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#1124736
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The Force Awakens: 1.78:1 scenes in 2D?
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This sounds like a very interesting project. I’d like to check it out as well.

FYI, if you see Star Trek Into Darkness on the “Compendium” blu-ray release (it also includes the 2009 Star Trek), the IMAX sequences are expanded to fill the whole screen, just as the Dark Knight did it. Not so on the regular blu-ray release, just the Compendium. But, this is another example where that was done.

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#1124284
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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one69chev said:

Ok…gotcha. The preview video looked like the version I downloaded initially; so thanks for the confirmation, I really appreciate it.

When I found it the other day, I didn’t find it by searching njvc. At the top, there’s a little drop down menu that defaults to “name.” I clicked it and search for “both” (name and description) and then searched for the term njvc, and that’s when it turned up in the results.
You’ll see his name on the right, under Uploader.

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#1123633
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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Yes, those are the original versions of the blurays, before I had all the amazing feedback from the crew at ot.com and gave them a total overhaul. Search Myspleen again, under my user name, and you’ll find all the recent versions.

Thanks for the reply. I do appear to have the older version. Just checked the spleen and what I see appears to be the same as what I have? Am I missing something? If I find the newer versions, I’ll happily snag them.

Congrats on the projector. That will be my next big purchase. Hopefully the same model.

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#1123326
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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I downloaded these some time ago (pretty sure from Myspleen). They sat on my hard drive as I didn’t have access to a Blu-ray writer. I just burned them to Blu-ray this weekend. It looks & sounds great. I noticed, on seeing the first page of this thread, my menus and options look different than the ones pictured on the first page. Did NJVC update his menus sometime? I just want to make sure I got the right version.

The one on page 1 shows for the main menu, Vader holding up the rebel soldier by the neck.
Mine shows the same options, but plays the video of the original trailer.

For features, page 1 shows the cantina alien. Mine has the artwork of the landspeeder being stopped by Stormtroopers in Mos Eisley.

For audio, page 1 shows a frame of the rebel soldiers at the beginning of the movie, mine has some artwork.
Sound options on page 1 appear to be:
5.1 Surround [DTS-HD-MA] (1977 70mm six track mix)
2.0 Stereo [DTS-HD-MA] (1977 35mm Stereo mix)
3 1.0 Mono [DTS-HD-MA]) (1977 35mm mono mix)
As well as other non-English options.

Mine lists only:5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo, 1.0 mono

Anyone have any insight on this?
I am still giddy over finally getting these on blu-ray and thanks again to those who made it possible.

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#1122970
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Star Wars Despecialized Editions - Custom Bluray Set
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Patience pays off. I finally got a BD burner and just burned NJVC’s version of the Despecialized trilogy. Rather than aid these ebay pirates, I did it myself and am the happier for it. Effusive thanks to Harmy, to NJVC for this version, to Hairy Hen (I love reading his posts and I’ve learned so much about the sound mix of my favorite movies).
Can’t wait to get my hands on a BD-50 to check out the Silver Screen edition next. Thanks to all who contributed. May The Force be with you all.

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#1105730
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Dealing with People Selling Fan Projects
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NeverarGreat said:

While we need to do a better job at directing new members towards important information
Any solution not involving money would be quite a hassle, and the best thing I can think of is a system wherein the party requesting the blu-ray would be required to purchase their own blank blu-ray discs and send them in a package containing their copy of the relevant 2011 Blu-ray discs (as proof of purchase) and enough postage for sending it all back.

I fall into that category. Been a member here for years. I have the files. I do not yet have access to a Blu-ray writer. So, I would be very happy to purchase blank discs with that intention. Having read all the hard work and dedication that went into making these things, I won’t purchase online so some Greedo makes a profit off the work done by members of these forums. Being patient till I get the opportunity to make my own or at least not so as someone else profits from it. Great discussion in this thread.

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#1073500
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Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Grindhouse 35mm LPP
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Has anyone released an .iso file for this? Particularly in the same place we might look for other releases? I saw an .mkv file, but I’ve never converted one before. Before I attempt it, I wondered if anyone had already converted it as I’d like to have one burned to a disk. Thanks. Looking forward to checking this out sometime soon.

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#994999
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Noob question – vhs transfer to DVD for Ewok telemovies
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Just what you’ve all been waiting for, the Ewoks telemovies!
Ha ha.
I have copied my vhs recordings of the original airings in 1984 and 1985. I have a DVD of each. I’d like to upload them to Myspleen, but I’ve never done one before and having some difficulty. I’d appreciate any assistance.

Also, I have the raw files. I’m copying them to a flash drive. If someone is more skilled than I, I would be willing to provide the raw files in order for someone to insert nicer menus and chapter selections than my meager abilities allowed. I can be contacted here, and I believe my PMs are turned on.
Thanks for any assistance.
May the Force be with you.

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#984313
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Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 & NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
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Maybe this has been asked before, and I apologize if it has (it’s hard to track everything in a 128 page thread), is there a version of these Harmy despecialized versions which has a menu? I’m kind of digging the pictures at the top of each of the threads here on originaltrilogy.com. I have the AVCHD versions and was able to play them on my machine. Thanks, Harmy.

One additional comment, I recently saw the original THX trailer from 1983 which ran in front of Return of the Jedi. As a suggestion, I think it would be cool to add that THX trailer to a future edition of ROTJ and recreate the theatrical experience as much as possible.
Thanks all, may the Force be with you.

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#902103
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Noob question – vhs transfer to DVD for Ewok telemovies
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The one I have on vhs which I just transferred is “The Ewok Adventure” as it originally aired on my local channel, I believe on November 25, 1984. Mine was recorded on VHS (extended mode). It begins with the ABC Saturday Night movie intro. It’s missing 3 or 4 sets of commercials which my dad cut out as he recorded it (some of them were still recorded). The movie is complete except for the end credits.

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#901998
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Noob question – vhs transfer to DVD for Ewok telemovies
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I did end up getting this project done (or at least done for now).
I used many of the same techniques that Tasjo used for the WHIO version of the Holiday Special.
My Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS video deck seems to be on the fritz, so I used a lesser VCR and regular coaxial video cable rather than S-video.

I tried to use the VirtualDub program to capture, but I never could get the audio and video to sync. I ended up using a program called AmarecTV to capture from the vcr using a Hauppauge USB Live 2 video capture card and it worked like a charm and provided a nice lossless .avi capture using the Huffyuv codec. I was able to capture both movies and stored them to dual-layer DVD9. My skills at creating them are not up to Tasjos, so I did have a background photo (title page), but no fancy menus. I inserted chapter stops which matched those of the commercially released Ewok Adventures DVD with these two telemovies. I did not make chapter selections available from the menu, though that would be a nice addition at some point.

I ended up with decent captures, given the source material. My Ewok Adventure movie (AKA “The Caravan of Courage”) is missing 3 or 4 commercial breaks and the end credits. It starts with the ABC Saturday Night Movie “stars” intro. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor is complete with all commercials, missing only the end credits. It has the ABC Sunday Night Movie intro and it aired in place of MacGyver that night.

The picture (and sound) from the commercially available DVD are much superior to my captures, without a doubt. However, it’s still fun to pop in my disc and revisit them just as they aired on my local tv channel in 1984 and 1985. We hoped to do that as my son and I watched everything Star Wars leading up to The Force Awakens and our mission was accomplished in that regard.

If I’m ever able to obtain another VHS copy which aired, I’d like to splice in the missing commercials and the end credits. At that point, I’d probably tinker with the menus to add chapter selections as well, but I was able to make the capture and it was a good learning experience with some tips from members of this community.

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#897111
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Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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The Irish poet W.B. Yeats summed it up best when he wrote, “A terrible beauty is born.”

I watched a few minutes last night and was amazed at the quality. I would love to hear the story of how this master tape was unearthed. The picture and sound are truly lightyears ahead of anything I’d previously seen. Now, I have mixed emotions as I’m faced with the dreadful prospect that I have to watch the Holiday Special again.
Thanks to all those who worked on this project.

Tbird97

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#883383
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SWHS WHIO 1st Gen VHS Preservation
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Thanks Tasjo. I’m making progress on my preservation project. Did you remove overscan from the vhs capture and how did you do it? Did you use a de-interlacer or any other filter other than the Spotremover?
Thanks very much. This has been quite a learning experience.

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#882148
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The Ewok Adventure (a.k.a. Caravan of Courage) & Ewoks: The Battle For Endor television preservation
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I’m still struggling with my tv broadcast captures of The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks The Battle for Endor.

I got a nice little capture in mpeg2 format using the ArcSoft Showbiz software that came with my Hauppauge USB-Live2 capture card.

I’m really impressed with the WHIO capture of the Star Wars Holiday Special that Tasjo did and trying to duplicate that effort, with little success.
Trying to capture an AVI in VirtualDub (v1.10.4), I can capture (and with no dropped frames), using that Hauppauge USB Live-2 card, but my audio and video are not synced.

I have the Huffuv codec installed.

My settings are this:

From the main menu:
Video:
Filters – none
Frame Rate – I’ve tried the options “No change” and also “Change so video and audio durations match”
Frame Rate conversion = process all frames

Color Depth:
Decompression Format = Autoselect
Output format to Compressor/display = 24 bit RGB (888) – should this be 4:2:2 YCbCr (YUY2)?

Compression: Huffyuv v2.1.1
Under Configure:
YUY2 compression mode = predict median
RGB compression method = convert to YUY2
Nothing else is checked

Video:
I capture in Direct Stream Copy

Audio:
Interleaving = checked the box “Enable audio/video interleaving”
Audio block placement = 500 ms of audio before video starts
Interleave audio every = 1 frame
Audio skew correction = Delay audio track by 0 ms

I’ve tried capturing in both Direct Stream copy and also Full Processing mode
When using Full processing mode, under the audio options:
Compression = No compression (PCM)

Conversion:
Sampling Rate = no change
High quality = unchecked
Precision = no change
Channels = no change

Under Options:
Sync to Audio

Now I go to the CAPTURE AVI AVI mode and my settings are this:

Device: Hauppauge CX23100 Video Capture (Direct Show)
Under VIDEO:
I capture blind using No Display

Video Source = currently Video Composite (for my first capture). My Panasonic AG-1980 is in the shop, once I get a first composite capture down, and this thing is working correctly, I’ll do an S-Video capture

Capture Pin:
Video Standard = NTSC_M
Frame Rate = 29.970
Color Space compression = YUY2
Output size = 720 x 480

Crossbar:
Input = 0: Video Composite in (again, I’ll do another later on in S-video when the Panasonic VCR is working correctly)
Output = 0: Video decoder out
Link Related Streams = unchecked (I believe I’ve tried checking it as well)

Compression:
Compression: Huffyuv v2.1.1
Under Configure:
YUY2 compression mode = predict median
RGB compression method = convert to YUY2
Nothing else is checked

Set Custom Format:
Frame Size = 720x480
Data format = YUY2 YUV 4:2:2 interleaved

Still in Capture, under the Audio options:
Enable Audio Capture
Enable Audio Playback is unchecked during my blind captures

Raw Capture Format:
PCM 48000Hz, stereo, 16-bit

Compression: No compression (PCM)
Audio Source = audio line
0 Capture Device

Under Capture:
Timing = drop frames when captured frames are too close together = unchecked
Insert null frames when captured frames are too far apart = unchecked

Resync mode= sync audio to video by resampling audio to a faster or slower rate
(I have also tried sync video to audio by adjusting video timing)

Audio latency determination: Automatic
Number of Audio blocks to use at start = 30

Direct Show options:
The only one checked is “Force audio clock when audio playback is enabled”

My computer stats are:

Processor: Intel Core ™ i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40 GHz
Installed Memory (RAM): 8.00 GB

When I capture, I’m not dropping any frame rates. The video looks good. Audio seems to sound okay, it’s just not synced and I’m not sure how to get it synced. I feel like I’m close, but at my wits end trying to solve this problem and haven’t gotten any closer.
The first movie runs about 1 hour, 43 minutes (some commercials were cut, not all)
The Battle For Endor runs just shy of 2 hours long.

The Ewok Adventure, captured with both video and audio in direct stream, is 44.6 GB
The same movie, captured with both in full processing mode is 43 GB
Ewoks The Battle for Endor, also captured with both video and audio in direct stream is 63.8GB

I’d really like to do a nice preservation/capture as these appeared on tv on my local channel. My videos are complete except for a couple of commercials and missing the end credits of both movies. If someone has another over air copy, I’d love to splice those in to complete them.

Any assistance is appreciated. May the Force with with you.

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#880344
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SWHS WHIO 1st Gen VHS Preservation
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I’m curious what software or how you authored the VirtualDub .avi file to DVD?
I’ve followed most of the same procedures used by Tasjo for another project, teaching msyelf (and with some help from others) how to do a vhs preservation.
Thanks!

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#878719
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The Ewok Adventure (a.k.a. Caravan of Courage) & Ewoks: The Battle For Endor television preservation
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Going through all of the Star Wars movies with my oldest son leading up to the release of the new movie, I recalled these forgotten telemovies from 1984 and 1985. First, unlike the Holiday Special, I AM aware they’ve been released commercially – on VHS, laserdisc and on DVD (I have the DVD sitting on my shelf at home). I recalled I had first generation VHS recordings at my parents’ house. So this is a “preservation” in the loose sense. I’m preserving them as they originally aired on television on my local channel with most or all of the commercials intact and the first movie, The Ewok Adventure, has since been renamed for official release as “Caravan of Courage.”

I did my first transfer from VCR to Hauppauge USB Live 2 video capture last night. Unfortunately, my Panasonic AG-1960 S-VHS isn’t working properly and I need to get it repaired or replaced, so I used a lesser VCR.

I’d like to do a version 2.0, second transfer. Does anyone else happen to have a VHS recording of these movies which includes the end credits? My movies are complete with all (or most) of the commercials, but they are missing the end credits. I’d also love to grab the movie of the week intro leading in to The Ewok Adventure too. If anyone has these, I’d love to borrow them. Please send me a PM. Obviously what I’d like to transfer is very little footage and can be done in no time flat. I’d also like to transfer using an S-VHS deck. If I can get mine repaired or borrow one (anyone?) or replace it.

This is kind of a fun little time capsule to preserve these movies as I first saw them.
Until the Force Awakens, may the Force be with you.

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#793591
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***The Cowclops Transfers (a.k.a. the PCM audio DVD's, Row47 set) Info and Feedback Thread***
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Thanks to all for helping.  I was able to find it using the info stretch009 posted a couple messages above.  I snagged all three movies.

In the dashboard, it looks like The Empire Strikes Back is short by just a couple MB.  I got a message saying there are 10 parts missing.

It appears file "V.part076.rar" yEnc is incomplete.  Mine says 57.85MB.
However, when I run the verification tool on the par2 file, it says everything is complete and I can extract it.  So, I'm not sure what's going on with that.

I appreciate all the help and I really like these transfers.  Doesn't look bad at all on my Blu-ray player which upscales the picture and the sound is great.

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#793219
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Noob question – vhs transfer to DVD for Ewok telemovies
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Here’s an overlooked piece of Star Wars nostalgia.  I actually own the Ewoks telemovies ("The Ewok Adventure" a.k.a. “The Caravan of Courage” and "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor") on the official DVD release.  Let me get that out of the way.

 

Listening to a Now Playing Podcast review of these two movies the last couple weeks, I recalled I still have a VHS tape from the original airings of these two movies.  I’ll have to dig it out and check that tape.  I’m pretty certain at least the first movie is a first generation copy (directly from TV).  There’s a good chance the second one is too.  I don’t recall if they are complete with all the commercials intact or not, but I will verify.


If they are in decent condition, I’d like to preserve these turkeys to DVD.  What is the best way to do that?
I am familiar I could do the quick & dirty transfer from a VCR to my DVD recorder.  I’ve browsed the forums and I read a bit on the transfer of the Star Wars Holiday Special.  What would I need to do in order to preserve these in the best condition possible?  I’m just curious if I need a special capture card or software or what the best equipment and procedures are.  I realize my source material is limited by the capacity of the VHS tape (most likely recorded in SLP too).  But, these are from my childhood and recorded from my local station and with the original commercials (I hope) and there’s something nostalgic about that I’d like to preserve before VCRs are totally extinct or the tape becomes unplayable. 

 

With a bit of input, I’ll give it a try myself.  If anyone out there is interested in taking this on as a preservation project, please PM me.


Thanks.

Tbird97

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#792235
Topic
Young Indiana Jones...
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I'm with you on this one too.  While I enjoyed watching my DVDs, I much preferred the shows as they originally aired (as The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles).  I don't mind old Indy with the eye patch.  The continuity doesn't bother me.  Why do we have to mash everything into one continuity?  George Hall also turned in a nice performance as old Indy and it seemed disrespectful to him to excise all of his scenes.

I think the most glaring example was the first DVD, young Indy (Corey Carrier) was hunting for the artifact stolen from Egypt (a jackal headpiece).  Then, an hour into the episode, he was visibly older and no mention was made of the artifact.  That was jarring.

I believe it was season 2 before we finally caught up with teenage Indy (Sean Patrick Flanery) who was on the trail of that same artifact.  Darn it, George, leave well enough alone!

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#791469
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Star Trek - The cage
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Ha ha!  Yes, brought it back from the dead.  I just happened to be browsing the list of topics.

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