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#1085351
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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Laserschwert said:

Doctor M said:

Looks to me like they are using a master that has been ‘restored’.

What do you mean? Detail-wise this looks great, even grainier than a “good” Disney release. Colors are a bit meh, I agree… what is the filesize of this?

Sorry. Looks like i had the web-dl and HDTV mixed. Yeah, that is an improvement.
I do like how the grain is more intact and not blotchy from low bitrate compression.

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#1074964
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TRUE HD DTS.7.1 to PCM WAV converter?
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It’s not necessary to get pay software.
Eac3to will decode DD TrueHD using LibAV which is included and free.
For DTS HD MA conversion, it was a real surprise this year when the free decoder “dcadec” appeared. It’s now included with Eac3to as well (and I believe it’s also included in MPC-HC among other proggies). It’s still “being tested” because it’s so new, but I haven’t seen any complaints yet.

With Eac3to you can decode to most other audio formats including multichannel WAV, individual WAV files, change sample rate and bit depth, speedup/slowdown for framerate changes, etc.

For pretty much all your BD audio decoding and conversion needs, Eac3to is the gold standard any more.

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#1046159
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Raiders of the Lost Ark HDTV 35mm LPP regrade
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RayRogers said:

DrDre said:

RayRogers said:

Will this be a BD25 or BD50?

The current plan is to do the initial release as a 30-40 GB mkv, so a bluray version will be BD50.

Guess you’re using H264 and not H265 which is the vastly better codec including halving the filesize. I’d rather wait for the BD anyway.

Commercially perhaps, but the free x265 codec is immature and inefficient.
Hi10P x264 is superior but has low hardware compatibility which rules that out as useful too.

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#1036407
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
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I’m not sure how I feel about the added grain, ^…^. Overall, yeah, the new look is definitely superior.

I’ve always felt that once the grain is destroyed, adding fresh grain is just obscuring any detail left from over filtering or low resolution.

Could you post a new w/ grain plate vs. new w/o grain plate for comparison?

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#1031482
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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bjwanlund said:

Okay, looked into it on Blu-Ray.com and the new Snow White Blu-Ray is basically the same master as the Diamond Edition. Which, given your recommendation of the Diamond Edition as an acceptable alternative DoctorM, seems like a “must-buy” for me. Been wanting Snow White back in my collection of Disney movies for awhile. Had the VHS (really it was a good restoration for its medium, dunno why they decided to continually monkey with it for future releases) and now I’ll probably have the Signature Collection Blu-Ray. Hopefully that stupid DMR-exclusive bonus feature is still there.

BJ

EDIT: Would have been nice had I enclosed a link. http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Snow-White-and-the-Seven-Dwarfs-Blu-ray/144704/#Review

Snow White is a problem because there really is no know original version outside of some film prints. Disney ‘restored’ this film early.

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#1014423
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Best DVD-R brands today?
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It should be pointed out that bad/sub-optimal burns can reflect a burner drive that is starting to degrade.

If you can do a surface scan to check the quality of your burns, you should and then try burning on a different drive and comparing scans.

MyCE.com used to be called CDFreaks. The people there know their optical drives and media still.

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#1011369
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DRESDEN FILES 2-HOUR PILOT PRESERVATION
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CharlieSummers2 said:

Nothing like resurrecting an almost ten-year-old thread…

Doctor M said:
Much of the workprint consists of missing effects, shots with big honkin’ text saying “Temporary Effect”, or “Insert Shot of Cell Phone In Snow”, blue screens, and overdubs from people that aren’t the actor (or the even the same gender).
<snip>

The 2-hour recut film version of Storm Front (aired in Canada) is available on various torrent sites. I’m wondering, though, if anyone ever posted a copy of the 67-minute workprint mentioned above? It’s that I would dearly love to watch, as-is and not re-constructed…

Check your PM

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#1005645
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Good Hi-Fi VHS vs. 192kbps AC3?
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VHS Hi-fi audio is probably about 6-8 bit depth quality and that’s your limiting factor.
That said, if I was archiving, I’d encode to PCM audio, because the source is high quality analog and PCM is lossless. You would get everything you could out of it.

If space is a concern, you won’t be disappointed by 256-320kbps AC3.
I rarely would consider 192kbps for high quality digital sources.

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#1002960
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VirtualDubMod MKV Problem
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I have no idea what alternative you should use either. But VDM requires that you index the video first and then load an avisynth script into it. It’s a real pain.

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#996356
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Song Of The South
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Only Jim Crow, played by Cliff Edwards, was white. The rest were African American. Technically this means Disney was color blind when casting the crows.

It’s actually ironic that Jim Crow was white and in no way segregated from the other crows.

It’s only racist if you want to believe it was.

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#987925
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m2ts to mkv
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towne32 is completely right. MKVToolNix isn’t capable of re-encoding video. The space savings is only because M2TS has more padding.

That said, it sounds like you have a raw M2TS file from a Blu-Ray. Why wouldn’t you use tsMuxerGUI to build it as a proper Blu-ray disc.

You’d have superior compatibility.

Edit: Oh, you don’t have a BD burner. You could use BD Rebuilder to re-encode it down to a BD9 (AVCHD) and burn it to a dual layer DVD.

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#986127
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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FrankT said:

Oh? Under the same circumstances?

Not from the film being lost, but from the actor being in poor health.

From Wikipedia:
Little’s talent for impersonation has been used in movies, when an actor’s dialogue was impaired by poor health. When David Niven proved too ill for his voice to be used in his appearances in Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), Little provided the overdub in Niven’s voice. He performed similar duties to dub James Cagney’s stroke-impaired voice in the 1984 TV movie Terrible Joe Moran, and in the 1991 TV special Christmas at the Movies by providing an uncredited dub for actor/dancer Gene Kelly who had lost his voice.

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#982944
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RELEASED: &quot;Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Special Longer Version)&quot;
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They can do any number of things transferring to PAL. The most common is 24fps master to 25fps with speedup to the audio track (and the pitch rises with it).

I’ve seen weird things like 24 to 29.97 to 25 or 24 to 25 with blended fields (which yields a blurry mess of interlaced material, but correct play speed and audio).

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#982939
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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That’s exactly where the clip came from. All clips from the movie in “The Making of Peter Pan” in the 2002 DVD is footage from the 1990 transfer.

The colors and the light splotches on Tink’s dress are the give away.

It’s not uncommon for even new bonus features to use old transfers for clips rather than the restored version on the disc with it.

But yeah, as far as I know, there was no digital clean up until the Platinum Edition. I’m no expert though.

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#982111
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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Spaced Ranger said:

Doctor M said:
They look more like a flaw than intentional effects.

Definitely agree.

I would rule out the standard procedure of washing and reusing animation cels (a cost saving measure) being involved in such an anomaly. If so, it would affect other colors. However, I don’t see it on the adjoining skin. More likely there was some other-color reside (or too much water) still on the brush or in the paint container to affect green painting across a group of cels.

Does anything show immediately before or after this shot, but nowhere else, for just this color?

I’m not sure I understand your question. I’ve never seen the 1990 release in its entirety so I don’t know if that splotchy appearance occurs anywhere else.

I still can’t help but think it has something to do with an optical effect used to create Tink’s glow… but the 2002 SE isn’t supposed to be a restoration, so you’d think if that were in the master it would still be visible.

Maybe it’s from the transfer itself?

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#981992
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Recommended Editions of Disney Animated (and Partially Animated) Features
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More Peter Pan… I know, I know, but I came across some digital footage of the 1990 transfer.

Here is a slightly edited clip of Tinker Bell landing on the hand mirror. I used the three sources of most interest for comparison. The 1990 transfer that was used for the LD/VHS but from a DVD, the 2002 SE and of course the Diamond Edition BD.

https://youtu.be/RoWq8FDhMyQ

So now that I’ve seen those splotches on Tink’s dress in motion, I no longer believe they were intended to be pixie dust hand prints or something.

They look more like a flaw than intentional effects. Thoughts?

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#980525
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Doctor M's ÜberGuide for -Full- PAL to NTSC DVD Conversion v2.0
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benduwan said:

is there a easier way to convert pal to ntsc or ntsc to pal?
i´m not so technical…
thanks

There are several all in one programs that will do the conversion, but results will vary, you probably won’t have the original menus and it takes a human to analyze the source to know the proper conversion method.

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