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Star Wars Trilogy: Hyperspace Collection - 720p AVCHD Project Complete and Now Available! See Post 42 for final details! — Page 5

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MAKING HYPERSPACE
PART 1 - STAR WARS:

NOTE: The scripts are far less involved than those by g-force. In other words, prepare to be underwhelmed.

ANOTHER NOTE: This description will not include every single detail.  I'm not going to go through ever setting in VirtualDub or crazy steps I took to make my own life easier that no one else would probably use.  It will focus on main steps, scripts, and filter settings.

The video sources used on Hyperspace were the NTSC GOUT editions of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and the PAL GOUT edition of Return of the Jedi.

One important thing I need to point out about Hyperspace is that it wasn't a single script plugged into GOUT.  For starters, in order to recycle the Rebellion Collection audio mixes, it was edited according to Rebellion. While the timing on Empire was the same on both GOUT and Rebellion, that was not true for the other two films.  Star Wars had some extra padding at the front because of the "chapter branching" on Rebellion.  And the PAL GOUT for Jedi has a few additional frames than the NTSC GOUT during the first shot of the fleet.

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STAR WARS
STAGE 1
TOOLS: AviSynth and VirtualDub

STAGE 1-A

Here is the AviSynth script for this first rendering. Please note that I am leaving out the IVTC portion of the script. I usually prefer to do it manually, instead of using the "Film" function on DGIndex. It also leaves out the SOURCE portion of the script.

crop (0,84,0,-86,align=true)

NNEDI2(dh=true, field=0)
NNEDI2(dh=false,field=1)

AAA()
AAA()

spline64resize (1280, 618)

addborders (0,51,0,51)

orig = last
temp = orig.TemporalSoften(3,255,255,25,2)
int = Interleave(temp.Repair(orig),orig)
DePan(int,data=DePanEstimate(int,trust=0,dxmax=1,dymax=0),offset=-1)
SelectEvery(2,0)

super = MSuper(pel=2, sharp=2,levels=7)
backward_vec2 = MAnalyse(super, isb = true, delta = 2, overlap=2)
forward_vec2 = MAnalyse(super, isb = false, delta = 2, overlap=2)
MDegrain1(super, backward_vec2,forward_vec2,thSAD=200)

Levels(0, 1, 255, 0, 250)

You will notice a couple sections toward the end which were borrowed from the G-Force scripts.

VirtualDub Filters:
- Levels: 10, 1.100, 255, 0, 255, Operate in Luma instead of RGB=Yes
- Red/Green/Blue/Sat/Contrast: R=90, G=95, B=100, Sat=105, Cont=100
- CMYK Film Color: *C=0, +C=0, *M=5, +M=0, *Y=5, +Y=0, *K=0, +K=0
- Hue/Saturation/Intensity: Apply To ALL, Hue=2, Preserve Luma=Yes, Sat=1.05, Int=1.00

You'll probably notice the colors for the opening text aren't very good.  And, the colors for the first shot of the space battle are off, thanks in large part to the multiple sources Lucasfilm used.  These two things are color-adjusted with different VirtualDub settings...bringing us to:

STAGE 1-B

VirtualDub Filters for Text Scroll:
- Levels: 10, 1.100, 255, 0, 255, Operate in Luma instead of RGB=Yes
- Red/Green/Blue/Sat/Contrast: R=100, G=100, B=100, Sat=105, Cont=100
- CMYK Film Color: *C=-100, +C=0, *M=0, +M=0, *Y=20, +Y=0, *K=0, +K=0
- Hue/Saturation/Intensity: Apply To ALL, Hue=0, Preserve Luma=Yes, Sat=1.05, Int=1.00
- Hue/Saturation/Intensity: Apply To YELLOW ONLY, Hue=-4, Preserve Luma=Yes, Sat=1.00, Int=1.40

STAGE 1-C

VirtualDub Filters for Opening Space Battle Shot:
- Levels: 5, 1.100, 255, 0, 250, Operate in Luma instead of RGB=Yes
- Red/Green/Blue/Sat/Contrast: R=96, G=98, B=100, Sat=105, Cont=100
- CMYK Film Color: *C=14, +C=0, *M=0, +M=0, *Y=20, +Y=0, *K=0, +K=0
- Hue/Saturation/Intensity: Apply To ALL, Hue=0, Preserve Luma=Yes, Sat=1.05, Int=1.00
- Hue/Saturation/Intensity: Apply To RED ONLY, Hue=0, Preserve Luma=Yes, Sat=1.00, Int=1.10

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STAR WARS
STAGE 2
TOOLS: Photoshop and Sony Vegas

This stage is very straightforward. Photoshop was used to recreate the subtitles for alien-speak. In Sony Vegas, all three pieces of video from Stage 1 were edited together (according to Rebellion to preserve the audio).

The Opening Fox logo came from Stage 1-A. The dissolves for the Lucasfilm and "A Long Time Ago" text also came from Stage 1-A. However, still images were spliced in for those two text screens because of the remaining jagged-edges and alias flicker.

The text scroll was Stage 1-B, with a 2 second dissolve into Stage 1-C for the first space battle shot. Then, back to Stage 1-A for the remainder of the film.

The alien subtitles were timed and overlaid in the appropriate areas. A Quickblur: 0.750 filter was also applied to the subtitles.

STAGE 3
TOOLS: AviSynth and VirtualDub

Finally, back to VirtualDub and Avisynth to create the final master AVI file.  Here's the script:


fft3dfilter (sigma=2, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=0)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=3)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=-1, sharpen=0.5, plane=0)

crop (14,88,-8,-88,align=true)
addborders (11,88,11,88)

Once the master AVI was complete, Star Wars was rendered into an H264 file using MeGUI and the AVCHD was created with TSMuxerGUI.

Details on Empire will be posted tomorrow.

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MAKING HYPERSPACE
PART 2 - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK:

NOTE: A lot of this is "second verse, same as the first".  So some portions will be skipped or referred back to PART 1.  It also adds a brief 4th stage.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
STAGE 1
TOLLS: AviSynth and VirtualDub

STAGE 1-A

AviSynth Script and VirtualDub filters are identical to STAGE 1-A of Star Wars

STAGE 1-B

This stage applies to the opening text scroll.  The AviSynth script is the same, but the VirtualDub filters for color and whatnot are different.

VirtualDub Filters:
- Levels: 10, 1.100, 255, 0, 255, Operate in Luma instead of RGB=Yes
- Red/Green/Blue/Sat/Contrast: R=90, G=95, B=100, Sat=105, Cont=100
- CMYK Film Color: *C=25, +C=0, *M=0, +M=0, *Y=1, +Y=0, *K=0, +K=0
- Hue/Saturation/Intensity: Apply To ALL, Hue=-2, Preserve Luma=Yes, Sat=1.05, Int=1.00
- Hue/Saturation/Intensity: Apply To YELLOW ONLY, Hue=0, Preserve Luma=Yes, Sat=1.00, Int=1.15
-Flaxen's VHS Filter: Chroma Shifting (Use no other functions) - Horizontal=1, Neg.=NO, Vertical=0, Shift Chroma I=YES, Shift Chroma Q=YES

STAGE 2

Practically the same as STAGE 2 of Star Wars.  The opening Lucasfilm and "A Long Time Ago..." texts used a still image for everything but their fades in and out and the text scroll comes from Stage 1-B.

STAGE 3

This time, Stage 3 is a three-stage process.

STAGES 3-A and C

Unfortunately, there is a slight change in the framing of GOUT that occurs during a midway portion of Empire.  It begins after Luke crashes on Dagobah and ends after an asteroid hits a Star Destroyer.  The script covers those portions before and after the shift.

fft3dfilter (sigma=2, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=0)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=3)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=-1, sharpen=0.5, plane=0)

crop (14,92,-12,-84,align=true)
addborders (13,88,13,88)

STAGE 3-B

This script covers the area with the altered framing.

fft3dfilter (sigma=2, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=0)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=3)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=-1, sharpen=0.5, plane=0)

crop (12,92,-14,-84,align=true)
addborders (13,88,13,88)

STAGE 4

Back to Vegas to piece these 3 videos together.

Finally, Empire was rendered into an H264 file using MeGUI and the AVCHD was created with TSMuxerGUI.

Details on Jedi tomorrow.

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PART 3 - RETURN OF THE JEDI:

NOTE: Again, a lot of repeated steps.  Also, unfortunately, I seem to have lost some of my details for color/level correction.

RETURN OF THE JEDI
STAGE 1
TOLLS: AviSynth and VirtualDub

STAGE 1-A

VirtualDub filters are identical to STAGE 1-A of Star Wars and Empire.  But, because the source is PAL GOUT (not NTSC), there are some differences in the AviSynth script:

NNEDI2(dh=true, field=0)
NNEDI2(dh=false,field=1)

AAA()
AAA()
spline64resize (1280, 618)
addborders (0,51,0,51)

orig = last
temp = orig.TemporalSoften(3,255,255,25,2)
int  = Interleave(temp.Repair(orig),orig)
DePan(int,data=DePanEstimate(int,trust=0,dxmax=1,dymax=0),offset=-1)
SelectEvery(2,0)

super = MSuper(pel=2, sharp=2,levels=7)
backward_vec2 = MAnalyse(super, isb = true, delta = 2, overlap=2)
forward_vec2 = MAnalyse(super, isb = false, delta = 2, overlap=2)
MDegrain1(super, backward_vec2,forward_vec2,thSAD=200)

Levels(0, 1, 255, 0, 250)

STAGE 1-B

This is where, ordinarily, I'd post the color/level correction details for the opening text scroll.  Unfortunately, my settings file for VirtualDub is M.I.A.  Sorry.

STAGE 2
TOOLS: Photoshop and Sony Vegas

Like Star Wars, Photoshop was used to recreate the subtitles for alien-speak. In Sony Vegas, both pieces of video from Stage 1 were edited together (according to Rebellion to preserve the audio).

Additionally, because PAL GOUT is a few frames longer during the introduction of the Rebel fleet, those frames were edited to ensure sync to the Rebellion soundtracks.

And, yet again, still photos were used for the opening Lucasfilm and "A Long Time Ago..." text screens, though the dissolves were preserved.

The alien subtitles were timed and overlaid in the appropriate areas. A Quickblur: 0.750 filter was also applied to the subtitles.

STAGE 3
TOOLS: AviSynth and VirtualDub

Finally, back to VirtualDub and Avisynth to create the final master AVI file. Here's the script:


fft3dfilter (sigma=2, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=0)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=1, sharpen=0.0, plane=3)
fft3dfilter (sigma=3, bt=-1, sharpen=0.5, plane=0)

crop (14,88,-8,-88,align=true)
addborders (11,88,11,88)

Once the master AVI was complete, Return of the Jedi was rendered into an H264 file using MeGUI and the AVCHD was created with TSMuxerGUI.

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Highly informative. Thanks!

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Thanks for these versions OmegaMattman.

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So I've burned the disc using imgburn.  I told it to burn the iso, but imgburn told me I should have pointed it to the MDS instead, so I did.  My torrent is the corrected 2.0 one from Demonoid.

Windows seems to think it's a Blu-Ray.

VLC doesn't recognize it as a disc, but I can pull up the video from the disc's "Stream" folder.  Watching it this way robs me of a timestamp and chapter breaks.

Cyberlink PowerDVD 11 sees it as a Blu Ray, and will play it normally, with all chapter breaks and timestamps intact.

My PS3 sees the disc as a "Data Disc", and gives me a treatment similar to VLC, where I can play the video from the Stream folder, but there are no chapter breaks.

Is this supposed to be my experience, or am I doing something wrong?

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Is this supposed to be my experience, or am I doing something wrong?



Honestly, I've been dumbfounded at the problems these discs have presented.  I created and burned them with ImgBurn and they play just fine off of my Sony BDP-S580 and older JVC XV-BP1.

The only suggestion I would have is to first unpack everything from the ISO to your hard drive.  Then, write the BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders to your disc in UDF 2.50 format.  It might work...or it might just be a waste of discs.  Sorry, I wish I had a better suggestion.

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I loved the Rebellion Collection, and this looks to be a fantastic set! I love that this is a great companion set to the new Blu-Ray set, with all the material they left off regarding the original releases. Thank you, OmegaMattman!!

Now I just wish someone would do something like this for the '97 Special Edition versions and all their bonus material (VHS intros, behind the scenes, trailers, etc). That's now the only major release left that is an empty hole on my Star Wars DVD shelf...

"You're not married, you haven't got a girlfriend... and you've never watched Star Trek?................Good Lord..." - Patrick Stewart, Extras

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Now I just wish someone would do something like this for the '97 Special Edition versions and all their bonus material (VHS intros, behind the scenes, trailers, etc). That's now the only major release left that is an empty hole on my Star Wars DVD shelf...

I know there are several DVD editions of the '97 cuts floating around.  Lee Thorogood has an edition based on PAL Laserdiscs which looks quite good.  And, there are some DVDs based on digital TV broadcasts.  Plus, there are preservations of some "making of" material, like the Making Magic CD.  But, as you said, I'm not aware of an all-inclusive '97 package.

On a personal note, I had intended to try a preservation and 16x9 upscale of the '97 NTSC US Laserdiscs...but there's some weirdness with the framerate.  While the bulk of the movies are in NTSC Film (23.976 fps), the closing credits are NTSC Video (29.97 fps).  So, making solid progressive-film presentation where the credits don't look like junk is a bit of a puzzle I've yet to solve.

Still, it's something I'd like to try when I've finished some of my other projects.  "Rebellion 2: Lightsaber Boogaloo"?

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OmegaMattman said:

On a personal note, I had intended to try a preservation and 16x9 upscale of the '97 NTSC US Laserdiscs...but there's some weirdness with the framerate.  While the bulk of the movies are in NTSC Film (23.976 fps), the closing credits are NTSC Video (29.97 fps).  So, making solid progressive-film presentation where the credits don't look like junk is a bit of a puzzle I've yet to solve.

Still, it's something I'd like to try when I've finished some of my other projects.  "Rebellion 2: Lightsaber Boogaloo"?

Hmm... That sounds like an epic project OmegaMattman. A preservation of the 1997 Laserdiscs is long overdue. Would you try to upscale it to HD or just have a plain anamorphic widescreen DVD? In any case, I'd be happy to see the thing in NTSC and true 5.1 surround sound.

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Probably a 16x9 upscale to start with, since LD doesn't exactly scream HD.  Although, I'm not going to rule out something that uses the H264 compression, even if it's still standard-def.

As for sound, I'm not sure if the US LDs offered 5.1 audio.  Wasn't that only on the later Japanese copies?

In any case, my LD player doesn't 5.1 have 5.1 output.  So, if and when this proposed Rebellion follow-up starts rolling, I hope someone will be willing to help me get my hands on those '97 5.1 mixes.

However, I still have a few other custom-projects I've been working on in my downtime, so it will be a while before I ever get to these '97 cuts.

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The US LDs did indeed have a 5.1 mix. In any case, there is at least one rip of the trilogy floating around the forum, which is in true 5.1. It was used for Lee Thorogood's laserdisc and dark_jedi's unreleased 1997 V2s. If I recall correctly, either Darth Editous or Adywan made it. Of course, I do understand it will be awhile before these but just thought it could be handy info.

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Thanks, Falcon :)  I'll see about getting in touch with them when I get further down the road.

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So which version offers the best Original trilogy viewing experience this or Hamys? I already have these and love them but I was just curious.

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Rebel1one1 said:

So which version offers the best Original trilogy viewing experience this or Hamys? I already have these and love them but I was just curious.

Take your pick. Harmy culled from a variety of sources, some higher quality than the GOUT. That would seem to make it a no-brainer (Harmy's simply looks better in most shots), but Mattman's upscale has a more consistent look to it. That has merit in my opinion.

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just a quick thank you to omegamattman for his great work on the hyperspace collection

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For your Hyperspace release, where exactly does the 5.1 Mix come from?

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Hyperspace and Rebellion both use the same 5.1 mixes.  They were created using a program called V.I. Stereo to 5.1 Converter.  The stereo source tracks were the '93 "Definitive" mixes.

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Thanks for the info! :-)

Good to know that they are not recrunstructions. (not that there is anything against them)

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this wont play on my ps3. harmy's does, any suggestions?