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#1202087
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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Drakul said:

Hey guys, I had the old 2.0 version so I just grabbed the 2.7 but I’m having an issue with tsmuxer crashing around 37.7% and getting this error message “Matroska parse error: invalid H264 NAL unit size. NAL unit truncated.”

I tried remuxing it with mkvmerge but I get the same issue at the same spot.
do you know how I could fix this?

What format did you get it in, and what container are you trying to mux it to in the end?

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#1201913
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How Many Versions are there of the AOTC
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Ryan-SWI said:
The home video release of AOTC is across the board (on DVD/VHS/VCD), identical to the digital theatrical release on a visual level, as aforementioned. However, the initial home video release changes a few audio cues, the most notable being Padme’s “Yes” being changed to a more natural “Uh-huh” after falling out of the Republic Gunship.

Hmm. You’re suggesting that the “to be angry is to be human” segment was present in the digital theatrical release? Is there any evidence of this?

Hm. You might be onto something there.

I’m going to do some research and see if it’s possible, that’s something I’d definitely love to do.

The biggest challenge I imagine would be cleaning the audio to insert into the mix without sounding off. Centropy’s SVCD is currently the best source for the theatrical AOTC, but the exported 2.0 audio initially captured using a camcorder isn’t exactly Dolby 5.1 quality.

I have about a dozen bootlegs of the theatrical AOTC on VCD and DVD but none of them match the quality of the official home release DVD/HDTV broadcast, obviously.

We have the theatrical audio DTS CDs, though. The SVCD would not be required.

The problem comes back to things like the “to be angry” scene. I think it’s quite a stretch to assume it is identical between the DVD and digital theatrical. I can see the logic of thinking perhaps the two versions of the film were visually the same, with the audio changed changed - based on the fact that we know the robohand shot is the same in both. And that it’s very unlikely that the widely mocked “Yes” line went by unnoticed as “uh huh” in some theaters. But the “to be angry” portion is an audio and visual change, of course.

Undoing that change will require some frames from before and after the newly inserted scene, that were removed from the original theatrical version.

I would also say that there’s a decent chance that the deleted speeder was the same between DVD/digital theatrical. Seems like it could be a late stage, purely visual change as with the hand. But the bottom line is that there’s no way to recreate the digital version other than to make a number of assumptions (ones that conveniently make it actually feasible to construct. 😃 ).

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#1201087
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Harmy's STAR WARS Despecialized Edition HD - V2.7 MKV IS OUT NOW
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peter_pan said:

towne32 said:

Darth Lucas said:

It’s worth noting that the avchd versions are meant to be burned onto a DVD.

But they also serve well as properly encoded (as opposed to transcoded by some rando) version with a smaller file size. Just need to dig the m2ts out.

I just rename the m2ts extension as MKV, then this reads on all my devices.

Generally much better to just remux instead of tricking your software, but yes. 😃

Also makes the file slightly smaller.

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#1198465
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Attack of the Clones - Centropy Theatrical Telesync "Remastered"
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Ryan-SWI said:

towne32 said:

Wait, you actually have the svcd? I thought that was lost to the ages.

Would the SVCD be identical to what was pressed onto DVD bootlegs, if not better quality? I’ve got the original physical release of the Centropy VCD, but I also have about 10 or 11 copies of the CAM rip pressed onto various bootleg DVDs from back in the day too.

It’s hard to say without knowing the origin of the bootlegs. From what I recall, Centropy was putting out unique telesyncs and not ripping black market bootlegs. So presumably those DVDs (Hong Kong silvers and such) were made from the SVCD and not the other way around.

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#1197549
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Bitrate Questions
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If you’re saying a 8 mbps MPEG2 stream can lose little quality as 2.5 mbps h264, that doesn’t mean that 8 mbps h264 can compress to 2.5 mbps and look the same. The same goes for the idea of 35 mbps h264 going down to 16.

If you just mean extrapolating from 2.5 to 16, the standards of downloaders/homebrew types of things are different from commercial standards. Yes, you’ll definitely see people here release things at bitrates such as 16, as downloaders don’t always want enormous files. But it’s not perfect, and customers would rightly complain if they got a disc with a bitrate like that. That said, legal streaming bitrates can certainly often be lower.

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#1197437
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Star Wars Tosche station Restored
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Sky_ said:

towne32 said:

Now that I’ve looked a little more carefully, I see that huge amounts of the frame were replaced (most of the sky, ground, etc). Presumably that makes it much easier to clean, when only a few objects on screen are carried over from the original (though they do generally look good). Handy for avoiding the enormous tramline scratches and such, but it has me managing my expectations for what can be done with purely the original frames!

Actually I have the version with no elements just raw footage cleaned up, no as clean as this but it’s like 90 percent cleaner than the original as that as far as 8 could with the raw footage, it only then that I decided to go with the method that you see now, the first stage of clean took a very long time

That’s very impressive!

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#1197303
Topic
Star Wars Tosche station Restored
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Now that I’ve looked a little more carefully, I see that huge amounts of the frame were replaced (most of the sky, ground, etc). Presumably that makes it much easier to clean, when only a few objects on screen are carried over from the original (though they do generally look good). Handy for avoiding the enormous tramline scratches and such, but it has me managing my expectations for what can be done with purely the original frames!

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#1197196
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The Last Jedi regrade - One LUT to rule them all...
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Jackpumpkinhead said:

Honestly, why isn’t releasing LUT files for movies more of a thing? Quick, small, and easy to apply.

Movies often benefit from shot by shot or scene by scene corrections. But when there’s a lazy single setting grading on top, that turns out to be relatively unpopular around here, an LUT works very well to fix it.

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#1196944
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The Last Jedi regrade - One LUT to rule them all...
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darthrush said:

I honestly prefer the LUT’s so much more. You can customize them and simply apply them yourself without downloading the entire film.

Yes, but there are surely many people who might want to watch it without getting into the business of encoding video! That said, I think Dre has done more than his part in releasing the LUT. If enough people start asking for an encoding, I’m sure one of the many helpful people around here will get around to it at some point.

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#1195469
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The Last Jedi regrade - One LUT to rule them all...
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kk650 said:

I am personally seeing a red tinted lightsaber core and red tinted snow/salt/whatever that planet’s covered with. As JawsTDS said, the starfield also looks red tinted, though that may be just for that shot.

Dre, if you didn’t add red yourself, you most likely increased the saturation too much. The colours would look nicer and more balanced if you reduced the saturation IMHO. I prefer your V1 regrade settings.

Yes, or maybe somewhere in between. It’s nice to see the grass on the island more bright and vibrant like in tfa, but perhaps it’s a bit much in other cases. Still not bad at all, though.

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#1194919
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kk650's Regraded Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi V2 (blanket yellow tint removed from blu-ray)
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darthrush said:

The first LUT makes for a gorgeous image. The second goes too far in many places from what I saw. The biggest issue is the crushed blacks throughout. But we got the first LUT which is a perfect correction in my opinion! And yeah, a new thread is probably a good idea if the discussion goes further.

Yep. Unlike the yellow, I do think the contrast needs shot by shot adjustment (or else just settling for the way it is). I’ve watched the UHD, and some parts, particularly indoor scenes, have excellent contrast.

The space shots all look like they’re being viewed from behind glass, like from a cockpit or something. The starfields are, obviously, not black and it seemed like there is a bit of a reflective haze (just lens flair?) associated with laser blasts and such. The look seems to be intentional, but indeed different from all of the previous films.

In terms of comparing it to how things looked in the theater, I think it’s probably not possible to make a good comparison about projected black levels vs. television. But the colors, whether we like them or not, seem to me absolutely what I saw on the big screen several times.

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#1194301
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kk650's Regraded Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi V2 (blanket yellow tint removed from blu-ray)
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DominicCobb said:

kk650 said:

DominicCobb said:

towne32 said:

Secondly - I was wrong, KK650. The yellow tint does seem to be applied evenly across the film based on what Dre is saying. I don’t get how applying a single setting on the top of a 2.5hr film is in any way what a professional in the industry should get paid for doing. shrug

There’s a lot more that goes into professionally grading a film than that.

Of course but it doesn’t change the fact that after all the scenes have been selectively colour graded, a final blanket tint is added over the whole film for many many releases these days. Like towne32 I don’t understand why they do it. Why do all the work selectively colour grading each scene just to add a blanket yellow/green tint to the whole film at the end that dullens all the colour choices they made before, I just don’t get it.

I just mean that it’s weird to act like the only thing they did was give it a blanket tint, which is what towne23 implied. There’s nothing wrong with disliking the tint, it wasn’t my favorite either.

There is indeed more to grading a film than that.

And then they took the entire film and applied a single setting to it. It seems lazy.

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#1194274
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kk650's Regraded Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi V2 (blanket yellow tint removed from blu-ray)
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Firstly - Exellent LUT, Dre!

Secondly - I was wrong, KK650. The yellow tint does seem to be applied evenly across the film based on what Dre is saying. I don’t get how applying a single setting on the top of a 2.5hr film is in any way what a professional in the industry should get paid for doing. shrug

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#1190460
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kk650's Regraded Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi V2 (blanket yellow tint removed from blu-ray)
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I think it’s unlikely that the grading simply had one blanket yellowish setting added over the top of it, even if some find it too yellow in general. It would probably need a careful shot by shot adjustment.

A couple look more natural (if that makes them better or worse is a personal choice. I don’t believe films need to be stripped of their color timing decisions to look good). But, some shots have indeed become blue enough that I’m sure the blue would fanedited away if it was released that way.

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#1183632
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Song Of The South
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Soupdrinker0 said:

monks19 said:

Soupdrinker0 said:

SmoothHat said:

Colson said:

SmoothHat said:

So nobody has the Song of the South 35mm 1080p Version anymore?

There’s a great copy on the spleen.

I can’t find it there! I’m logged in but i can’t find it!

Check the PM I sent you bud 😃

Hi. I’ll be interested to get a copy of this scan myself if anyone here has it. Don’t hesitate to PM me please.

Thanks

I didn’t PM him a link to a copy, I was told the person in charge of the scan didn’t want it shared & I always respect the wishes of those in charge when it comes to film scans. I figured he was most likely bullshitting about being a member and I asked a ? to get confirmation.

Is this the scan from the person who likes to charge money for that and Pinocchio, or a different person altogether (I know there are several)? That particular person loses their vote on the share-ability of the product, in my opinion, because they sell it for profit. And they often just collect the money and don’t send it. Better to share it far and wide to prevent him from ripping more people off.

My apologies and retraction if it’s about an honest scanner/sharer.

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#1183312
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Doctor Who
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For anyone who was considering pre ordering the S12 set but hasn’t yet, a message from the restoration team:

This is a bit of a heads-up for US fans… There’s now a confirmed release date of 26th of June in the States. It would be incredibly helpful if you could get your pre-orders in (it’s on Amazon already, I imagine it’s also on other retail sites) sooner rather than later. America is a really big linchpin in the future of this Blu-ray range, so strong pre-order sales will help create confidence in the range and encourage early commissioning of the next set. Spread the word!

It’s actually June 19 now. https://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Tom-Baker-The-Complete-First-Season-Blu-ray/dp/B079PT1N7W

I also suspect the price on Amazon will drop considerably, based on what Target has listed (still with placeholder date: https://www.target.com/p/doctor-who-tom-baker-complete-first-s-blu-ray/-/A-53487571

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#1180157
Topic
The Original Trilogy restored from 35mm prints
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Williarob said:

Poita I’d like to take a moment to thank you, not only for all you do for the community but also for continuing to take the high road in situations like this - it’s unfortunate that a lot of forum threads ultimately flame out because somebody says something rude, and others respond in kind. It’s all too easy to write a biting retort. Your thoughtful and reasoned reply is the kind of response that stops that nonsense in its tracks, restores perspective and allows discussions to continue. This is not the first time, I’ve seen you bite your tongue, and refrain from cutting somebody down to size, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I applaud your patience, and wish the internet was filled with more people like you.

A very nice post. I’ve partaken in my share of dickery on this forum. Never with Poita, of course, but I still regret it. Both of you, and Harmy, and plenty of others, are good examples of how to behave around here.