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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)

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. 😛

Converting PAL DVD 25 FPS to NTSC 23.976 FPS

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.

Converting PAL DVD 25 FPS to NTSC 23.976 FPS

Here’s the detailed file info:

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)

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

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

Converting PAL DVD 25 FPS to NTSC 23.976 FPS

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.


  • 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.

The Phantom Menace - Theatrical version scanned in 4K (a WIP)

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.

The Empire Strikes Back "1980 Theatrical version" Reconstruction - Adywan (Released)

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.

Help: looking for... 'Avengers: Endgame' - has anyone done an IMAX/Open Matte Preservation?

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.

Info Wanted: Anyone working on a color correction and re-graining of Terminator 2 - 4k mastered?

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.