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#928904
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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Darth Raider said:

Thx again for the reply and GL on your set.

You’re welcome! Same to you! I wish I could be more help. I will say that if all else fails, burning Harmy’s files straight to the disc with ImgBurn still gives you pretty amazing results! That’s what I did first.

You can find some pretty straight forward instructions in Section 7 of this guide: https://goo.gl/1WGHBA

Only downside was that the disc plays the movie without any menus, even though you can still skip back and forth between chapters. Just so you know!

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#927503
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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First, to Darth Raider:

AVCHD isn’t my chosen format. I tried straight burning that to DVD-R+DL, but found out that won’t play on a DVD player, which is all I have right now. I bought the Blu-ray Trilogy just so I could have a clear conscience about getting the Despecialized films. As far as converting, I’m new at this too, but in my limited experience MKVs seem to look better and be easier to work with. But the main MKV version was too huge to burn on a non-HD disc. So I used MakeMKV to extract a smaller MKV from the VIDEO_TS folder in the DVD5 version of Harmy’s project. That’s about as much help as I can be. Anything else is past my know how.

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OK, back to my project:

Spaced Ranger (or anyone else), I finally got the time to finish and upload it. In the zipped archive I’ve included the basic DVDStyler project file I want to use as the basic frame work for all three DVDs, just adjusting where needed for each of them.

Along with that, there are 3 folders, one for each movie. The only media that each contains is 4 JPEGs each that I’d planned to use for the Home, Chapter, Subtitle, and Trailers menus of each. They also each have the SRT files I’m trying to use for DVD subtitles, a TXT file with three YouTube links to original trailers I’d like to include, and a TXT file with a YouTube link to music I’d like to play in a loop on the main menu (though I haven’t figured out how to do that yet). I’ll use the whole music clip for SW and ESB and about the first 2:00 of the ROTJ music

Here’s the link:
https://we.tl/1d8BW7Kv8x

The first time I tried to burn, the buttons didn’t look right and they all just played the main title. Then I adjusted a few things, tried again, and got a DVD that didn’t work at all.

Any and all help or feedback is welcome.

And also, once I have the settings fixed, would there be any advantage to saving as an ISO and burning with ImgBurn instead of burning straight from DVDStyler?

Let me know when you might have time to take a look, but there is absolutely no rush.

Thanks a MILLION!

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#924852
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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It may be a few more days, but I should be ready soon. A few quick things first though. That “we transfer” service looks like we’d need to exchange emails. I’m not against that per se, but wouldn’t it be easier to just post it to Dropbox or Google Drive or something and make the link public?

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#924101
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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Sure, I’m fine with all of that. My only hesitations have been from two things. I didn’t want to ask for anything that might get anyone in trouble and it felt like a pretty massive favor to request. I want to be sure I’m not pushing the boundaries of decorum here. As far as your time goes, I’m in no rush. 😃

Once I post the skeleton project, if there is any other info I can provide that will clarify anything, I’ll do my best to oblige. And I’d welcome any suggestions from anyone on how to tweak it, be they technical or content related.

Thanks!

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#923938
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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That would be AWESOME!

I’ve only been working on the SW one so far. But I’d basically been thinking of doing pretty much the same setup for all three movies, so I think just helping me brush up the SW one would be enough for me to do what I wanted with the other two.

It may be as late as Tuesday or Wednesday before I’ll have time. But when I do, should I post the link on this thread, or send you a PM?

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#923895
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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Yeah everything is legit, but I’m still not having much luck. Updating the program didn’t really improve anything. But I now have a hunch that it’s probably not the program. Rather it is a combination of my inexperience and lack of knowledge when putting these types of things together.

There are just so many little variables that those more experienced in DVD authoring / video editing would instinctively know how to tweak. But I am kinda stuck guessing and checking over and over. Even after referencing sites like this one and VideoHelp.com, the end product never seems to look or work very well. At least not good enough for the Original Original Trilogy.

At this point, I’m thinking it may be best for me to just be happy that the Despecialized Editions exist and that I’ve managed to obtain them.

But before I do that, I’ll put out one more idea.

Has anyone here managed to put together DVDStyler projects for SW, ESB, and ROTJ? And if so would you be willing to send me a copy of, or perhaps post somewhere for download, each of those project templates, along with a list of any other image/audio/video files I’ll need and then I could put the actual films in and reassemble the same project myself, based on any additional instructions?

I guess I’m basically asking for a “paint by numbers” kit to recreate someone else’s Star Wars Trilogy DVDStyler projects.

However, I’m aware this might be an unreasonably big request, especially considering how much Harmy and the rest of the DE crew have already done. Plus, it might touch on some hairy legal issues, copyright, distribution, or otherwise.

So if either of those is the case, let me know, and I’ll withdraw my request and just be very happy with what I have.

But if anyone would be willing to post or send me something, I’d be thrilled.

Thank you!

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#923132
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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What version you ask? Hmmm.

That may be part of the problem. Just checked and what I have installed is only at 1.8.1. I’d assumed I had the most up to date version, so I didn’t bother to look before when you mentioned version 2.8. Perhaps a more recent release will be superior in some way?

I’ll see if upgrading to 2.9.1 will help.

I’ll also just resign myself to using this time calculator to get seconds to make the frame calculations a little easier if I need to adjust them:

https://www.tools4noobs.com/online_tools/hh_mm_ss_to_seconds/

Lastly the “Menu video bitrate” was already at 6000, but I’ll poke around a bit more and see what I can find.

If I have any more questions, I’ll be around.

Thanks!

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#922478
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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Thanks again Spaced Ranger!

It’s just turning out to be a much bigger pain than I expected! I had planned to use a DVD-DL so I could use a larger file for better image quality, but the idea of a pause at a layer break really bugs me.

So instead I used MakeMKV to extract an MKV that would fit on a standard DVD from the VIDEO_TS in the DVD5 version.

It has all the chapter stops, but DVDstyler doesn’t recognize them, instead assigning a break every 10 minutes.

(Grumble!)

But, in theory, no problem. Because I can just change those points to match the ones posted by “oojason” here, right?:

http://originaltrilogy.com/post/id/906589

Yeah…still no dice. The preview pictures still seem to be a chapter off, even though the times seem to be correct for the start of all the chapters.

(Grumble!!)

But DVDStyler does offer an option to assign a frame # for a picture instead of the image it defaults to. BUT … I can’t seem to find a simple media player that will give frame #s for MKVs instead of using HH:MM:SS format.

(GRUMBLE!!!)

Anybody have any suggestions on what to do from here? I’d be happy to post screen shots somewhere if it might help.

Thanks!

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#920968
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Authoring Help with DVDStyler & IMGBurn
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Hello all!

Long post. Apologies.

OK, so I have succeeded in downloading all three versions of all three Despecialized films. I’ve even succeeded in burning DVDs from the DVD5 versions.

So if this is as far as I get, I’m still very happy!

However, as amazing as Harmy’s Despecialized Editions are, I miss having any kind of DVD menu and having subtitles that are optional. So I was hoping to be able to author some very simple menus, with nothing but background images, that would let me navigate chapters and turn subtitles on and off.

Trying my hand with Star Wars first, I used MakeMKV to extract an MKV from the AVCHD version that ends up being about 6.7 GB.

I have created a project in DVDStyler using that and one of the SRT files from Harmy’s 17 GB MKV version for subtitles and tried to burn it to a Verbatim Dual Layer DVD with that program. But the menus didn’t seem to burn properly. The buttons didn’t look the same or do what they were supposed to and the background image quality changed for the worse as well.

I thought that maybe it was just the burning part of the program being glitchy. So I saved the project as an ISO and was going to try burning that with IMGBurn. But I get this error message from IMGBurn when I try that:

“Optimal L1 Data Zone Start LBA: None Found! (VTS_01)
This image has not been mastered correctly for burning onto a double layer (OTP Track Path) disc.
None of the cells meet the ‘DVD-Video specification’ criteria for a potential layer break position.
Do you want to continue anyway?”

I take it that means I need to somehow choose a spot in the movie where a slight pause as the DVD player changes layers will be least noticeable.

But even after consulting this guide:

http://club.myce.com/f153/choosing-correct-layer-break-position-imgburn-313692/

I’m still a little unclear on how to do it.

Plus, even after I figure out how, I need to figure out where, and I thought I also might defer to those of you who know the movies backwards and forwards better than I do for suggestions on spots in the center 50% of each of the three films where a layer break might be least noticeable.

Anybody willing to try a little trouble shooting with me? I’m happy to provide more info if needed and post screen shots of what I put together and what I’m seeing if anyone is.

My goal would be to do this without needing to buy a paid authoring program, though that may be a pipe dream. If it is, please let me know, and as I said, I’m still more than happy. But if anyone is willing to see if they have some ideas on how to make what I’ve made work better, let me know.

OR…

If anyone has additional homemade menus that would let me burn the Despecialized Editions from a 6.7ish GB files to DVD-DLs that will play in standard DVD players, with chapter menus and a subtitle on/off menu, and an appropriate layer break, without having to make my own, I’d be thrilled to get that help!

OR…

If anyone has better ideas on how to burn a disc playable on a standard DVD player with the menu features above, I’d be thrilled to get that help as well!

Thanks!

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#918145
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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WOW! Thank you all for your answers!

I feel like a kid at a baseball game, and four of the star players just tipped their hats to me.

(smiley face)

But just to clarify, if I were to want to download a previous version after a newer version had been released, as long as I still have all the rar links, I’d just re-download it the same way I had the first time, correct?

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#918046
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Hi guys,

Nope. It is about all three. And I haven’t found anyone discussing this, so I’ll go ahead and ask here.

I’m wondering about continued access to 720p versions, even after possible future releases of 1080p versions.

When ROTJ 2.5 was released, the links to 1.0 were removed from tehparadox.

That’s all well and good, since they were both 720 and 2.5 was more polished. But I’m concerned that if work on 3.0 1080p versions is completed somewhere down the line, that the links to the 2.5s will be gone and people will lose access to the 720p versions. And that might be a headache for those of us wanting to make DVDs instead of Blu-rays.

So if that were to happen, are there any plans to maintain a publicly posted list (similar to HanDuet’s list at https://goo.gl/5Sif60) but with 2.5 links even after 3.0’s are out?

And if not, will the 2.5 rars at least still be posted on uloz, mega, etc as long as we save the links?

Thanks!

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#918032
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Hello all!

I have a few questions about older versions and plans for future versions of the the Despecialized trilogy as a whole.

Would this be a good thread to use, or is there another place better suited to that more generalized topic than the Star Wars thread?

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#915593
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I’m looking for a better way to search for answers in these threads <em>before</em> posting.
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Hello all,

I’m thrilled to have discovered the Despecialized Editions. I’ve downloaded all three formats of the SW and ROTJ 2.5’s, watched the ESB 2.0 MKV, and am anxiously awaiting the 2.5 release to do a full ESB download.

I have some questions about disc authoring and I haven’t yet found them already asked in the threads. I’ve skimmed all 63 pages. But I suspect they are there somewhere.

So before I clutter up the place with questions others may/probably have already asked, I’ll ask this:

Is there any better way to search for information here than manually searching through the post titles one page at a time?

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#908030
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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They aren’t perfect, but I went ahead and tried my own hand at it.

Here are the results, if anyone is interested:

Star Wars:
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/spikechop/Star Wars DVD Cover Art_zpsa59wasqb.jpg

Empire Strikes Back:
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/spikechop/Empire Strikes Back DVD Cover Art_zpszhsrxvzx.jpg

Return Of The Jedi:
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q51/spikechop/Return of the Jedi DVD Cover Art_zpstfomymgo.jpg

solkap said:

Hey these are AMAZING! Almost just like the VHS copies I had as a kid! And it’s awesome that you have versions for AVCHDs and Blu-rays too!

Might it be possible for you to post versions with a standard DVD logo on the spine?

LYou know, like this or some variant of it?:
http://tinyurl.com/j5jwrtz

I realize this is a fairly old post, but I didn’t think it would hurt to ask.

Thanks!

TheDarkKnight said:

Here’s those faces covers again, this time just for standard Blu-Ray use. The first ones I posted were for the despecialized editions.

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#907070
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DESPECIALIZED EDITION <em>QUALITY CONTROL</em> THREAD - REPORT ISSUES HERE
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towne32 said:

solkap said:

REPORT-SW-v2.5
1:42:27
There is a noticable wobble on the lower left fusal thrust engine of the third X-wing to come into frame.

I searched this thread before posting, but it doesn’t look like anyone else has mentioned it.
I’m not sure if this is an artifact from 1977 or not.

I don’t have the film handy, but I assume this is the first shot of the fleet? I actually thought this was an error in Harmy’s composite too, but then I looked at other original sources (I think TN1’s video) and this is what the original composite did.

Yep, that shot exactly. And huh! What do you know!

If that’s the case, by all means, please disregard my earlier post. I’m in full agreement with this project’s consensus to preserve the original film “warts and all” as someone around here said.

Perhaps I never noticed it, because before you guys, I never had such a high quality copy!

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#904445
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Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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Hey these are AMAZING! Almost just like the VHS copies I had as a kid! And it’s awesome that you have versions for AVCHDs and Blu-rays too!

Might it be possible for you to post versions with a standard DVD logo on the spine?

LYou know, like this or some variant of it?:
http://tinyurl.com/j5jwrtz

I realize this is a fairly old post, but I didn’t think it would hurt to ask.

Thanks!

TheDarkKnight said:

Here’s those faces covers again, this time just for standard Blu-Ray use. The first ones I posted were for the despecialized editions.

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#904441
Topic
Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
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Oops to quote an older post in this thread.

Apologies, please disregard.

solkap said:

Hey these are AMAZING! Almost just like the VHS copies I had as a kid! And it’s awesome that you have versions for AVCHDs and Blu-rays too!

Might it be possible for you to post versions with a standard DVD logo on the spine?

LYou know, like this or some variant of it?:
http://tinyurl.com/j5jwrtz

I realize this is a fairly old post, but I didn’t think it would hurt to ask

Thanks!

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#904440
Topic
Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
Time

Hey these are AMAZING! Almost just like the VHS copies I had as a kid! And it’s awesome that you have versions for AVCHDs and Blu-rays too!

Might it be possible for you to post versions with a standard DVD logo on the spine?

LYou know, like this or some variant of it?:
http://tinyurl.com/j5jwrtz

I realize this is a fairly old post, but I didn’t think it would hurt to ask

Thanks!

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