Yep, with the BB game going long, Nightline
and Jimmy Kimmel
were delayed thru their server.
I captured WKOW and the network Mountain feed and analyzed the audio. Turns out I managed to sample three different audio configurations: stereo, true 5.1 and screwed up 5.1 (will explain that in a moment).Nightline
is stereo, only left and right. The center is quiet. The two ads were the 5.1 mix and were mixed correctly with the voice in the center on not in the left or right, except toward the end of the ConocoPhillips ad, there was bleed of the professor voice into the left and right channels. Jimmy Kimmel, had center channel voice, audio laughter, etc. But so did the left and right channels, but the voice was at a slightly reduced level. A correctly mixed 5.1 would not have had any vocals in the left and right channels. But, that helped figure out what is wrong at WKOW.
As a reminder, ABC sends out 4 audio stereo pairs, configured as such:
1) Stereo Dolby Surroung mixdown
2) Left and Right
3) Center and Lfe
4) Left and Right surround
WKOW dropped stream #3 into the bit-bucket. Stream #2 was applied correctly to the left and right, but at a reduced level (don't know why). Stream #2's left channel was applied to the Center channel and the right channel was applied to the Lfe. But, because of the filtering to reduce the bandwidth of the Lfe, it was very muddled, but it was there. AFAIK, the surrounds were applied correctly as there really wasn't any surround to detect just listening to it. I might have seen something if I pulled the waveforem into an audio editing program.
The video looked like crap as well. Since I have not analyzed their video in a while, I don't know if it is that way normally now, or just when it is stored on the server.
Every video frame has a ghostly image of the next frame. With motionless video it looks like this: WKOW image ABC image
With motion video it looks like this: WKOW image ABC image
That is just plain bad.