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Siliconmaster482

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#1300116
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Star Wars Episode III: Labyrinth Of Evil (Finished!)
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Hal 9000 said:

I like the cut from “Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?” to “Not yet.” It ties into Windu being made to appear to Anakin as truly about to execute him in the next scene, rather than arresting him.

It’s a nice line, and has plenty of meme magic behind it, but this edit is from an alternate universe, after all. Midichlorian jokes you see in things don’t compute with my edits either, y’know.

I love that edit, and borrowed it for my own. Sometimes I miss the original “I am the Senate!” line, but for the same reasons Hal mentioned, skipping the line works great in this context. Windu should be super arrogant and sure of himself, rather than hiding behind the law. Hal, you mentioned in your commentary that the non-existant ideal version of the movie would have Windu charge off to Palpatine by himself to cement this side of his character. Since we can’t do that, making him a quippy douchebag is close enough.

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#1294599
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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Hm, that’s the first I’ve heard about artifacts in the lower-bitrate files, but I also encoded those last, admittedly as an afterthought for those who wanted smaller versions. I did most of my H264 vs MPEG-2 tests on the 30 GB file, which would explain why that one looks the best. Apologies to anyone who downloaded the smaller files and thought my video quality was crap, whoops. I’ll be hosting VaderLovesU’s considerably higher-quality file alongside my own for those who are able to watch H.265 files on their AV systems - mine can’t, so I’d never seriously considered it before.

I’ve also updated the folder names on google drive, so they now reference the format and relative quality.

RotS Drive Folder

I’m glad you liked the edit! And it’s fun to hear that you watched it with your kids! My goal was to make a version of the movie that I would be happy to watch with friends or on my own, and it sounds like that has translated well to others’ enjoyment 😃

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#1292855
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SSWR's Attack of the Clones - Alternate Timeline Edit
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I did all my editing at 1080p, but I didn’t have as many effects changes. It’s really up to what your source materials are. If you have all 1080p sources, there’s no reason to downscale other than perhaps render times. You’d still need to mask out pieces the same way, and having more pixels to work with will actually make that easier since you can see more detail.

If you’re doing a lot of zooming, it depends on how drastic the shifts are. If you go really far in, then yeah, I could see the justification for lowering the rest of the movie to match better. If it’s only like a 10-15% zoom you might be able to get away with it on a 1080p sequence by using an unsharp mask filter or something similar.

That being said, I know Adywan is editing at 720p so that he can integrate lower-resolution sources like the GOUT and whatnot, so that’s a perfectly valid reason to do so.

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#1283580
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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adywan said:

I notice that in the wide shot, the lights on the sides of the wall struts are a grey color, while they’re closer to pure white in close ups. Are you planning to brighten them up slightly in the wide shot to match? I think it would really make those struts pop.

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#1281043
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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Hi Buzz,

Edit: Whoops, thought this was a PM response, didn’t mean to post the actual link here. I’ll PM you directly.

As for the Chosen One stuff, that is a good point. I don’t have edits of Episodes I and II and I can’t say I’m sure which other edits might have done similar things. Perhaps looking on the IFDB at fanedit.org might give you some options. Personally, I made the change because it felt silly and contrived within this single film’s storyline.

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#1280322
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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Unfortunately I’ve been informed that the rogue audio clip that I removed in v1.2 has made a sneaky return. Until I can fix and reupload, be aware that there’s a music clip at around 36:11 that does not belong. Apologies, and thanks for understanding.

Edit: This has been fixed in v1.4.

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#1278279
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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I’m glad you liked the pieces you watched! I appreciate your feedback as well.

I never minded the Yoda/Palpatine fight or dialogue so I didn’t have an issue keeping it all.

As for “She’s lost the will to live,” I admittedly didn’t focus too much on it to begin with. I figured if I had to have Padmé die I’d just go with the scene as it originally flowed. Now that you mention it I don’t think it would be too difficult to remove the line, but I’ve already exported all the files and finalized the project for 1.3. Unless there’s some glaring technical issue that DigMod finds on his final pass, I won’t be making further changes.

All in all though, I find the droid’s line to be more of a guess at an indeterminable problem than an absurd “medical” diagnosis. Perhaps it’s not a common theory, but among my friends it’s accepted that Palpatine is sucking out Padmé’s life force to keep Anakin alive during his transformation into Darth Vader. As such, that poor droid has no clue what’s going on haha. Removing the line gives the droid a little more plausible deniability of its ignorance, but only slightly.

Conclusion: I’ll keep the line unless the opportunity to easily remove it presents itself.

Edit:

I also meant to post updated versions of items 2 and 3 listed in the post above. They received additional tweaks as part of the 1.3 process:

  1. Escape Pod Transition: I adjusted the music so that there isn’t a half-beat lost in the mix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtEnosvXrvc

  1. Artoo Sequence: I removed the final shot of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine looking up at the droids. It wasn’t long enough and the time-remapping was too obvious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9sz8uYrw2A

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#1276315
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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V1.3 of RotS: Rebalanced is still in the final stages of approval for the IFDB. As such there are no postings on Fanedit.org’s IFDB or the fanedit.info site yet. I believe I’ve finally managed to edit versions of the few bits that have been holding me back. Now to see if I get final approval.

I will PM you a link, no worries. Same goes to anyone else who’s looking for the edit. I have a google drive folder that I update as new versions come out, hence my earlier post. I keep the same overall link so that people who’ve already asked me for the files can just open it again and get the newest version.

For full transparency, here are the changes that will be live with v1.3 once I receive word the edit is approved. These are NOT YET in the current v1.2 on google drive:

  1. Transition Fix: Obi-Wan to Anakin

I have made one minor adjustment to the fade-in on the high strings so that they come in a hair more gradually. This includes the full “Not the Jedi I Should Be” scene and the transition back to Obi-Wan:

https://youtu.be/yHEYH0uKd30

  1. Audio fix: Escape Pod Transition

The music ended naturally, albeit abruptly, right at the cut with the escape pods blasting off. I’ve time-stretched the final note to try to give it a little bit of overlap into the next shot. I’m hoping that’s enough to smooth the transition:

https://youtu.be/vlX4cgBo14w

  1. VFX Fix: Artoo Shot

The interpolation used in the VFX shot resulted in some jittery motion on the droids. I’ve removed the duplicate frames and then re-time-stretched the resulting footage using Premiere’s optical flow interpolation to get a version with more fluid motion. I’ve also added a minor audio cue that I think helps sell the sequence:

https://youtu.be/xfFgXgvyubg

  1. Transition Fix: Anakin and Padme to Grievous’s Ship

I’ve tweaked the audio transition and removed Anakin’s blink right at the wipe:

https://youtu.be/RB-m-xXkvo4

5: Transition Fix: Anakin and Padme to The Jedi Temple

https://youtu.be/UJMGl7zQpfQ

The rendition of “Across the Stars” at the end of Episode II’s “Yoda and the Younglings” matches perfectly to the half-phrase already in this scene. As a result it sounds a thousand times better than the v1.2 version which tried to emulate Hal’s edit without success.

I love that it harmonizes with the last note of the existing music. In addition, it actually supports the narrative better. Now instead of vague, gloomy transition music, the love theme crests to establish that yeah, they are doing ok as a couple at the moment. The temple shows up over a positive note. Let the brooding begin when Obi-Wan starts discussing Palpatine with Anakin. We should be just as sideswiped as he is that something is amiss.

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#1264559
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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Thanks for your review Dazman!

Dazman said:

I would have liked to see more silly droid sounds removed like when Obi & Anakin enter the Invisible Hand  and fight the first battle droids, that was great. But maybe that would have broken the seamless flow Siliconmaster was aiming for.

If it’s the scene where they land in the hanger, there is already some alternate audio in there from other editors to remove as many of the droid voices as possible. I’m not a fan of them either.

I have always disliked the Ep 3’s ”hold the viewers hand to Ep 4”-ending as if every piece fell into its place on the same day for Ep 4 and then nothing happens in 20 years in between. Some things can be left to imagination. Unfortunately this edit does not fix those issues for me and even adds one (Dagobah). I would like to see at least the ”Vader looking at Deathstar”- scene go as it just oozes unnecessary fan service out of every crack. But I understand this depends on your personal taste. As I like a more radical edit, I’m not sure why Siliconmaster chose to revert back to ”Padme dying in birth” like in the original cut, didn’t Hal9000’s  edit use The Other boylean girl- clip to make her survive? Maybe it was some other edit, not sure.

I understand your feelings about the connections-to-episode-IV montage. Personally I prefer to think of the shot of Vader and the Emperor as years later, a glimpse of the future. I like the idea of replacing it with Coruscant, but then having Tarkin there doesn’t make as much sense. Yoda’s scene is perhaps unnecessary, but the nuance of seeing him land made me happy as a fan. Plus I enjoy the idea of Yoda using his escape pod from Kashyyyk so as to minimize his presence.

As for Padme, it was definitely Hal9000’s edit which used the Other Boleyn Girl footage. I really like that idea, but I couldn’t convince myself it wasn’t an obvious cut. In the end I went with smoothness over fixing the obviously dumb plot point. I do like Padme’s funeral however, and the tragic end cap it represents for the movie. Anakin’s necklace is a nice reminder that there is good in him, tying back to his final demise in Episode VI.

All in all a very good solid edit, although I prefer a more radical cut of the film.

Much appreciated, glad you enjoyed it!

I’ve uploaded the files for version 1.1, pending final approval from the IFDB academy. The OP has been updated with those changes as well.

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#1254505
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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Hal 9000 said:

Just to reiterate: “my” version of the Palpatine scene is extremely similar to L8wrtr’s (at least the transformation itself), which was in turn a variation of Kerr’s.

Good to know. It was hard to keep track of just how many community revisions the idea had gone through! Either way it’s a cool concept, and I did my best to honor it through more traditional editing techniques.