[AG-TECH] Fwd: A Lip Synch Problem Solution

Osland, CD (Chris) C.D.Osland at rl.ac.uk
Thu Apr 1 03:06:41 CST 2004

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Chris Osland

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Markus Buchhorn [mailto:Markus.Buchhorn at anu.edu.au]
> Sent: 01 April 2004 01:01
> To: ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov; video-l at aarnet.edu.au
> Subject: [AG-TECH] Fwd: A Lip Synch Problem Solution
> For info. Interesting development out of OSU...
> >Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 13:19:00 -0500
> >From: Bob Dixon <dixon.8 at osu.edu>
> >To: Megaconference: ;
> >Subject: A Lip Synch Problem Solution
> >
> >There have been a number of discussions about the occasional 
> "lip synch" problem in video conferencing.  The problem is 
> that in some cases the video is delayed longer than the 
> audio, so voices are heard before the speaker's lips are seen 
> to move. Crudely speaking, this is caused by the fact that 
> the video information is more voluminous than the audio 
> information, and hence is delayed by overloaded components 
> along the way, such as network devices and MCUs.  There is no 
> inherent synchronization built in, so in a non-ideal world, 
> things tend to become unsynchronized.
> >
> >There is usually no "knob" or setting one can manually 
> adjust to compensate for this. So this leads to either just 
> accepting it, or looking for more unusual solutions.
> >At the recent ViDe conference in Indianapolis, this topic 
> was discussed, and a new approach
> >was suggested. I have investigated this new approach further 
> and found that it may be a solution.
> >
> >The basic idea is that the audio needs to be delayed with 
> respect to the video, so as to bring them back into 
> synchronization.  It turns out that people can learn to do 
> this with a little effort.
> >All you have to do is move your lips before you actually 
> speak.  This is a form of ventriloquism, and it has been 
> taught for some time at the Edger Bergen Institute for 
> Advanced Speech.
> >
> >In traditional ventriloquism, you shift your speech to 
> another location. But in this case, you shift it to another 
> time.  In mathematical terms, the first case deals with the 
> spatial domain (often involving the spatial Fourier 
> Transform), and the second one with the time domain (where it 
> is described by the McCarthy Transform).
> >
> >I have been studying this new technique via a correspondence 
> course from the EBIAS, and have achieved a modest degree of 
> skill, as of April 1.  I can demonstrate it for you some time 
> in a video conference, or maybe in next year's Megaconference.
> >
> >
> >                                                           Bob
> >
> >
> >-- 
> >Robert S. Dixon, Ph D, PE
> >
> >Chief Research Engineer
> >
> >Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARNet)
> >and
> >Ohio State University, Office of the CIO
> >
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> >
> Markus Buchhorn, ANU Internet Futures Group,       |Ph: +61 2 61258810
> Markus.Buchhorn at anu.edu.au, mail: Bldg #108 CS&IT  |Fx: +61 2 61259805
> Australian National University, Canberra 0200 Aust.|Mob: 0417 281429

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