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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW — Page 563

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Oh, on that note, it looks like the d-bag that we last found/reported selling has closed up his web shop. Looks like he’s still selling through his FB group but is refusing customers outside of Australia now.

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Haven’t been here in a long time. WOW what a change on the forums. Looks great on mobile, but “too big” for PC, so I’ve zoomed out a little, lol.

Anyway, now that I have pages upon pages to catch up on, I was wondering if nanner split ever re-appeared? Last I heard, he left the building, but was going to work on some discs. Shame, because I had one for this done. In the can. Functional. Then, it got deep into subtitles, what would work, what wouldn’t. Other talk about menus, etc., but then it seemed to fizzle. Life on my end also got hectic again.

Anyway, if anyone knows the scoop on that, I’d be curious to know what the word is. Will be reading many, many pages over the next several days, and should be back to visit here a little more often.

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analog said:

I was wondering if nanner split ever re-appeared?

Nanner, no, he just… well, split.

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DVious said:

If they can be shrinked to DVDs that would be even better.

A big part of the point of this is that it’s better than DVD quality

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timdiggerm said:

DVious said:

If they can be shrinked to DVDs that would be even better.

A big part of the point of this is that it’s better than DVD quality

I always liked the DVD downscales myself. I didn’t prefer them, but I liked them. First off, the DVD downscales are still a huge improvement over any official release you’ve ever been able to purchase in any home video format. Just because the GOUT was released on a DVD doesn’t mean it was anywhere near a DVD-quality release. Secondly, they’re portable. Bring 'em over to friends and family for the holidays, vacation rentals, what have you, and it’s guaranteed to work with the equipment there, no fuss. Third, by placing a cap on the image quality, it actually evens out some of the more jarring transitions between HD- and SD-sourced footage. In other words, the eyebrows don’t look as blurry when the whole face is slightly blurred up too. There’s actually really a lot of good things about the DVD downscales.

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You make good points about the utility of having a portable DVD. But if you’re looking for DVD-quality versions of the original trilogy, I’d argue that the LD-transfers are a better option: Upscaling to HD, then downscaling the footage back to SD isn’t doing it any favors. Plus, there are many shots where compromises were made in terms of actual content in order to preserve as much HD information as possible. (The custom mattes were executed with incredible quality, but are still a compromise.)

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hamlet9000 said:

I’d argue that the LD-transfers are a better option: Upscaling to HD, then downscaling the footage back to SD isn’t doing it any favors.

If that’s all that happened, I might agree–but we’re not talking about simply upscaling a small image to a large size and then downscaling it back to a medium size again. Even on a GOUT-only frame, there’s image stabilization, dirt/scratch/glue mark removal, and color correction–all of which are much more noticeable than the barely-perceptible-at-best quality loss from the scaling roundtrip, and make a DVD downscale noticeably better than the GOUT source. The HD-sourced material looks so much more detailed on an anamorphic DVD downscale than the GOUT, that I think that anyone who finds the little compromises of the DeEd’s worth it in HD will also find them worth it in anamorphic SD. The increased detail of the DVD over the GOUT is staggering, which says something about the GOUT. Not to mention that, among its other problems, the GOUT uses 93 audio. Of course, other people’s priorities may vary.

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hamlet9000 said:

You make good points about the utility of having a portable DVD. But if you’re looking for DVD-quality versions of the original trilogy, I’d argue that the LD-transfers are a better option: Upscaling to HD, then downscaling the footage back to SD isn’t doing it any favors. Plus, there are many shots where compromises were made in terms of actual content in order to preserve as much HD information as possible. (The custom mattes were executed with incredible quality, but are still a compromise.)

Unless you’re watching the LDs on a CRT, they are pretty much unwatchable (IMHO, of course). Lack of detail due to the 4x3 letterboxing is bad enough, but the worst is the outdated dirt removal that smears the image whenever anything moves.

Harmy’s work is based on many sources - not just SD sources upscaled. Even the DVD is night and day compared to the GOUT and any other LD sources.

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LuisJoseZ said:

How do i download this?

Well first of all you’re going to need a virgin, a goat, and a ceremonial dagger. When you have obtained these items, return for further instructions.

Or you know, you could just read the first post.

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How are you gentlemen!!

My wife has never experienced any kind of Star Wars before, except through the standard cultural osmosis. I’m trying to do this the right way, starting this evening. I’ve got the file, and I’ve got it on my exfat reformatted Flash Drive. I have made no other alterations to the files than this. I plugged the Flash into my PS4, and the Media Player finds the file. I click on it, but I am rebuffed with a simple, “Cannot play the media.” It looks like a proper MKV. Don’t know precisely where to go with this.

For the record, my PS3 doesn’t even acknowledge the presence of a FD, so that’s weird.

So much for date night…

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Smilner said:

…I’ve got the file, and I’ve got it on my exfat reformatted Flash Drive. I have made no other alterations to the files than this. I plugged the Flash into my PS4, and the Media Player finds the file. I click on it, but I am rebuffed with a simple, “Cannot play the media.” It looks like a proper MKV. Don’t know precisely where to go with this.

I know little of Playstation, but have you tried searching the web for can playstation play mkv? Also, the free Handbrake app can help convert video files to other formats.

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PS4 is terrible when it comes to MKVs with multiple audio tracks. It either plays one (apparently not always track 1) without giving you a choice, or just refuses.

So, you could try to remux it with mkvmerge. Best to try leaving only a stereo ac3 track.

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The new media player app for PS4 on the hardware update from June 15 of this past summer was made specifically to run MKVs, so in theory it should.

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It does. With the caveats described in my post. It has trouble with more than one audio track and DTS. And the file needs to be in a folder, not the root of the drive for some non-reason.

PS3 does not work with Exfat. And if you had a Fat32 drive, you would need to convert your mkv to m2ts.

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Alright then. I’m trying to see if I can manage to muddle my way through mkvmerge to set up the audio codec in a way that my PS4 isn’t going to whine at. I did notice when I checked the file info through the PS4 Media Player app, it said “none” for the audio codec, so maybe whatever I’m going to bumble into shall help. Fingers crossed!

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Update: none of the 1977 sound files would run properly muxed into the video - they’d all run on the PS4 for a few moments with choppy AV, then cut out into a “cannot play the media” message that I received before. I hit closer with the Laserdisc audio muxed into the video, at least in that it never cut out on me completely. It was still akin to playing a scratched DVD, so it warrants more experimentation. I’d download the programs I need to convert the files for use on my PS3, but my lappy is work-provided, and most programs require admin approval for installation. Frankly, I was surprised mkvmerge was able to run without a hitch. Work in progress.

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Handbrake might work for you.

But yes, the PS4 MKV support is extremely buggy. I never use it.

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Mango Madness said:

For anyone trying to play this on PS4’s media player, here’s the best solution I know of. Download the MKV version (the AVCHD may work as well, but I didn’t try it). Get ffmpeg if you don’t already have it on your computer, and then do the following command:

ffmpeg -i Star.Wars.Despecialized.Edition.v2.5.mkv -map 0:0 -map 0:1 -c:v copy -c:a ac3 -b:a 640K SW_PS4.mkv

Put SW_PS4.mkv onto an exFAT USB drive (FAT32 doesn’t support files over 4GB), in a directory (mine was called PS4, but I think any name is fine). Now you should be good to go!

Note that this file only has the 6 channel audio track, but you will be able to hear it just fine even if you only have a 2 speaker setup or headphones. Even in stereo this track sounds better than the actual theatrical stereo track in the original file. The video quality is identical to the original file, but the audio quality is downgraded from DTS-HD to Dolby Digital (just like the AVCHD version). Chances are your audio setup doesn’t really support HD audio anyway, so you won’t hear a difference. Still sounds great.

I apologize in advance if I’m not able to reply to questions. Thanks to Harmy and the whole OT preservation community for making all this possible.

I just created an account to thank you for these instructions. I haven’t actually tried to playback the resulting file, but I am hoping this will solve my problems. I have been searching for a way to play the MKV file somehow on my existing hardware, and I was thinking it was not worth the effort until I saw this.

<fingers crossed>

Thanks!

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First of all, I want to thank everyone involved with this project, this is truly the right way to enjoy these movies.

I would want to report something that is wrong with the audio in the Castilian dub track (sorry if it has been addressed before): For a minute or so in the trash compactor scene the dubbing is changed to the Latino one. The voices are right for the rest of the movie, after and before that scene. The specific time slot is from 1:16:42 to 1:19:45.

Thanks for your time!

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Lord Shorzen said:

I would want to report something that is wrong with the audio in the Castilian dub track (sorry if it has been addressed before): For a minute or so in the trash compactor scene the dubbing is changed to the Latino one. The voices are right for the rest of the movie, after and before that scene. The specific time slot is from 1:16:42 to 1:19:45.

A fixed track is already available as a separate download–PM me if you’re interested.

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