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#314400
Topic
STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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"Vader's "bring my shuttle" line will return so most, if not all, of the shuttle additions will be gone."

Thank God for that! In my mind this was the single most hurtful aspect of the ESB SE. The music scoring for this section of the film is nearly Shakesperian in intensity and flows superbly. There's hardly any dialogue in this last act and it almost works like an opera relying on the intensity of the music. The sudden and jarring editing of music just to insert a worthless CGI shuttle sequence just absolutely destroys the flow of this wonderful scene. I bet John Williams just had his head in his hands at this point!!!

As for the sound mix, the scene were Chewie is throttling Lando, some of Leia's or Threepio's (can't remember off-hand) is suddenly burried beneath Chewies roaring! Yes another example of a rushed sound re-mix for the SE's. Is it possible to reinstate the sound for this scene using another mix?

Cheers!

- John
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#314399
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Hi Adywan.

Have been watching your original XVID edit for the 3rd time today, and was once again marvelling at the work you've put into this. I'd love to see the proper DVD version but alas our download limit is only 3GB, and then we have a 'fair use' policy which means I cannot download all day! AGhhhhhh!

Anyway I was watching the part where Ben is deactivating the reactor, and for some reason the sound effect used in the original Flash Gordon Republic serials for the sound of the ships flying popped into my head! (as it does.....!!!). I think this effect would really bring the tractor beam alive - seems to fit the visual perfectly. It would also be a nice little homage to Flash Gordon, which of course Star Wars was based upon...

I know you've 'locked off' your edit now, but if you did wish to use it as a last minute sound FX tweak I could mail you the soundeffect WAV next week.

Thanks again for what is clearly the definitive version of Star Wars now :)

- John
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#314179
Topic
GOUT image stabilization - Released
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Hi Old School Jedi!

Managed to fix it. I went through the AVIsynth plug-ins folder, and deleted any duplicates there which might exist for other CPUs.

I also downloaded a different mt_masktools.dll (dated 27th Jan '06) from http://manao4.free.fr/

Lastly I ran my test clip through DGIndex again and created a fresh D2V file.

One or all of these seemed to do the trick!

Fingers crossed it will work for you as well :)
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#314164
Topic
GOUT image stabilization - Released
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Downloaded all the plug-ins, and placed them into the Avisynth plug-ins folder. Trouble is evertime I open my script I get the following message using VirtualDubMod:

AVIsynth read error: CAVIStreamSynth: unknown system exception - 0xc000001e ahO7 0

!!!

Have tried systematically going through the script, and the error occurs when I get down to the MT-Logic parts. Have commented them out and I still get the message however... Here's my script:

Mpeg2Source("C:\Documents and Settings\John\Desktop\SW Test\VIDEO_TS\sw test.d2v",cpu2="ooooxo")

#cut off some black bars and make image size MOD 16
orig=Crop(0,96,0,-96,align=true) #NTSC now 720x288
#orig=Crop(0,120,0,-120,align=true) #PAL now 720x336

#global motion stage
temp=orig.TemporalSoften(7,255,255,25,2)
rep=Repair(temp,orig,mode=16).TemporalSoften(1,255,255,25,2)
source=Interleave(rep,orig,rep)
mdata=DePanEstimate(source, range=1, trust=0, dxmax=1, dymax=0)
DePan(source, data=mdata, offset=1)
SelectEvery(3,2)

#anti-aliasing
NNEDI(dh=true,field=1).TurnRight().NNEDI(dh=true,field=1).TurnLeft()

#resize to 16x9 proportion (still MOD 16)
Spline36Resize(720,384) #NTSC
#Spline36Resize(720,448) #PAL

#some filtering, sharpening and smoothing to avoid oversharpening
FFT3DFilter(sigma=1.5,sharpen=.6)
BlindPP(cpu2="ooooxo")

#get motion vectors and apply them
source=last
backward_vec1= source.MVAnalyse(isb=true, delta=1,pel=2,overlap=4,sharp=1,idx=1)
forward_vec1 = source.MVAnalyse(isb=false,delta=1,pel=2,overlap=4,sharp=1,idx=1)
bw1=source.MVCompensate(backward_vec1,idx=2)
fw1=source.MVCompensate(forward_vec1, idx=2)

#local motion stabilization/degrain stage
inter=Interleave(bw1,bw1,source,fw1,fw1)
intersmooth=inter.Clense().TemporalSoften(1,255,255,10,2)
RestoreMotionBlocks(intersmooth,inter,neighbour=inter,alternative=inter,gmthreshold=100,dist=1,
\ dmode=3,debug=false,noise=10,noisy=15,grey=false,show=false)
SelectEvery(5,2)

#temporal min/max sharpening stage
pmax=source.MT_Logic(bw1,"max").MT_Logic(fw1,"max")
pmin=source.MT_Logic(bw1,"min").MT_Logic(fw1,"min")
Sharpen(.6)
MT_Clamp(pmax,pmin,1,1,U=2,V=2)

#moving star protection (better version will be tested soon)
restored=last
a=source.Levels(0,1.5,150,0,255)
b=restored.Levels(0,1.5,150,0,255)
ConditionalFilter(restored,source,restored,"(LumaDifference(b,a)/AverageLuma(a))","greaterthan",".01")

#set black level, remove sides, add borders, hue and saturation
Levels(10,1.13,255,0,255) #8 is bare minimum to fix "Tie matte scene"
Crop(8,8,-4,-8,align=true)
#Crop(8,10,-4,-10,align=true) #PAL
AddBorders(6,56,6,56) #NTSC now 720x480
#AddBorders(6,74,6,74) #PAL now 720x576
Tweak(sat=1.08,hue=-4)

Can anyone see any obvious errors? Have been trawling the net for any helpful information but no luck so far.

Which version of masktools should I be using? Perhaps the answer lies here?

Thanks,

- John

P.S. I've edited out the subs in my script, as the clip I am running the test on doesn't need them.
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#314007
Topic
ADigitalMan's Guide to MPEG2/AC3 Editing
Time
OK have figured out how to do the above.

I have followed the guide on Page 1 to the letter, the problem I now have is trying to load my script into VirtualDubMod. It says "cannot use crop to enlarge or 'shift' a clip".

My source file is 4x3 NTSC, size 704 x 480 - how do I go about resizing this please?

Thanks!

- John

EDIT: Aha! After playing around settles on a crop of: 0,32,704,416

I left the lanczosresize commented (#) as it seemed to push the image down (using 704,480) according to the VDub preview. Was this correct?
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#313979
Topic
GOUT image stabilization - Released
Time
Hi G-Force!

Been lurking on this thread for a while and just wanted to say it's great the work you've put into this - looks fantastic.

I have a RIP of the NTSC G-Out on my hard disc, but - and I know I'll probably get laughed off the forums for asking this - but how do i convert the VOB to D2V format? What do you recommend? Also have you used your script for the entire film, or just sections of it?

Many thanks! Sorry for the layman's questions ;)

- John

Edit: Just found out about DGIndex which I'm using now to create the D2V files - playing catch-up here :) Using the 64-bit floating option under video - is this correct?
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#313905
Topic
ADigitalMan's Guide to MPEG2/AC3 Editing
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OK this is going to sound like a stupid question, but I'm new to this, and want to use your fantastic guide to work some magic on my LD capture of Star Wars from the 1989 release, and try and sync this up then to the pure 16-bit PCM capture from the same LD.

When you mention you need to download Gordian Knot, is Auto GK the same thing? Anyone have a link to the correct release please?

Many thanks.

70sFN
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#311943
Topic
Star Wars Prequels/Original Trilogy: The Complete Scores (Released)
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Hi there GoodMusician!

I've just downloaded your version of the Episode II soundtrack and just want to say a HUGE thank you for the amount of time and love you have put into this! Seems these days the fans put alot more care into their releases than the official powers that be!

I disliked the prequals with a passion, but am a life-long fan of John Williams' music so being able to hear the complete score to Episode II is awsome!

Thank you again - off to listen to this on my iPod now

Look forward to your other releases!

- 70sFN
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#310814
Topic
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Story LP (Released)
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I do wave files, and this is what I shall send out on DVD, or Apple Lossless.

In the middle of moving back to London so the other records may take a month or two for me to do, but i shall post when they're all done. I did think of doing some clean up work to them, but I kind of like the odd bit of vinyl crackle

Thanks for the offer of using ur rapidshare account Throwngncpr - I'll be in touch!!!

- 7FN
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#310677
Topic
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Story LP (Released)
Time

Hi there folks!

Wondered if anyone would be interested in the recordings I have made of the original 1981 Story LP of Raiders of the Lost Ark? I’d love to see this used in the same manner as the LPs for Move Along’s Story of Star Wars DVDs. The sound quality is awsome (better than then in the films themselves!) and contains many alternative dialogue takes, and sound effects.

The recording has been made using top quality equipment (for those interested Garrard 401 turntable, Rega RB250 tone-arm, Goldring 1042 cartridge, Creek phonostage -> Edirol UA-1EX, Sony Vaio, Adobe Audition). I will also be transferring all the Story of Star Wars LPs, and also Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Story LP.

Anyone interested in using these please contact me.

Cheers,

SeventiesFilmNut

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#307759
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Adywan so sorry to hear about the tooth-ache situation - u have my sympathy. This country gets on my tits as well! As u say spend ur whole life playing by the rules and then get shafted basically. How much would it cost to get it fixed privately? Perhaps we could all contribute - least we could do after such a fantastic edit.

As for Neil's comment - the height of rudeness in my book (if it wasn't a joke). Neil why don't you go out there and make ur own restored version of the original cut and stop winging? There's room in this world for differing views of opinion, and different versions of the same film. I love both! From some of ur other posts I've read you seem to act like you OWN the original trilogy or something... Take a chill pill dude... It's an honour to be on that credits list!

Hope that tooth subsides man - clove oil is VERY good for numbing the pain.

Cheers,

- John
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#307405
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Agreed the TIE moment was a real "holy SHIYYYAAATTTTT" moment for me - REALLY gives the scene the added scale and tension it needs. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT

Music spotting is ultimately a personal thing. I would have left out music for reasons already discussed for the majority of the first death star conference scene, and also the duel, but it's Ady's artistic decision. With or without music it's still the version i shall watch from here on in.

As I said earlier on the only scene which really stood out as not fitting in at all were the added rocks/mesa to the scene just before artoo is captured by the Jawas. Other than that perfectionamondo!

All I can say is if I was Adyan right now I'd have an ego the size of Oola's assets....

- J
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#307393
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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...this is getting more in depth than the discussion over Greedo shooting first - hahaha! I bet Adywan can almost sympathise with Lucas now - can't please everyone (though YEAH the Greedo scene was dumb without a doubt...!).

Still reckon make it a human arm - it just makes more sense and follows the onscreen action perfectly. The shock value here helps as well - suddenly 'old' ben isn't someone to mess with in a hurry, and also echo's sentiments, "this place can be a little rough....!". More shocking than some semi-fake looking weird alien arm which doesn't really has half the impact as the human arm...

- John
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#307375
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Hi Adywan!

Love your revised flipper shot - the extra detail really makes it come alive (er if a recently severed arm can be called alive... and if it is.... RUN!!!).

However.... I loved ur mock up of the human arm even more - it's alot more shocking (like the skeletons of Beru and Owen) and brings a slightly more 'adult' edge to the film, and I think will truly put YOUR stamp on this edit. OK according to canon it's Pondu's arm that is loped off, but from watching the film only and the way it is edited the case can be made for it being Dr Ugly's arm instead, being as he's the closest etc.

Just my £2 worth.

- John

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#307192
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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I know they are amazing aren't they - I particularly like the table hologram display in the rebel war room. Honestly I keep seeing new bits and pieces here and there I didn't notice first time around. It's a Star Wars geeks wet dream - lol! To list all the positives of this release would take an encyclopedia!

- J
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#307180
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Adywan,

that picture you posted of Pondu Bapa (or whatever his bloody name is - lol!) is interesting (if ur a geek like me) in that both sleeves are now short. I have a picture of Pondu standing by the cantina with his arm severed and the bloody stump. They obviously had to cut the other sleeve to match the shortness of severed arm sleeve for the holiday special.

Anyway, er I digress - back to our scheduled program

- John

P.S. Hooray - hip hip......
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#307168
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Dead Adywan,

I've just finished watching your masterpiece and I am just FLAWED by it. I actually had a tear in my eye in some scenes, but mostly because a film I have loved like no other since childhood (I'm 34) and watch regularly suddenly felt brand new and fresh again. I was on the edge of my seat (settee actually lol!) during the end battle. You invested it with a visual and kenetic energy which I didn't think possible. THIS is what the 1997 Special edition should have been. That TIE fighter attack just had my mouth hanging open - incredible stuff. The scale of the attack is just perfect now. And the Death Star about to fire before it explodes REALLY added to the feeling of tension. Words cannot do justice to the improvements you have made... and I'm one of the purests as well (or was!). As has already been said here loved he extra from the Radio drama of Luke yelling Biggs when he gets shot down - adds more emotion to the scene.

Other things I loved (in no particular order) was the different Aunt Beru voice, which is the one I remembered from way back. That bought a tear to my eye. (can't believe I just typed that hahaha!). Subtle little changed like R2 whistling while we are still looking at the outside of Kenobi's hut - brings the scene alive more. The asteroid debris really enhanced the scale of this scene and the added sound effects. The escape from Tatooine, the escape from the Death Star - both are now nail biting moments again with a genuine sense of urgency, as is the Kenobi/Vader lightsabre fight. Generally I am not a fan of incorporating music from other sequals into 'the original', but the Episode III music REALLY worked well hear, and seemed to fit the beats of the scene like a glove... again masterful editing...

Loved the introduction of the Death Star - it now looks bloody HUGE and forboding - just as it should have been. The extra music also works well to.

The lightsaber battle - what speed. Not sure how you managed this without repeating shots, but it looks like a totally different fight. Amazing work - yet again my gob was smacked

The hyperspace effect really worked well - seemed fitting the only time they have to grab a conversation is in hyperspace - that worked really well, and looked cool. Also loved the slight blue shade you gave to this scene to match what was going on outside the cockpit. Loved the new rebel briefing graphics - still looked retro, and kept the spirit of the original which I loved.

The entrance to Mos Eisley is now - again - exactly how it should have been. Visually impressive without any dumb ass slap stick. It now feels like the wretched hive of scum an dvillainy it always should have been. The creaures in the cantina, the subtle facial movements.... the Greedo changes.... again all done with a loving hand. It would have been so easy to do too much to the facial movements, but you have it spot on. A few blinks and snarls here and there - perfect: George Lucas TAKE NOTE Lol!!! Really loved the creature (sitting down to the left) sniffing as the stormtroopers walk past Han and Chewie. Adds character. Masterful.

I could go on and on, but I think the greatest compliment I can give is this will be the version I now watch in preference to all others... (unless Lucas finally releases a DECENT transfer of the Original trilogy). The care and love that has gone into this is without precident - and it shows. Even the colour balancing made my jaw drop as well. Again, just how it SHOULD have looked on the official releases.

Bravo Adywan, and THANK YOU for bringing Star Wars back to us the way it should have been in 1997

As this is such a quality release I had to just mention TWO things which I think could do with changing - I hope you don't mind a bit of costructive criticism. The addition of the rocks/mesa to the scene just before R2 gets captured just stood out like a sore thumb to me, and looked pasted in, unlike all the other changes. To be honest I think it works best as it was. I have nothing against adding anything to this scene, but it just looked artificial to me - like a cardboard painting added to the scene? It was the only change which didn't fit seemlessly for me.

I didn't think the music in the briefing room should have been there - it just 'feels' like it should be a musicless scene, but I guess that is just personal opinion at the end of the day, and is your creative choice. Maybe I am just too used to the original version lol!

The only other thing is the darkness of the transfer. I know this was an issue with the 2004 DVD release which I know this is based on, but any chance it could be lightened up a tad for the DVD releases? I had to alter my TVs brightness by 10-15% to get it about right.


Lastly the you have spelt copyright at the end of the credits wrong (copyrite).

That's all The dedication to your wife watching her soaps made me laugh out loud by the way!

Again, thank you for a wonderful release - I really do think this will make waves - you deserve any success which comes your way.

I'm off to watch it again

- John