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#1240374
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First fan edit, lots of technical questions, sorry!
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Hi all
I’m just starting my first fan edit, using the UK Blu Ray of TLJ as the source. I think I’m about ready to start, having converted the source files into a Lagarith video file and 6 .wav audio files, using a file conversion guide from fanedit.org. However so that I don’t have to abort the project and start again there’s a few things I’m hoping for some clarification on.

My main aim is to try and produce audio and video in the highest quality throughout, lossless wherever possible. Any help here, however minor would be very much appreciated.

  1. The BluRay’s original audio was a DTS-HD 7.1 track. Is there a free/cheap way of getting 8 .wav files instead of 6?

  2. If I can only get 6 .wav files “out”, what am I losing? Am I correct in believing the other 2 channels are simply “downmixed” into the 6 and in reality how much impact will this have?

  3. I tried to use an application called Tranzcode to split the DTS Core sound file into 6 .wav files but these wouldn’t open in Vegas (I think because they were in a 32 bit float codec?) So instead I used Eac3to to convert from my core .dts file to 6 .wavs. Is there a quality drop because I used Eac3to and not Tranzcode? The files are smaller and 24 bits instead of 32 but I don’t know how to get the Tranzcode ones to import into Vegas?

Thanks for getting this far
big_gareth

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#1237417
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The Last Jedi: Rekindled (RELEASED!)
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Just had another thought, if you want to remove one of the speeders after the crash in the wide shot, it would be easier and probably more attractive to remove the one on the right, that way the cloud of dust can remain in and it would look realistic.

I’ve been through all of the destroyed speeder scenes again and it’s slim pickings unfortunately, the tumbling one that I picked is definitely the easiest to flip and edit. Maybe just maybe though you could create your own crash for Rose using other footage such as that of Finn when he flies very close to the ground right at the very start of the battle?

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#1237380
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The Last Jedi: Rekindled (RELEASED!)
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Poppasketti, glad you like the second clip, I really do hope that I can help in some way and thank you again for giving me the nudge to get my own edit started.

I kind of agree about the rolling skimmer being a bit much, I don’t know if there are any other damaged skimmers that can be used instead - especially one moving from left to right. This one was flipped horizontally and I had to remove the mountain range from the “wrong” side. The Poe reaction shot is also flipped which introduces more continuity errors but I don’t think it’s so obvious?

Initially I thought removing the skimmer from the wide shot would be a piece of cake, but my first attempt was so bad you could see the mountains wobbling around in the background! I know I can re-do that shot myself to a much higher standard but if you give it a go, be very aware of the cloud of dust that kicks up into the air. I left it in but it looks silly without the second skimmer and should also be removed in my opinion.

I genuinely didn’t notice any issues with smoke or shadows from your previous video. If I could suggest one alteration, I would add a laser bolt going through/past the skimmer in the first two frames of the sequence. I tried this myself and it looked quite nice just to emphasize that the AT-AT shot Finn down.

One last thought; I had a play around with the big wide aerial shot of the two crashed skimmers where we can see a tiny Finn running to aid Rose. This is a beautiful shot and I think it would be quite easy to switch skimmers and make it look like Finn is running away from the skimmer on the right. This gives him more time to get to Rose and sells the geography of her crash a little better. Removing or reducing the rubble from the skimmer on the left though is hard because the shot pans round. However I reckon you might be able to do it justice.

Thanks again and good luck with the continuation of your edit, I look forward to more updates.

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#1237268
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The Last Jedi: Rekindled (RELEASED!)
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WOW!! This thread has been a great inspiration. I’ve been a long time lurker here and have many fan editing ideas but I’ve always put off starting any of “my projects”. Until now! I was toying with starting with TLJ because I love the film but just want to twaek a few things here and there. It seems we share very similar ideas with what to leave in and what to cut out and I love the progress you seem to be making with your edit, well done.

The Crait battle sequence with Rose’s dumb collision is a deal breaker for me and thanks to RogueLeader’s idea above and darthrush’s edit I am genuinely excited with what might be achievable here. So I dusted off my Photoshop skills, took the plunge and began editing TLJ. I’ve learnt so much (and made so many mistakes) in the space of a few short days.

Your latest clip above is wonderful, I tried removing one of the speeders myself and you did a much better job of it than me.

My current thinking is to have Rose get shot after she turns and heads back to the base on Poe’s command. There is a very brief clip of her retreat that I think can be used. This gives the advantage that it leads directly in to Finn turning off his comms and I think it sells his reaction (of his friend being shot down) much more favourably. To him, hope is lost and he is even more willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. With the correct audio I think that this can work and I would love to know what you think:

https://vimeo.com/287343498
(password: fanedit, Apologies this is video only, I really haven’t mastered the audio for this sequence yet). Rose gets shot around the 01.15 mark, the laser blast kind of locks on to her.

Also version 2, I think this blast effect is better and more in keeping with Star Wars but it just makes the event seem a bit too quick.
https://vimeo.com/287352195 (password: fanedit, video only)

I’m hoping that these might give you further thought into what might be achieved and then you can use your superior skills to sell it better 😃

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#1154905
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TFA: A Gentle Restructure
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Well done Hal, I watched V2 this week just prior to seeing TLJ again and I loved every single minute of it! This really is my “go to” version of TFA now, thank you. The film just works so much better in my opinion with the Starkiller Base stuff towards the climax and I love what you did with R2.

Is their any chance of cropping Chewie out of the hug scene at the end - just the bit where he walks away from the camera, straight past Leia? This is one of the only things that still bugs me about TFA now. It’s only a few frames that would need cropping (or deleting).

Anyhow thanks again Hal and keep up the good work, your effort is always much appreciated.