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#1259597
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Magix (Sony) Vegas Pro Edit & DVD (and Blu-ray) Architect for $25 - Flash Sale
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First, I hope this isn’t against forum policy. I’m not affiliated with any of the companies involved, nor am I getting any payment for posting this, and I couldn’t see anything against it in the FAQ.
I just thought it may be useful to fan editors.

Until Tuesday 25/12/2018, you can buy Magix Vegas Pro Edit 15 (AKA Sony Vegas), DVD Architect 7, and more for $25

Humble Bundle do short-term sales of bundles of books, games, software, etc…
One of their current bundles is video and audio editing software from Magix, the company who bought Sony’s Creative Software division a couple of years ago.

There are different tiers you can buy. The top tier where you get everything is $25.

The bundle is available to buy until Christmas Day 2018. After you’ve bought it, you can log in to the site and download or re-download the software at any time in the future.

Some of the money goes to charity. If you click Choose where your money goes >, you can even decide how yours is divided up between the charity, Magix, and the website.

I currently use Vegas 14 which I got in a similar Humble Bundle a while ago. I find it has the right balance for me of ease, power, and ability to run on mediocre hardware. I haven’t used DVD Architect before, but I’ve had a quick play and seen it can also author Blu-rays.

https://www.humblebundle.com/software/vegas-pro-even-more-software

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#1254926
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Why would starfields have been shot on colour film stock?
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I’ve just read one of American Cinematographer’s great collection of interviews about the making of the Star Wars films: (https://theasc.com/magazine/starwars/articles/starwars/mm/pg3.htm)

This one is about the motion-control model photography, and I’m a little confused by this statement.

the star-move is photographed directly onto color negative and set aside for laboratory delivery

We know they had black and white film stock on hand, because the same interview discusses them shooting motion-control elements on b/w to check they all line up.

So why would the monochrome star fields be shot on colour negative? Is there some inherent difficulty in optically compositing colour and b/w film together?

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#1254062
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4K77 vs. Despecialized - Tatooine Outdoors
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Here’s a relevant quote from an interview around the time of the original release.

George Lucas said:
I visualized an extremely bizarre, Gregg Toland-like surreal look with strange over-exposed colors, a lot of shadows, a lot of hot areas.

I’m not sure exactly what’s meant by “over-exposed colors” here though. It could refer to overall brightness: in digital terms, all channels over-exposed with blown-out highlights. Alternatively, it could mean over-saturated colour: one or two channels over-exposed, e.g. a shot that’s more or less monochrome red with solid bright red highlights.

Off the top of my head and from a look at 4K77’s thumbnails, I can’t think of any examples of the latter in the original Star Wars. So, I think this supports the idea some scenes were intended to be over-exposed.

EDIT: Just re-watched 4K77, and there are some shots in the garbage compactor and Tie fighters with some very saturated coloured lighting. Does anyone more familiar with film-making terminology know which of the above (or something else I haven’t considered) is the most likely meaning of “strange over-exposed colors”?

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#894616
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Star Wars 1997 DTS CD-ROMs
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I’ve seen contradictory information in different places; has it been determined if these 97SE theatrical mixes are the same as the on the 97SE laserdiscs (apart from codec, bitrate, and possible attenuation of the surrounds)?

Also, was the sound completely/majorly remixed for 2004 DVDs, or is the 2004 mix largely the same as either/both of the 1997 mixes (apart from obvious changes like Emperor, Boba Fett, etc.?)

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#890142
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Harmy's RETURN OF THE JEDI Despecialized Edition HD (AVCHD DVD9 & NTSC DVD5 available!!! SEE FIRST POST!!!)
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My wife and I just finished re-watching the OT with Deathalo’s tweak of Harmy’s 2.0WP. It’s wonderful, everything I’ve been hoping for since I first watched the (very nice) 1.0 version.

Thank you Harmy, and every unbelievably dedicated fan whose work has helped make this possible. This is definitely my new go-to version of RotJ.

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#888932
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The Mono Mix Restoration Project
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I’ve read through this thread, and I’m unclear on a couple of points. Does anyone know:

  1. What source(s) the latest publicly-available version of the mono mix restoration is derived from?

  2. What version is muxed into the MKV of Harmy’s ANH DeEd 2.5?

I ask because I re-watched that the other day, with the mono mix; it sounded so good, I can’t believe it’s derived from a couple of bootleg VHS tapes!