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schorman's HDTV Star Wars Saga Preservation — Page 9

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Broom Kid said:

Apologies if I missed it, but I keep seeing references to low and high bitrate versions of this amazing (and exhaustive) project but no specifications as to what the bitrates are?

How ‘low’ is the “Low bitrate” version? Are the “low bitrate” versions in the 8-10 gigs per film range?

Yes, the low bitrate versions are between 7.5 to 10 Mbps on average. I actually encoded using constant quality mode with x264, which gave about 10 Mbps for TPM, and around 7.5 to 8.5 Mbps for the other 5 films.

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Are the black bars supposed to have occasional credits during the crawl? (AotC, low bitrate).

Edit-Excellent encode and love the subs. Just wasn’t sure if that was on one or multiple HDTV Sources. I don’t remember it being on the DVD but it’s been a long time.

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Are you talking about the DVD Commentary Subs? Those are forced subtitles that are meant to be used with the DVD Audio Commentary track. They just show who is talking at each point in the commentary. They are present on the DVDs.

I also included full English and Spanish subtitles for the actual commentary as well. The English Commentary subs were on the British versions of the DVDs, but not on the R1 American releases.

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I don’t plan on downloading the low-bitrate copies myself, but did you flag the commentary speaker subs as “forced”? That means the player will always turn them on automatically no matter what audio track is selected. The “forced” and “default” flags should both be set to “off” so the viewer can select them manually when changing to the commentary track.

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Yeah, that’s probably it. For what it’s worth, VLC doesn’t behave like that. I’m only able to reproduce this when playing with MPV. It seems like MPV ignores the “Track Enabled” flag.

MPV will enable the Forced Commentary subtitles by default on all six films with the low bitrate versions, as well as on Empire and Revenge of the Sith on the Full bitrate versions.

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Can someone explain to me what bitrate means? Are they of lower quality?

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dgraham414 said:

Can someone explain to me what bitrate means? Are they of lower quality?

Overall, yes. Lower file size, lower quality. But that doesn’t mean bad quality - if you take care when encoding (which I’m sure Schorman has done), it will still look excellent.

The “full bitrate” versions are equivalent to Blu-Ray releases, and are 30-40GB (like Blu-Rays). The “low bitrate” versions are more equivalent to, say, iTunes/Amazon digital download or Netflix/Hulu streaming.

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Alright, thanks 😃

For the record, I was running into it in MX Player for Android. Hardly an issue to switch it, just at first glance thought it could be a part of one of the HDTV Broadcast rips.

Some people call them Force Ghosts. I call them Midichlorian Swarms.