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Droids Series Complete Set. Reconstruction from multiple sources. UPDATE: Version 1.0 is out! — Page 7

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Baobab Archiver said:

What are your plans for The Great Heep? Will you be doing an updated share? And do your other acquisitions mean improvements for other episodes?

I’m going to wait until I have all the episodes together before releasing another set. Don’t want there to be a ton of versions floating around.

Just have the one episode left (Coby).

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That’s really cool! I can’t wait for the final version.

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What kind of set can we expect? Do you use multiple audio options? I have Finnish dubs that were made for TV, would be cool to have them used. Although they only exist in my tapes which are a little incomplete, too…

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LexX said:

What kind of set can we expect? Do you use multiple audio options? I have Finnish dubs that were made for TV, would be cool to have them used. Although they only exist in my tapes which are a little incomplete, too…

I would be totally cool with all that. But when it comes time to actually make the DVD set (again, could be years) I would likely need to ask for community help in accumulating the audio tracks as well as syncing them to the Japanese video.

Each region appears to have slightly different editing around the commercial breaks, slight speed increases/decreases, and other little random things that will require somebody to actually edit the audio for each language. As in pull up Premiere, Vegas, Final Cut Pro, etc and go through the video scene by scene and cut the audio as needed.

Not sure if I could do them all myself. I would likely just come up with a baseline video with English audio for everyone else to sync their audio to and send it out to people working on each language. Then each person edits together an audio track in whatever language they want that perfectly syncs up with the baseline video. Then everyone send me (or whoever is authoring the DVD) their audio files only.

Then whoever is authoring the DVD could simply combine all of the separate elements together for the final DVD.

Would likely be easiest way.

The languages that I am aware of for Droids are:

  • English
  • Spanish (Apparently there are Castilian and Latin American variations of these, aka Spain vs Mexico)
  • Japanese
  • French
  • German
  • Finnish
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Was Coby commercially released anywhere? Is that the reason you are huntimg down the Mexican tape3?

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Just an idea. Has anyone contacted those who have posted Colby on YouTube to see if they have any leads to acquiring the episode needed. Just a thought.

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ger-el said:

Just an idea. Has anyone contacted those who have posted Colby on YouTube to see if they have any leads to acquiring the episode needed. Just a thought.

Yeah, that person is SWCCMTY and I already brought him over here. He tried to help but we haven’t heard from him in a while. He is the only person to actually confirm ownership of the tape.

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Figured you may have been down that road. Hopefully, it will turn up. I’m sure it will. Good luck!

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My friend mMathab recently put together a collection of concept arts/cells or various artworks related to the Droids (and Ewoks!) cartoon he gathered online over the years. You can find it on MySpleen. It might be interesting to some of you (and maybe useful for another Droids set in the future?)

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There’s a guy on reddit who did a 1080p waifu upscale of Avatar The Last Airbender and the 2003 The Clone Wars. It would be great if you guys could get him to upscale Droids and Ewoks. His TCW upscale is ❤️

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I finally have a copy of the Mexican Droids 3 tape with the Coby episode. I now have NTSC retail copies of every Droids episode made.

It only took me like 10 fucking years to get this tape. 😃

Running it through the VCR now. Only downside is my best vcr (the JVC with TBC) is in need of repairs at the moment. So will likely need to wait some time until I get that sorted. In the meantime making a backup of the tape with my secondary SVHS deck.

droids3

droids3v

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Great news, congrats! 😃

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Amazing! Look forward to seeing this when you are able to share. Your episodes are my go to versions when I want to watch this show.

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will your next release of your droids collection have german track?
i´m a fan of droids and ewoks cartoons.

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Fantastic news!

Congrats on tracking it down! I know that feel when you finally get that white whale. =)

Help back OMNO!

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Now we just need the guys who upscaled the Avatar The Last Airbender and Clone Wars (2003) to upscale Droids and Ewoks 😁

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Bit of a difference though. AFAIK Avatar and Clone Wars were mostly computer animated 2d, with some 3d CGI models. Droids and Ewoks were more traditionally animated, so I don’t think it’ll turn out as well.

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benduwan said:

will your next release of your droids collection have german track?
i´m a fan of droids and ewoks cartoons.

Could you re-seed your german versions on MySpleen? I can grab them from there.

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Bit of a difference though. AFAIK Avatar and Clone Wars were mostly computer animated 2d, with some 3d CGI models. Droids and Ewoks were more traditionally animated, so I don’t think it’ll turn out as well.

I think the biggest difference is the source material used for the upscales. All the Avatar and Clone Wars upscales were made from digital sources, dvd’s primarily. While my Droids set will be from 30 year old VHS tapes. Remember that VHS’s resolution is something equivalent to 333×480.

Only so much turd polishing can be accomplished on VHS.

Just to remind everyone of how terrible VHS is check out some of the screenshots here showing the difference between VHS, DVD and Blu Ray. http://www.hifi-writer.com/he/vhstobd/index.htm

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I try to cap my Finnish Droids for you as well, but at the time being they are now elsewhere… Hopefully you’re not in a hurry. 😃

And in the time of greatest despair, there shall come a savior, and he shall be known as the Son of the Suns.