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Scott Andrew Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 31 Jul 2008 13:20:26 -0400
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I was wondering if anybody knows what the deal is with PCM stereo. 
I just watched Werner Herzog's _Giovanna d'Arco_.  Its only avaialble soundtrack 
is described as LPCM stereo, and it's noticeably and annoyingly out of sync with 
the mouth movements, and really takes me out off a story that has limited 
staging to begin with.  I also noticed this problem with the PCM tracks of the 
Met's 1990 Ring cycle DVD.  Fortunately, that also has Dolby tracks that are in 
sync.  I assume the PCM tracks are for people who a) don't really care about 
images when they're watching opera, or b) so people can put the DVD on as 
background and listen to the same performance with enhanced sound, or c) for 
people who have some sort of special equipment that makes PCM play in proper 
sync with the image. 
Anyway, I'm writing to ask if there is such a thing as c). 
Scott Andrew Hutchins 
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"Those who had been successful adapted themselves to the world around them, had bent their greater mental powers into the pattern of acceptable action.  And 
this dulled their usefulness, limited their capacity, hedged their ability with 
restrictions set up to fit less extraordinary people."  -- Clifford D. Simak, 
"Census" (1944) 

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