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RE: 2 Q's: Digital dropouts & low con prints

---------------Original Message---------------

On a possibly related note: I've been watching a lot of the re-broadcasts of
"Homocide" on Court TV and nearly every episode suffers from quick giant
horizontal pixel crawl dropouts at several spots in the broadcast. Anybody
noticed this? Is this the result of an old tired broadcast master, a
compressed satellite feed to my cable provider breaking up from a glitch or
a quick steadicam move, or bad luck with new syndication masters? Seems like
I'm seeing more dropouts in general on TV since the digital kind appear more
noticeable than those old analog hits.

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I can speak for the "Homicide" show (note the spelling- yours means
something slightly different) since we finish the broadcast masters.
I can unhesitatingly say that when the DB master leaves here, there are
no dropouts.  Really.  We 100% QC the show at 4 different points (final
digital conform, tape-tape color correct laydown, cloning, dubbing)
with no fewer than 5.75 eyeballs at each stage.  This is done so as
to find as many hits, DO's, dirt spots, etc. as possible.  When the
show goes into syndication, another independent house goes through 
a rigorous QC prior to delivering the show to European countries. I
would bet that the syndi masters are pretty good.

I will say that this show has only been on Digi Beta for the past 2
years; prior to that it was D2.  And since it was aired on NBC, the
early shows were dubbed to M-II.  Aha... that may be your answer :-(

Actually I have found DigiBeta to be pretty robust, but we seldom let 
our scanners get past 1500 hours.

My guess is porr quality dubbing at the station/origination end or
transmission problems.  I agree that there are more visible hits
these days, probably because of more low-end formats being used for
origination and more treacherous paths being taken for transmission.

"Trust the computer industry to shorten "Year 2000" to Y2K. It was
this kind of thinking that caused the problem in the first place."
Bill Topazio, VP/Engineering     bt at mte.com     v:212-907-1225
Manhattan Transfer               New York, NY   f:212-687-2719

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