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#1035927
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Best and easiest software for Blu-ray authoring.
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towne32 said:

I’ll try to explain the terminology to you, which should help you maneuver these kinds of questions a bit better:

Lossless video encoding creates files that are hundreds of gigabytes, or larger. It is used as a permanent archive of a video stream, that can then be encoded (with loss) into more compressed formats for viewing. Or, to import into a program for editing.

You can’t go from one lossy format to another lossy format without re-encoding and losing some information (with lossy being anything used for actual viewing, such as blu-rays and DVDs and such).

But you’re not interested in re-encoding. MKV and M2TS are containers that hold video and audio streams. The Despecialized streams, including the x264 video stream, are blu-ray compatible. So all that needs to be done is putting them in a new container (m2ts). There is no loss involved in that process. It is also very fast. Seconds or minutes, as opposed to hours of encoding. This is called multiplexing or “muxing”.

You can remux an MKV to blu-ray m2ts easily using tsmuxer (gui). If you choose blu-ray format, it will put it in the correct directory structure (and ISO if you like), so that it is ready to burn. You can also choose to demux the MKV. This will give you all the video, audio, and subtitle streams in the MKV, which can then be imported into programs like Encore. You might need to change the file extension of the video stream for Encore to recognize (I vaguely recall it preferring .m4v to .264.

Don’t worry. I’m familiar with the subject (for example: Harmy probably sent you the raw encode of the Despecialized Edition of the original Star Wars, to avoid even the slightest quality loss compared to version 2.5). But from what I understand here I can execute the process you were generous enough to explain, and just copy the m2ts video file and load it in Encore to make a custom Blu-Ray from scratch…
I’ll also change the file extension.

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#1035217
Topic
Best and easiest software for Blu-ray authoring.
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towne32 said:

RashadShehadeh said:

towne32 said:

I’ve only used Encore. I’m not sure what a better or easier option would be (there aren’t very many options in the first place).

Most software will probably try to re-encode something like Despecialized, as they detect or assume that it is not BD compliant. If that’s something you can’t get around within the software itself, you can just author the disc and then replace the main video using multiAVCHD. People have posted a guide for that around here before, I think.

As you’ll see with njvc’s discs, Encore (and probably anything else) will also limit your audio track count. With multiavchd, you can then go ahead and add all the extra ones you want. You’ll just need to use your remote to access them instead of the BD menu.

If I do recall correctly Encore allows musing 64 tracks as a limit (Audio and subs combined). I just have this sort of obsession about things looking authentic. I guess I’ll look up some tutorials. And this may sound dumb, but maybe converting it (maybe to m2ts) could leave the quality intact ? Also, great job with the colour correction done in Star Wars 2.7

Thanks.

I could have sworn Encore had a limit of 8 audio tracks, but I might be completely misremembering. 64 might indeed be the limit with subs included.

I’m not sure that Encore would accept an MKV in the first place, so remuxing it to m2ts or simply demuxing the streams would be the way to go anyway. It’s really about whether Encore accepts the streams as compliant or not. Presumably their standards are either excessively high for our purposes, or unable to properly detect the properties of our streams. I’m pretty sure that njvc’s earlier attempt with the 2.7 stream resulted in a re-encoded file. It’s quite possible that it just will not want to burn an unprocessed x264 encode, and will try to re-encode to h264. Anyway, if so, swap back the stream you want with multiavchd.

Any good lossless encoders? And it’s pretty rare seeing one that can convert to .m2ts…
And also how can I burn it into an ISO?

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#1034560
Topic
Best and easiest software for Blu-ray authoring.
Time

towne32 said:

I’ve only used Encore. I’m not sure what a better or easier option would be (there aren’t very many options in the first place).

Most software will probably try to re-encode something like Despecialized, as they detect or assume that it is not BD compliant. If that’s something you can’t get around within the software itself, you can just author the disc and then replace the main video using multiAVCHD. People have posted a guide for that around here before, I think.

As you’ll see with njvc’s discs, Encore (and probably anything else) will also limit your audio track count. With multiavchd, you can then go ahead and add all the extra ones you want. You’ll just need to use your remote to access them instead of the BD menu.

If I do recall correctly Encore allows musing 64 tracks as a limit (Audio and subs combined). I just have this sort of obsession about things looking authentic. I guess I’ll look up some tutorials. And this may sound dumb, but maybe converting it (maybe to m2ts) could leave the quality intact ? Also, great job with the colour correction done in Star Wars 2.7

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#1032662
Topic
Best and easiest software for Blu-ray authoring.
Time

I’ve been looking for quite a while for one. I’ve been constantly seeking one. I was recommended Adobe Encore but I never quite got the hang of it. I also heard the quality would be slightly downgraded if I were to author one (the case for the Despecialized Editions). If this wasn’t the case I would love links to some tutorials. Otherwise I could use some recommendations.

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#1029654
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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schorman13 said:

^…^ said:

schorman13 said:
The crowd shot and the Sebulba shot are available in HD, thanks to the “Digital Movie Collection”.

They should be included in “The Podrace: Theatrical Edit”, right? Do you know if the deleted scenes are available in HD as well?

Some links that could be useful:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/TPM-1080p-Theatrical-Preservation/id/17311
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-PHANTOM-MENACE-THEATRICAL-HD-Toppers-Version/id/17137/page/1
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-97SE-in-HD-using-super-resolution-and-more/id/17781

Upscaling laserdisc and/or DVB for the few missing shots is, until we have a 35mm scan, the only way to go - and the result is not bad at all - http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/195979 (don’t know if it’s possible to squeeze more details than this, from a laserdisc…)

Unfortunately, they aren’t HD.

If anybody’s willing to upscale them, it shouldn’t be too time consuming, as they are only some shots and instances that all add up to less than a minute of footage, if I’m not mistaken. There’s gotta be someone who possesses a reel or a 35mm scan. We can attempt to contact any of the people behind the posts linked.

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#1029571
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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^…^ said:

schorman13 said:
The crowd shot and the Sebulba shot are available in HD, thanks to the “Digital Movie Collection”.

They should be included in “The Podrace: Theatrical Edit”, right? Do you know if the deleted scenes are available in HD as well?

Some links that could be useful:
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/TPM-1080p-Theatrical-Preservation/id/17311
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/THE-PHANTOM-MENACE-THEATRICAL-HD-Toppers-Version/id/17137/page/1
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-97SE-in-HD-using-super-resolution-and-more/id/17781

Upscaling laserdisc and/or DVB for the few missing shots is, until we have a 35mm scan, the only way to go - and the result is not bad at all - http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/195979 (don’t know if it’s possible to squeeze more details than this, from a laserdisc…)

The shots can always be cropped out. As long as the quality doesn’t clash. Thanks, these links are quite useful.

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#1029405
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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yotsuya said:

I believe everything in ANH and ROTJ would be on reels 3 and 7 respectively. There is no need to worry about the audio as the DTS theatrical audio has been archived for all four of these.

http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/The-Phantom-Menace-Theatrical-Version-NTSC-DVD-ADYWAN-NOW-AVAILABLE/id/10615/page/1
Adywan apparently has attempted to do so a while ago. If his version is truly an accurate recreation of the theatrical version we can use it as source. Or contact to see if he has any new resources that can be utilised.

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#1029296
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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yotsuya said:

I believe everything in ANH and ROTJ would be on reels 3 and 7 respectively. There is no need to worry about the audio as the DTS theatrical audio has been archived for all four of these.

I was just told. The audio should cover a remarkable part of the rectifications done in between the 1997 SE and 2011 SE. Although we would need the color corrected version of the Blu-ray to get started. The cropped cockpit shots in the Falcon can be taken from the Despecialized Edition.

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#1029226
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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clutchins said:

Harmy used upscaled laserdiscs from Team Blu. We don’t yet have a time frame for any new Blu releases so I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

Well, I did take a look at the changes in Empire, and the changes in between the 1997 and 2011 SE were only corrections, involving audio, colour palettes…
Using the Despecialized Edition and colour corrected version of the Blu-Ray, (maybe the DVD too), the 1997 Special Edition is achievable. The audio tracks are available. If there are any changes your took notice of, can you send 'em?

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#1028712
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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Wazzles said:

RashadShehadeh said:
TeamBlu is about to release their scans of the 1997 SE of the original trilogy.

Have they posted a new update or are you just guessing? I’m honestly curious, I’ve been very excited about it.

Features are there, but it says coming soon. So, I’m guessing not. But I figured it would be a good source. Can you notify me on this thread when it does?

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#1028706
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
Time

schorman13 said:

The crowd shot and the Sebulba shot are available in HD, thanks to the “Digital Movie Collection”. TPM is missing the theatrical version of the sky taxi transition scene, the establishing night shot of Theed, without the bridge, and the shot of Orn Free Ta’s human aides.

I’m assuming these are only acquirable through 35mm scans. If so, can we get a high quality audio track too?!

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#1028702
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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yotsuya said:

In TPM there is a shot of the crowd and a shot of Sebulba at the start of the race that were cut for the DVD. Also, the transitions during the brief extended speeder trip after they reach Coruscant are different. Both these areas don’t exist in HD. The earliest HD broadcast is of the DVD version where these changed were first made.

In A New Hope, the speeder entering Mos Eisley, the Greedo shooting scene, and Jabba the Hutt were all changed for the DVD.

You may be right about Empire.

In Jedi, the only section I can think of is the end Celebration where they added Naboo and changed Coruscant.

All the other changes between the 97 SE versions and the DVD/Blu-ray can be pulled from the 35 mm scans.

TeamBlu is about to release their scans of the 1997 SE of the original trilogy. Harmy used theirs as a source for his Respecialized Edition of ANH. Maybe we’ll see what turns out with Empire. If somebody is able to crop out some shots and possesses good editing skills (not me), it seems possible. We can use the Blu-Ray as a primary source, and as far as I know, not much editing is required, but just to replace some shots and reinsert the old visual effects. Would be a lot better if we can have access to You-Too’s (sorry if I spelled his username wrong) colour corrected version, I presume is in 1080p. And last but not least a high quality rip of the theatrical Audio Track and laserdisc mixes. Shouldn’t be that hard. At least compared to the effort put into the Despecialized and '97 Respecialized Edition. Sorry if I’m trying to be too much of a smartass.

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#1028644
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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Darth Lucas said:

If I remember, Harmy is planning on finishing the Respecialized trilogy, but is waiting until after v3.0 of Despecialized is done so as to redo ANH and do the others in 1080p.

Really? If so I guess that’ll take a while because work on Empire 2.5 has been stalled due to complaints stating faded backgrounds, Harmy had to get another well preserved print to fix that. And each version takes about a year. So yeah, I guess it’s unlikely to see it soon…

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#1028522
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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Wazzles said:

yotsuya said:

Basically, here is the problem. There are scenes in each of those versions that are not available in HD. All three exist as SE broadcast captures and on LD. Most of each made it thorugh the the DVD and Blu-ray releases unchanged, but several scenes needed to complete the HD versions are missing. Some scenes that were later updated in the DVD or Blu-ray releases could be pulled form the 35mm scans of the theatrical versions, but some scenes were updated in 97 and then changed again for the DVD/Blu-ray version and to make an accurate version you would have to upscale the SD source. That does not yield acceptable results. Especially if you are after a full 1080p version. And not only are those scenes lower quality, but they are also cropped differently (with loss of image on all sides) meaning you either have to crop the entire movie to match or do something to compensate. I also would like to see these, but until someone has their hands on 35 mm prints of these versions and is willing to scan the scenes that are unique to those versions, this cannot be done in 1080p.

That’s really only the case with Jedi and TPM. Everything needed for Empire is available, all that’s needed is someone to do it.

Empire could be achieved solely through editing. I’ll check out some of the changes in Jedi and compare the '97 SE with the 2011 Blu-Ray release.

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#1028521
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
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yotsuya said:

Basically, here is the problem. There are scenes in each of those versions that are not available in HD. All three exist as SE broadcast captures and on LD. Most of each made it thorugh the the DVD and Blu-ray releases unchanged, but several scenes needed to complete the HD versions are missing. Some scenes that were later updated in the DVD or Blu-ray releases could be pulled form the 35mm scans of the theatrical versions, but some scenes were updated in 97 and then changed again for the DVD/Blu-ray version and to make an accurate version you would have to upscale the SD source. That does not yield acceptable results. Especially if you are after a full 1080p version. And not only are those scenes lower quality, but they are also cropped differently (with loss of image on all sides) meaning you either have to crop the entire movie to match or do something to compensate. I also would like to see these, but until someone has their hands on 35 mm prints of these versions and is willing to scan the scenes that are unique to those versions, this cannot be done in 1080p.

I think that only applies to Jedi though. Empire could be done (I wouldn’t mind seeing it in 720p). As far as TPM, a channel I know aired an HD broadcast of the 2004 DVD release, or maybe an upscale wouldn’t be a bad idea if anybody’s willing to do it. The only other changes in TPM are added moments in the pod race and a slight alteration of Watto’s subtitles. Thank you for informing though. Meanwhile, I’ll take a look at the changes made in the '97 SEs and see what could be done, if not I guess it’s not possible.

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#1027581
Topic
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace original theatrical cut in HD, and Star Wars Empire and Jedi Respecialized '97.
Time

As idiotic as it may sound, I was thinking we could work out an HD cut of the Original theatrical version of Episode I. It could always work as a side project. If anybody’s willing to devote some time to it. We could use HDTV broadcasts of the 2004 DVD Special Edition or upscales to restore the original puppet Yoda scenes, and cut all the added sequences. And I saw the Respecialized '97 Edition of the original Star Wars done by Harmy, and I figured we could still do Empire and Jedi. If we have enough time in 1080p maybe, seeing how most of the changes are still untouched. I don’t know, maybe I’m just going crazy. And it might seem too demanding, but I think it’s worth a go. Tell me if I’m being too demanding.

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#1024844
Topic
R.I.P Carrie Fisher
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LexX said:

I can’t name my favorite moments but she does have the best lines in SW. She gets rescued and then immediately takes charge.

I watched on YouTube when she was at CE II last summer and interviewed by Warwick Davis. She was asked lines from Star Wars and she had to know them. One was “There’s always a bigger fish.” and she was like “What, was that in Star Wars??”.
Then she and Warwick acted out her rescuing scene her lying on a couch and Warwick had a Stormtrooper helmet on. Warwick came to the rescue and waiting for her to say “Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper” but instead she said “There’s always a bigger fish.” I laughed my ass off and Warwick probably did too inside his helmet.

She was always the most humorous. Any link to that video?

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#1024534
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R.I.P Carrie Fisher
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In honor of our beloved Princess and in mourning of her tragic and unexpected passing, name your favorite Princess Leia moment from the Original Trilogy. You may also pay your respects.

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#1023949
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Harmy's STAR WARS Respecialized Edition '97 - AVCHD and MKV now out!
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Hillsman said:

RashadShehadeh said:

Not all links are opening on jdownloader. Is it just me? If so, help pls.

Is that the download manager that is recommended? Add them in groups of 5. If you get an error, delete and re-add. If you get a warning about some plugin not being loaded, right-click link then Resume.

It is. Also, I don’t think adding them in groups of 5 would make a difference since it’ll match them and add them into one group and one archive. Links are working perfectly fine with the Despecialized Editions. I’ll try again later. Meanwhile, any alternatives?

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#1021590
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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njvc said:

detola said:

I just wanted to say thank you!

I used your BluRays as the base for my own Box Set that I will give to my Dad this Christmas… and your Work is Awsome!
THANKS A LOT!
It just makes the whole set more Professional and neat to have your menues… also loved the Specials you collected… keep up the great work!

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Amazing work! Well done

My God!!! This box set looks amazing! Where can I get what to print though. And what should I use.

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