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The Hobbit (M4 Book Edit) (Released) — Page 3

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Jackpumpkinhead said:

Just checking, is the newest version on your site now?

Yes, but technically no. I’m updating the link one more time this month (when I will be on spring break) so that the MKV will include built in Subtitles, Chapter Markers, and Editor’s Audio Commentary. I also got a hold of the Theatrical footage so I was able to tweak 2 or 3 transitions (Instead of working around the extended footage, I was easily able to just swap in the theatrical with no meddling, which is a nice cherry on top). So if you want that complete final package wait till then. It wil be announced on my site’s “update log,” but the one up right now is basically the newest version, for casual viewing purposes.

And for anyone else following this thread, once that “final digital version” is published, I can then work on getting the Blu-ray files up, which will take some time, but not too long. Already have the menus set up just need to build & upload. So close… Getting hyped https://i.imgur.com/ToiUIuP.png

All that said, now is the time for any final feedback, as I have yet to export the project again!

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Really impressed at the quality of this edit. I’m glad I found this as I had previously assumed that the Maple edit was the highest quality project. Well done! :]

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Kaytwo said:

Really impressed at the quality of this edit. I’m glad I found this as I had previously assumed that the Maple edit was the highest quality project. Well done! :]

Thank you, that means a lot!

Also it’s time… This week, final version with subtitles and commentary. Not gonna promise a certain day but it’ll come. Finished recording part 1 commentary so far.

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sidshady12 said:

Kaytwo said:

Really impressed at the quality of this edit. I’m glad I found this as I had previously assumed that the Maple edit was the highest quality project. Well done! :]

Thank you, that means a lot!

Also it’s time… This week, final version with subtitles and commentary. Not gonna promise a certain day but it’ll come. Finished recording part 1 commentary so far.

(EDIT) Sorry, I cannot wrap my head around this quotation system.

Back on topic; super excited to hear that I could potentially enjoy this movie with subtitles this weekend!

One thing that I wish was in the original book, so that it could also be included in this version, is the dialogue between Galadriel and Ganfalf about Bilbo and the everyday deeds of kindness. It would be truly beautiful if only the audio of the dialogue, starting with “Mithrandir… Why the halfling?”, played in the background of some mundane scene of Bilbo and his journey.

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@Milltastic I think you forgot to type your message or accidently sent that? Let me know if you did mean to ask a question or something

With the editor’s audio commentary I’m curious if anyone knows how professional movies are panned and mixed. Is it just the original 5.1 mix super quiet with the commentary only in the center channel?

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I’ve got to say this version is the best Hobbit Edit I’ve seen. I’ve been looking for the perfect edit for years, and I think I’ve finally found it. Well done!

In case anyone enjoyed the Necromancer subplot, I’d recommend looking up ‘The Battle of Dol Guldur’. It’s about 40 minutes and feels really good as a standalone feature to watch between this Hobbit edit and LotR.

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Milltastic said:

sidshady12 said:

Kaytwo said:

Really impressed at the quality of this edit. I’m glad I found this as I had previously assumed that the Maple edit was the highest quality project. Well done! :]

Thank you, that means a lot!

Also it’s time… This week, final version with subtitles and commentary. Not gonna promise a certain day but it’ll come. Finished recording part 1 commentary so far.

(EDIT) Sorry, I cannot wrap my head around this quotation system.

Back on topic; super excited to hear that I could potentially enjoy this movie with subtitles this weekend!

One thing that I wish was in the original book, so that it could also be included in this version, is the dialogue between Galadriel and Ganfalf about Bilbo and the everyday deeds of kindness. It would be truly beautiful if only the audio of the dialogue, starting with “Mithrandir… Why the halfling?”, played in the background of some mundane scene of Bilbo and his journey.

By the way the subtitles are released in the download folder. (Still need to upload the version with them combined into the mkv but that’s not really pressing, you can add them yourself with VLC for example)

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Been 2 months since an update, just wanted to follow up. The final 1080p MKV release is available with DTS audio, alternate AC3 audio, built in subtitles and chapters. There is also an alternate 720p MP4 if the filesize is too much.

Feel free to PM/reply any questions or if you’d like a link.

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I remember seeing the Maple Edit sometime last year; it actually inspired me to start making my own edit of the trilogy. I’d love to see your version; the summary describes some really intriguing changes! Do I have to get it from your site? (pretty new to OT.com and I’m not 100% sure how all the processes work)

“I don’t believe it.”

“That is why you Yoda.”
Master Fail

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DrVibble said:

I remember seeing the Maple Edit sometime last year; it actually inspired me to start making my own edit of the trilogy. I’d love to see your version; the summary describes some really intriguing changes! Do I have to get it from your site? (pretty new to OT.com and I’m not 100% sure how all the processes work)

Sounds good, and basically on this forum (and fanedit.org) you can get links in private messages so I’ll go ahead and message you the download link

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Thanks for the quick reply!

An additional question; I notice on your website that you changed some of the Black Speech subtitles. As I’d like to the same for my own edit, how do I accomplish that?

(If this isn’t the place to answer technical questions that’s fine, I also asked in the How To’s and Technical Discussions section, just thought it might be helpful to get firsthand advice)

Also I just realised you feature music from Clamavi de Profundis in your credits! I love their music and I actually had the same idea! (I used 3 of their songs in 2 intermissions)

“I don’t believe it.”

“That is why you Yoda.”
Master Fail

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No problem! This is fine to talk about here, there aren’t many Hobbit threads plus it relates to mine.

In my edit, from what I remember I changed 3 subtitles:

The first two were shots which already had subtitles so I had to crop them out. I upscaled the scene by the absolute minimum I had to in order to get the old subtitle off the screen. This involves moving the location of the shot (you slide it down a little bit, so only the bottom part is cut off, and upscale to remove any black spaces). Once upscaled, I tidied up the shot to make sure it still looked good by using a sharpen effect. They were only like 3 seconds long so really quick, if you handle your source files well and export at a good bitrate an audience won’t ever be able to tell that the picture quality is slightly different in a few quick shots (because of the upscale, it can reduce quality slightly), but if you do it all the time or have really detailed shots that last a long time they may start to notice. I can’t even notice myself and I made the edits lol, so don’t worry too much about quality as long as you do your best.

The other time I simply used a new shot without a subtitle and added a fresh subtitle on top so no upscaling required. It was a shot of the Orcs marching and I added Azog yelling during it, and then I could write whatever I wanted. This option is much better but can only be used in rare situations if you get lucky.

I don’t recommend redubbing entire scenes though it can get messy with the blocking if you upscale, so I tried to do it only when I had to. Also, the font is ITC Weidemann Medium and depending on which film it’s either white or greyish, then just add a slight bottom right black shadow with like 80% opacity, example https://i.imgur.com/E3oj7E5.png

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Blu-ray ISOs are finished! (And art)

Unfortunately, downloading both parts will run you up by 70GB or so, but it’s worth it to get the max HD and all the bonus content packed onto the discs. So of course, there will always be smaller digital file downloads, but I know some of you out there have blu-ray burners and like to have physical copies still 😃

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This is really fantastic! I was thoroughly disappointed at the theatrical Hobbit releases, as I absolutely loved the book. I also saw lots of the first fan edit attempts several years ago, but didn’t really care for the changes or quality. This will be my go-to version from now on as the blu rays collect dust. Great quality and you did an excellent job adhering to the book and unearthing the good movie buried underneath 3 mediocre prequels.

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iantnvol2 said:

This is really fantastic! I was thoroughly disappointed at the theatrical Hobbit releases, as I absolutely loved the book. I also saw lots of the first fan edit attempts several years ago, but didn’t really care for the changes or quality. This will be my go-to version from now on as the blu rays collect dust. Great quality and you did an excellent job adhering to the book and unearthing the good movie buried underneath 3 mediocre prequels.

Thank you for watching! Glad you enjoyed

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Let’s face it, your work was done perfectly. You were so attentive to all the details. Do you want to know what the best thing about it is for me personally? The way you set your goals from the beginning. You set the goal right away and followed it. You put in a great job at a great time. I will note that Peregrin Tuck and his entire story from https://www.thetolkienforum.com/wiki/Peregrin-Took did not change in yours. I love all the stories with him and am glad they didn’t change, they are the best as it is, and to me everything there is perfect. The ball is in your court! Thank you for a job like this!

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Well I don’t know if any fan edit is ever truly perfect but if you really mean that then thank you - happy to hear you enjoyed.