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  1. Greetings,

    I purchased the Quantum Leap DVD set from the UK since it has all the original music intact. I'm familiar with the PAL speedup issue since I have other UK DVDs that I've successfully converted via avidemux. However, I've been ripping the Quantum Leap DVD eps and some sound normal and others sound like they're sucking helium despite them ALL being shorter in length than their USA counterparts.

    For example, Season 2, episode 8 ("Jimmy") is 46m on the DVD but it should be about 47m 50s. I checked this by playing the Netflix version. I also did this with several other episodes from season 1 and 5. In all cases the UK DVD eps are shorter than they should be. Some of the UK DVD eps when converted sound fine and the length is correct. Others turn out to the the right length (Jimmy ends up at 47m 47s) but sound like they're talking in slow motion despite the sound being in sync with the video.

    It's like some episodes are sped up but the audio pitch somehow stayed what it should be and others both the video and audio are sped up. Has anyone experienced this? I was hoping to batch convert all the eps. Now I have to go through one by one and see if they sound normal or not. I was just wondering if this is common. Thanks for any advice.
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  2. In my experience, when film is sped up to 25fps for PAL, the audio is usually just sped up to match, and not pitch corrected, so if you're re-encoding you can just slow the frame rate down to 24fps and slow the audio to match. Usually all the episodes would be the same. Given the age of the series and the horrors that are often inflicted on video on it's way to DVD though, anything's possible.

    If you're sure all episodes are simply film sped up to 25fps, and I assume you're slowing it down to 24fps when re-encoding, you might need to pitch correct the audio again for the appropriate episodes. I don't think Avidemux can do it. It can be done using Avisynth (pitch correcting stereo audio is fine but there's potential issues for multi-channel audio at the moment). The only GUI I know of off the top of my head with audio pitch correction is MeGUI. No doubt there's others, but MeGUI is the only one I know of for sure.

    Pitch correcting the audio in Avisynth is pretty easy if you're familiar with Avisynth (by pitch correcting I mean slowing the audio down without changing the pitch). For slowing Pal down to 24fps without changing the pitch.
    http://avisynth.nl/index.php/TimeStretch
    TimeStretch(tempo=(2400.0/25.0))

    Normally you'd just slow it down which does change the pitch.
    TimeStretch(rate=(2400.0/25.0))

    Although MeGUI does it like this. Maybe SSRC is technically better for resampling when only changing speed. I'm not sure.
    http://avisynth.nl/index.php/SSRC
    SSRC(Round((AudioRate()*25.0)/24.0)).AssumeSampleRate(AudioRate())

    If each episode is sped up film, there's probably no reason why you can't still slow them all down, but I assume you'll have to work out how to deal with the audio in different ways.
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    Have you considered that some series could even be NTSC Region2. Universal often do that for music releases (usually then Region 0). Plus of course we have no issues playing back NTSC dvds over here.
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  4. DB83,

    I thought about that but the back of the case says "2,4,5 PAL" and media info shows it as PAL, 25 fps. I've been going through the eps one by one and some are fine pitch-wise (but ~two minutes shorter than the USA version). Others sound like they're chipmunks talking. It's just weird. I would have thought it would all one way or the other.
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