||2 DVDr Video
||Duley Digital: DD-R040526-D
Master DV > Standalone DVD Recorder > Re-authored on PC
Audience (DAT Master) Audio Technica AT853 hypercardioid > AT8533 > Beyerdynamic MV-100 (48V phantom, +20dB) > Sony
May 26, 2004
Starwood Amphitheatre, Antioch, Tennessee, USA
The Spirit of Radio
Roll The Bones
One Little Victory
Darn That Dragon Intro
Between The Wheels
Red Sector A
Heart Full Of Soul
2112: Overture/The Temples Of Syrinx/Grand Finale
La Villa Strangiato
By-Tor And The Snow Dog
|Average Rating:||Audio: 9.25|
|Video: 8 |
(Audio - 9, Video - 8)
I recieved a copy of this show that had been authored on a Standalone DVD recorder to two discs. As is common with most of these Standalone authored discs, it had only a standard blue screen menu, with no scene selection, and with chapters at random intervals. The audio portion of the disc was decent, but no where near the quality of the audience audio recordings available for this show. Also, the audio on the standalone discs was in compressed AC3 format, and I felt that full blown PCM of a good audio source would be preferable. I therefore decided that a remaster of this video was in order. I contacted the taper of the Project R30 audio release and recieved permission from him to use his audio source to marry to the video.
One of the goals I had in mind when beginning the project was to preserve the video in its original quality. Even though the Standalone recording was over two discs, the default setting for 2 hours was used, and thus not the highest quality one can achieve with a standalone recorder. I therefore didn't wish to degrade the video any further. Thus, it was imperative that I not re-encode the video. From a production standpoint, this meant that the video could not be edited, and that I would need to edit the new audio source to match up with the video source, rather than edit the video to match the audio. While this didn't make much of a difference for the most part, there are a couple spots in the release that I would have handled differently if I had been able to edit the video. For instance, at the one hour mark of the show, just after YYZ, the filmer has to change tapes. This results in the very first of The Trees being missing from the video. Normally, I would have inserted a still picture, or even black video in this area, to allow the audio to continue during the tape change. However, as I didn't want to have to re-encode an edited video, I was forced to cut out the first part of The Trees audio to match the video. Another tape change takes place after the drum solo, cutting just a bit of the first of Resist. There was one oddity on the second disc, during the Grand Finale portion of 2112. The video stops, and then restarts, but has actually rolled back a few seconds. I'm not sure what happened there, but it is in the original video and thus couldn't be edited, according to the production goal I'd put in place for the release. Anyway, I adjusted the audio to match this, but did a quick fade out, and fade in to indicate it was an edit, rather than something weird going on on stage. Other than the couple cuts listed above, the DVD contains the concert in its entirety, including the intro, and some of the outro.
The original audio on the DVD was not perfectly synched with the video. This would be attributable to the filmer's position and distance from the stage. Sound travels slower than light, resulting in a short delay between seeing a drumstick hit a drum, and actually hearing it. Mind you, the delay was only a little more than 1/20th of a second, but was perceptable to those who have a sensitivity to sync issues. I decided to correct this as well. As I was working on this, I discovered that the screen behind the band was also running at a bit of a delay in relation to the band's actual performance. Thus, when I synced the audio to the band on stage, the video on the screen was now running behind the audio, which can be even more jarring, since the human brain seems to compensate for audio being behind video better than it does the reverse. In this particular video, most of the video is full stage shot, with occassional close ups. Thus, you tend to notice audio video sync with the big screen more than you do with the band on stage. What I did as a compromise, was to move the audio ahead slightly, so that it synced with the screen behind the band. While not in perfect sync with the band, it was much closer than the original video. Frankly, unless you are sensative to audio/video sync issues, you probably won't even notice that it's not perfectly synced to the band, since its only off by about 2/100th of a second. My kids couldn't see any problem with it when they watched it. For the record, the audio was moved ahead by 4/100ths of a second from the original. I had to make a production decision, and this just looked better to me overall than the alternative. The producer of the Project R30 audio release was kind enough to allow me to borrow the name of his release, and allow me to modify it for purposes of the DVD menus and artwork.
As far as the quality of this release goes, I would offer the following comments. The camera was handheld, so is sometimes shakey. In spots it is very shakey, while in other spots it is fairly steady. It appears that the filmer was holding the camera between his knees for the first 20 minutes or so of the show, and was sitting down. This meant that he couldn't see the band. He focuses on the screen behind the band instead. As it gets darker in this outdoor venue, the filmer finally stands up, and we are able to see the band for the rest of the show, other than for the occassional security duck. For the most part, the stage is in focus but there are some blurry spots, more so on the second disc. Color is very nice. Overall, I would say that the video is good to watch. Some of is excellent, while some is less so. This video has some great shots in it that that would make fine contributions to a 2 cam mix if there were another angle to be found. The audio is the true star of this release. If nothing else, this DVD gives you something to watch while you listen to LeeGeddy's excellent audio recording of this night in Nashville. Overall, I'd give this DVD release a thumb's up. Of course, I'm somewhat biased. (2004-07-17)
I received the dvd while away in Vegas and had a chance to look at it last night.
WOW!!! I wasn't expecting the video to be that good. Despite some camera movements, the screen shot looks great. The sync is well done... bravo for that task. Alex's fretwork syncs dead on with the audio. Great, great job. As you know, I absolutely HATE sync problems in video. Duley should give lessons in video/audio syncing.
The menu looks totally cool as well. That burgandy colour really stands out on a tv screen. Audio: EX Video: VG+. (JULY '04) (2004-09-12)
(Audio - 9.5)