I Googled that torrent hash number, and after poking around on a couple of dodgy sites found what appeared to be a legitimate .torrent file for the ANH 2.5 mkv on some site called isohunt.to (slightly dodgy). I opened that file in BitTorrent on my Mac and was able to download the 17 GB file over the course of a few hours. I left my computer on to seed for most of the rest of the day, uploading 48GB for others.
Hi everyone, I'm new here and I'm sure I'm missing something obvious, but how do I download the movie?
I found this post pretty helpful.
Torrented the mkv last night. I'm looking forward to watching it on my projector.
Right, rotobrush isn't a magic bullet. It can help in certain cases (as shown in the online demos) but is useless in others. For those other shots it's just tedious masking and painting.
I was going to suggest you download the trial version of CS5 or CS 5.5, so I'm sorry to hear that it won't work on your system. We're in the process of upgrading all of our plugins to 64 bit on our Mac Pro systems.
At this point it's hard to tell how much of a time-saver rotobrush would be. There is a bit of a learning curve with it, and I don't know how well it would handle complex scenes. I'm not super-busy with client work at the moment, so if you'd like me to do a rotobrush test on a shot let me know. I could tell you how long it took, and you could compare that to how long it took you to roto the shot by hand.
For what it's worth, After Effects really hasn't changed much over the years. I've been using it since around 1997. You still have a comp window and timeline, the same basic layout and tools. Most of the later iterations are enhancements, not major rewrites.
Keep up the good work.
Are you using After Effects CS5 or later? If so, have you played with the Roto-brush tool? It can do a pretty good job of taking some of tedium out of roto work. You can find tutorials and demos of how to use it all over the web. Most of the stuff I do is shot greenscreen, but for what you're doing the roto brush could be a timesaver.
In what color space are you working? HDTV (Rec. 709)?
Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the PM; I appreciate it.
Once I've downloaded and assembled the files is there any reason I wouldn't be able to just play it off my hard drive (instead of burning a DVD)? I have a Mac Mini hooked up to my entertainment center. If you don't know, don't worry; I'll figure it out.
I have that 1993 CAV laserdisc Star Wars Trilogy set. I think it was around $150 back then. I also have the letterboxed CLV versions released earlier, and those retailed for around $80 each. Unfortunately, I disconnected my laserdisc player from my entertainment center five years ago.
The sad thing is, I'd pay $80 each for official BluRay versions of GOUT, but Lucas doesn't want my money. I'm sure he doesn't care.
Keep up the good work. I'm really looking forward to Star Wars (A New Hope).
Wow. Just wow.
Well, not just wow, I guess. Please bear with me for this long-winded post.
Kudos, Harmy, for all your work on these restorations. It's sad that it takes fans on underpowered hardware and off-the-shelf software to deliver something that Lucas and his billions refuses to.
When you get a chance could you PM me with a link to you Despecialized TESB? I'm really looking forward to seeing this.
So it's 2am last night, and I'm surfing the web on my new iPad in bed in the dark, my wife sleeping next to me. I scan through all my old Safari bookmarks and see one for originaltrilogy.com, something I bookmarked six or seven years ago. I go to the home page. The latest news is over a year old, so nothing to see here, moving on. But before I go, let's see whether the forums are as barren as the home page. Hmm, there's a lot of recent activity; I wonder what's going on.
Are you kidding me? People are creating HD versions of the original trilogy (or GOUT or whatever they're called now)? How are they doing that? These look great!
For years I'd harbored a desire to assemble an up-rezed version of GOUT, ripping the SE DVDs to get anamorphic WS and upscaling and inserting sections from my OOT CAV laserdiscs to create a complete movie. It wouldn't have looked that great, but it would be better than the abominations that are the SEs (none of which I've ever purchased, and I won't be buying the BluRays either). I use After Effects and Final Cut Pro professionally, so this wouldn't have been impossible, but I just never found time to do it. As such, I haven't watched any of the original films in over a decade, which is kind of sad. I was 16 when Star Wars came out. I saw it in Dayton, Ohio on summer vacation, and needless to say, I was blown away. I still can remember the excitement of the summer of 1977. I soaked up everything I could find about Star Wars. The Dayton paper serialized the novel and ran it on the FRONT PAGE with pictures. I still have the Time magazine from that summer with a Star Wars spread.
And yet, Lucas refuses to acknowledge those teenage memories, the memories of millions of people who fell in love with those movies in the 70s and 80s. The people who made him a billionaire. In fact, he's going out of his way to wipe out those memories. I've read The Making of Star Wars and am reading The Making of TESB, and the George Lucas of 1975 wouldn't recognize the Lucas of 2011. It's too bad he and Marcia split up; I think she kept him grounded.
Keep up the great work.