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#1144252
Topic
Preserving DTS LaserDisc tracks, specifically Jurassic Park
Time

Sounds good, I’ve never thought of viewing a wav file in a hex editor but I can probably figure it out, thanks.

Do you know where I can find that dtsconvert software you mentioned? Could only find some unrelated references and that LDDB thread in a Google search.

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#1143598
Topic
Preserving DTS LaserDisc tracks, specifically Jurassic Park
Time

Been trying to capture the DTS from the Japanese LD for “Hard Target”.

First recorded a minute of test audio from coaxial on a Pioneer X9 at 44.1 kHz, 16 bit wav using Sound Forge. BeSplit v0.9b6 had no trouble converting it with the following command:
BeSplit -core( -input c:\test16bit.wav -output H:\test16bit.dts -type dtswav -fix )

I then split the test16bit.dts file into 5 wav files using eac3to, and they all played fine without any distortion or anything. So far so good…

I went and captured the whole movie (settings unchanged), but when I tried to convert it to DTS, BeSplit stopped converting at about 45 minutes in (a few minutes before the side change). When trying to convert to 5 wav files, eac3to gave me this error:
This track is not clean.
libDcaDec reported the error “Invalid bitstream format”.
Aborted at file position 45350912.

I also tried converting the .wav to .dts using DTS Parser, but it stopped only about 10 minutes in (eac3to was able to convert this .dts file to 5 wavs, however).

Tried recording some tests at 24 bit and 32 bit float, and also tried recording using Audacity, but BeSplit wouldn’t convert any of these.

Anyone have any clues at to what could be wrong?

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#1104470
Topic
Media player recommendations?
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Thanks, not sure if that can do what I want, but it certainly looks versatile.

I suspect that no media player can do 4:2:2 output (at least not natively) though, since rendering stuff like mkv subtitles would probably need to be done internally in RGB. Ah well, guess I’ll settle for my current hardware.

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#1095538
Topic
Media player recommendations?
Time

Thanks, looks decent but probably not what I’m looking for. The quote about the subtitles refers to srt files so it probably just means that the single, main color can be changed, which the Popcorn Hour can also do, and the Popcorn Hour can also play back BD ISOs as long as they don’t use BD-J.

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#1095309
Topic
Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
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CatBus said:

Yeah, player support for overlapping/adjacent subtitles is pretty spotty. On my end, the way I work around it is to not have them. I’m sorry to say that may need to be your solution as well, if MPC-HC playback is not an option.

Well, I also have a Popcorn Hour (I think it handles overlapping subtitles OK but haven’t checked recently), but for some reason it has a slight delay in displaying subtitles from BDMV folder structures. Building a media center PC (with perfect 23.976 playback) might be an option, but I don’t really want to go to the trouble right now. I’d like to get a new media player that handle all kinds of subtitles like a PC, not sure if such a media player exists but as to not clutter up your thread further, I made a request for suggestions here:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Media-player-recommendations/id/56098

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#1095308
Topic
Media player recommendations?
Time

Looking for something to replace my old Popcorn Hour A200, which still works but lacks some features I’d like. Specifically:

  • 4:2:2 output over HDMI
  • support for mkv files with .ass subtitles with different colors (the Popcorn Hour A200 only displays mkv subtitles in one color)

Stuff like 3D playback might come in handy but probably won’t get used much.

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#1094908
Topic
Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
Time

Ah, never though it could be a player problem, but it seems that is indeed the case. Don’t know why I never tested it before (I’d usually only check to see if the first few subtitles displayed or not before burning to disc without checking overlapping timings), but when using MPC-HC, the subtitles display without turning off for a few frames when there’s overlapping timings, unlike my PS3 or Oppo BDP-80.

PC playback isn’t a very good option for me right now since I have an old Nvidia card that has tearing and judder on Blu-ray playback, but I’ll have to look into other hardware options.

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#1094637
Topic
Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
Time

Hey CatBus, IIRC you posted a while back saying that you had developed your own software for rendering subtitles. I’ve been using easySUP to make my own .sup files from .ass files for years now for authoring subtitled anime Blu-rays, but the subtitles always flash when two or more subtitles have overlapping timings (really annoying when two characters are speaking at the same time, or when there’s onscreen song lyrics). Recently tried PunkGraphicStream but get the same problem (and now I can’t even run the software anymore since it started giving me a java.lang. unsatisfiedlinkerror).

Looked around doom9 for a solution but couldn’t find one, so thought I’d ask if you have this problem with your software.

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#1001903
Topic
Good Hi-Fi VHS vs. 192kbps AC3?
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Kushami said:

What exists for the audio of this movie are two things: A VHS release from 1999, and a similar DVD release a few years later that has the audio encoded at 192kbps. (Sadly for me, no Laserdisc exists.)

There was an LD in Japan: http://page24.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/q121326072

I assume you’re working on the English dub based on your samples, though, and I’m pretty sure the JP LD doesn’t have that.

A Blu-ray was also announced by Discotek but if they just ripped the old DVD for their 2014 DVD, they probably don’t have the masters.

I’d personally use the VHS, as I’ve noticed compression artifacts in high frequencies on 192kbps AC3 when using headphones (even cheap ones). VHS Hi-Fi is pretty good quality as long as the tape is undamaged. While it has some minor faults, you can find plenty of audiophiles praising it on the internet.

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#993107
Topic
can someone fix some color issues dirt and black levels the new 30th anniversary blu ray of transformers the movie?
Time

Yep, another disc encoded at PC levels. I LOL’d a bit when I saw in the Blu-ray.com thread that Shout fixed the black bars being grey in another of their releases, but not the black being grey in the film itself.

Kinda figured something like this would happen, Shout has never had very good QA.

Hopefully a better quality release comes out from someone else, maybe when a Japanese release finally comes out.

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#954130
Topic
Sci-fi Channel Star Trek Special edition
Time

SilverWook said:

Some Trek tv specials have never seen a home video release, or only came out as part of Japanese Laserdisc boxsets which are still hard to come by, and terribly expensive.

Do you know which boxsets? I can try looking for them.

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#952671
Topic
Team Blu needs subtitle expert.
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Using SubRip to OCR the subs, then Aegisub to edit them and change the appearance/positions, and then EasySup to create BD compliant subs will result in much more pleasing and professional looking subs, but that will of course take much more time than just upscaling them with BDSup2Sub.

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#884935
Topic
The Look of Terminator 2
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Wow, I don’t suppose they would be willing to lend it out so it could be scanned and preserved?

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#784956
Topic
Transformers: The Movie (1986 animated version)
Time

Pretty sure the "SD International TV & video version" mentioned in the first post will have the Star Wars-esque scrolling intro text, since that's the version that was used outside of North America.

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#771895
Topic
The Audio Preservation Thread
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I'm pretty sure only analog audio LDs exist for the original mono mix of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I might be able to help you with a couple of the others on your list though.  I'll PM you later.

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#768721
Topic
Terminator 1 & 2 Projects
Time

Yeah, pretty sure that's how the mono mix has always been (so maybe the mono mix on the DVD is fake?).  That's how it is on my pre-THX Laserdisc at least.  I'd double-check the THX one as well but I just dropped and cracked it.  Ah well, at least it's not a particularly rare LD and I should be able to get another for a few hundred yen.

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