A general Info & Help Thread for any ideas, suggestions, FAQs and also Q&A’s - that any of the fine members of OriginalTrilogy•com may have for, or about, non-Star Wars Fan Edits.
And also a thread for just for helping each other out too…
If you are new to the OriginalTrilogy•com then the following info may be of some assistance…
The Welcome to the OT.com; Introduce yourself in here thread is just that; a place to make your first post on here - and for more longstanding members to welcome new additions to our community.
Secondly, the About and Help sections may be of interest to you regarding this site and what the OriginalTrilogy•com is about.
Thirdly, the ’How do I do this?’ on the OriginalTrilogy.com - some info & answers to members’ queries thread should also hopefully be of some help as to many of the functions of the site, along with other related info as well.
The Announcements Section - including Site Rules & Guidelines, Fan Edit & Preservation Rules & FAQ, as well info for Signatures, Linking Policy for Downloads, and Plot Spoiler Policy (and much more) that may be of use too.
If you are having any issues with the site, have a question, an idea to improve the site, or would like to give some feedback - then these can be done in the Feedback Forum and General Assistance sections.
There are also several Index Threads pinned at the top of many respective sections of the OT•com - which may help members find various topics of discussion, fan edits, preservations and other projects etc.
To Join the OT.com Discord server! click on the link. There is also the OriginalTrilogy.com Twitter too.
’An OriginalTrilogy.com timeline thread - a history of the site and why & how it came to be…’ chronicles both the history of this site & also it’s continuing evolution.
The ’Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes’ thread by doubleofive contains many sources of information as to the numerous changes made to the Original Trilogy films over time - as well as serving as an insightful and comprehensive discussion thread and reference point on the subject.
Finally, the ’George Lucas: Unreliable Narrator & Time Travelling Revisionist…' thread attempts to highlight and catalogue some of the revisionism, altering of history and contradictory claims by George Lucas / Lucasfilm as to the formation, planning and history of the Star Wars films and universe therein.
A fair few people join here for a particular the Preservation Project, Fan Edit, documentary, blu ray or dvd cover etc. We ask that those who do… also have a look around; see if there are other Projects, Edits or works of interest to your liking. To give the Star Wars discussion threads a read through, or those in the Off Topic sections. To have a think about becoming a part of the community here; and consider not becoming a one-time poster… asking for a link to a project and to never be seen again.
Many of the projects on here have been undertaken by volunteers or enthusiasts who’ve devoted considerable time, effort, dedication and some expense… to locate, preserve, restore & archive - or edit - films and TV programs in their best possible presentation. This is often with painstaking commitment - yet all projects are available for free; not to mention our members also improving upon & sharing techniques, knowledge, technical assistance, experiences - and a few stories, along the way.
Joining up here and then creating a new thread along the lines ‘Give me the link to X’, ‘Where is project Y’, or going straight into a project thread and posting ‘How do I get these?’ doesn’t really fly on here - and will likely be ignored or deleted. Taking the time to learn about a project - by reading through the project thread - as well as how to acquire them; simply making an effort to be part of the community here, and how this place works, even if just leaving feedback for acquired projects, even if just leaving feedback for acquired projects, can go a long way…
Some useful info / links…
An Index Thread for Fan Edits and Projects for Other Properties… (and more)
A Master List of Fan Edits, Preservations and Restorations - over 1700 films - a superb compilation by ^…^
FanEdit.org - A large online database of Fan Edits (with forum).
IFDB.com - FanEdit•org’s own Master List of Edits - The Internet FanEdit Database.
FanRes.com - A forum focused on movie restorations : fanres.com - new fan restoration forum - OT•com thread
Reddit’s R/FanEdits - A reddit page for Fan Edits.
FanEdit.info - An independent site for providing ‘your daily Fan Edit fix’.
OriginalTrilogy•com’s much overlooked ‘How-To’s and Technical Discussions’ section.
VideoHelp.com : with superb helpful forum and also a free software download section
Forum.Doom9.org : quality resource of info for technical assistance and ideas
HydrogenAud.io : a helpful and insightful site focusing on more of the audio side of technology
DigitalFaq.com : as with the links above - some great info, help and advice on here
ReDvdIt.net/faqs : some technical info explained simply - also with reviews and intriguing snippets
ToolStud.io : many free web tools - with no software installation necessary.
HomeTheaterForum.com : a comprehensive site and knowledgeable community of tech buffs and enthusiasts
BluRay.com : similar to the above with an onus on blu ray reviews too (across the differing regions)
DvdCompare.net : exhaustive info for releases of various films & tv series
Movie-Censorship.com : quality resource for differing editions of films
BBFC.co.uk : British Board of Film Classification - for more useful on movie ratings & cuts to films - and why…
LDDB.com : Laserdisc Database - of near-on ever laserdisc out there…
Dadons-Laserdiscs.com : another Laserdisc Database - with reviews and blog
IMDB.com : a somewhat obvious site to include here, yet can be very useful for obtaining film & tv info
TheMovieDB.org (TMDB) : an alternative to IMDB above; with similar detailed info, reviews and news
ShotOnWhat.com : similar to above - with more emphasis on the technical side of how a project was shot / made / edited.
FilmScoreMonthly.com Forum : great resource for audio info and more
Amazon.com & eBay.com - and also worth checking regional variances (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Aus & NZ, Japan etc)
OriginalTrilogy•com’s Fan Edit / Preservation Forum Rules and FAQ
A general, yet important, rule on many a Fan Edit site is… ‘Before obtaining any fan edits, you must be in ownership of the official retail release’.
Another important rule is do not post direct download links to Fan Edits or Preservations etc on this site (though links to a short demo or trailer is fine) - see below for more info & details.
A few often-asked questions…
• I have found a Fan Edit / Preservation I am interested in - but don’t know how to get / acquire / download it?
Read through the thread of the project you are interest in - there is usually information in there (often in the very first post) on how to acquire a project.
If no such information is in the thread… then send a polite PM to the author / owner of the project (which is usually the creator of the thread on here too) - and after that a little bit of patience is required. It is likely that the Fan Edit author / owner isn’t online every day - or even every week - and may have a ton of queries or other stuff to get through before dealing with your request.
If you haven’t heard back after some time, then let it be known that you are seeking a copy by making a post in the relevant thread; hopefully other members on here may be in a position to help you.
Also, fellow members may be more likely to help you out if you are an active member of the community here - you don’t have to be a fellow fan editor, preservationist, tech wiz, artistic or skilled etc; just a member that has made, or is making, an effort.
It may also be worth checking some of the other Fan Edit sites around - sometimes it can just come down to good fortune if you acquire a project or not. Being rude, impatient, making repeated requests, or ranting about how unfair it all is - or what a rubbish system this is - won’t likely get you any help that may have otherwise been coming your way…
• Myspleen aren’t currently giving out invites / Can I have a Myspleen invite / Myspleen requests etc…
Myspleen (a private torrent site) are not currently issuing invites to their site - and haven’t done so for some time.
No-one here is affiliated with Myspleen, we have nothing to do with Myspleen, we are as much in the dark about this as you - and so we cannot help you with invites or other info.
So please ** DO NOT MAKE A POST ASKING FOR A MYSPLEEN INVITE ** - thank you (we’ve already had hundreds of posts about this - and members’ patience on here is understandably wearing thin).
Any invite requests posted in threads on here will be deleted.
Myspleen does have it’s own forum, here - link.
It may be worth be trying some of the public torrent sites - and also private torrent sites too - for trying to find an elusive Fan Edit etc. Online search engines are useful for this.
Some projects also have their own websites or youtube, twitter and facebook pages etc - so it’s worth checking for those as well.
• What links can I put up to downloads of Fan Edits or Preservations on this site?
We are NOT pirates - and this is not a torrent or download site.
Rule 4. of the ‘Fan Edit / Preservation forum Rules and FAQ’ says ‘No direct links to file downloads of copyrighted media (VOBs, WMV, QuickTime, torrent files, NZB files, ED2K links, etc) or links to complete fan edits on sites such as YouTube or Vimeo. No direct links to pages containing such files. Short clips to demonstrate quality or content are permissible.’
A summary of the OT•com ‘Linking Policy’:-
“PM me for the download links to my project” - is acceptable.
“Now available on a.b.starwars” - is acceptable.
“Click HERE for NZB” - is not.
“Torrent uploaded to piratebay” - is acceptable.
“Get the torrent at www.atorrentsite.com” - is not.
“Mega links are available at fanedit•info” - is acceptable.
“Mega links can be found on this page” - is not.
“look for the Star Wars Fixhund file with pcm audio in 1080p on tpb” - is acceptable.
“Star.Wars.IV.1977.MULTI.VFF.1080p.PCM.AC3.x264-Fixhund on tpb” - is not.
Furthermore, obfuscated or hidden links (ie, links behind an icon or a single character in the post text etc) are still considered direct links, will be removed - and will result in a ban.
• Is there an Index of ‘Fan Edits of Other Films’?
Yes, as linked to above - and also here… ‘An Index Thread for Fan Edits of Other Films… (and more)’.
It may be worth scrolling through the pages in this section of the site to find a Fan Edit, project or discussion topic for information too. Checking the other Fan Edit sites linked here, as well as your public / private torrent sites of choice will likely help you find what you are seeking.
You can also search for any of the threads on the OriginalTrilogy•com by going to your online search engine of choice (ie, google, startpage, bing, duckduckgo, yahoo etc) and typing in:-
site:originaltrilogy.com and then whatever you are looking for.
Eg - if searching for ADigitalMan’s non-Star Wars Edits, type site:originaltrilogy.com adigitalman non-star wars
Please do NOT start a new thread asking for info or links to acquire a project / fan edit that already has it’s own thread - thank you.
(We’d soon sink under request threads if everybody did this - so please post in the relevant project / edit thread - cheers).
• Patience… look around - and you will find the information you seek…
Joining up and then creating a new thread along the lines ‘Give me the link to X’, ‘Where is project Y’, or going straight into a project thread and posting ‘How do I get these?’ don’t really fly on here - and will likely be ignored or deleted. Taking the time to learn about a project - read through the project thread(s) - as well as how to acquire them; simply making an effort to be part of the community here, and how this place works, can go a long way…
• Availability of fan projects…
Fan Editors are responsible for the availability / distribution of their Edits - it may well be frustrating that you have found information on a long sought-after Edit on here (or elsewhere) - and yet have no way of acquiring it, though unfortunately on occasion that is the way it is…
Also, check some of the Fan Edit sites linked to above - they have good, friendly and knowledgeable communities as well. Remember… be patient, be polite - it may just come down to good fortune if you acquire it or not. Ranting about how unfair it all is - or ‘what a rubbish system it is’ - won’t likely get you any help that may have been coming your way.
• Please remember to leave some feedback…
A great deal of time, love and effort going into making many of the projects that appear here - so if and when you do watch an Edit or project please remember to leave some feedback for the Editor / Preservationist etc - whether on a technical level, ideas for additional changes / edits or alternatives, some constructive criticism (keep it civil), how much you enjoyed it, or even just a simple thank you…
• Some general advice for fan editors / preservationists / members undertaking fan projects…
Remember to back up your continuing (and finished) work - often and to multiple sources; whether that’s to physical drives or cloud based storage systems. Many promising projects on here (and elsewhere) have stalled or been cancelled due to work being lost from hard drive failure - with sadly no backs up of that work made anywhere; all those long hours, getting content ‘just right’, efforts and skills invested, seeing ideas come to fruition - all lost.
Should you ‘get stuck’ on a certain part of the project it may be worth asking around for some assistance, help or input from the community here - or maybe watch a few other projects to see if anyone has achieved or overcome similar obstacles or issues.
If you’d like your project to attract others’ attention it can be beneficial to give some basic info… a well laid out thread detailing what your project is may help - along with a good title, the projects goals / aim / what inspired you to undertake the project can go a long way in attracting more views. Noting it’s style/vibe, how long it is, what sources it uses, a cut-list of changes (for fan edits) or just a change-list (or an overview of changes), and also to credit those people who may have helped on your project - or inspired you. A catchy title, logo and artwork, comparison pics or demo pics, a demo video, and bite-sized chunks of info about your endeavour may all help your project stand out…
If you’re doing some colour-correction, clean-up work or similar, then sites like screenshotcomparison.com, diff.pics and framecompare.com are great free resources for showcasing and directly comparing images/screenshots of the work you’re undertaking and results achieved - or working towards.
Sites like postimages.org and imgur.com are also great free and easy resources for storing images - and also linking to them so they appear on other sites too - like this one 😃
vimeo.com and streamable.com are greats platform for showcasing video snippets and examples or demos etc (free, quick and easy to create an account on either) - often without the incessant and somewhat arbitrary ‘copyright claims’ that many videos on youtube seems to suffer from.
Please give consideration to how you’re going to make your finished project available to members here. Will you upload it to myspleen, Mega, a googledrive or dropbox type service, or as a torrent etc? If a documentary type project - youtube, vimeo or similar online video site…?
Also, which format(s) will you make your project available in - mp4, iso, blu ray or dvd format etc? Flac or mp3 if an audio venture?
Will your Edit be available in an array of different sizes? ie, some editors like to put out 2gb, 4gb, 10gb and 35gb versions (or around those sizes) - so people who prefer USB flash drives, or on dvd, maybe blu ray, or just a HD version on their pc or media centre can watch them.
Should you wish for your project to be added to any of the Index Threads on the site, post a link to your thread in the relevant Index Thread - and it will be included in the main Indexes as soon as possible.
^ any additional suggestions, advice or input are most welcome.
RoccondilRinon has very kindly made an OriginalTrilogy•com animated logo for use with any Preservation or Fan Edit projects.
There are three animated variants of the OT•com logo available for download, along with a still image in .png format.
More info below…
‘OT•com animated logo - NOW AVAILABLE for use in fan edits and other projects’ (by RoccondilRinon):-
(if you’d like to give credit for the above animations please do so to St. Kilda Design - RoccondilRinon’s art and design brand; thanks)
Bluto’s comprehensive and quality Guide to Downloading Projects from Usenet thread, in the How-To’s and Technical Discussions section of the site, may be of interest for those members looking to acquire any available Projects this way.
If anyone has any suggestions for info / links to be added to this thread please post them in here - thank you.
Last updated - 25th November, 2019.
I find that answer vague and unconvincing.
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