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#1389398
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The NumeralJoker/MechaSalesman 4K HDR Edits Megathread, Clips Previews, and Release Info
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In response to your comment about timeline order, here’s how I’ve got the chronology set up so far for the prequel era. It also mentions which batch each Clone wars TV film cut release is in. I try to keep this as close to official order as possible.

Extended Episode I Cut
Extended Episode II Cut

2D Clone Wars Episode edit:
Episode 1 - The Battle of Muunilinst and Duel on Yavin IV
Episode 2 - The War Expands as the Jedi Lead

Extended Clone Wars 2008 Film Cut

3 301 Clone Cadets | Stream on Disney+
6 102 Rising Malevolence | Stream on Disney+
7 103 Shadow of Malevolence | Stream on Disney+
8 104 Destroy Malevolence | Stream on Disney+
9 105 Rookies | Stream on Disney+
10 106 Downfall of a Droid | Stream on Disney+
11 107 Duel of the Droids | Stream on Disney+
12 108 Bombad Jedi | Stream on Disney+
13 109 Cloak of Darkness | Stream on Disney+
14 110 Lair of Grievous | Stream on Disney+
15 111 Dooku Captured | Stream on Disney+
16 112 The Gungan General | Stream on Disney+
17 113 Jedi Crash | Stream on Disney+
18 114 Defenders of Peace | Stream on Disney+
19 115 Trespass | Stream on Disney+
20 117 Blue Shadow Virus | Stream on Disney+
21 118 Mystery of a Thousand Moons | Stream on Disney+

The Battle of Ryloth Film Cut (Batch II)

28 217 Bounty Hunters | Stream on Disney+
29 218 The Zillo Beast | Stream on Disney+
30 219 The Zillo Beast Strikes Back | Stream on Disney+

The Battle of Geonosis Film Cut (Batch II)
The Menace of Cad Bane Film Cut (Batch II)

36 209 Grievous Intrigue | Stream on Disney+
37 210 The Deserter | Stream on Disney+
38 211 Lightsaber Lost | Stream on Disney+

The Mandalore Plot Film Cut (Batch I)

42 220 Death Trap | Stream on Disney+
43 221 R2 Come Home | Stream on Disney+
44 222 Lethal Trackdown | Stream on Disney+
45 305 Corruption | Stream on Disney+
46 306 The Academy | Stream on Disney+
47 307 Assassin | Stream on Disney+
48 302 ARC Troopers | Stream on Disney+
49 304 Sphere of Influence | Stream on Disney+
53 310 Heroes on Both Side | Stream on Disney+
54 311 Pursuit of Peace | Stream on Disney+
55 215 Senate Murders | Stream on Disney+

The Nightsisters Film Cut (Batch I)
The Mortis Film Cut (Batch I)
The Citadel Film Cut (Batch II)

65 321 Padawan Lost | Stream on Disney+
66 322 Wookiee Hunt | Stream on Disney+
67 401 Water War | Stream on Disney+
68 402 Gungan Attack | Stream on Disney+
69 403 Prisoners | Stream on Disney+
70 404 Shadow Warrior | Stream on Disney+
71 405 Mercy Mission | Stream on Disney+
72 406 Nomad Droids | Stream on Disney+

The Battle of Umbara Film Cut (Batch I)

77 411 Kidnapped | Stream on Disney+
78 412 Slaves of the Republic | Stream on Disney+
79 413 Escape from Kadavo | Stream on Disney+
80 414 A Friend In Need | Stream on Disney+

The Rako Hardeen Arc Film Cut (Batch II)

89 502 A War on Two Fronts | Stream on Disney+
90 503 Front Runners | Stream on Disney+
91 504 The Soft War | Stream on Disney+
92 505 Tipping Points | Stream on Disney+
93 506 The Gathering | Stream on Disney+
94 507 A Test of Strength | Stream on Disney+
95 508 Bound for Rescue | Stream on Disney+
96 509 A Necessary Bond | Stream on Disney+
97 510 Secret Weapons | Stream on Disney+
98 511 A Sunny Day in the Void | Stream on Disney+
99 512 Missing in Action | Stream on Disney+
100 513 Point of No Return | Stream on Disney+

The Return of Darth Maul Film Cut (Batch I)
The Wrong Jedi Film Cut (Batch I)
The Order 66 Arc Film Cut (Batch II)
The Banking Clan Film Cut (Batch II)

116 608 The Disappeared | Stream on Disney+
117 609 The Disappeared: Pt. II | Stream on Disney+

Yoda’s Journey Film Cut (Batch I)

The Crystal Crisis Incomplete Animatic Arc

Son of Dathomir (Bonus) Audio Comic Cut (Batch I)

122 705 Gone with a Trace | Stream on Disney+
123 706 Deal No Deal | Stream on Disney+
124 707 Dangerous Debt | Stream on Disney+
125 708 Together Again | Stream on Disney+

Dark Disciple (Novel)

126 701 The Bad Batch | Stream on Disney+
127 702 A Distant Echo | Stream on Disney+
128 703 On the Wings of Keeradaks | Stream on Disney+
129 704 Unfinished Business | Stream on Disney+

2D Clone Wars Edit:
Episode 3 - The Final Weeks and The Battle of Nelvaan

Revenge of the Sith - The Siege of Mandalore Cut

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#1389362
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SandMTV said:

If you make a DVD out of your edits here’s the chapters for ROTS 4.5:

  1. Opening Logos
  2. Revenge of the Sith
  3. Siege of Yerbana
  4. An Urgent Encounter
  5. Coruscant Under Attack
  6. Return of a Padawan
  7. General Grievous
  8. Departing Gifts
  9. Battling at the Train Station
  10. The Chancellor’s Abduction
  11. The Siege of Mandalore
  12. Battle Over Coruscant
  13. Elavator Antics
  14. Taking the Undercity
  15. Return of Maul
  16. Rescuing the Chancellor
  17. Confronting Grievous
  18. Happy Reunions
  19. Grievous on Utapau
  20. Bad Dreams
  21. Counsel With Yoda
  22. The Chancellor’s Request
  23. Taking Direct Control
  24. Stirring in the Senate
  25. On the Jedi Council
  26. Secret Assignment
  27. Not the Chosen One?
  28. Seeds of Distrust
  29. Tragedy of Darth Plagueis
  30. Kashyyyk
  31. Obi-Wan contacts Ahsoka
  32. Seeds of a Rebellion
  33. Brothers’ Farewell
  34. A Hero Lost
  35. The ARC Trooper Kidnapped
  36. Part of the Plan
  37. Questioning the Prime Minister
  38. Maul rallies his comrades
  39. Arrival on Utapau
  40. Approaching the throne
  41. Every Choice has led to this Moment
  42. Battle for Mandalore
  43. Ahsoka Vs. Maul
  44. Confronting the Chancellor
  45. Obi-Wan Vs. Grievous
  46. Aftermath on Mandalore
  47. Jedi War Council
  48. Ahsoka departs
  49. Sidious Revealed
  50. Utapau Chase
  51. Mace Learns the Truth
  52. Anakin’s Fatal Decision
  53. Peace Keepers and Soldiers
  54. Mace Vs. Sidious
  55. Rise Lord Vader
  56. March on the Jedi Temple
  57. Order Sixty-Six
  58. Time to Leave
  59. Marked for Termination
  60. Survived
  61. “I’m Not Rooting for You”
  62. The inhibitor chips
  63. Maul Vs. the Clones
  64. Ahsoka Taking Rex’s Chip Out
  65. Escaping Utapau
  66. “That’s One Word for It”
  67. “Wait for Me”
  68. Hyperspace crushed out
  69. Crashing to the Moon
  70. “I’m not the one who is going to kill them”
  71. The Heroes Regroup
  72. Birth of the Empire
  73. Breaking for the Shuttle
  74. Ahsoka and Rex Vs. the Clones
  75. Getting out of the Venator ship
  76. The Terrible Truth
  77. Obi-Wan Confronts Padmé
  78. Padmé’s Departure
  79. “You’re Breaking My Heart”
  80. Yoda Visits the Emperor
  81. Battle of the Heroes
  82. Yoda Vs. Sidious
  83. Narrow Escapes
  84. Immolation
  85. The Emperor Arrives
  86. Secret Delivery
  87. Birth and Rebirth
  88. Darth Vader Awakes
  89. The Future of the Twins
  90. A New Hope
  91. End Credits

That’s a great list. If I ever break it down into chapters for some kind of ISO/Disc, I’ll be sure to use it and will namedrop you somewhere when appropriate.

Not planning to do it at the current moment since the original file is 4K HDR and 4K Blu Ray burning tech isn’t exactly cheap, but that’s a good list that I’ll keep track of for the future, thank you.

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#1389356
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The NumeralJoker/MechaSalesman 4K HDR Edits Megathread, Clips Previews, and Release Info
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Artan42 said:

hedgesmfg said:

I’ve released a new series of Clone Wars TV Film edits, 7 more, now bringing the total to 61 episodes from Seasons 1-6 that I’ve upscaled/edited so far, or about half of the content from those seasons. Like the previous batch, I am releasing both the 4K HDR files natively, as well as downscaled versions of the new 4K HDR transfers in 1080P SDR.

The new content of the episodes themselves is 100% intact in these cuts, and the episodes are put in chronological order where they might have originally aired out of order. The only thing removed is the narrator on various episodes after the start of each arc, and even then I create new audio transitions where necessary to preserve any new non-recapped shots/visual content where possible. This helps it all flow nice and seamlessly.
All video links will stream in 4K HDR if you are using a broswer/display capable of supporting it (Chrome/Edge), or are playing on a properly calibrated 4K HDR compatible device (Smartphone, 4K Smart TV, Tablet, new HDR Gaming monitor, ect ect)

Again, Email sheevsenate0505@gmail.com for an automated reply with DL links/info, or DM me if that doesn’t work for whatever reason.

I’ll check them out. The old email link will have updated won’t it?

Do these new edits have any integrated deleted scenes?

There are no new deleted scenes in these edits this time, but the same 4K HDR process applies, and is even used for the downscaled 1080P SDR versions.

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#1387140
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If a 3rd batch does happen, any remaining arc that’s 3 or more episodes from seasons 1-6 would be included in it, that includes at least 8 remaining so far. The only exception perhaps being the Domino Squad/Rookies arc since it’s spread out over a much longer period of time, so I’m not sure if cutting it into a film edit really works all that well.

For now, I hope people enjoy what we’ve got.

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#1387127
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SandMTV said:

If someone does the Dark Disciple animated collab using the audiobook, I would be shocked!!!

I’ve considered it. I could go through the entire audiobook and trim it down to essential dialogue with limited narration fairly easily, making something of a cliff’s note version.

The challenge is finding enough high quality imagery to work. I’ve already included the Son of Dathomir AudioComic Adaptation from Star Wars Audio Comics in this collection as a bonus. I’d love to do the same with Son of Dathomir, but I just don’t think I could get enough art assets on my own to pull it off, which is a shame because it’s a (mostly) great story.

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#1387048
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The NumeralJoker/MechaSalesman 4K HDR Edits Megathread, Clips Previews, and Release Info
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I’ve released a new series of Clone Wars TV Film edits, 7 more, now bringing the total to 61 episodes from Seasons 1-6 that I’ve upscaled/edited so far, or about half of the content from those seasons. Like the previous batch, I am releasing both the 4K HDR files natively, as well as downscaled versions of the new 4K HDR transfers in 1080P SDR.

The new content of the episodes themselves is 100% intact in these cuts, and the episodes are put in chronological order where they might have originally aired out of order. The only thing removed is the narrator on various episodes after the start of each arc, and even then I create new audio transitions where necessary to preserve any new non-recapped shots/visual content where possible. This helps it all flow nice and seamlessly.

The New Trailer for the entire batch release is here…
https://youtu.be/ibg49qLBLIg

Film Cuts released in Batch II:
The Battle of Ryloth
https://youtu.be/BgjK3H2g4Fg
The Second Battle of Geonosis
https://youtu.be/o1OuYRZ3UxA
The Menace of Cad Bane (6 Episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3)
https://youtu.be/KkfX79rdkwg
The Citadel Arc
https://youtu.be/rlqQjcm73lU
The Rako Hardeen Arc
https://youtu.be/z0lIQuC6MtE
The Order 66 Arc
https://youtu.be/S-qJKV_4kaI
The Banking Clan Arc
https://youtu.be/bL_TUyFz7Ig

All video links will stream in 4K HDR if you are using a broswer/display capable of supporting it (Chrome/Edge), or are playing on a properly calibrated 4K HDR compatible device (Smartphone, 4K Smart TV, Tablet, new HDR Gaming monitor, ect ect)

Again, Email sheevsenate0505@gmail.com for an automated reply with DL links/info, or DM me if that doesn’t work for whatever reason.

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#1386186
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Well done,

An all around solid edit compiled by a passionate community of artists, including of course yourself, Hal. I’ll be keeping this in my collection and showing it to friends for a long time. The fact that Disney didn’t make some of these choices for the 3rd act themselves is beyond absurd to me, but it delivers everything I wanted to see in the film at least.

At this point, my only issue is what happens if Disney FINALLY releases some high quality deleted scenes. I was originally planning to do an Episode IX edit if they did, but at this point there isn’t much else I can do that your edit here hasn’t already done, and there’s no guarantee we’ll ever see unreleased footage for this film now, just like with Rogue One. It is what it is.

Congratulations on the completion of this project.

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#1375177
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Inspired by the Clone Wars Arcs, I’ve also made one more cut covering the last 8 episodes of Rebels as one single film, including adding a new “Previously on” style prologue covering some of season 1-3’s most important events. Total Runtime is 3 hours long. Also, it may seem trivial, but I moved the Epilogue Scene to a post credits scene so there’s a more natural point in which a viewer can jump into stuff like Rogue One/The OT if they wish. It also has a “Five Years Later…” blue text bumper to make the timeline more clear.

And of course, like my other TCW cuts, these are upscaled/Color graded into 4K HDR if you have the right hardware as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbI7tgJ2rNI&feature=youtu.be

Star Wars Rebesl - The Liberation of Lotal Film Cut

Get it the same way you get the other cuts.

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#1374152
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Artan42 said:

I’ve only had time to watch one so far (The Return of Darth Maul) but it’s phenomenally well done. The quality is really high.

Glad you enjoyed it. That one took the most time and effort, but I am incredibly pleased with the results personally. It not only uses an official film cut as a basis (even taking a few of their transitions where usable), it is one of the best looking upscales of the lot since the HDR lighting throughout the entire arc just comes across looking incredible all around. You can’t even tell that the animation is already 7 years old.

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#1372490
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And the cuts are live. 7 film cuts just as promised. 2 more teaser clips below in 4K HDR.

Ahsoka flees the Clones at the end of Season 5:
https://youtu.be/GogPZIwBdH8
Darth Sidious Arrives on Mandalore, Season 5:
https://youtu.be/r_SzaRlY3g4

Again, you can email sheevsenate0505@gmail.com for a list of links, or DM me directly here (though it will take longer for me to get back to you directly).

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#1372205
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I’m not saying that the episodes I don’t include aren’t canon or anything silly like that, just that they all translate into the best cliff’s notes of events with the series for those who want to see a condensed version of some of its best material.

And what else I do in the future depends on how these are received. I can always make more if people like these enough and demand them. For now, I am sticking with these 7.

For now, have another preview:

The Father Tests Anakin on Mortis in 4K HDR
https://youtu.be/Im0Iqgm7lYQ

And as for Son of Dathomir, Star Wars AudioComics did an excellent motion comic adaptation at least with very good voice casts. I’ve even considered editing that as a bonus “Episode”. We’ll see.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWAkCt4q3o0&list=PLuKnjVUhJLzHLVWQRIebrSOOs9LCNTAQ8

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#1371980
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Hello again,

I’m continuing the trend here with plans to do a 4K upscale and attempt to create 7 different cinematic cuts of the Clone Wars TV episodes as films.

These edits will cover 29 episodes released as 7 different “Feature Length” (at least an hour) films, released in 4K HDR like the rest of my projects…

4K HDR Teaser Trailer: (Inspired by the Season 3 2011 Trailer)
https://youtu.be/DC62naTm3Zs

After many, many PMs and requests, I’ve decided to tackle a select limited number of arcs in the Clone Wars TV series, editing them into feature length films and upscaling them to 4K HDR like I did the previous 2D series and 3D Clone Wars film edit. This is a lengthy process that I have been working on non-stop for the past several days, involving not only the editing, color grading and subtitling of 29 episodes worth of content, but also a massive amount of effort to encode these 7 cuts. This is still an ongoing process and I don’t have a set date to release these yet, but you’ll know when it happens.

Why make this? Are you adding deleted scenes?

Some, but there are very few fully animated ones to use. The Season 2 Mandalore Arc can be extended by about 2 minutes between 5 bit scenes, and the Season 5 episode where Savage finds maul has one deleted scene that’s usable, but the goal here is more to cut these arcs into the feature length films they were kind of always meant to be. I saw the Nightsisters arc in an early screening back in late 2010, and I’ve wanted to watch THAT version of the arc again ever since. This is my attempt to recreate it. Of course, my usual HDR treatment for all of my projects will apply here, using the highest quality 1080p video source I can obtain as a base (each file is initially 10kbps encodes or about 1.7GB per episode before I upscale them already), then further enhancing them from there. It turns out with some very minor adjustments, an absolutely incredible amount of HDR color data surges into these episodes, and the show’s textures upscale very, very well. Given that it’s unlikely Disney will itself ever upscale the show, this may be the best that we ever get. If you’ve seen my 4K Clone Wars Microseries release, or the bits included in the 4.5 hour ROTS cut, you know what to expect.

If not, log in to your smart TV app or use a 10-bit HDR 4K monitor and watch these video files on either Chrome or Edge for the full HDR effect. Firefox doesn’t show off the colors quite as properly, but they look amazing on the right hardware.

Why these 7 (technically 8) arcs)?

Because collectively, they form the best bridging narrative between Episodes II and III while also being the show’s most cinematic works. 2 parters don’t benefit much here, and single episodes don’t really need it, so 3-4+ episode arcs were the best. It’s a combination of technical merit, and story relevance. If you’ve NEVER seen the show, watching these 7 arcs along with the TCW filmcut and the ROTS/Siege edit will give you a pretty comprehensive overview of the War, Anakin, Rex, Ventress, Maul, and Ahsoka’s story. Of course, I am also releasing these cuts in 1080P SDR as well so everyone can enjoy them.

The 7 Feature Length Cuts will cover…

The Mandalore Plot - Season 2 (3 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YxTwTXXbc4

Nightsisters Arc - Season 3 (3 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDx2Vo_qJxY

The Mortis Arc - Season 3 (3 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://youtu.be/Im0Iqgm7lYQ

The Battle of Umbara Arc - Season 4 (4 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://youtu.be/qwsM26UE3O0

The Return of Darth Maul - Seasons 4-5 (8 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmxBk5zTGfk

The Wrong Jedi Arc - Season 5 (4 Episodes Cut into 1 film)(No Clip yet, coming soon)

The Yoda Arc - Season 6 (4 Episodes Cut into 1 Film
https://youtu.be/yi7FmZrwzfg

The longest and most interesting cut will be the Return of Darth Maul cut, as it’s nearly 3 hours, but is also based on an OFFICIAL film cut Filoni’s team released on DVD as a Target exclusive back in 2012. I used that edit as an outline for the first 4 episodes, including some of its original elements like audio and transitions, while also restoring the scenes it removed from the TV episodes back into the edit, and even restoring one small scene that was deleted entirely. The episodes then lead into the Season 5 arc, as one long continuous story covering Ventress, Kenobi, Savage, Maul, and Mandalore. If you want Maul’s Clone Wars story (before Season 7) in one cut, here it is.

Enjoy these previews. I don’t have a release date set yet, as I’m putting a lot of work into testing/encoding/proofing these, but I’ll let you know the moment they’re available.

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#1370961
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I’m just going to add my voice to the “Don’t mess with the original canon lore too much” crowd, as I’d actually like to show this cut to future fans who will ultimately be more satisfied with it as a valid alternative. It’s pretty darn good as it is right now. I’m already sad about the loss of the Episode III line, but I understand why you cut it. Changing the vats of Snoke Clones to Sheev clones is harmless enough as one would expect to see failed Sheev bodies in the same lab somewhere anyway.

Changing Kef Bir to the forest moon is also a small stretch, but I understand why you did it too and it’s easy enough for the casual viewer to overlook. No one who wants to nitpick will care about the color of Leia’s saber, and the purple looks pretty neat.

Outside of those changes, there’s a lot I like about this cut so far. Preserve the lore where you can so I can share it among others without big canon-debates, while only fixing the film’s real problems.

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#1370881
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John_SWFan said:

Hey Numeral, first: your Version and your cutting Skills are amazing! Even if I would prefer to get the restored Project 4k77 Version in the Mash Up (to dont have some (for me) stupid new CGI Scenes from the Blu Ray), but the Rest is rly rly incredible.

One thing: VLC Player could not show your own created Sub (btw: thanks for that!) the Player showed these just in a Black Color (which is unreadable). The Blu Ray Player however, has no problems with it and shows them in correct white colour with black shadows. DO you have an idea where the problem is here for the VLC?

I’ve heard a few mentions of this glitch, but have yet to see it on any device I’ve used (And I’ve played my files on a desktop, 2 laptops, A Smart TV, A Chromebook, an Android phone, and others). As best I can figure, it has to do with the subtitle configuration that is the setup in some versions of ffmpeg.

Easiest way to fix it that I know of is to update all of your codecs to the latest version, of say, the K-Lite Codec Pack.

https://codecguide.com/download_k-lite_codec_pack_standard.htm

Beyond that, I’m not too sure. The subtitle files are uploaded separately for each project if someone wishes to tweak the font manually if need be, or certain devices allow you to manually customize their appearance (SmartTV software often allows this). These are the best suggestions I can give for the moment.

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#1370184
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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By the canon of this cut, she heard Anakin’s voice and felt a connection with him during the fight against Palpatine, so I think it’s something you could get away with if done tastefully.

Plus, he literally endorses her in a sort of psuedo-chosen one way, so as controversial as it is, his connections to her keeps the prophesy more relevant while still letting fans decide for themselves who precisely the chosen one could be (as there are still different interpretations out there, when it could be argued that the chosen one is the entire family line from him onwards, of which Rey is adopted into).

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#1370124
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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jarbear said:

Hal 9000 said:

Yeah, if there’s an appropriate sounding “come on,” that would work. Leads into his, “We just landed, okay?”

I don’t have the original cut of the movie at the office, but Finn does say “come on” during the last briefing that was cut since he refuted the 1 in a million shot.

EDIT: The only issue is there is music in the scene and it overlaps with the line. The tone and delivery is good for this idea though. Dang.

Couldn’t you open the multi-track audio file and extract just the dialogue, or at least the dialogue with as little music as possible (if the dialogue track is itself not isolated)?

With the right mixing, it doesn’t seem like it’d be too hard if you know the timestamp. I just did this for the narration of the introduction in my Clone Wars movie edit.

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#1369950
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Hello friends,

I have been a lurker in this community for years, and a dedicated force.net forum poster (particularly in the television and Literature boards) for even longer, dating back to lurking PT leaks and spoilers in the late 90s. In short, I’ve been in the online Star Wars fandom for almost as long as the modern internet has been around, though I myself am still just an older Mid 80s-born Millennial fan who started my own fandom during the Special Edition era and has been non-stop in love with Star Wars ever since. I’ve long since admired the work of members like Adywan, Hal9000, the project 4k77 editors, and other long time vets of this community, even if my vision and take on the material is different, the talent and dedication many of you here have is truly a testament to some of the incredible work Star Wars fans are capable of at their best.

I posted mostly in the Fall of the Republic thread for the Clone Wars/ROTS edit project, as that was at the time the only project which I had intended to do. Then I ended up posting my work on reddit and youtube at the right time, and in the right place, and was met with surprise when it rapidly exploded in popularity and demand (no doubt due to just how much a project like that was naturally begging to be made). I learned from people here, consulted with you, and preceded to combine that with my own original research that I’ve been conducting as an oldschool Prequel Era lore enthusiast.

And so, one thing led to another. I did one project, and that gave me the infrastructure needed to move on to the next, and the next. I’ve now done edits of 7 different Star Wars films, and some other side-bits in the past few months, and I’ve decided to share them here more properly.
 

Technical Info…
 

EDITING SOFTWARE/HARDWARE

My software isn’t terribly complicated. I have two versions of Adobe in my possession, one which is continuously given the latest dates, and an older copy of 2019 that allows for MKV files to be read instantly before they dropped MKV support again late last year. Most of my editing for these projects is done on the 2019 version. I do separate audio-track editing in a combination of Audacity and Sony SoundForge, and create my english Subtitles primarily with Aegisub. I don’t tend to do a lot of FX/Graphics work, so this setup typically meets my needs without too much issue. Handbrake is always helpful if I need to re-encode in a lossless format, and both TarTube and 4K Video Downloader let me get any footage I need intact from a digital screen source. I also sometimes (though rarely) do 4K ScreenCaptures with ShadowPlay, as I’ve found you can capture some footage in very clever ways if you prepare for it correctly. All of that, along with a few ffmpeg tricks, accomplishes most of what I need to do. For legal reasons, I won’t discuss any software that breaks DRM and obtains the original film footage from either physical or digital sources that are protected.

I do my primary video Editing on a 43" ACER 10-Bit Monitor I received at a discount from my last job, combined with an overclocked i7-8700k/GTX 1080 TI Editing/Gaming Rig combo. HDR video is then repeatedly tested/color graded between this screen, a 65" Samsung 4K Smart TV, and a 4K Microsoft Surface to determine the most ideal results, often exporting short 10 second clips and repeatedly testing them over and over again against screencaps from the original source until I feel I’ve gotten the result I was aiming for.
 

VIDEO

Each film project I’ve released is encoded in HEVC/x265 and released as an MKV file (I initially did one as an mp4 file, but a v2 update has replaced that with an MKV container file version). I edit each film as a 4K HDR film first, using the latest 4K footage available wherever possible, then export/downsize it to 1080P from that original source, attempting to preserve as much quality as the encoder allows while still going for filesize efficiency. I’ve found that a minimum bitrate of 15000kbps and a max of 45000 usually yields an ideal filesize for 4K that still looks phenomenal on my 65" Samsung 10-Bit 4K TV with HDR metadata intact, while a minimum bitrate of 7000kbps for 1080p with a max of around 35000 works well for the 1080P SDR releases. A 2.5 hour 1080P file ends up at 8GB, while a 4K version of that same film comes out to about 16-17GB with this method. Large, but still more efficiently encoded than many releases, and reasonably small for 4K.

I color correct scenes myself with Adobe Premiere Pro’s Coloring tools, encoding for 10-Bit HDR metadata first and comparing the results continuously between 3 different 4K screens until I find what I believe to be the best balance. My work will NOT be perfect, but I’ve still tried to tweak it and make it overall look as good as possible on high quality screens, and in many cases I keep the original HDR-metadata intact if it translates into Adobe correctly (such as the S7 Clone Wars Episodes did). SDR conform is then used to tweak and downscale this data to the 1080P release, producing a nice, vibrant, but not overly saturated image that pops where possible. I don’t have the capability to extensively correct the brightness of individual objects as well as a professional would, but, again, I do my best. If you watch the videos I put up on my youtube channel with the right screen, they all have the same HDR data intact (Chrome and Edge are best for windows setups, or a Smart TV. Firefox does NOT do true HDR on youtube, but only fake HDR).
 

AUDIO AND SUBTITLES

I edit and retime the English subtitle tracks for all of my film edits, in some cases even creating new subs from scratch if necessary for a scene. Since all projects have a 6 channel 5.1 surround track, I typically export both a 5.1 audio track and a stereo track. Some have more extensive 7.1 surround tracks, but it has been difficult to get them to properly decode, so I’ve stuck with 5.1 for simplicity since the differences in the mixes are often not extensive. The only projects missing subtitles right now are the Holiday Special and 2D Clone Wars Recut Edit.
 

DISTRIBUTION

This has been the interesting one. You can’t just go to most public trackers and stick a torrent on there anymore. For the protection of the sites, and the safety of the general public (so people won’t upload virus infected torrents), most stuff has gone private. A major Star Wars Discord leader helped collaborate with me to get a network setup for distribution. I won’t go into details, other than to say the most clever idea ended up being a single redditor’s suggestion of setting up a gmail account with a vacation email setting to send out links automatically to anyone who requests it. (sheevsenate0505@gmail.com is the email address I use, BTW. Send it a message with a throwaway account you feel safe with. It works.) That, in tandem with google docs, lets me easily keep a database of links running without much effort. More than that, I won’t speak on publicly.
 

MY EDITING BACKGROUND

I’m a late 2000s media production graduate who entered the working world during the last major recession, only to find that the industry had shifting mostly to gig work. I have professional training and the degree for newscast editing, and have privately done a number of freelance projects over the years. Obviously, I can’t and won’t share specific details of that here. However, since last year I’ve finally taken to youtube to begin sharing new fan projects/AMVs/Passion Projects I did on the side for various convention panels throughout the country over the years. The Channel is here:

https://www.youtube.com/MechaSalesman

A Playlist of some of my AMV Work can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyoLVIGNBIY&list=PLEh8pd-FJc5PRRAyULkbcPX0PhtSK8KJR

I am often inspired by the works of well known game directors/storytellers like Hideo Kojima, veteran Anime Directors like Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shoji Kawamori, and Noboru Ishuguro (all of whom I’ve met in person at least once) and of course, the likes of Star Wars veterans like George, Dave Filoni, Marcia Lucas, among others. I’ve studied their styles fairly closely, both in the PT, the OT, and the TV shows, and tried to bring those sensibilities to my own work within the limitations of what my resources allow me to do. I hope that reflects in the editing/storytelling choices I’ve tried to bring to my edits.
 

My STAR WARS EDITING PHILOSOPHY

Most fan edits I’ve seen tend to aim at either cutting out content, or altering the nature of the film’s story, altering it to be more what many fans believe it should be. I respet and even admire the work that has gone into these takes. Again, this is where some of the most incredible talent in the fandom is on show producing amazing results.

My approach is much simpler. I want to create edits that are purely addative, taking the existing material, and giving us the widest look into the Star Wars universe that’s possible. I try to avoid adding scenes without complete FX unless they are hard to notice, or I have workarounds (See Solo, or 1-2 Episode II scenes), but my goal is to simply take the existing films, and give us 4K edits of Star Wars that are as long as can reasonably be without overtly contradicting the current canon in any major ways. I tend not to rescore the films if I can avoid it (even if that means the audio transitions won’t be perfect), and only alter tiny visual bits in non-canon scenes. I tend to cut out very minimal amounts of material, and add far, far more to it wherever I can. Does my approach work? Do you prefer another editor’s take? That’s cool and totally understandable. I just ask that you respect the goal I’m trying to accomplish with these edits.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about Star Wars Edits themselves.

First, let me start again by immediately crediting Hal9000 and DrDre for their excellent work at upscaling the PT deleted scenes to 1080P. Their high quality work further scaled to 4K with little issue in my software, and also was easy to Color-Grade in HDR, giving us decent looking 4K versions of many of these scenes for my projects. While I did attempt to obtain the scenes through alternate means myself (and had to do so for 2 very small bits in Episode I, as they were not finished in Hal’s collection), his versions remained by far the best source available anywhere in the world, so again full praise should be given to these two for the gift they gave us editors. Dropping his video files into my Episode III edit was like night and day between the old version I was using.

 

 

STAR WARS EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE - EXTENDED EDITION

An extended edit of TPM with 7 different deleted scenes restored, available in 4K HDR and 1080p. Meant to be paired with my releases of Episodes II and III for a new extended experience for the entire PT. 2 Hours and 23ish minutes.

DUE TO COPYRIGHT, YOUTUBE INSTANTLY BLOCKS EVERY EPISODE I CLIP I TRY TO UPLOAD. SO I CAN ONLY SHOW SAMPLES FOR EPISODE II.

 
 

STAR WARS EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES - EXTENDED EDITION

An extended edit of AOTC with 10 different deleted scenes restored, available in 4K HDR and 1080p. Meant to be paired with my releases of Episodes I and III for a new extended experience for the entire PT. 2 Hours and 35ish minutes.

10 Minute Episode II 4K HDR sample from the edit (featuring 5 restored scenes!):
https://youtu.be/DRoOE-N-5KA

1 Minute Deleted Scene - Jocasta Nu and Kenobi Discuss Dooku’s Backstory
https://youtu.be/TKLrfOXsmZU

 
 

STAR WARS EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH - THE SIEGE OF MANDALORE CUT (v2.0)

This is a 4.5 hour cut of Revenge of the Sith, merged with the 4 episodes from the Siege of Mandalore Clone Wars Finale, 21 minutes of the battle of Coruscant from the 2005 Clone Wars Microseries, and 5 deleted scenes, all put together into one massive chronological canon-friendly super edit. Available in both 1080p and 4K HDR. The gag dub of “backstroke of the west” (google it) is also included in the files as a 3rd Audio Track that can be heard during all the live Revenge of the Sith segments. The Original edit was released on May 5th, but as of 07/01/20, we have released an updated version 2.0 edit in both 1080p and 4K with revised visual/audio transitions. Please download the latest version and support this one where possible.

4K Project Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85FPQ4AZQn8
4K HDR 3 Minute Sample Clip (The transition in this video is old and outdated):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z42kVyFpvE4
(Spoiler) Test Clip from Anakin’s Fall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynjy0gIrzGs

Clone Wars Tribute AMV (Bonus):
https://youtu.be/IVrQjL0dft0

 
 

STAR WARS 2003 Clone Wars Microseries 4K HDR (And 1080P) RE-CUT

The 2003 Clone Wars Microseries, upscaled to Cinematic Aspect Ratio 4K to match the films and Clone Wars quality, and recut into 4 episodes that can fit in a canon viewing order. Scenes are selectively cropped to minimize the amount of objects/faces that get cut off. The series is recut into 4 Episodes which occur over different points in the Clone Wars timeline, and it is now compatible with a Canon Clone Wars Viewing order as a result of this edit. The 4th Episode is the Battle of Coruscant, so if you already have the Episode III cut, you don’t need to watch it twice. The 3rd episode of this set leads into it. The first 2 take place before the Clone Wars film, and after AOTC. I may upsale a full 16:9 unedited version later, but have not yet done so as of today.

Anakin vs Assajj 4K HDR Sample:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZo_tI9mACk
Siege of Mandalore/RoTS cut clip - Canon Friendly Microseries Ending Test Scene (From the ROTS edit, but using edited footage from the 2D Show, so I put this clip here)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrKDgqIQmr8

 
 

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS FILM - EXTENDED EDITION CUT

A 2.5 Hour Cut of the 2008 Clone Wars Film, upscaled to 4K HDR (and also released in 1080P), with 10 minutes of restored Deleted Scenes, and re-adding the 2 related TV prequel Episodes, Cat and Mouse (S2E16) and The Hidden Enemy (S1E16) to make one big coherent story arc. This is my newest project, released the same day as I made this post.

FIRST 2.5 MINUTE 4K PREVIEW (EXTENDED INTRO)
https://youtu.be/coHgqmJLGuQ
BATTLE OF CHRISTOPHSIS 4K CLIP W/ DELETED SCENE
https://youtu.be/Zn7K_xjJIKk
 
 

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS TV CINEMATIC FILM CUTS PROJECT

I’ve now adapted 16 Arcs of the Clone Wars TV series, or 59 episodes into 14 different feature length film edits so these stories all flow seamlessly as films now, also upscaling them into 4K HDR based off of a very high quality 10kbps rip from the Blu Ray Source. These cuts cover various arcs from Seasons 1-6, and put many out of order episodes back into a chronological order that’s much easier to digest and understand. 2 additional episodes were added into the above Clone Wars 2008 Film edit, making both of these projects cover 61 episodes now, or about half the entire content of seasons 1-6. For the first time ever, fans can watch earlier Clone Wars seasons with beautifully crafted 4K HDR transfers (also available in 1080p SDR cuts too).

4K HDR Teaser Trailer: (Inspired by the Season 3 2011 Trailer)
https://youtu.be/DC62naTm3Zs

The 7 Feature Length Cuts in Batch I cover…

The Mandalore Plot - Season 2 (3 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YxTwTXXbc4
Nightsisters Arc - Season 3 (3 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDx2Vo_qJxY
The Mortis Arc - Season 3 (3 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://youtu.be/Im0Iqgm7lYQ
The Battle of Umbara Arc - Season 4 (4 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://youtu.be/qwsM26UE3O0
The Return of Darth Maul - Seasons 4-5 (8 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmxBk5zTGfk
The Wrong Jedi Arc - Season 5 (4 Episodes Cut into 1 film)
https://youtu.be/GogPZIwBdH8
The Yoda Arc - Season 6 (4 Episodes Cut into 1 Film)
https://youtu.be/yi7FmZrwzfg

The Return of Darth Maul Arc will actually use the 2012 official Target Exclusive DVD film cut as a base, and then expand it from there, using exclusive clips of audio and even a few transitions from that cut, while then restoring scenes that it removed and then adding the Season 5 Maul Arc into its second half, creating the longest Supercut at a bit under 3 hours. Watch the above clips on a proper 4K HDR capable screen if you can to see how well the material can upscale. So far, I’m quite pleased with it.

As of November 18th, a Second Batch II set has now been added to this collection. The trailers for each of the second set of releases is below.

The New Trailer for the entire batch release is here…
https://youtu.be/ibg49qLBLIg

Film Cuts released in Batch II:
The Battle of Ryloth
https://youtu.be/BgjK3H2g4Fg
The Second Battle of Geonosis
https://youtu.be/o1OuYRZ3UxA
The Menace of Cad Bane (6 Episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3)
https://youtu.be/KkfX79rdkwg
The Citadel Arc
https://youtu.be/rlqQjcm73lU
The Rako Hardeen Arc
https://youtu.be/z0lIQuC6MtE
The Order 66 Arc
https://youtu.be/S-qJKV_4kaI
The Banking Clan Arc
https://youtu.be/bL_TUyFz7Ig

 
 

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY - EXTENDED EDITION

A new Extended cut of Solo, restoring 8-9 minutes of deleted content across 6 scenes back into the cut of the film, extending it a bit under 2.5 hours.

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkYtrYnL1Os&feature=youtu.be
Clip:https://youtu.be/IWwv7vbCwBo

 
 

STAR WARS EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE - THE ROGUE CUT (ANH/ROGUE ONE MASHUP w/Extras)

A supercut that puts Rogue One and A New Hope together as one film with a new crawl, adds the Biggs Darklighter deleted scenes into ANH, as well as incorporates the SC38 Vader/Kenobi fight. The 4K D+/4K Blu Ray/MaClunkey Version of ANH is used as the basis for the edit. Total runtime is a little under 4.5 hours.

SAMPLE 1: (Rogue One to ANH)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn1yxzZa-BI
SAMPLE 3 (ANH Deleted Scenes):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2llXQZfvvfc

 
 

THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL - 4K HDR REMASTER (with 1978 Commercials)

A 4K upscale of the infamous Holiday Special from a 2nd hand broadcast master that was released some time back, I believe here in this community (I had found a torrent ‘years’ ago), by a group known as EditDroid. This cut includes ‘all’ commercials and bumpers pulled from a secondary source, and edited back into place. I then go and replace all original ANH footage with updated 4K FX shots, attempting to match them frame for frame, cropped into 4:3 from the official 4K ANH release. The animated Boba Fett cartoon is pulled from a Blu Ray source and then upscaled with unique settings before being inserted back into the source.

On youtube, to keep the video from getting deleted automatically, I had to remove 3 songs (The Star Wars Opening Theme, Ceremony Theme at the end, and Jefferson Starship Song), and replace them with Stock midis I had from old unused dead video game projects I worked on. This is ONLY the case on the youtube release.

The version you get “elsewhere” has the original audio untouched and intact.

Youtube (With Altered Music):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB86vy30HUY

 

 

Finally, a word of warning… if you want to watch the 4K versions, you MUST have a compatible 4K HDR display with 10-bit color data output, and a video card which supports it. Most Smart TVs, Smart Phones, and NEWER tablets will support this, but many high end Gaming Monitors won’t do this. Instead, what happens is that extra HDR color data doesn’t display and you get flat and dull colors at 4K because the extra data literally will not show up. The PC world has been slow to adapt to the new standard. If you can’t get it to work right, watch the 1080P SDR version instead, or try putting the files on your smart TV or tablet directly to get them to display properly.

The same also applies if you’re watching youtube clips in the wrong browser without the right monitor settings. Youtube takes that HDR data and converts it into an SDR friendly version, which will look better, but not quite correct. Be aware of this when you watch the clips on my channel. Even on the right display, they may still look a bit off if you don’t use the right browser.

I hope you guys enjoy the work I’ve put in over the past few months during this COVID shutdown. Personal circumstances have left me with extensive freetime, so I am trying to use these projects to expand my own skillset even further while I have the opportunity.

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Fall of the Republic - The Clone Wars/Revenge of the Sith Prequel Finale Edit (Clips available, rough draft coming) (a WIP)
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I just wanted to bump this thread again to let people know that I produced a mildly revised version of the ROTS/Siege edit I discussed here, tweaking both visual and audio transitions in minor ways, while still dealing with the limits of the source material (limited visual frames or cross audio between sources for some transitions, ect ect).

I’ve already shared release info for this on numerous reddits, and I have to confess, this project blew up so much that it’s led me to be involved in several more projects, ranging from extended 4K Episode I and II cuts, to an Extended Solo cut, to even an experimental attempt to upscale the Holiday Special (using 4K ANH FX shots and the EditDroid Broadcast tape master from a few years back).

I’ll still give out links via either an automated email reply (sheevsenate0505@gmail.com), or just share the google doc directly via PM with those who want it and message me. Again, this v2 is released in both 1080P SDR and 4K HDR, and used Hal/DrDre’s deleted scene footage, a 4K HDR upscale/recut of the 2005 Battle of Coruscant, and all native 4K HDR footage from the D+ releases of both the film and Siege itself.

Thanks again for everyone’s contributions. These projects have been a wild ride these past few months.

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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXUasAUNNEI&feature=youtu.be

A few months back, I made a trailer using the lost dialgoue, since it was implied by the novel and crawl to be some sort of Pre-film event heard throughout the Galaxy that prompted the rest of the film’s events. At this time, this is how I interpreted it.

Having said that, this new scene’s explanation/edit is a fantastic way to incorporate it. It fits very naturally, allows at least some of it to be heard, and fits with the idea that it’s still part of the larger plot as described in the novelization.

If you’re listening to community ideas, I think you really need to keep and use a cut like that somehow.

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Fall of the Republic - The Clone Wars/Revenge of the Sith Prequel Finale Edit (Clips available, rough draft coming) (a WIP)
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So my 4K HDR Edit is also in the wild now and circulating. The final file is 28GB.

As a fun bonus, I’ve recut the infamous Backstroke of the West Dub and added it into the relevant RoTS bits as a 3rd Audio Track. The first 2 are 5.1 Surround and Stereo respectively. Subtitles are also included in the muxed MKV file.

Again, if you email sheevsenate0505@gmail.com, you’ll get info for the relevant links. Thank you guys for your support on this project, and best of luck again with your own takes.