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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 REVISITED ADYWAN *1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION — Page 55

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Just watched that video SSWR, loved it. That one's right up there with Robot Chicken's Empire Strikes Back bit where Darth does more than reveal he's Luke's father, but everything goofy about the prequels also.

I'm keeping this one.

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Ady,

I may have missed it, but are you adding any sort of ambient glow from the lightsabers onto the surroundings/people with the sabers?

O.T. or No T., baby!

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Originally posted by: Savage
Ady,

I may have missed it, but are you adding any sort of ambient glow from the lightsabers onto the surroundings/people with the sabers?


I have no plans as yet to do this.

Just had a MAJOR setback today.
Put together my new Core2Duo machine and installed everything back on my machine. WOW its fast. But then things started to act a little strange. the system would hang then suddenly windows would dissappear. I shut it down then restarted it and things seemed to go back to normal, for a while. It started happening again then just froze. I tried to restart it but none of the power buttons would work. so i had to turn the power off at my surge protector. Now the system just seemed dead. Opened the case and i noticed a black patch on the motherboard. Ripped it out and took it back to the shop i purchased it from and they seemed a little too quick to take it back and offer a replacement. All the boards for the same price i got mine were not what i wanted (not enought SATA ports) so they offered me a new Asus board with 8 SATA ports, but for the same price i payed for mine. I got a little suspicious at their generosity but i won't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Got it back home and reinstalled everything. Seems a lot faster than my other board too. But something happened once windows was installed that made me just want to jump out of my window (not that that would do any good cuz i live on the ground floor). Windows scanned my discs and my main 400gb drive with most of the edit on seemed to have a lot of orphaned files so windows attempted to recover. windows finished and loaded up and i immediately opened this drive in explorer and weeped. Gone was most of the files. The first hour is completely gone. Luckily most of the second hour is on a seperate drive, but all that work gone off the drive, including all the death star battle scenes i was working for the past 2 weeks. I felt like crying until i realised that i had done a complete backup 2 weeks ago. Out came the 30 DVD backup discs. One by one it loaded the backup files onto my other drive ready for unpacking. THen BAM!! disc 23 wouldn't read. Strange because i had verified and checked the discs as soon as the backup finished and unpacked everything fine. Looked at the disc and no scrathes, dust or any marks at all. Gave it a clean but still no luck. tried 3 different DVD drives but with the same results, so the back up is gone. I rang the shop and spoke to my mate and he said he would pop round after work to look at it.

He came round and fiddled about but couldn't get the backup to work either, but he did tell me something very interesting. The Gigabye board i purched from them was actually a "grey" import and they had had almost everyone they had sold returned with the same problem. So much for thinking i had a bargain. All that work down the toilet. He has given me some software that may be able to recover the files that windows deleted. It is a lot better than the one i have got but hell of a lot slower. Its going to take 24 hours to do an indepth recovery process on my 400gb drive and even then i may have lost everything for good. If its all gone then do i continue or just quit and hand what i have left for someone elses edit? I know what i feel like doing at the moment.

Help me recovery software..... you're my only hope

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As long as you don't format that drive you should be able to recover the data....I feel your pain, sorry about your troubles....

as far as the unreadable disc goes there are recovery software for those as well....I like Smart Project's "ISO Buster"...maybe it could recover that DVD......

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Adywan!

My gosh, I'm SO SORRY to hear that. I know right now you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. I can't say I wouldn't in your place. However, I'd also walk away for 24 to 48 hours and simmer and try and put some distance between me and the frustration. Right now I know you're caught up in the stress of it all. A year or more of work that MIGHT be gone, but then again, it MIGHT NOT. I firmly believe right now, as careful as you were with backups and your equipment, the majority of this WILL BE RECOVERED. Just take some time to breathe and be calm, at peace...passive.

Let's say worst case scenario, it isn't recovered. Then what? I'm not you. I don't know how you react or how you process thought and emotion. I can only tell you what I see and what I think the larger community is seeing. Adywan, you have accomplished so much more than anyone thought possible outside of a miracle with this edit. You have brought Special Edition haters and Prequel fans together and you have given EVERYONE who loves Star Wars the first real glimmer of a finished work.

For more than a decade, I was searching for the ultimate Indiana Jones hat from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took another fan such as youself, Steve Delk, to finally make what the original hat maker could not. He slaved and slaved and made the best Indiana Jones hat since Harrison Ford ran from that boulder and he had SO MANY setbacks, frustrations and moments of panic. Now, every Indiana Jones fan is in his debt.

I already feel I am in your debt. You got me interested in Star Wars again, something that was my only passion for 20 years before the prequels squelched it. I freely admit, I would hate to see this all lost, all of your amazing work gone forever. But really, it's only gone if you take your talents elsewhere. People beyond this forum are raving about this edit. I have people at work who have never been here who already told me they now feel shortchanged by the official DVD and ache to see your version. Then there are those across the Internet, all waiting with anticipation for November. You have done the impossible. Not only in bringing this almost-29-year-old fan back from mothballs, but galvanizing the Star Wars community in a way that hasn't been done since the 20th anniversary and the anticipation of the not-so-special editions.

Adywan, your work does not deserve to be a piecemeal series of fragments incorporated into another edit. Your work has always had a supreme vision. Fight for it. I'll do everything I can alongside you to resurrect this edit. Yes, it's that important to me and I believe many others here feel the same. With all of your experience and reflexive knowledge now, I believe anything you may end up losing you will be able to bring back faster and possibly better (to your eye, because to mine it was already perfect) than before.

Whatever I can do to make this edit a reality, no matter how many setbacks, no matter how long it takes, I said I was willing to do. I stand by that statement. I lived in the UK for almost five years - If it gets so extreme that you need simply an extra set of hands to burn DVDs or write labels on them with a marker - give me a month's notice and I'll grab a flight. If you're $50 short for a needed component, say the word. Your work has proven your worth.

I only hope the rest of this board realizes what I instantly saw a few weeks ago. Star Wars Revisited is not simply Adywan's to lose, everyone. It's everyone's to lose. We have one chance to make this happen. Let's not waste it.

Adywan. I stand behind any decision you make. Call your play and I'll back it.

With the utmost respect,
nohandluke
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Originally posted by: vbangle
As long as you don't format that drive you should be able to recover the data....I feel your pain, sorry about your troubles....

as far as the unreadable disc goes there are recovery software for those as well....I like Smart Project's "ISO Buster"...maybe it could recover that DVD......


We tried to recover the backup disc but it failed. Only 6 hours left to go with the HDD recovery. Luckily i have the second home pc that i can use while the program is working away

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I'm so sorry to hear about all of this, adywan! I really hope you are able to recover your files. Though it sounds like you've recovered almost everything (thanks to your DVD backups), right? Except for that one disc?

In any case, I can understand just how frustrated and let-down you must feel right now. I've had (more than) my share of bad luck with external hard drives, and have been caught in situations where I had put in months of work on a project and then lost pretty much all of my editing to my hard drives dying. And while I don't want to tell you what to do, I do want to reiterate just how much I appreciate everything you've done on this edit, and the dedication and quality of work you've shown. I also want to re-echo everything that has been said about how excited we are for this edit, and indeed, how hungry we are for it, as for many of us (certainly myself), this is the only version of the film we were going to watch from this point forward.

Again, I hope you don't feel as though I am pressuring you in any way. My only intent is to encourage. And while I would definitely understand if, given all you've gone through, you gave up at this point, I just want to say that I would certainly love to see the finished adywan edit of Star Wars, in all its glory.

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. All the best for your files' recovery.

Take care,
Sojourn

EDIT: Wow, a few people responded before I finished typing! I found nohandluke's comments particularly moving, and I wanted to say that I echo many of the thoughts he shared. We're really pulling for you, adywan.
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Wow, just wow. I feel for you. I can't even imagine. I want so bad to see this, but this is your baby, and to see your baby hurt is the worse.

I hope your backup software recovers most or all of your data...if you do backups to DVD from now on, is there any way to avoid using RAR files, or are the files just too damn big to fit on a single DVD? Just...ugh. Backing up crap is an absolute bitch.

And I guess the moral of the story is, you can't back up too much, and always be super cautious when somebody offers you a deal that seems too good to be true. Sigh.
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I know the pain- when I was in college, I was working in my composion class. I had 4 movements of a six part symphony lost in the void of digital space. the back up I made was unreadable for some reason - old Zip drive disc. I was lucky that I had dropped it to a cassette and had the hard copy of the score, or I would have failed that class. I have never re-entered it.

on another note, I have used cdcheck to find errors on discs it has worked when other things have not - it's free, so no harm to try.

good luck on the recovery.
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old Zip drive disc


Oh god, don't remind me of those pieces of crap.
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hey ady.

Jesus, the pair of us just don't seem to have had any luck with hardware have we?

after my last drive smash I bought a reserve drive and it has a direct duplicate of the project on it. whenever I alter or save anything. I run a script file and it copies the changes over. it is such a ball ache that you've lost this stuff.

my sincerest sympathies on this.
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Ady,

Any luck on recovering your data? It's a good thing to try GetDataBack for NTFS, i had some data loss last year and recovered almost 90% with it. Let me know if you need it, then i can get you the software ASAP.

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Oh man this sucks!

I really hope that you're successful in recovering your data... as others have said, as long as you don't format you should be okay.
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OK, a quick update.

First let me say thanks for all the support and offers of help. It is greatly appreciated,

secondly, i have some good news & some bad news. First the good news: the data recovery has managed to get back about 90% of the lost files.
Now the bad news: Most of the avi files have been corrupted. I used a program to fix the avi files and they are now viewable. You can imagine my relief. But then i opened up my project file in Vegas and noticed something strange. Hell of a lot of the files are now a few frames shorter. I tried again with a couple more avi fixer programs but with the same results, well all apart from 1. This time the clips were now the correct length but upon closer inspection there are blank frames. Luckily one of the recovered files was a render of the first 45 minutes of the movie. I have checked the file and , although this too is missing frames, it isn't present all the way through. I've just edited out the bad sections and all i have lost now is about 25 minutes of the movie. So back to the drawing board with the whole opening 10 minutes & bits & bobs in the rest of the first half. Luckily there aren't too many FX shots that need redoing but now i have the hard task of colour correcting the footage again to match the rescued sections. Also i still have most of the adobe after effects project files so i can redo a lot of the footage easily. The problem is now that my drive has too many bad sectors to be used again so I'm putting the project on hold for a few months until i can save up for the new drive. Bloody typical this had to happen when i used all the money i saved on the bloody new core2duo machine. oh well, at least i don't feel like giving up any more but it is going to mean that the project is going to be pushed back probably now until 2008

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I declare a worldwide day of mourning....

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Glad you recovered most of your work.

Isn't the hard drive that's bad the one the forum helped pay for a few months ago? Wouldn't it still be under warranty?
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Glad you recovered most of your work.

Isn't the hard drive that's bad the one the forum helped pay for a few months ago? Wouldn't it still be under warranty?


Unfortunately not. This drive i've purchased a while ago when 400gb drives were a ridiculous price. Now they're a fraction of the price i payed for this.

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Adywan, how big a hard drive would you be looking to purchase, and how much would it cost?

I've been skeptical about donating money to fan projects in the past, but based on the results I've seen thus far I'd be willing to shell out a bit of cash if it would help pay for a new drive, and hence get the project back up and running more quickly.

EDIT: Another thought... would it be possible to transfer completed portions of your work to others for storage? I myself just recently purchased a new 320 GB drive during a small catastrophe with Windows a week ago. If it were possible/convenient, I'd be happy to store files as a back up. Not sure how realistic this would be (i.e., transfer times, etc.), but... just an idealistic thought. Again, maybe this is not feasible for some reason which I have not accounted for.

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well ideally, with everything that has happened, i'm looking to get 2 hard drives. 1 to replace the faulty one and the second to be used as a removable drive with copies of all the finished footage & important files.

I do have a paypal account, but as you know i really feel uncomfortable about asking for any form of donation because that is not what i am doing this edit for. It is:

adywan"at"hotmail.co.uk (where the "at" i replaced with the @)


thanks everyone for your support. I'm not going to give up on the edit, i just felt really depressed yesterday after a totally bad day. I've come too far to give up at this point, and now that it looks very unlikely we are going to get the ultimate box set any time soon, i'm even more determined.

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Originally posted by: adywan
well ideally, with everything that has happened, i'm looking to get 2 hard drives. 1 to replace the faulty one and the second to be used as a removable drive with copies of all the finished footage & important files.


Perhaps getting three drives, with two going into a mirrored RAID as an extra precaution?

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