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#1367410
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Help Wanted: Star Wars films with audio description. Can anyone help out??
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It occurred to me to do a COVID bump for this thread.

Are you stuck in your house with nothing but the sound of your own voice to keep you company? Do you have access to recording equipment? Do you have any experience at all in radio or voice performance work? Do you think getting paid is overrated? Do we have an opportunity for you!

Seriously, though, it’s a lot of work. We have some scripts you’d need to read, and they are long, because they cover six hours of movies. The recordings need to be good quality, with no background noise. You might be asked to do some of the lines over again. But in the end you’ll be helping the visually impaired enjoy these classic films.

Send me a PM or respond here if you’re interested.

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#1367177
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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bttfbrasilfan said:

if the goal is to make 4K77 look closer to the 4K UHD official release

I think the goal is simply to make it blend, by hook or crook. You could also add grain to the UHD in order to make it blend better with 4K77. And you’ll have to add grain to the UHD, at the very least to cover up the frozen grain, but also because to most observers, the whole thing is too far gone in the DNR direction.

But that doesn’t mean you have to make everything as grainy as 4K77, you could degrain one, and regrain the other, and meet in the middle. I expect that’s what’s likely to happen.

Beware temporal degraining – aggressive use of this technique is likely what led to the frozen grain plaguing the UHD’s. But in moderation, it could be useful.

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#1366976
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

bttfbrasilfan said:

https://youtu.be/pdh-29ZRUUA

Maybe this technique will work great to remove grain and enhance detail in shots that don’t have too much motion?

Why would we want to remove grain? The UHD is already overly grain “managed”.

When you mix 4K77 (heavy grain) and the UHD (little/frozen grain), something’s gotta give or they won’t blend seamlessly. A mixture of degraining and fake grain is pretty much inevitable at some level.

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#1366566
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration
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I wasn’t able to repro the issue either, both VLC and MPC-HC, the only software video players I’d ever used. So IMO whatever I saw was either a bug fixed in a newer release, or something in the Windows audio mixdown to stereo, which may be different since I’m using a different machine now than when I saw this before.

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#1366200
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Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)
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There’s a README file included with the project which explains all of the file names. I haven’t used the term “forced” in years, so I think you have a very old version. I sent you a link to the current version.

Summary of the meanings of the various filenames:

  • mono: indicates subtitles designed to accompany the unique dialogue in the mono mix
  • SDH: indicates subtitles designed for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • full: everything is subtitled
  • titles (previously forced): only onscreen text is subtitled, to accompany a dub that does not voice over the onscreen text (and/or alien languages)
  • native: no onscreen text is subtitled, designed to accompany video that already includes burnt-in alien subtitles
  • nocrawl: the opening titles and crawl are not subtitled, typically designed to accompany video that does not include burnt-in alien subtitles
  • match: same as native, but designed to mimic the appearance of theatrical alien subtitles
  • alien-35mm: subtitles for alien dialogue only, taken directly from 35mm film elements
  • alien-reconst: subtitles for alien dialogue only, rendered to look almost exactly like reference images of the theatrical alien subtitles
  • template: used only for creating new subtitles
  • compat: indicates that the text is specially formatted for broader compatibility with media players
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#1365509
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration
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Oh, and IMO it’s not entirely clear the problem is a missing center channel. You should still get dialogue bleed-over in the L/R channels if you just mute the center. But this thing, IIRC, was just zero dialog, like a whole different mix, or something created from combining the surround channels only. I’ll also see if I can repro the issue here, but it may take a while.

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#1365449
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration
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Also saw the same issues with the audio tracks right off the commercial discs, so I doubt it’s specific to a version. It may be hard to test if the conditions for making it fail aren’t fully understood – Matt may be invaluable here, as the only one who can reliable repro the issue. I could extract and re-encode the DTS-MA audio if that would help (I have all the right tools for it), but I’m heading out for a week, so I’m not sure if someone else wouldn’t be better for that.

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#1365257
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44rh1n's "The Fellowship of the Ring" Extended Edition Color Restoration
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There is definitely something odd about the audio track – I’ve seen this same behavior, but I forgot which software it was that did it (could have been a version of VLC). I’ve been using burned discs so I don’t see the problem on my hardware player. I’m wondering if the DTS lossy core isn’t the same as the DTS lossless – that way it would only appear in players that had trouble decoding the lossless. I saw the same with the audio on the official discs. To test this/fix this, you could decode the DTS-MA lossless to multiple WAVs and then re-encode it again, and then presumably the lossy core would match the lossless audio again.

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#1365029
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Info: Which do you prefer - teamnegative1's 4k77/4k83 or Harmy's Despecialized?
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ThatPixarGuy said:

I, myself, prefer Despecialized for it’s cleaner and polished look. The various 4K restorations all look incredible though; I guess I’ve never been one to watch or own a film exactly the way it was seen in a theater.

In my case, the drive-in with the little metal clip-on speaker and the reel that broke partway through isn’t anything I’d ever want to repeat. Not that the film wasn’t amazing anyway, but still.

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#1364611
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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DrDre said:

CatBus said:

DrDre said:

Projected Derann print:

Any idea what bulb was used for that photo? A lot of old films projected with a newer xenon bulb or some such thing will look much cooler than they would have theatrically with a vintage bulb. Not saying this one was, but it looks pretty cool to me.

I don’t know, but I recently saw one of these prints projected, and it looked very similar. This is also what I see on 1997 SE frames I have. I’m personally more interested in what is seen on the print, because while it’s great to use vintage bulbs, the underlying assumption is, that the bulb burns at the same temperature as it did a few decades ago, whereas I believe lights become warmer with age, and so projecting a film with a vintage bulb may not be the most accurate representation.

That’s a fair point about aging bulbs, but any recent projection you saw was also likely with a cooler bulb unless someone went really out of their way. Still, I like your results regardless of the bulb discussion, and that’s what matters most. I’d consider your take a neutral “what’s on the print” timing. Even if you do want to bias it for a tungsten bulb down the line, your timing is still the best place to start.

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#1364537
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Darth Lucas said:

While I think it’s looking pretty darn great so far, I think I ought to throw my two cents into the teal walls debate. I’m sure some of it would have been visible in '77, but it would have been projected with very warm bulbs, which would have counteracted the teal in the walls a bit, not a ton, but a bit. I don’t have much of a preference, as I think either way is going to be “accurate” in one sense or another. However, I do think you’ve gone a bit overboard on that teal look in certain shots. For instance, I’m seeing quite a bit of teal in Leia’s dress in some of those shots, which I don’t think would have been the case. It may have picked up a bit from the walls around the edges of her dress, but it’s not reflective enough of a material, I think, to have the wall color drastically affect our perception of the dress color itself.

Just a little nitpick, but I think it’s worth addressing.

Question from a person clueless in this process: how much of this would be attenuated if using a TV set to warmest (which I do) vs viewing on my relatively cool computer display?

Hard to say. One display’s warm setting won’t match another’s, and I doubt any preset would emulate a tungsten bulb very well. I think generally people target a calibrated display, and then any variation from that is considered the display’s fault/user preference. Anything other than calibrated, and you just have to feel out whether you think it looks good or not.

As for Darth Lucas’s observation, I think bulb-matching is a legit aesthetic, but if you want to do it, it should be at the very end. i.e. a neutral timing is best for this stage, as it’s ultimately just raw materials for the larger project. It will then go into the meat grinder of despecialization and grain-matching and so on, and if Harmy wants to give it that tungsten bulb touch of yellow, he can choose to do that in one global final color pass.

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#1364183
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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calculon559 said:

Having said all that, isn’t theatrical sync the same as GOUT sync for Star Wars anyway?

No, Star Wars GOUT sync isn’t the same as theatrical. 4K77 isn’t theatrical sync, they decided to GOUT sync that one. It’s only one frame different. 4K83 was the first project that decided to test the non-GOUT-synced waters.

So yeah, if we go with theatrical, we’re breaking sync for 4K77 and all of Harmy’s projects (and countless minor/derived projects). And we could even opt to break sync for everything if anyone entertains my crazy ideas about how to implement the theatrical frame standard. Which is kinda why I want the project leads to get together and hammer out some sort of agreement, because it has the makings of a giant cluster if each project just decides to just do its own thing.

This illustrates why the GOUT standard had such staying power – it’s been used since 1993 (a decade before the GOUT it’s currently named for existed), so all kinds of projects gravitated to it for mutual compatibility. You could take an audio track from a 20-year-old Laserdisc preservation project and drop it onto Despecialized released yesterday and it would sync perfectly. Changes to this frame standard should be done in a careful, considered, coordinated manner.