the most complicated task was to implement an accurate seek on a virtual WAV file (shrunk and stretched on the fly)
this WAV file becomes real only in final redering.
it will be very easy to do this kind of job and other stuffs like:
- NTSC framerate to PAL convertions
- initial offset resync
Yaai only opens avi and is buggy,keeps complaining about pins not connected.
I tested my software with MPEG and AVI with success.
note that you have to demultiplex yourself the audio in a decompressed WAV file to work with. (this is required to work this accurate seeking)
Actually there'a a way better way than any of these for fixing corrupt mpeg video. Most of the video downloaded off p2p networks have time stamp errors in them. They play fine in media players but lose audio sync when edited or burned to DVD. Simply use a program called Womble MPEG Video Wizard:
It has a function which repairs the metadata in mpeg files. It fixes GOP size errors, GOPTS errors, and PTS errors. In other words it fixes your downloaded mpegs so that you can edit or burn to DVD without losing sync.
I never use the method I originally posted anymore. The only drawback with the Womble method is that it inserts a short buzzing sound at the point of each PTS error, which could be annoying. The original method inserts silence instead, but takes 100 times longer.
The perfect method would be to fix it with Womble, and then go through the corrected WAV with Cool Edit and replace all the buzzing with silence, or make the buzzing quieter. This way Womble finds all the PTS errors for you, so you don't have to watch the whole file with Media Player Classic and jot down all the errors.
This only works for mpeg files that have bad sync because of PTS errors. It wouldn't help with your French/Japanese anime problem.
I've used womble and it doesnt stretch or shrink audio on the fly and isnt way easier cause it just doesnt do that for audio,maybe for audio that goes out of sync after joining.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
oops Hypercube Time Stretcher I mean :P
hypercube,im trying to d/l the time stretcher from your site but the p/w keeps getting rejected even when i refresh and get a new p/w.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
Don't forget to enter the username it specifies as well
The user name stays the same,the p/w changes but must be my server,worked before with the trancoder file.Finally got the file to d/l.Now to test it out.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
having same troulble as above,,tried for a long long time to get in and get it,,please help
I test it with IE6, FireFox and Mozilla... it works !
what is your navigator ?
ie6,,i use passwords all the time i'm using the download1012 as log and copy and pastin the pass
I used Getright, I was able to download it successfully.
yeah but how did you enter with the pass
the login screen doesn't work with Netscape Navigator 7.xx
You'll have to use IE, I've just downloaded both Hypercube softares, but had to use IE 6.xx, which I don't liek using anymore
This is my personal choice, please no arguments over IE is better than NS or vice versa, I just use IE if I hit problem sites that don't like realising that other browser software except IE does actually exist
i'm using ie6,,,can someone send to me by messenger maybe its my roadrunner service??
Netscape Navigator 7.xx
having same troulble as above,,tried for a long long time to get in and get it,,please help
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Netscape Navigator 7.xx
does anybody can tell me if my new soft is a good stuff or not ?
I liked hypercube time stretcher. I have used it acouple of times and worked great.
Just a couple of things I did notice. Not all files show the direct show graph and sometimes the stretch points are off. Maybe having the the video show size a bit bigger so we can see people lips move easier. Also I have noticed that on some files the time at the bottom of Play Stop etc... is off like it goes to the end and the movie keeps playing. One last thing maybe allowing importation of vob also in video.
Other then those minor things the synching works great and fast. I really love it easiest resynching ever.
Keep up the great work
thank's a lot. You are the first talking about my second freeware.
For instance, I don't have any time to work on it. But I will note
any comments for future release.
Arf ! I don't have any time to work on it. (for instance, I'm trying to make a MIDI sequencer, just for the fun :P )
I can try to prepare a tutorial for this tools. juste to make it more simple