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#1449091
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Fan Edit Idea: Shortened Zack Snyder's Justice League
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I have had an idea of a shortened cut since it came out on HBO Max. With the blu-ray now released I wish to commence a fan edit reducing the film’s length ideally by 60-90 minutes. There are lots of scenes that just linger too long and aren’t necessary.

I wish to also incorporate some of Snyder’s footage from the theatrical cut such as Aquaman’s “dressed like a bat? I dig it” line.

I was wondering if someone such as DrDre would be so kind as to create a LUT regrading the theatrical footage as close to the Snyder Cut as possible so that footage will seamlessly fit in.

Additionally, I wish to crop the film to either 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 aspect-ratio which was the originally intended framing of Justice League based on the trailers and footage released prior to Snyder’s departure.

I would appreciate any help with grading some footage and ideas for how to focus the edit.

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#1444765
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Help Wanted: Avatar - 2.39:1 Preservation
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I recently found my old Avatar blu-ray and was watching the trailer on YouTube when I forgot it was originally shown in 2.39:1 aspect-ratio.

I wish to crop the film shot-by-shot as close to how it was originally shown in cinemas.

I have been trying to locate a the telesync copy of the film to use as a guide but have been unsuccessful. Tachikoma originally was gonna do this project but was unable to complete it due to technical difficulties.

If anyone can PM me details on locating a copy of this please do so.

Avatar (2009) 720p x264 (Prism) TeleSync

Update: Have located what appears to be a TeleSync so I’ll see how I go with it. It would be amazing if we could get a hold of a cinema DTS disc for the film to sync it to as well.

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#1403262
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Funny People (2009) 35mm Preservation Opportunity (CANCELLED)
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Update: 16/01/2021 - I have decided the upfront financial cost of potentially going it alone and little-to-no response is reason to cancel the project. Perhaps it’ll be relisted and people decide they want to do it later.

I have just come across what appears to be a Super 35mm print of Funny People. The print looks like it’s in very good condition and this is one of my favourite Judd Apatow films. It also features fellow Aussie Eric Bana being is amazing self on screen.

I wish to take pledges now and collect money once we’ve figured out the total costs. The print is for auction on eBay so the final cost is unclear, but it’s currently sitting at £350 with no bids, plus approx £150 shipping to Australia. My preferred donation method will be PayPal because I’m unfamiliar with cryptocurrencies.

I should be able to win it but it’s going to expire in 30 hours I’ll have to get quotes for scanning next week. If anyone can recommend a scanner in Melbourne, Australia that would be appreciated so that it keeps costs lower.

Below are images I’ve included with the blu-ray frame outlined over the print to show how much has been cropped out.

Frame 1 with Blu-Ray Frame 2 with Blu-Ray Frame 3 with Blu-Ray

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#1400378
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The Predator The No Dam Dogs Edition V2 (Released)
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oojason said:

Stepstone said:

Has anyone here received the link? What’s it like? Can’t seem to get a reply from the poster/editor

Likely because it has been a few hours since you sent them a PM - and it could anything from hours through to weeks before you receive a reply.

To be fair, I asked for a link to download their Hateful Eight Extended Version edit in September 2019 and still didn’t get a reply. Sometimes people miss things.

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#1318083
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I have a few suggestions, sorry if others have already mentioned them.

  • Reduce Lando’s excessive laugh at the final battle
  • Remove Finn’s line “You did it Lando! You did it!”
  • Change super happy music when the thousands of ships arrive. It should be more inspirational and maybe triumphant. (not sure if that’s the word I am after)
  • Remove Chewie getting the medal (this was only inserted as fan service, Chewie would probably have forgotten about this and they could easily add him getting a medal in A New Hope like Adywan did).
  • Reduce the clip of Palpatine burning from the deflected force lightning (doesn’t suit a SW movie IMO)
  • consider adding “Across the Stars” to when Kylo and Rey kiss
  • slow down ben falling back after the kiss so it looks like Rey is helping him

I have so many but I’m thinking of doing an edit of this one day myself. Can’t give you all of my secrets. 😛

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#1298849
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Converting PAL DVD 25 FPS to NTSC 23.976 FPS
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ChainsawAsh said:

Easiest way I can think of is to rip the disc to an MKV file, then load that into mkvtoolnix and change the framerate in that to 23.976 and render out a new video-only MKV - this will only really work for the video, but it’ll actually change the frame rate the video file is played at, as opposed to Handbrake, which will try to interpolate (blend existing/create new) frames to preserve the speed and runtime of the original. Plus, mkvtoolnix won’t reencode the video, just change the frame rate flags.

That worked like a charm, thank you! Last time I tried that with the audio it stuffed up the video. Thanks for the tip!

ChainsawAsh said:

Whether that will easily sync to the NTSC 4.1 once you have the file running at the right speed is a different story.

I’m gonna have to edit the special edition DVD to match the theatrical blu-ray to find out.

ChainsawAsh said:

I think eac3to should be able to take the audio from your PAL video and convert it to NTSC speed (lowering the pitch to its correct…uh, pitch in the process), but I don’t know the command offhand for that and also don’t know if that’s available for Mac.

I heard that meGUI also works for stuff like that but I don’t think I’ll need the DVD audio after all if I can get better audio from the blu-ray.

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#1298832
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Converting PAL DVD 25 FPS to NTSC 23.976 FPS
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Here’s the detailed file info:

General
Complete name : Aliens (1986) [Special Edition].mkv
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 5.83 GiB
Duration : 2h 28mn
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 5 636 Kbps
Encoded date : UTC 2019-09-27 12:49:07
Writing application : MakeMKV v1.14.3 darwin(x64-release)
Writing library : libmakemkv v1.14.3 (1.3.5/1.4.7) darwin(x64-release)

Video
ID : 1
ID in the original source medium : 224 (0xE0)
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Format profile : Main@Main
Format settings : CustomMatrix / BVOP
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, Matrix : Custom
Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=15
Codec ID : V_MPEG2
Codec ID/Info : MPEG 1 or 2 Video
Duration : 2h 28mn
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 5 244 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 7 500 Kbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 576 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Standard : PAL
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Scan order : Top Field First
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.506
Time code of first frame : 00:59:58:00
Time code source : Group of pictures header
GOP, Open/Closed : Open
GOP, Open/Closed of first frame : Closed
Stream size : 5.43 GiB (93%)
Language : English
Default : No
Forced : No
Original source medium : DVD-Video

Audio
ID : 2
ID in the original source medium : 189 (0xBD)128 (0x80)
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Commercial name : Dolby Digital
Codec ID : A_AC3
Duration : 2h 28mn
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 384 Kbps
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel layout : L R C LFE Ls Rs
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Frame rate : 31.250 fps (1536 SPF)
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 407 MiB (7%)
Title : Surround 5.1
Language : English
Service kind : Complete Main
Default : Yes
Forced : No
Original source medium : DVD-Video

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#1298829
Topic
Converting PAL DVD 25 FPS to NTSC 23.976 FPS
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I am working on an Aliens project preserving the original colour and audio of the theatrical release.

I found the Aliens Special Edition THX PAL DVD at my mum’s house and I own the blu-ray. My goal is to have the DVD video synced to the blu-ray 4.1, fan-made 4ch stereo audio and subtitles.

Problems:

  • DVD video is 25 FPS and the blu-ray is 23.976 FPS
  • DVD audio is higher pitch
  • When converting to 29.97 NTSC via ffmpeg or 23.976 NTSC with Handbrake, the runtime stays the same.

When converting from 25 FPS to 23.97 FPS, the runtime should go from 2hr 28min to 2hr 34min because PAL is sped up 4%.

I am using Mac so any solution for that would be preferable, I can use Windows as a last resort but it’s been 10 years since I used it regularly.

My eventual goal is to try to colour match the DVD to the blu-ray but I’ll settle for this for now. Thanks in advance for any help with making this a reality.

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#1296140
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The Phantom Menace - Theatrical version scanned in 4K (a WIP)
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ZigZig said:

The project is moving forward, with the usual hazards for this kind of project (we are still waiting for a new 4K sensor that is stuck somewhere by a Japanese supplier).

In the meantime, I’ll post screenshots made from the first test scan (720p) ASAP so you can compare raw colors to official releases.

And as Omni and RU.08 say, it’s a long way, you’ll need to be patient… I’ll keep you informed of course!

Have you posted screenshots from the test scan yet? If they’re elsewhere, I don’t know where to look.

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#1296115
Topic
The Empire Strikes Back "1980 Theatrical version" Reconstruction - Adywan (Released)
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Wazzles said:

Bingowings said:

Wazzles said:

Piett19bby said:

Where can I download this version of The Empire Strikes Back?

I wouldn’t if I were you. There are much better options available today.

Harmy’s versions are more accurate to the original experience but I still love this version. The colours may be different but they lend a freshness to the image. The reverse effect to uniform cyan tint on the 2004SE or the magenta fade in the GOUT. It plays perfectly well on my by modern standards small telly. It’s still the one I watch most because my stupid media player would constantly go out of sync playing Harmy’s disc images.Something I can’t fix in the settings. So I’ve only seen his versions a couple of times on my even smaller computer monitor.

I mean, if we’re going with SD, I prefer Dark Jedi’s GOUT V3, which actually makes the GOUT watchable. DED 2.0 is pretty damn great, but I personally prefer Grindhouse, since it is 100% theatrical and 100% HD. The colors suck though.

EDIT: I know the colors are intentional on Grindhouse, and I appreciate the work that was done, but they’re a little too off for my taste.

You should download Dreamaster’s “ESB Grindhouse Dreamastered v2” release. They did an amazing job to add colour back to the film and make it more watchable. Until 4K80, it’s the best we’ve got IMO.

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#1295883
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Help: looking for... 'Avengers: Endgame' - has anyone done an IMAX/Open Matte Preservation?
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I just downloaded a 6GB 1080p WEBRip of the Open-Matte version. It has hard-coded Russian subtitles at the bottom-middle of the video for locations and the Hawkeye in Japan scene (unlike the stylised subtitles for the home and theatrical releases). I have the 4K SDR WEBRip (theatrical aspect-ratio) with zero hard-coded subtitles (even the stylised ones).

I figure, a combination of the 1080p blu-ray and Open-Matte WEBRip, and the 4K SDR WEBRip, they could be used to improve video quality of the Open-Matte release, and perhaps remove foreign subtitles in the Hawkeye in Japan scene.

Bluebird released a 30GB Open-Matte for Infinity War using blu-ray footage some time ago, but it still had hard-coded Russian subtitles accompanying the English location names. It was probably not possible to disguise cos the text is at the top which is from the Open-Matte.

I don’t have the time or and skill to 100% match the higher quality footage to the pixel and frame-by-frame. I assume Bluebird will attempt it eventually, it just might take several months to a year for a release.

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#1283938
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Info Wanted: Anyone working on a color correction and re-graining of Terminator 2 - 4k mastered?
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Bumping this post cos I want this done too. I was thinking of doing it myself but I have very limited experience. I can colour correct, but I do not have the ability to fix the robots lasers to make them purple again, etc.

It would be nice to have an ultimate version of Terminator 2 with the detail of the 4K disc, but the colour timing and grain of the Lionsgate transfer. I also have the theatrical stereo mix which can be played as a 4-channel stereo mix on compatible receivers for the original theatrical experience.