Category Archives: Gundam

Concise Updates on Some Current and Recent Projects

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Lupin Return of Pycal Blu-Ray with ocred hardcoded fansubs, not bootleg subs that are softsubbed everywhere. DONE!
Lupin Cagliostro BD custom subs and both English dubs, maybe other subs+dubs
Lupin Mamo BD with all 4 dubs and subs. (waiting on the Mamo DVD from DT to be released, to see if their copy of the old JLA dub sounds better, or atleast cleaned up better by them).
Gundam Wing Endless Waltz R2J custom subs and dub DONE!
Gundam Wing Endless Waltz BD custom subs and dub DONE! – May edit menu and add buttons, otherwise it is completed (but not QCed on SAP)
Vifam R2J (slowly).. still need 2nd half of series DVDs (scripts are taking a long time to tweak for DVD, unfortunately, but I really want this one to be done because I really like the series!)
Akira BD Add Streamline dub capped from Criterion LD, which is actually a Stereo track, unlike the R2UK/R4AU and VHS mono track. Thanks to Biberwesen for the capped audio! DONE! – May edit menu and add buttons, otherwise it is completed (but not QCed on SAP)
Kiki’s Delivery Service BD Add the Streamline dub to the BD (and perhaps older version of Disney dub, the pre-2010 re-release version), and perhaps edited official subs. I am cleaning up the mp3 source for the Streamline dub (the ONLY copy currently availble is an mp3 from a LDcap to VHS), and trying to expand the Stereo imaging (upmix). The mp3 source was already slightly stereo rather than the original mono. The Kiki’s BD is a mess which may require a main movie and custom or rebuilt menu ONLY. doesn’t bode well for Totoro, either. (more comments on this may be forthcoming).
Totoro BD add Fox/Streamline dub. Perhaps add edited official subs.
Kabuto OVA Custom Subbed and Dubbed LD>DVDISO edition; dub from the VHS>DVDISO [PAL] (this one takes time for the script and ocr)! — also currently the dual audio is making it go over bitrate (subs not added yet — trying to find a good balance of transcoding audio which will still sound okay)
Panda! Go Panda! ITA BD with subs and dubs added.
Lupin – Hemingway Papers BD with fansubs
Lupin – Woman Called Fujiko Mine BD with Funimation subs, maybe some from Sage mixed in. If dub isn’t terrible, I may wait for the US BDs to add dub from them.
Dirty Pair while I was farting around trying to figure out how to edit the menus of my version (my adaptation of Gloval’s version, actually, all I have done is add the Streamline dub from a VHS cap I got from drgonzo369), with subs and both dubs added, well, since then there has been an R1 release with both dubs and subs, and remastered video that is nearly as good as the R2J video. Still not sure if I should bother to continue with this.
+numerous Lupin and Gundam projects
+numerous other things….
but this is a good idea of what I have going on.

I was also fortunate enough to get a copy of some subtitles created by B*, for compiling a custom subbed version of the R2J DVD/ Japanese 144 Minute Cut of Guilty of Romance, by Sion Sono. B* took the DEU BD subs and mixed it with the UK subs; he translated from German the lines missing from this extended cut and has given us an English script for this uncut version, heretofore without an English translation.

I am also helping to edit the English fansub script of Final Fantasy Legend of the Crystals [DKLF/KLF], being used for a modern fansub version. I am going slowly (as always due to RLS and young kids that prefer me playing Legos than playing with videos and audio and subs). So far I have only completed a general v1 of edits for ep 1, but I think it will help it quite a bit in fluidity and remove some awkwardness.
If anyone has the Jpn LDs to cap to lossless or other similar high bitrate format, for an LD to AVCHD (BD5s) or LD to DVD version, please contact me.
Also I am looking for high quality caps of the US LDs for the English dub. If nothing else, US VHS caps would be quite acceptable if you have a decent cap setup. I have some copies of the dub, but they could be better quality.
I want to make dual audio/ subbed DVDs or AVCHD/BD5 discs, obviously. I lean toward BD5 for higher bitrate, better encoder (AVC/264).

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Some Updates to Akira and Endless Waltz Custom BDs: Attempt at Menu Buttons

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With the assistance of gatsu123, I may attempt to add new menu buttons to a few (or many forthcoming) custom BDs, to allow selections of the English subs and dubs added to these. I am pretty happy with the end result of Akira and Endless Waltz, but if I can improve them — why not?

Akira is a terrible mess, tho, so this one seems especially difficult, with over 12 page groups of buttons just for audio options.

Endless Waltz has both a Top Menu and Pop-up menu, so it may also prove difficult, so no promises either way.

But here’s hoping I can learn a bit more about the IG Editor and get familiar enough to import some buttons or change them for future projects, or at least simple discs.

EDIT: I have also been asked to attempt to add a Brazilian Portuguese dub. This may be do-able as it is a small 2 channel AC3 file, and won’t add much more to total max bitrate. Then again it may go over with something so small. A bigger issue strikes me as where to add the buttons for all these dubs. I am already wondering how the hell to add one more audio selection button, let alone two.

Here is what the US BD audio selection menu looks like, in all its crowded glory:

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Gundam Wing Endless Waltz – Special Edition Blu-ray (1998) AVC 1080p – Custom English Subbed+ Dubbed

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I took the English 5.1 dub which I had already synced to the R2J DVD and have added it to the Jpanaese Blu-ray Disc (I synced it losslessly by removing and adding delay with delaycut, having found these delays in Vegas with a wav copy of the AC3).
For the Blu-ray I have added and created an additional Stereo downmix of the dub. The downmix was made in this chain:
synced 5.1 AC3 > downmixed to Stereo, wav file output with eac3to in one pass > Stereo AC3 @ 448k with Sonic Audio Transcoder (Dolby Surround Encoding is turned on).
I watch things with my high end Sony headphones a lot, especially when kids and my partner are asleep, so Stereo mixes are good for me, and 5.1 in headphones or other stereo set ups is pretty awful.
Plus I added a rendered R1 subtitle script, modified for Blu-ray timing, and simple karaoke. I ended up having to remove a bunch of textfx on the karaoke for insert song and ending song. It was giving me buffer underflow errors in Scenarist, and after 15 muxes failing part-way through, I just stripped 95% of the fx, kept only a few basic ones. Subs were made in avs2bdnxml, as usual, the best tool out there. Go find it at doom9.

Screens of the subs taken in MPC-HC (except for the last one, taken in vlc, since it was already capped). I have to use ffdshow video filter in MPC-HC, instead of LAVF, because ffdshow’s internal subtitle renderer allows me to take full-sized screens with PGS subs in the screen cap. I wonder if I can just use ffdshow for post-processing and that it will pick up subs in screen caps, but use LAVF for main video filter? I will test more and try to use that for next time. This is just for viewing subs, anyhow. Subs may display a bit smaller or larger depending how your player handles PGS.

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Gundam Wing Endless Waltz – Special Edition (1998) R2J NTSC DVD9 – Custom English Subbed+ Dubbed

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Endless Waltz Poster
 
IMDb Link……: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0176379/

Genre…………: Action, Mecha
Distributor……: Bandai Visual
Year………….: 1998
Country……….: Japan
Director………: Yasunao Aoki

Source………..: DVD9 ISO
DVD Format…….: NTSC
DVD Size………: DVD9
Programs used….: kiches: maestrosbt, subtitleworkshop, aegisub, vobblanker, pgcedit, & pgcdemux
djmasturbeat: pgcdemux, DGIndex, avs, avspmod, megui, x264 (reference vid in vegas)
sony vegas, delaycut, eac3to, Sonic Audio Transcoder,
muxman, VobBlanker, pgcedit, mpc-hc

Video Bitrate….:
Screen Format….: Fullscreen 4:3
Audio Language…: Japanese, English
Audio Format…..: English DD 5.1 @ 448 (Untouched from R1, aside from lossless delay added at start, removed at end)
Japanese DD 2.0 @ 320 (encoded from BDMV’s 24 bit LPCM, synced*)
Subtitles……..: Japanese, English (kiches custom Eng from R1)

Menu………….: [x] Untouched

Video…………: [x] Untouched

DVD Extras…….: [x] Untouched
I used kiches’s Custom subbed R2J as a base, I have added a synced R1 dub.  Sub color pallette has been imported from the kiches custom disc.  Many thanks to them for the custom R2J!  I only wish that the subs weren’t dubtitles, but that is o/c the fault of Bandai, and having no true fansub alternative.

The R1’s 5.1 is untouched, it was only synced losslessly using delaycut, after I found the delay in Vegas with a wav copy of the R1 dub.

*The R2J audio wouldn’t fit @ the 448 k as on retail, with both Jpn+Eng subs and the R1 5.1 audio added, so rather than do a lossy to lossy transcode from the R2J’s 448, I used the lossless 24 bit LPCM from the BDMV and lowered bit depth to 16 in eac3to and transcoded to 320 using Sonic Audio Transcoder for true Dolby Digital Surround 2.0.  I think it sounds great.

The 5.1 R1 English dub is now the first audio track, and default, likewise the English subs are first sub track.  I imagine this means picking the Japanese subs from menu results in Englsih subs (I cannot read the menu).

Eventually, I will make a custom Subbed+Dubbed BDMV.  The audio sync is nearly identical for the R2J and BDMV, any difference is easily figured out in Vegas and fixed in delaycut.

EDIT: working on the BD now. Plans are to have some minor karaoke if the BD buffer (4 MB) allows it without throwing up. Audio is synced, and if I am not over bitrate, I want to have a 2.0 mix for the English dub, as well as the 5.1.
But mostly I am working on those BD subs now….