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Enter the Dragon

I was reading about how the last avatar anime was up-scaled to 720p and colour-corrected, but I have not figured out how to do it myself.

Or even Neat Video stand-alone or video edit plug-in can be used for
up-scaling and some digital noise reduction.

And then there is AVCHDcoder for simple BD menu-making of HD video and

Macross: Do You Remember Love?

Macross LD audio and even more Macross audio files are available.
PM me with your email for web-links.

Do you remember a whole lot of Macross audio?

  1. DYRL AC3 LD
    (DYRL part 01 to 04 RAR Sync’d to Remastered;
    DRYL side part 01 and part 01 non-Sync’d)
    Dolby Surround Stereo
    .wav and .flac (2 parts each)

  2. DYRL Perfect Edition AC3 LD
    (DYRL 01 of 06 to 06 of 06)
    Dolby Surround Stereo
    .wav and .flac (5 parts each)

  3. DYRL Analog LD
    (DYRL Analog STEREO Side 01 and Side 02)
    .wav and .flac (2 parts each)

  4. DYRL Analog English LD
    (DYRL Analog MONO Side 01 and Side 02)
    .wav and .flac (2 parts each)

  5. Flashback 2012 AC3 LD
    (FB2012 Side 01)
    .wav and .flac (1 part each)

  6. SDF Macross DYRL Movie LP
    (01.m4a to 04.m4a)

  7. DYRL 5.1 split into MONO wav files
    (28 parts, WinRAR)

  8. Two Spanish DYRL dubs

  9. One Swedish DYRL dub

None of these audio files have been sync’d with the new DYRL BD video. The new BD DYRL does have the Director’s cut 5.1 audio from the last BD with its edits, the Special Edition Dolby stereo PCM audio and the theatrical MONO PCM audio.

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I have the LD audio files, but the files have not been sync’ed up to any video because I was waiting on what was the latest DYRL BD. The new DYRL BD is 13.9 seconds longer than the Director’s Cut DYRL BD due to video branching and so any LD audio files or subtitles sync’ed to the Director’s Cut DYRL BD would need to be adjusted for the longer video.

This new DYRL BD has all the bells and whistles I was hoping for minus the English Dub and English subtitles. It has mono, stereo, 5.1 and commentary soundtracks (Japanese only). It has branching video for theatrical and special edition versions with the deleted scenes fully restored and further upgrades in video quality. My copy of the DYRL BD is awaiting me at the post office to confirm the audio quality in comparison to the LD audio files.

In one way, I am a little bummed out that I spent a lot of time and money in preparation for this project, but at least someone more qualified and official made this BD happen and very likely did a way better job than I ever could.

I can package the non-sync’ed LD audio files as is and upload to Mega for next week.

Perhaps, I could do a simultaneous viewing video of each version of DYRL from Special Edition DVD to the newest DYRL BD to see if there is any room for improvement of video or colour by mixing and matching video?

Or maybe just put together the abominable Clash of the Bionoids HD restoration?

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An updated DRYL BD will be sold in January 2016 through Amazon Japan or CD Japan. Supposedly, this new DYRL BD video will have improved video and will include a director’s commentary. No details on what audio options will be included with this DYRL BD. English subtitles do not look to be included, but I keep hoping.
Also, there are no details for this DYRL BD on whether the two blurred scenes will be included as a non-blurred extra or re-incorporated back into the movie.

I did put in my pre-order for this new DYRL BD, so that just delays this project a little bit longer. In the meantime, I need to figure out how to get all the un-compressed video files into lagarith RGB 10 bit avi because that will allow the colours to be accurate and prevent compression errors for final encoding into an mkv or BD.

The current DYRL BD video is :

Format : AVC
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive

The remastered DYRL DVD video is:

Format : MPEG Video
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 7 912 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 9 800 Kbps
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Standard : NTSC
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.764

There is a discussion on the Macross World forum about the re-issued DYRL BD.
So far, there has been noted that the DYRL remastered DVD video is much sharper
in some scenes than the 1080p DYRL BD.

Has anybody gone into detail to compare the remastered DRYL DVD video with the

I might need to do a comparison video for myself with remastered DVD, theatrical DVD and
the DYRL BD.

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Minor update:

Computer problems and hardware testing have been causing the delays on this project.

I still need to re-do the up-scaled theatrical DYRL DVD video, but just for those two scenes and not the whole DVD up-scaled.  With Mediainfo software, I saw that the DYRL BD is actually YUV 8bit video.  I thought RGB video was the standard for HD video?

The last DYRL DVD up-scale done was made as an RGB 8bit lagarith video.  I need to match these videos before editing.   Also, I might have to re-do the uncompressed BD video (300 GB) as well because I would like to get the 10 bit video encode feature on Tmpeg encoder working.

For the last month, I was having issues with my editing desktop computer when the main C: SSD drive would seize up for no obvious reason.  This week, I finally figured this problem out by closely studying the Asus Z97 deluxe pro motherboard manual.  Then I saw that the C: SSD was connected to an Azrock sata connection instead of an Intel sata connection. Switched the SSD to intel sata, installed and enabled Intel Rapid storage storage software and enabled intel rapid storage in the bios and it's good and stable.

Then I was also able to add in another SSD to my desktop as a Temp file placement for Sony Vegas.  I tested Sony Vegas 480p encoding and it went very smoothly without locking up. 

But, the video clips used for testing were from youtube: Flash Gordon Greatest Adventure (9 parts).  I am not sure if every video clip has the end audio faded in the first place or if it is Sony Vegas enabling the automatic Quick Audio fade feature to make every video/audio clip have a 1 ms.  I have to read through the Sony Vegas manual to disable the Quick audio fade and then double check the video file by using a different video editing software.

I noticed that Sony Vegas and Audio Forge have a time stretch feature for audio editing, so I can look at fixing the DYRL Audio Drama LP (4 parts) into one audio file to match the video.  The DYRL LP is in mono and sounds more like the original version of the theatrical DYRL than the LD.

I was interested in seeing if the DYRL LDs could be captured as hd files for preservation / restoration / colour-matching. 

I tested out two different video capture boxes for X0 LD capture from DYRL LDs: Blackmagic Intensity Thunderbolt and El gato game capture HD via Crystalio II hdmi out.  Intensity can make 720p Quicktime (uncompressed) mp4 video, PCM lossless audio captures.  El gato can make 1080p x264 (compressed) mp4 video, ac3 lossy audio captures from LDs.   So, I now have the option to mix and match the video and audio or try up-scaling the 720p uncompressed to 1080p.

I did read in one LD forum thread on orginaltrilogy that the video capture would be better using the SVHS video output from the X0 rather than the composite because the X0's inherent superior 3d comb features.  I have to see if I have the right cable connections for the svhs video to hook up the X0 to the Crystallio.

One small problem in LD video capturing is that the captured video is not centred, it's slightly skewed to the right.  The Crystalio II has a feature to manually move the picture to the left, but I have to play around with how far to the left to centre the video properly.

It does not look like I will be able to present a de-specialized DYRL theatrical video to this year's Macross World convention for next weekend.

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After 3 + weeks of transferring 300 + GB of DYRL lagarith avi files from my Synology back to my main editing desktop, I still have to re-do the DYRL DVD up-scale.  Nuts.  The DYRL BD lagarith avi files are working okay.

It's a good thing I kept my editing notes for up-scaling the remastered DRYL DVD because the saved copy on the Synology NAS appears to be unplayable and corrupt.   Also, I noticed that the corrupted up-scaled DYRL DVD avi was in the yuv colour space rather than the RGB colour space of the BD lagarith avi video clips.

At this point, I am going to pm Dr Dre or Andraia to see what is involved with their Super Resolution process.

The Japanese subtitles I was referring to are the burned-in Japanese subtitles into the film itself whenever the Zentradi are speaking authentic Zentradi language and not a soft subtitle that you can enable or disable.  The remastered DRYL DVD does not have any Japanese subtitles or closed captioned subtitles for the hearing impaired.  For the next version of the DRYL Theatrical project, I would like to paint out the Japanese subtitles for the Zentradi speeches and then just have soft subtitles for any language option.  

The theatrical DRYL audio was originally in mono, but was then turned into stereo for the laserdisc and DVD.   Japanese and English (TOHO dub) mono audio and Japanese stereo audio will be a part of this project. A re-built 5.1 DYRL audio will not be included in this project because that is more work than I am able to do at this time.  Maybe, later.

The audio & video extras would be DRYL soundtracks and artbooks.  The censored scenes would not be included in this project because the scenes are just a short blurry mess. 

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1st version is the theatrical black only end credits, which were included on the BD DYRL as a branching feature.

2nd version of the DYRL mkv will have the Flashback ending.

The Clash of the Bionoids edit will be worked on once I get the hang of putting together the theatrical and special edition DYRL videos and re-timing / sync'ing audio files.  I'm not there yet though.

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Progress Report:

That's two 1 TB hard drives having died on me in the last three months. 

I was able to recover pretty much everything including the DYRL lagarith avi files and DYRL audio files. Then I backed up and downloaded the rest of the files to put onto a nice, new Synology DS415+ NAS. I thought the expense for the Synology NAS was justitifed as a back up solution.  But, even with the Synology hard drives paired into Raid 1 for mirroring, there is still a possibility of hard drive file corruption while being mirrored when one of the mirrored hard drives wear out.  I might still need another back up for my back up.  Amazon Glacier?

Yesterday, I affixed an Acelero II 120 VGA water cooler onto my Geforce gtx 580 classified 6 GB.  I'm not sure how to get this modified video card installed with the supplied screws back into my editing computer.  I'll work on installing that video card for my next week off.  Currently, my editing computer has a MSI Radeon R2 290X installed and updated.  Either video card is very good, but the older geforce card still gets a lot recommendations for video editing.  

My computers are all updated and seem to be working okay for now.

Last week, I started a monthly subscription to the Adobe creative cloud, which will be really handy for After Effects and what not.

And now I'm transferring the 600+ GB of lagarith avi video files back onto my main computer for video editing using the Synology Cloudstation.   I tried just using the regular Windows file transfer and my router network kept disconnecting, which meant the one day's worth of file transfer had to be re-started.  Fortunately, the Synology Cloudstation has a resume feature for its file transfer function.

File transfers look like it will take at least two days to sync up all the files and then I'm back to work for another week.  One more week before I actually start assembling the video clips together.

Anyways, the forum thread for up-scaling SD to HD looks to be very interesting and relevant to my project.

I have already used the Super Resolution when up-scaling the remastered DYRL DVD video to 1080p lagarith avi files.  If Dr. Dre shares very specific details about his SD to HD avisynth script, then I might use that method instead.  The Neat Video plug-in for Sony Vegas still needs to be tested out to smooth out the SD video aritifacts. Some colour correction will be needed to match up the video clips with the BD DYRL video.  

Then there is the audio and subtitles to contend with.


1st version will be an .MKV with multiple audio and subtitle choices

2nd version will be Japanese subtitle removal, more thorough colour correction, better matching of original theatrical footage to alter the BD video back and branching ending with an updated Flashback ending (Super Resolution + Neat Video + 30 fps to 24 fps film simulation? + colour correction + new credits).

3rd version BD, audio / video extras, box art, booklet assembly

Our projects released thread

Has anybody considered bitorrent sync and a Synology media box for sharing and backing up TeamBlu's creations?

I think the main problems with sharing large files would be the initial bandwidth upload and the storage space.  Bittorrent Sync pro seems to handle large file sizes alright.  Once the files are shared with others then other people can share just like bittorrent, but privately with a Bittorrent Sync key. 

For the storage space problem, I suggest getting a Synology 4 Bay media server with TB hard drives that do Raid 1 mirroring.  Recently, I had two 1 TB hard drives fail on me, but I was just able to back up all that data fast enough onto the Synology media server with 7 TB on Raid 1. Now I don't have to worry about losing all those video / audio files because Synology notifies me about failing hard drives and then I can swap out the failing hard drives.

And I think the Synology media server can act as a webpage server, but I bought it mostly as a long term, large file sizes back up system.

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I have a quite a large collection of Macross pictures, but not so much Toy or Model box top related.  My favorite model box artists are Yoshiyuki Takani and the Macross fan artist inspired by Takani, Tenjin Hidetaka.  A lot of the Yamato Macross toy box art was simply a photograph of the toy itself.

That's too much to do that is unrelated to the theatrical DYRL movie, so I'm unlikely to do that as an extra for this project.


I got back from my holidays last week and then went to work my night shifts.  So, I'm just getting my projects re-organized for this week.

In the next couple of days, I'll see if I can do a video test with Sony Vegas Pro to plug in the completed video I have so far and check if the Neat Video - Sony Vegas plug in was worth the money spent. 


The initial DYRL theatrical HD release will be mkv / mp4 with the LD theatrical mono or stereo Japanese / mono English Hong Kong Dub + as many subtitle files that I can put together + OSTs + artbooks + video cover scans.

The 2nd version would be a BD with menu and a nice faux-Criterion BD cover.

The 3rd super deluxe version, which won't happen very quickly, would be colour-correction of the BD with DYRL Gold Book snapshots + grain / digital noise reduction because of the really heavy grain in some scenes + Japanese subtitle removal of the Zentradi scenes + a complete Flashback 2012 ending made more film-like that would have English credits.

And an HD Clash of the Bionoids fan re-creation would keep me pretty busy for 2015!


In other DYRL news, I found someone who personally owns a film canister reel of 35mm DYRL film.   I don't know who that person is or whether s/he has the completed film or would be willing to have the film digitally scanned.  I'm making an inquiry.

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I just received an email contribution from an interested party,
which included the PILA-7008 LD audio in 48 kz PCM with
some DYRL English subtitles.

Here's how 2015 is starting off for the DYRL HD Theatrical Restoration project!

For the last month, I was just so busy working on another couple of
different projects and then getting ready to go visit
my mom for January that I put this project on hold.
I did get some stuff done for this project, but
I'm not re-starting this project until I get back
 home in February.

Audio update:

I, too, was able to capture the audio for all of my
DYRL and Flashback 2012 LDs in
44.1 khz  in wav PCM and FLAC.  But, I wasn't able to
get a 48 khz version because my M-Audio Audiophile
USB stopped working.  That audio file would be just what
I need for this project! 

I will have to buy another Audiophile box to
 capture the RCA digital audio from my other LDs
because it's the only capture box that has RCA digital audio in.
The power light on the Audiophile box is on, but the
Audiophile box is no longer recognized by Windows 8.1
or MacOSX 10 even after uninstalling and reinstalling different drivers. 

The Hauppauge USB capture box only has optical in, the Intensity Shuttle
Thunderbolt and El Gato Game Capture HD only have
stereo in or hdmi audio in.  

Alternatively, the Crystalio Video processor can take in the HLD-X0 RCA digital
output and then convert that audio optical for the Hauppauge box.  That might
work instead of buying another Audiophile USB box.  I would then need to set
up and test the Hauppauge capture box on my Windows laptop and MacBook.

I have to sort out all the different languages that DYRL have
been dubbed in to make sure that the audio files match the BD
video length.  I didn't hear back from the guy on youtube who
uploaded the partial Italian DYRL dub.
Would anybody be able synchronize the DYRL audio drama LP to the BD
video?  It's pretty tricky because the LP did not play at a constant rate.

Subtitles update:

I already have a version of the English DYRL subtitles that have
been made by Gubaba of Galaxy Network Subs  & Macross World
 and updated recently by HannouHeiki of Macross World for his own DYRL BD. 
I'll include any other subtitles I find as part of the initial bundle.
I was able to find a few more different subbed languages of DYRL, but I haven't
checked if the subtitles are sync'ed to the BD. 

Spanish (Sync'ed by HannouHeiki), Polish, Turkish and English.

I have not been able to download the VOSTFR French DYRL subs,
but the subs are hard coded into the avi file anyways.

Video update:

The first 1 minute and 30 seconds and the ending credits of the theatrical
DYRL are already on the BD, so it's just the 2 seconds of censored scenes that need work.
There might be more small changes or fixes in the DYRL BD,
but I haven't done
a close analysis of the differences with the DYRL DVD.

For video editing, I have Sony Vegas Pro 13 with the Neat Video plug-in.
I made two up-scaled 1080p videos of the remastered DYRL DVD.
I made a remastered DYRL DVD up-scale video using a couple of
the Video Enhancer's Avisynth plug-ins and then one up-scaled video without
using any video noise removal .  In Sony Vegas, I can compare
both videos to see if the Neat Video plug-in was worth the money spent.

Then I still have to colour-correct the up-scaled non-censored scenes.
I have all sorts of different colour-correction software to work with, such as
the free Davinci resolve and AAV Colorlab.  I think I'll start by taking
some snapshots of the BD video and then get the color and brightness
histograms to adjust the DYRL DVD up-scaled censored scenes.

The first version of this project is just going to be an .mkv with
bundled separate audio and subtitle files with some extras.
Then I'll figure out how to do a bluray disc menu.

So, that's it for now until the beginning of February.

Amadeus - Theatrical Cut Restoration 1080p (V2)

Was there a previous post about some of the video editing or audio editing techniques used to restore the theatrical video & audio into the Amadeus bluray?  I have some fan edit animation projects in mind.  Thanks!

I do prefer the Amadeus theatrical cut, so I'm patiently waiting for the completion of your 2nd version with the LD mono audio track.