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#1250863
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration
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44rh1n said:

stretch009 said:
Download the HDTVrip from rutracker or Usenet then…

Do you have the HDTVrip that you could privately send me? 😉

Oh now you’re just teasing me. FWIW, the HDTV video has a consistent magenta cast compared with the DVD but may absolutely be a better initial source for such a project. I think the DVD’s colors are very very close to theatrical, but it’s hard to say with any certainty since they’re all definitely heavily digitally altered.

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#1250331
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration
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ChainsawAsh said:

Just a PSA, guys - you’re more likely to get a response if you send a PM to the creator asking for a link than you will posting in the thread asking for a PM.

Yeah, I think I’m the only one who can be expected to manage a project like that 😉 Send him the PM or risk getting ignored.

After more consideration, I have to add that this restoration is not just good, it’s great. 44rh1n didn’t miss a thing as far as I’m concerned. Technically he may have used some inferior sources (TE instead of Netflix) but damn if I can tell.

So, since digital restorations of regrades are so easy, when are you going to do O Brother Where Art Thou? Inquiring minds want to know.

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#1248028
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Mrs. Lincoln at the theater
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DominicCobb said:

CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

“Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play” implies there was something about the situation that one otherwise might enjoy. Thus, the only ones here that make sense are Fredo’s fishing (lol!) and Barb’s party. So good work CatBus!

If you want to get real pedantic, I’m not sure those work either - the question is posed to Mrs. Lincoln, not Abraham himself.

Not sure it’s that pedantic, since the reason you’re asking Mrs. Lincoln is because she’s alive to ask, making the question at least theoretically plausible. I actually considered asking someone other than Barb for that very reason, but it just wasn’t as funny.

And there were only two people in Fredo’s boat, and one of them thought the fishing trip went exactly as planned, so asking him would have been boring, so I ask the dead guy again.

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#1247394
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Technology (Televisions, Computers... etc.)
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I dunno. I’m usually a Luddite, the last on the block, etc. I’ve got no cell phone, got DSL via the landline, and so on.

But the crazy display specs coming down the pipe don’t sound so ridiculous to me. Here’s my logic on that: as consumer tech improves, at some point the technology level will be reached where the quality is SO good that there’s simply no room for improvement. And this is a good thing. It then becomes entirely about content and convenience.

I feel like audio storage hit that point with the CD. The problem of storing stereo sound was solved outright, nothing more was needed. Now, there was an attempt to do multichannel via DVD-A and that was technically a remaining problem that CD’s did not address, but the market simply did not care. It then became about content and convenience. The SACD market was an attempt to sell better-mastered content, but was slathered in audiophile snake oil. Better mastering was largely a market bust as well, although it did help fuel the niche vinyl resurgence. Convenience was tackled via digital downloads, streaming, etc, and here we are today, and CD-quality is still the reference quality decades later, even if the format itself is in decline.

Displays are another matter. There are multiple defined market purposes: media playback, static display, gaming, and they each have their own requirements. 8K means pixels disappear even with your eyeball pressed against a ginormous display. Completely unnecessary for media playback and gaming, but still could have some value for static displays IMO. 120Hz and variable refresh rates work for gaming but not much else. Wider color gamut helps everywhere, if only a bit. So, yeah, these are corner cases to be sure, but they do actually address certain markets. HDMI 2.1 will probably mark the point where transmitting video information hits that same point CD audio hit. Then it’s about content and convenience. Oh, and there will surely be another stab at 3D some years down the line, and the market will continue to not care. See? Luddite.

That’s not to say there won’t continue to be tech improvements, they’ll just be elsewhere. On the playback side, speaker tech continues to evolve, and so will displays. But in both cases it’d be about better reproducing the signal they receive, not about processing an entirely new kind of signal. I know I don’t want to buy any new displays until that motion blur problem is well and truly solved, or at least significantly better than it is on today’s OLEDs. Yeah, I’m one of those. Off my lawn!

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#1245976
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Ask the trans woman (aka interrogate the trans woman)
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flametitan said:

I think I get you, though I have more experience with the overanalysis side you describe. It’ll be important for those close to those kids (particularly teachers, parents, and medical professionals), but not everyone else particularly needs to know the itty bitty details. For a lot of us, it’s more important that you stand by us even if you don’t fully understand, than to try too hard to be “validating.”

I think I’ll take that as a “Relax Dad, the kids are alright”. And I get to feel all happy that I successfully communicated something over the Internet without actually really knowing any of the right words, so bonus.

Then again, I’ve also found attempts to make the public, “understand what something is like,” tends to fall hilariously flat on its face, so I’m not really optimistic that trying to explain a deeper understanding than “she’s trans” is all that helpful.

Erm, well, I have high hopes for this thread at least 😉

Thanks.

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#1245966
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Ask the trans woman (aka interrogate the trans woman)
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Not sure how to phrase this, so I’m gonna do a word salad and hope for interpretation. It’s not so much a question as a knot I’ve been working on untying.

I’m heartened at how easily kids can accept things that seem so unfamiliar to their parents (background: I’m an old cis straight married white guy). At my son’s previous school (elementary), he had two trans kids in his class. The school’s one of those schools that really seems to put effort into accepting trans kids, so parents of trans kids move here from all over hoping for a better experience. I didn’t see much sign of stigma or rejection there, trans kids were out and outgoing, other kids corrected their parents on pronoun usage, so that all seemed good. And I was looking for problems, because I have some adult trans friends and this was Not Their Experience Growing Up At All.

And yet… I felt it was all superficial in a way. Nobody likes to talk about charged topics that may cause awkward feelings, even moreso if it comes with a set of vocabulary words. But aside from the “That’s so-and-so. She’s cool. Yeah, that’s right, she’s trans”… that was it. While I felt they accepted the person (which is lovely), I didn’t get any sense that anyone really cared to dig too deep about what trans actually meant. Puberty was right around the corner and I’m not sure anyone knew this might be a particularly big deal for their trans friends. Silence can be a serious problem.

But then again so is overanalysis. Another friend of mine who uses a wheelchair once said “I just want to take a crap for once without it having to be a political statement.” Maybe just being a trans kid with a superficial “Yeah, she’s cool.” level of understanding from her friends is perfectly adequate.

Do you know what I mean when I talk about acceptance without understanding? And do you have any words of wisdom or experience that might… not really solve the dilemma, because I think it’s always there… but maybe just show it in a different light?

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#1245128
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Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
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Buster D said:

Edit: oh, and furigana can be done in AegiSub by making a new line, changing the font size, then dragging the line into place in the video preview pane.

When I looked at this problem earlier, I considered something very much like that (but using SRT and scripting because I like to keep content and style separate, similar to HTML and CSS). I was never satisfied with the appearance of the Furigana unless I was able to customize the tracking (inter-character spacing) and positioning, so that they would better align with the words they applied to, and that was really hard (not impossible, I’m sure) to automate. So when I found out I didn’t need to bother with Furigana, I happily dropped all attempts to make it happen. Similar to my short, doomed experiment with vertical Japanese subtitles.

There’s a lot of things I try out for this project that never see the light of day. But the only one I feel regret about not doing is the Malayalam subtitles. Most of the time it’s more like: I came, I saw, I decided that wasn’t a very good idea after all. But Malayalam… I’m probably going to revisit that and fail another four or five times before I give up.

But back to the original topic. I do maintain theatrical subtitles for the burnt-in Jabba and Greedo subs, but only if I know those were on the original 35mm prints and I know their font/size/placement (what’s the point of just text?). For these Japanese subtitles, I don’t know any of that.

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#1244964
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Religion
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moviefreakedmind said:

I want to bring something up from a long time ago, when Catbus…

Yep, it was me.

Well, I hope you can look at this discussion and realize that if you’re one of the people that the religion deems an abomination, then religion is far from a net positive.

You’re a real glass-is-half-enpty kinda guy, aren’t you? No, I get what you’re saying.

Let’s say Religion X unambiguously deems Group Y an abomination. That means Religion X is pretty unlikely to be a net positive, as you say. That’s a very different thing than saying religion in general is not a net positive. But don’t all religions have defined outcast groups? Depends on how you define the religion. Just using our existing example of the LGBTQ community and Christianity, which Christian church do you mean? There are plenty of Christian churches that are very accepting of the LGBTQ community, and see no conflict with their faith.

IMO these outcast groups, hateful actions, Crusades, and whatnot, have more to say about the biases of that religion’s practitioners than the biases of the religion itself. Long story short, you can lead a bigot to Jesus, but he’s still a bigot*.

Certainly you can look to the Soviet Union for some pretty unflattering examples of what happens when people with inherent biases act on them in the name of atheism.

So maybe you’d partially agree with me here: I may think religion is a net positive, but I’m far less convinced about humanity itself.

* Bumper stickers on sale now.

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#1244877
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Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
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Pretty much what Ash said. Certainly I recognize there’s some artistic and creative value in any translation, but ultimately what we’re preserving is the films, not the translations. If one translation is clearly superior to another, then I use the superior one. If the preferred translation contains flaws, I feel no need to preserve those flaws, and will edit an official Lucasfilm-blessed translation without any regrets. Yes, there is absolutely some historical value lost–a goofy old translation with misspelled words and occasional bad translations can have some novelty and nostalgic appeal. But that’s not for this project.

There’s even the issue of the duelling roles of subtitles–is it to translate the English dialogue, or to transcribe the dubbed dialogue in another language? I always go with the former wherever the dub does not provide the most accurate translation (the translation choices for dubs can be governed by other factors such as matching lip movements, so they can sometimes be off).

Once we get to the point where it’s actually not clear one translation is better than the other, and it’s more of a matter of opinion or taste (and I’m still open to the possibility we’re already there with Japanese), then I’m more resistant to the change. There’s absolutely value in consistency between films (so if you change one translation, you should change all three to match), and in not introducing a new translation when the familiar one was just as good. Also, to be clear, the Japanese subtitles we have right now are based on the original home video dubs, but they’re already not a perfect match. Those Japanese subs contained Furigana, which I couldn’t find a way to reliably reproduce, so I asked one of our members to go through and re-translate those words as needed, or just remove the Furigana if it wasn’t needed. The newer translations don’t use Furigana at all, so they’d be more faithfully converted.

As for maintaining multiple versions, long ago I made some pretty hard-and-fast limits on what this project would support, to preserve my own sanity as well as those who try to sort through the project themselves. For example, I do not provide subtitle variations for the 1981, 1985, or 1993 variations of the films–just the theatrical versions. Multiple translations per language is another.

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#1244699
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Religion
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DuracellEnergizer said:

CatBus said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

CatBus said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

RicOlie_2 said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Another example of Christian opposition to freedom:

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/09/anti-lgbtq-protesters-swarmed-library-protest-drag-queen-story-hour/

If you call the normalization of mental illnesses freedom, then sure. Gender dysphoria is contagious among certain segments of the population, so I have a hard time believing that it’s normal and healthy to believe you’re in the wrong body. What happened to telling people to be happy with their body and the way they are?

Though comment sections rarely offer anything edifying, I found this comment from your linked article quite agreeable:

The truth is likely somewhere in between. It is misguided to assume that ‘ALL individuals who experience gender dysphoria are born that way’, or that ‘ALL individuals who experience gender dysphoria are confused’. When you start contemplating ALL or NOTHING statements in social or psychological research, you are probably wrong.

It is important that we clarify these issues and determine how best to approach gender dysphoria in these young populations. I could not even imagine the potential regret or harm that young individuals might experience by making decisions at a young age that will impact their entire lives. I absolutely support counselling that includes exploration of social and psychological issues as part of a complete treatment plan. It’s important not to be narrow-minded.

You went into the comments section on an Internet news site and not only came out unscathed, but having found a thoughtful and cogent analysis in there.

I am now considering starting a religion worshipping you, but I’d like to know your opinion on ritual flagellation before I get too far down that road.

If it feels good, do it. Otherwise, buy my miracle spring water instead.

Any restrictions about shellfish?

Never eat any in the presence of prawn aliens.

Any prohibition on pineapple on a pizza?

If I looks like you’re eating a wedge of pineapple, there’s something amiss.

Joe versus the Volcano. Thumbs up or down?

Haven’t seen it.

Play your cards right and you get a shrine dedicated to you, made out of toothpaste, this very night.

It had better be multicoloured toothpaste.

Mine wasn’t, but my kid’s was. Your first shrine smells like bubblegum.

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#1244554
Topic
Religion
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DuracellEnergizer said:

CatBus said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

RicOlie_2 said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Another example of Christian opposition to freedom:

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/09/anti-lgbtq-protesters-swarmed-library-protest-drag-queen-story-hour/

If you call the normalization of mental illnesses freedom, then sure. Gender dysphoria is contagious among certain segments of the population, so I have a hard time believing that it’s normal and healthy to believe you’re in the wrong body. What happened to telling people to be happy with their body and the way they are?

Though comment sections rarely offer anything edifying, I found this comment from your linked article quite agreeable:

The truth is likely somewhere in between. It is misguided to assume that ‘ALL individuals who experience gender dysphoria are born that way’, or that ‘ALL individuals who experience gender dysphoria are confused’. When you start contemplating ALL or NOTHING statements in social or psychological research, you are probably wrong.

It is important that we clarify these issues and determine how best to approach gender dysphoria in these young populations. I could not even imagine the potential regret or harm that young individuals might experience by making decisions at a young age that will impact their entire lives. I absolutely support counselling that includes exploration of social and psychological issues as part of a complete treatment plan. It’s important not to be narrow-minded.

You went into the comments section on an Internet news site and not only came out unscathed, but having found a thoughtful and cogent analysis in there.

I am now considering starting a religion worshipping you, but I’d like to know your opinion on ritual flagellation before I get too far down that road.

If it feels good, do it. Otherwise, buy my miracle spring water instead.

Any restrictions about shellfish?

Any prohibition on pineapple on a pizza?

Joe versus the Volcano. Thumbs up or down?

Play your cards right and you get a shrine dedicated to you, made out of toothpaste, this very night.

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#1244546
Topic
Religion
Time

DuracellEnergizer said:

RicOlie_2 said:

moviefreakedmind said:

Another example of Christian opposition to freedom:

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/09/anti-lgbtq-protesters-swarmed-library-protest-drag-queen-story-hour/

If you call the normalization of mental illnesses freedom, then sure. Gender dysphoria is contagious among certain segments of the population, so I have a hard time believing that it’s normal and healthy to believe you’re in the wrong body. What happened to telling people to be happy with their body and the way they are?

Though comment sections rarely offer anything edifying, I found this comment from your linked article quite agreeable:

The truth is likely somewhere in between. It is misguided to assume that ‘ALL individuals who experience gender dysphoria are born that way’, or that ‘ALL individuals who experience gender dysphoria are confused’. When you start contemplating ALL or NOTHING statements in social or psychological research, you are probably wrong.

It is important that we clarify these issues and determine how best to approach gender dysphoria in these young populations. I could not even imagine the potential regret or harm that young individuals might experience by making decisions at a young age that will impact their entire lives. I absolutely support counselling that includes exploration of social and psychological issues as part of a complete treatment plan. It’s important not to be narrow-minded.

You went into the comments section on an Internet news site and not only came out unscathed, but having found a thoughtful and cogent analysis in there.

I am now considering starting a religion worshipping you, but I’d like to know your opinion on ritual flagellation before I get too far down that road.

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#1244047
Topic
Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
Time

I suppose I should say that the first home video subtitles were not necessarily the same as the theatrical subs. i.e. if you look at the Italian theatrical subs for Greedo/Jabba dialogue, it doesn’t match any home video release (this is apparently a good thing, because as I understand it, the theatrical translation was pretty crap). Nevertheless, Project Threepio does have theatrical reconstructions for those crap Italian 35mm subs, for those who want to see them.

So the first Japanese home video subs may just be exclusively home video subs, I just don’t know. We don’t have any 35mm reels to confirm. But if we did, I’d preserve at least the Greedo/Jabba lines, matching font and placement as well as translation.

But for translations of the whole film, I maintain only one translation, the one that most closely matches the English dialogue. I will try to make very certain that’s the case for Japanese, though, before switching. If you or anyone else want to help confirm this, let me know.

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#1243464
Topic
Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
Time

I don’t use EasySup anymore, and I’m pretty happy with the replacement scripts I’ve got now. Especially because they are fully scriptable/unattended for large file batches. There’s a lot of custom P3PO-specific stuff in there that would be pretty much impossible to replicate without some similarly purpose-made software.

But in other news, I’m in the process of considering switching Japanese translations, and IIRC I think you have some sort of experience with Japanese? Basically the versions we have now are the original theatrical subtitles (1977, 1980, 1983), which were a little rushed and maybe not the most accurate translations. But we successfully got them in text format, so we ran with it. Later, a new dub and subtitles were made in 93 (before the SE’s) which I believe are more accurate to the spoken English. I now have a text copy of the SE subtitles, which are mostly the same as the 93 ones, and with a little work I think I can do this.

I found a website where someone is comparing the subs (the original ones we have) to the dubs (which more-or-less match the later 93 subs), and it seems a significant improvement in a few places.

http://nihonshock.com/2009/12/star-wars-quotes-in-japanese/

If you know some Japanese, would you agree this seems like a good change?