Thundercats picture quality and mastering for DVD

Discussion in 'ThunderCats (1985)' started by Booshman, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    @Booshman your color corrected videos were edited to go beyond the boundraries of 4:3 aspect ratio?
    I confirm your source is WAY better than the one I was doing the stuff here (actually I was almost role-playing/guessing much of the lineart due to this low quality source I was using), but I also confirm the aspect ratio is not 4:3 anymore. I'm confused now, cause it might render what I'm doing useless. I confirm on Fandom the show was a 4:3 aspect ratio. The DVD release had some compensating reviews?
     
  2. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

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  3. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    For some reason, both MPC and Photoshop are giving me an aspect wider than 4:3.
    Hm, really weird. Checked here and it is playing as default. To fix it I have to override to 4:3.
    720 by 480 gives 1.5, not 1.333, mayne that's it.
    I'll see what I can do here. Thanks for replying it with numbers tho.
     
  4. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    I'm not sure what the issue is but this is definitely the correct aspect ratio. If you check at 1024x768 square pixels, it should look right.
     
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  5. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    Confirming a glitch in the player here. It was, for some unknown reason stretching a little bit horizontally.
     
  6. tone

    tone Berbill

    Question:
    Best Buy is selling something called "The Complete Collection" as a new release. I have included an image along with the specs below. Any idea what this is? Is it just a repackaging? I am worried it will be terrible quality.

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    Features
    Bernie Hoffer - Live!
    Feel the Magic, Hear the Roar: ThunderCats fans speak out!
    The Rembrandts music video
    The music of Thundera
    ThunderCats Ho! creating a pop-culture phenomenon

    Details
    • Release Date
      06-04-2019
    • Product Tags
      DVD
    • Format
      DVD
    • Program Type
      Season
    • Sound Features
      monaural, stereo
    • Aspect Ratio
      1.33:1
    • Subtitles
      English, French, Spanish
    • Region Code
      1
    • Studio
      New Line Home Video
    Other
    • Product Name
      Thundercats: The Complete Series [DVD]
    • UPC
      883929658305


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  7. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    This collection is listed as 12 discs, the complete series in pal format is 24 discs, so I'm assuming they've stripped out all the motion menus and everything else they could and compressed the episodes. I'd go with the 24 disc set for pal, or the individual season sets for ntsc. Or wait for me to upload my remasters which look better than both.
     
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  8. tone

    tone Berbill

    You know, I came along after you started this, and hadn't read through this thread from the beginning.

    I just did that, and I want to join others in commending you and expressing my gratitude. I think it's pretty clear we're out in the wilderness with WB investing in the original property so your project may end up being the de facto diamond standard. I can't even wrap my mind around how much work this entails and I know you're doing it for the love but maybe at the end of this we can figure something out to take care of you somehow.

    Anyway, long story short, hell yeah I'll wait - I thought this was just a "whenever time permitted" thing and didn't realize you were really making a concerted go at this. I'm pretty excited now TBH. Maybe others can help with dust cover designs once you're getting close? What's your timeline?
     
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  9. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    I have the first season done. I'm waiting on a few assets I want to include, then I'll get it released. No time to do a proper bluray with menus and stuff right now, so it'll be MKV format.
     
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  10. tone

    tone Berbill

    Cool, and I know nothing about the technical details of this process, but what is format you'll be converting to MKV?
     
  11. Good_Dogwood

    Good_Dogwood New Member

    Holy macaroni, when I read that at first I assumed you were just retouching a few choice scenes, Booshman, not the whole damn thing! That’s the absolute apex of fan dedication, remarkable stuff!

    Since you’ve probably studied the source material to a more minute degree than anyone else since it was originally created, any revelations to share? Any particular sequences or episodes stand out?
     
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  12. Joseph Korso

    Joseph Korso Junior Member

    Still it deserves a bluray tho.
    But that can come later, when stuff is finished.
     
  13. Booshman

    Booshman Thunderian Legend

    The MKV is just a container for the video, audio and subs. The video is AVI and encoded to MP4, it's then made into an MKV with all the audio and subs.

    Dedication will be tested post Thundercats HO. All the stuff after the introduction of the Lunataks is a marked drop off in quality, and though there are some good episodes it's not the part of the series I find myself returning to often. As for standout animation, when going though sections a frame at a time it's amazing how some stuff that looks so random can flow so well when played at full speed. It's also crazy how many issues the official DVD's have that I've had to work around, piecing bits from different regions to have something that works. The biggest surprise was how much better the VHS audio quality for Exodus was compared to the DVD.

    It does, but it's a lot of work. There's designing the art for it to make the assets, then building the thing. Then there are a bunch of work-rounds needed due to how lame Encore is, one of which is replacing every video and sub track. Then after that the resultant discs all need to be tested thoroughly to make sure they work as intended. Buttons play the right episodes, audio languages and sub selection work, etc. Then after all that I'd probably still just use the MKV's for the sake of convenience.
     
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  14. Good_Dogwood

    Good_Dogwood New Member

    Can’t argue with that: HO seemed like such a mad, grand hurrah, and what followed was—for me at least (sorry Lunataks fans)—kind of a slog.

    Out of curiosity, are you using the original, unedited version of episode 1? I remember watching the DVD release for the very first time and being heartbroken at the way it had been hacked to pieces, the flow felt so jarring and they lost some great sequences. It’s got such a straightforward (and at times oddly adult) sci-fi narrative that's quite unlike anything else, one of my favourites for sure.
     
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