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#1283738
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Phantom Menace '99 - HD Theatrical Version by Chewielewis
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Jesta’ said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Theatrical version of ROTS exists. It’s just the HDTV with the missing wipe restored. Schorman did it.

I also think there are differences in the crawl timing. Not to mention that the Blu Ray is a higher quality source than the HDTV rip.

There’s no difference in the crawl timing between the Workprint bootleg, the DVD, the HDTV versions, the Blu Ray, the Streaming versions, or the Theatrical DTS CD audio for that matter. They are frame-for-frame identical. I’m not sure where you’re getting that idea.

For what it’s worth, the Blu Ray has more DNR than the HDTV master has.

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#1282156
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SW fonts
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bttfbrasilfan said:

schorman13 said:

Leoj said:

Does anybody knows what font is used on the GOUT DVD R1?

My best guess is “Franklin Gothic Condensed Book” or “Franklin Gothic Compressed Book”.  Leaning more toward Condensed.

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/urw/franklin-gothic/

It looks like “Open Sans”. The oficial Star Wars Complete Saga BD uses this same font for the subtitles, but hi-res. I think it’s the same font, although I can’t be 100% sure.

https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Open+Sans

It’s close, but the s looks totally different on the DVD version.

That’s probably exactly what they used for the BDs, though.

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#1282027
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The Last Jedi - Isolated Score
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a_o said:

for some reason the movies anywhere version doesn’t sync with much of the soundtrack cd or ‘for your consideration’ mp3s in pluraleyes. i suppose one could do it manually. the score-only file i found is just 96k aac.

That’s the unencrypted version you can rip from the movies anywhere website. It’s also available through iTunes and through the movies anywhere Roku app with a higher bit rate of, iirc, 160k. The trouble is that it’s encrypted, so one would need to capture the decoded output, much akin to capturing laserdisc PCM audio. In addition to that, it’s also available in 5.1 through iTunes, which, again, can be captured/ripped in the same manner as LD ac3 using an AppleTV.

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#1274404
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The Phantom Menace on 35mm
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skywalker89 said:

schorman13 said:

skywalker89 said:

RU.08 said:

I don’t know I would call that “easy”, I can send you my project files and you can see what you can make of it if you like. In any case, we have a very good opportunity to scan this film now if the print is purchased.

I would want to have the original raw files (Maybe a .ts or .mp4 file?) of the Austrian 720p HDTV record “Die dunkle Bedrohung” from ORF1 from 2013 (or earlier) in best possible quality.

The only available recording of the Austrian ORF1 version is 480p.

I already have that 480p version, but there should be a European 720p HDTV record.

There should, but there isn’t.

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#1274397
Topic
The Phantom Menace on 35mm
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skywalker89 said:

RU.08 said:

I don’t know I would call that “easy”, I can send you my project files and you can see what you can make of it if you like. In any case, we have a very good opportunity to scan this film now if the print is purchased.

I would want to have the original raw files (Maybe a .ts or .mp4 file?) of the Austrian 720p HDTV record “Die dunkle Bedrohung” from ORF1 from 2013 (or earlier) in best possible quality.

The only available recording of the Austrian ORF1 version is 480p.

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#1263463
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4K83 Released
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Pop Zeus said:

Is there any place that goes into which audio tracks are included in the 4K83 ISO? I can’t seem to find the track info anywhere in this thread. There seems to be more audio tracks in the ISO than in the MKV file, and I want to make a smaller version of the ROTJ scan that just has 2 or 3 of the better audio tracks.

All available audio tracks (with the possible specific exception of a DD encode of Hairy_Hen’s 5.1 mix) have been shared on the audio thread over at the star wars trilogy forum. I would advise you to check out that thread and download the tracks you want.

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#1259766
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4k77 released
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ChainsawAsh said:

Not sure, but probably not. Did you make sure to check “Downconvert DTS-HD to DTS” in tsmuxer? If so, then it’s likely that the mono mix just doesn’t have a DTS core.

It’s actually not possible to create DTS-HD MA tracks that don’t have a core. DTS-HD and DTS-HD MA are extensions to the standard DTS format, and as such, all contain a standard DTS core.

If you want to try a different extraction method, use eac3to. The command line will look like this:

\eac3to “inputfile.dtshd” “outputfile.dts” -core.

If you want to decode it to PCM losslessly, use:

\eac3to “inputfile.dtshd” “output.wav”

Easy peasy 😉

Jedit: Link to eac3to: https://www.videohelp.com/software/eac3to

Just extract to a folder and run under a command prompt, or you can try out the useac3to gui.

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#1258415
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4K83 Released
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ChainsawAsh said:

hairy_hen said:

The print audio has the correct frequency balance for the soundtrack since it has been recorded through a Dolby A decoder. Most of the laserdisc versions are extremely bright and are too shrill in comparison. However, the print audio is less dynamic than any of the laserdiscs, since stereo optical on 35mm film has very little headroom.

Soundtracks made with Dolby A noise reduction (which includes all the mixes for the Star Wars films except the mono versions) sound much too bright in their undecoded state. It is apparent that none of the early laserdiscs have been Dolby A decoded, hence their excessive high frequency emphasis. The RotJ soundtrack from the Special Widescreen Edition does have the correct frequency balance, so it is likely that it has been Dolby A decoded.

The best possible version of the 35mm stereo mix can be produced by using the early US laserdisc (since it has the most dynamic range) and adjusting its EQ to match the print/SWE versions. That way you get the best of both worlds; the greater dynamics and the correct frequency balance. This is exactly what I did for the 35mm soundtrack on Despecialized v2.5, but I haven’t yet put out one like this that is synced to 4K83.

I will release a track like that at some point soon, but for the moment, I would recommend using the SWE version, because it sounds extremely similar to the print audio, but with better quality.

Do any of the SW '77 stereo mix laserdisc audio tracks have the correct Dolby A-decoded frequency balance as far as you know, or do they all sound similarly over-bright? (As in, any of the pre-JSC remix audio tracks.)

There is only one digital source (technically two) for the '77 stereo mix, the 1986 Japanese Pan & Scan LD release with catalogue number SF098-1103 (as well as the re-release from 1991 with #PILF-1236). I speculated back in August that it may not have had Dolby A decoding applied and worked with a software engineer that I met through the stevehoffman.tv forum to decode it properly using a proprietary Dolby A decoder he was developing. The results were shared over at tswt forums, and my opinion is that it did not exactly work. Overall it was a bit too muffled-sounding. To me the original version was preferable.

My results indicate that it’s probably not as simple as saying that the LD’s are missing Dolby A decoding. While it may be true, there are other possibilities. These mixes were digitized at a time before a DAW would allow for easy manipulation of the audio track, as such, the harshness may be due to the more rudimentary ADC’s being used at the time and a limited ability to deal with tape noise effectively (and SW seems to have a lot of tape noise), or simply the EQ preference of the person doing the transfer. Even if Dolby A decoding is indeed missing, it’s possible (likely?) that the audio was eq’ed to make it more pleasing to the ear. Any sort of eq manipulation would make subsequent Dolby A decoding nearly impossible to perfect.

I was asked by SkyDude to do an improved version of of the 1977 audio for his SkyMaster edition, and I was able to achieve much better results by simply correcting the eq and using spectral noise reduction. I haven’t shared that version, as I was going to let that debut when SkyMaster is released.

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#1257817
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4K83 Released
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You_Too said:

ChainsawAsh said:
It should also be noted that while two “1985 Home Video Mix” files are included in the Alternate Audio folder, they’re actually the same as the 1983 theatrical mix, of which Schorman says the one marked “1983 - Stereo (US Source)” is the best quality.

Thanks, so both the Japan and US ones are from 1985 LD releases? Looking forward to compare them.

schorman13 said:
It’s not really an alternate. I just posted it individually in case anyone might like to download the track by itself, without the rest of 4K83. I named it “[Cleaned]” because I worked on it, and I don’t want it to be confused with the untouched audio, which I didn’t share, but could if anyone really wanted it.

Thanks, the ac3 file might work better with my blu-ray player. Good to know they’re the same. The main track that I heard when previewing the mkv sounded great.

It would be interesting to hear some comparison samples of before and after your cleanup though. 😃

I was confused. I forgot about the “Alternate Audio” folder. Yeah, that cleaned file is there in case anyone needed it in ac3 format, as ChainsawAsh said.

ChainsawAsh said:

There’s four - two US, two Japan; the ones marked as the 1983 mix are from pan-and-scan LDs, and of those two the US one is the better source. The ones marked 1985 mix are from the Japanese Special Collection and the US Widescreen Edition, which was the debut of the 1985 mix for ANH and (maybe) ESB, but per Schorman, it’s the same mix as the 1983 theatrical mix. They’re presumably only included because whoever made the MKV package (williarob or ohteedee, I think) assumed a new mix was done for ROTJ in 1985, as most of us have for years.

Yeah, I was worried people might be confused by how many different versions there were of the '83 mix. I had them all done so I shared them. In reality, anyone wanting authenticity above all should choose the optical soundtrack. The US pan & scan LD does offer the best sounding version of the soundtrack, in my opinion. The other versions are shared for anyone with an attachment to the JSC or SWE.

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#1257773
Topic
4K83 Released
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You_Too said:

schorman13 said:
*4) Optical stereo soundtrack provided by TN1, sychronized, declicked, and denoised by me.

Wait, if the optical stereo track included in the mkv is already cleaned up, why is there a separate version in the “alternate audio” folder named “ROTJ - 35mm Optical [Cleaned]”?

It’s not really an alternate. I just posted it individually in case anyone might like to download the track by itself, without the rest of 4K83. I named it “[Cleaned]” because I worked on it, and I don’t want it to be confused with the untouched audio, which I didn’t share, but could if anyone really wanted it.