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#722102
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Other than Jar Jar and midichlorians, what don't you want in episode 7?
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Don't half-ass the roles of R2D2 and C3PO. Keep them true to themselves.

This means: no giving them stuff to do for the sake of giving them stuff to do, and no scenes with only those two that don't move the plot along or do *something* to develop their characters.

And if nothing comes to you, don't shoehorn it. So: no crazy stunts for R2 other than hacking computer systems and doing awesome ship maintenance. No killer C3PO or anything other than making him annoyingly prissy and a sometimes-useful translator. 

Don't screw up your villains, and try to make them as novel and unpredictable as possible.

This means: no maniacal, single-minded Eric Banas or freakish but shallow Cumberbatches (...or Montalbans, for that matter). No master manipulators a la Palpatine and no lovesick but powerful shmucks, avaricious useful idiots, or disposable sidekicks for them to target or recruit. No extragalactic villains unless they are anatomically the same (in other words, not 'outside' of the Force like the Yuuzhan Vong).

No Galactic Senate or boring, pointless, or nonsensical politics in general. If there is politics in the film, the issues being hashed out should be real and central to the plot and not contrived bullshit. For example, no squabbles over Jedi jurisdiction or any shit like that.

No Naboo, no Wookiees except Chewie, no ewoks, no Yoda-race, no Gungans. 

No cameos by any prequel trilogy character - especially not Anakin. Maybe I'll allow Yoda, but only in a voiceover flashback-type thing, and not onscreen. No Obi-Wan or Qui-Gon giving Luke advice though.

No Coruscant BS action nonsense a la AOTC. This is right up Abrams' alley and I'm scared for this. In fact, no Jedi action nonsense in general. Again, I have very little hope for this.

No podracing.

No 'new Han Solo', 'new Luke', 'new Leia' or anything like that. If the characters are to be phased out or killed (which I'm not automatically against), don't just lazily try to force them into younger bodies. In other words, make sure the new guys all have their own voices and don't necessarily have the exact same roles as those they're replacing.

No time travel.

There's more, I'm sure, but that's just off the top of my head.

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#623187
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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stretch009 said:

bilditup1 said:

stretch009 said:

Harmy said:

As far as I know, you can find torrents on public trackers - all you need to dfo is a little googling. And I'm running out of invites, so I'd appreciate if you guys could do that instead.

 

All of Harmy's work is on TPB.

 

 

I dunno what search terms you're using, but the only copy of the 2.0 that's coming up was uploaded a few weeks ago and now has no seeders. I've come across the rest of Harmy's stuff at a few other semi-public trackers, but none of them are as well-seeded as the spleen.

 

TPB search:  despecialized

 

 

yup, that's what I did...

anyway, it doesn't make a practical difference to me

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#623180
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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stretch009 said:

Harmy said:

As far as I know, you can find torrents on public trackers - all you need to dfo is a little googling. And I'm running out of invites, so I'd appreciate if you guys could do that instead.

 

All of Harmy's work is on TPB.

 

 

I dunno what search terms you're using, but the only copy of the 2.0 that's coming up was uploaded a few weeks ago and now has no seeders. I've come across the rest of Harmy's stuff at a few other semi-public trackers, but none of them are as well-seeded as the spleen.

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#622623
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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digitalfreaknyc said:

 

Troyig88 said:


Its great they are doing that but what good is it if it never gets released.  No disrespect to the team.


Who said it's never being released? It most certainly is.

 

Yeah....-1's project is not the same as Mike's...

The posts at the top of the page are comical. Maybe it would be a good idea to put that stuff in a sticky, or update the ones we've already had, in order to head off time-wasters like that.

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#622442
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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Since the project has evolved beyond just a simple patch here and there, I think 2.5 makes more sense than 2.1 (a nomenclature which I first proposed to begin with). Using 2.1 opens up the possibility of pressure to make 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 &c, esp from people who don't understand how difficult the process of making these restoration edits are. 2.5 is clean and, if I may be so bold, adds extra motive to get things right, once (no, I'm not complaining that 2.5 even has to be made; quite happy with 2.0 here). Also, it's not like releasing in 0.5 increments is unheard of. Maybe for people who don't remember dial-up or something, and why should they be catered to? 

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#621226
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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Harmy said:

TK-423 said:

Poked around in the forums but since there's so many pages stuff is kind of buried.

What is going to be different between Star Wars 2.0 and 2.1 and does Star Wars 2.1 have priority of Empire Strikes Back 2.0 right now?

Well, actually, the new version of SW will be quite different. I think I'll end up calling it v2.5 or something, as it won't be done from scratch like v2.0 was but it will have enough new/different stuff to be quite a different beast altogether.

Ha, I suspected that would happen. Hurray!

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#621030
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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AntcuFaalb said:

timdiggerm said:

TV's Frink said:

More git arrogance, please.

Uh, okay?

 

Git is the best revision control system ever created, far superior to Subversion and other competitors.

I don't know... I still prefer Hg for DVCS.

I love these boards. Why'd I ever leave?

(...I've heard good things about mercurial but never tried it.)

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#620778
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 - MKV (Released)
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The easiest way to convert mkv to mp4 is...to use this program, called mkvtomp4.

If you're looking for solid iOS compatibility though, I'm afraid I still haven't found a GUI that makes a file that can properly switch between different audio and subtitle tracks or include chapters. If you just want to use one audio track and no subs then everything'll work just fine with any old GUI...otherwise, if the GUI you use doesn't give the right parameters to mp4box, all the audios will play at once, and none of the subs will work. 

Mkvtomp4 makes it work for audio but doesn't handle subtitles properly (not open source). MeGUI, what I use, can do it with a patch (which I've submitted and which has been accepted) but I'm not sure if it's been rereleased yet with the patch included. I would recommend getting MeGUI and seeing if it works (be sure to select the iPod or iPhone profiles in the mp4 muxer), since it also has a built-in converter for chapters into the xml format that Apple uses (chapter extraction software usually uses the text-based 'ogg' format).

Other than that...I can tell you that Yamb is buggy and unpolished. I can't really recommend it to anyone, for any purpose. There's an alternative mp4box gui out there, aptly named 'MyMP4BoxGUI' that is more stable and has switches for Apple-compatible options. After contacting the author, he updated the program to work properly for audio switching when turning the 'Apple Friendly v2' option on, (see version history) but I'm not sure if the same was done for subtitles. But besides this, the program features a command-line editor, in which you can tweak the argument to iOS perfection. It's an annoying kludge, but at least it still generates most of the command-line for you. 

Oh, a good GUI for demuxing MKV - you'll have to demux the file if you're using any software other than mkvtomp4- is mkvcleaver. It's just an easier to use GUI than MKVExtractGUI2. 

One more thing though: the audio would need to be converted to aac format for full compatibility with iOS devices. The quality loss is acceptable to non-existent if you use high settings (96kbps/channel), and even a bit below that (even 64kbps/channel is adequate for some sources - we're talking about portable devices here, people - though probably not for this film). MkvToMp4 should do this automatically (though I have recommendations for the settings) but with anything else, you'll have to use another program/GUI. TAudioConverter works well for this, as does MeGUI.

Outside of this, there is absolutely *no* quality loss involved - no video is being reencoded. Overhead is not as good as MKV, but is much better than, say, AVCHD. (Does anyone remember the awful overhead of OGM?) But that has no impact on quality either. Of course, I'm not suggesting MP4 supplant MKV...just that the inferiority of the format is a bit overstated when people jump up and down about quality loss that only makes sense when talking about audio.

I can post a small tutorial/roundup elsewhere on this site if there is interest.

EDIT: The official release binary of MeGUI has still not been updated. I can put up a zip with my patches somewhere if people want...