I had to artificially create a 5.1 environment in Final Cut Pro. I would start with the 2.0 audio and create a basic surround sound environment. I could adjust the levels coming from each speaker as well as adjust over time if needed. I was impressed with how the end result came out.
Have you tried the Stereo audio track? There are 3 audio tracks in the video file, 2 are 5.1, 1 is stereo.
I did for the Dudley Redemption scene and the bridge scene in DH2. It allowed me to zoom in more to cut out some of the green screen area while still keeping the main part of the shot centered. Those are the only scenes that I upscaled.
When I ripped the original audio, non-edited, it has the reverb. One thing to keep in mind is that the audio on the edit is a 5.1 mix. The YouTube video likely does not have 5.1 audio on it.
Is anyone experiencing issues with Secrets of Dumbledore? I received a message that the file was not working on this person’s system running VLC. I am not seeing issues, but I want to see if others are seeing the same thing.
Did I say the post was being mean? NO! But, Doctor M, you proved my point at the end of your post. There are picky people and this post was one of them. I’m tired of people saying they are disappointed in my work solely because I didn’t give them what they wanted. I just released a new edit and the first thing that is said is that my work is disappointing because I didn’t provide 10-bit vs 8-bit encoding. All the while, someone out there is disappointed that I used x265 encoding because their 10-year-old rig won’t play it properly.
It is hard not to take comments like this personally when it is literally the very first post after issuing a new release. I’ve tried to walk a fine line between those who complain that my edits are too big and won’t run on their hardware and those who complain that my edits aren’t high-quality enough. I’m in a no-win situation. I either provide a high-quality release that some people will gripe about not being able to run or I release a lower-quality release that is just not good enough for some.
While part of me hopes that the last 2 movies in this series get made, another part of me hopes this is the end and I don’t have to release any further versions. The fun was taken out a couple of years ago when my draft clips were taken from my site and were used to create versions not made by me but with my name all over them. I pulled my edits at that time, ready to walk away from the community. I came back after a few months and provided them again. Since that point, it has been a constant set of complaints. It is not fun releasing anymore for this reason.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there isn’t a way for me to not take it personally when that is the primary type of message I get. No one is satisfied. No one is thankful. No one will just enjoy what has been provided to them. I’m not charging for these. They are freely available. If it isn’t good enough quality, delete them or don’t download them to start with.
Short of another FB movie coming out, this will be my final release. Even then, I am not sure I will publicly release anything I create for myself going forward. I’m tired of trying to please everyone and ending up pleasing no one.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Extended Edition v2.1 has been released. If you have requested links in the past, this release is in the same place.
v2.1 Change List:
- Warning screen added to the beginning of the film.
- Added intro sequence with “WW” shield
- Added scene at the Hogwart’s owlery where Dumbledore receives a message from an owl.
- Added scene at Newt’s house between Newt and Theseus.
- Changed music in the scene at Newt’s house to flow better into the scene of the brothers walking into Hogsmeade.
- Added scene of Dumbledore being followed by a follower of Grindelwald before being murdered by Credence.
- Added scene of Jacob and Lally getting their wands checked before entering the dinner party.
- Added scene of Grindelwald arriving and having a conversation with Anton Vogel before the vote ceremony.
I just went back and listened on my version and I’m hearing it both in the final edit and the raw audio files. I went back and listened to the original movie audio and I am hearing the same thing there. Can you confirm on your playback?
I have started work on an extended edition of Secrets of Dumbledore. From what I can tell, editing the deleted scenes back in should not be too painful. I can’t give a timetable for completion, but it is in progress.
I’ve had several people ask whether I’m going to do a version of Secrets of Dumbledore or not. I would think it would be pretty obvious that I’m at least going to consider it. I haven’t answered in the affirmative because without seeing what is on the discs and the quality of the deleted scenes, it is hard to tell how difficult it may be, how much extra work may go into the edit, and whether the scenes will add anything to the final film.
I will be getting my 4k/blu-ray set tomorrow when it is released. I will have a better idea after I have time to spend looking at the content.
For those that continue to post in the public forum asking for my current edits, I wish you would take the time to read some of the past posts, especially the very first post in this thread. You would save yourself a lot of time waiting.
Sorry if im wrong, i see Harry Potter 1 and 2 subtitles in caption but are they really available as Extended Editions?
There are officially released Extended Editions of these films. I accidentally uploaded the caption files for the versions that I created for my personal use, but cannot release them publicly.
Version 2.1 files have been uploaded. These are in h.265 MP4 format with an average bitrate of at least 8000 kb/s. I have not had the time to view each film prior to release due to requests asking where they are. If you find anything wrong with these, please let me know.
If you would read earlier posts, you would see I pulled the edits due to video quality issues. I am uploading new versions one at a time as I finish them. Be patient!!!
I wish I had gotten some of this feedback sooner so I could have addressed the issues that are obviously present in this release.
I have made the decision to temporarily take down my v2.0 releases due to quality issues. I am rendering out high-resolution h.265 releases, which is what I had originally intended for this version. There were complaints when I first mentioned I was going to do this for v2.0 (“my system won’t play h.265, how could you do this to us, blah blah blah”). I should have stuck to my guns instead of compromising quality for a few people. These will be at a higher render quality to produce a better viewing experience. I will also be adding the AC3 audio track back into the release. Again, I took someone’s advice that the track was unnecessary and only added extra size to the files. I should have not taken this advice and again released what I felt was right.
So, lesson learned. I will release what I think should be released. If your system can’t handle it, that is not my problem. Long ago, I used to get the yearly release of the EA Sports NHL game for my PC. Every year I had to upgrade something on my PC in order to play the game well. I could bitch and complain if I wanted to, but ultimately EA released what they wanted using newer technology. That is what I am doing here. The h.265 codec is more efficient at compression to lower file size without compromising quality. If you can’t play these files, don’t download them. I will not compromise quality again for a few people that will complain.
It will take a couple of weeks to get all of the new renders done since my system renders h.265 at a slower rate. Hopefully the end result will be worth it.
For those that want to complain about having spent time downloading this previous version, just hold your complaints. I don’t want to hear them. All I can do at this point is say I’m sorry for wasting your time. I cannot make everyone happy and in this particular case I haven’t made anyone happy.
I need some honest feedback on these releases. I received a bad review from a user pointing out a lot of things that I have not heard anyone else mention anything about. I need to know if these are legit issues that I need to look into resolving.
First, they indicated issues with the 5.1 audio track only being in AAC and not in AC3 format. For those with 5.1 setups, has this been an issue for you? Have you not been able to use the 2.0 edits because the track was not in AC3?
Are users able to get the subtitles that are built into the video file to work? They are intended to work without you having to have the external SRT file. I know some have asked for the external files, which is why I provide them, but those have mainly been where people didn’t know the subtitles were there already. Is this an issue that users are seeing?
Finally, what are your thoughts on the video quality? With doing higher compression to get the size down, I knew there would be some compromises on quality, but I haven’t seen this. Do others think the quality is poor? The comment indicated that it was “painful” to watch these with the quality drop from v1.5. Are others seeing and experiencing this?
I’m not looking for pats on the back or praises. I need legit honest feedback. If these suck, tell me. I haven’t gotten that impression from anyone that has seen them, but maybe only the people that like them have given feedback.
I do not have the timestamps of each edit recorded. I’m sorry, but I don’t plan on going back and trying to record those for all of the different films.
Nekob2019, I’ll send you a PM with my email address. There are more than 6 movies though. There are a total of 9 that have been released, including the combined Deathly Hallows movie and the 2 Fantastic Beasts movies.
Miche, I have you added for Castilian.
Thanks Drew. I’ve got you added.
I have created a spreadsheet for those that have offered to assist to create translated captions for my releases. If anyone else would like to assist with any of the languages that I list in the spreadsheet, please let me know and I will add you to the list. As captions are completed, I will put marks in the columns in the sheet indicating they are finished. If there is a language you would like to translate the captions into and it isn’t listed in the sheet, let me know and I will add your name and that language.
If you volunteer, please know that I appreciate your efforts. I hope you will commit the time to complete them. They will be a very nice addition to the releases.
The English subtitles are the original official subtitles with the edited scene captions added in. Any language other than English is Google translated. Can’t be any clearer than that.
SRT. The Google Translate ones should have all of the correct time codes, so you could take those, pull them into a subtitle editor, and update them from there.
I’ll accept any translated subtitles as replacements for the Google Translate ones.