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New Updates….


Okay, so I am *slowly* starting to get some work done on projects.


– I have 2 different caps direct from the LD.  The LDs still suffer from hum, surface noise, clicks, pops (it is the analog mono track), but this is being fussy.  Compared to the previous version, these are magnitudes better.  I took the cleaner copy and cleaned it up more (eclick, pop removal, removed static and hum as best as I could without making it all sound tinny and adding unwanted transients and removing stuff I wanted, and other crap).  Strange issues with the Music + Effects (M+E) track slipping and sliding early or late compared to the Japanese track, though I am kind of getting used to weird crap like this.  Not much I can do about most of this.  I made a few cuts/splices with added or removed delay, but most of this film has music, or really quiet ambint noise that would sound really terrible with silence cut in.  Most of the sfx shouldn’t be noticeably off, it is usually 100 ms or less (many people don’;t bother syncing past 4-5 frames or 150 ms, in general… I am just more fastidious).

– I have a Ukranian dub.  It is a fan-dub, but apparently has some TV pros working on it too.  Dedicated In memory of Nikolai Alekseevich Lukasz. Translation and dubbing performed by “Three Dots.” This will be added, but it has some syncing issues that simple cutting and splicing with delays won’t completely fix.  Not sure I want to get into transcoding it to wav to break into a million pieces to time stretch small bits diff amounts.  All the HD rips out there have it as-is.  I am just anal, I guess.  Possibly I wil get a dubsub made from this, for Ukrainians to watch with, as I know of no actual Ukr subs.  I suppose some other cyrillic subs may also be helpful, but I can’t edit these myself.

– found better sources (from the DVDs) for a few audio tracks.

– looking for more subs and things to add, so long as the subs are cleaned up (no misspellings or ocr errors, no grammatical nonsense, and other crap), Must be synced to the BD, and otherwise not a screwed up mess.  I cannot edit other language’s subs!  Contact me if you have good subs to add.  If you need a workraw to sync subs, let me know.


– I am redoing the dub sync from scratch.  major issues due to a) Funimation truncating the tail off some audio at their chapter points, and b) having to cut AC3 files on AC3 packet boundaries (if I want to sync all these bits to one whole without transcoding audio at all)..  These 2 issues together make me required to cut at the chapter point to add in delay, but trimming at the exact spot between audio in one chapter and the next is freaking impossible.  Cutting at the AC3 boundaries creates a pause (stutter) either at the end of the previous chapter point or at the start of the next chapter’s audio.  I have to fake it by adding unwanted delays at other points before and then re-try and other malarkey.


– I originally planned to do the full Blu-Ray with subs and all the dubs thing myself, but it looks like AkaiShuichi is taking over a good chunk of the audio syncing, will sync subs.  I am working on the Geneon 2.0 mix from the DiscoTek DVD.  (edit: I may not even be doing that).

Some other projects going on,too.


Concise Updates on Some Current and Recent Projects


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).

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


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….

Some Updates to Planned Lupin III DVD Projects




Once I have more HDD space, here is the ever-expanding list of Lupin III DVDs I have available for customizing with subs (and, if available, dubs).

  1. Lupin III Movie 1985 The Legend Of The Gold Of Babylon – R2J
  2. Lupin III OVA 1987 The Fuma Clan Conspiracy – R2J
  3. Lupin III TV Special 1990 The Mystery of the Hemingway Papers – R2J
  4. Lupin III TV Special 1991 Napoleon’s Dictionary [Napolean no Jisho wo Ubae] – R2J
  5. Lupin III TV Special 1993 Voyage To Danger Lupin Sansei – Lupin Ansatsu Shirei – R2J
  6. Lupin III TV Special 1994 Dragon of Doom – Lupin Sansei – Moeyo Zantetsuken – Enter Zan Iron Sword – R2J
  7. Lupin III TV Special 1996 Secret of Twilight Gemini -R2J
  8. Lupin III TV Special 1997 IIsland of Assassins (Walther P38) R2J DVD5 reencoded
  9. Lupin III TV Special 1999 The Columbus Files FUJIKO’S Unlucky Days – R2J
  10. Lupin III TV Special 2001 Alcatraz Connection – R2J
  11. Lupin III TV Special 2002 Episode 0 (First Contact) R2J (VPBY11611)
  12. Lupin III TV Special 2004 Stolen Lupin – R2J DVD5 reencoded
  13. Lupin III TV Special 2006 Seven Days’ Rhapsody Lupin Sansei – R2J
  14. Lupin III TV Special 2011 Blood Seal Mermaid Forever (probably a R2J reencoded DVD5 or prerelease bootleg)
  15. Lupin III First TV Series – R2J – I only have volumes 2 and 5 so far. I am hoping to obtain the rest.

I also have Blu-Rays of the Castle of Cagliostro, the Secret of Mamo (aka Lupin vs Clone), and Lupin vs Conan.  But if you read my pleading for donations, you will know these cannot be muxed until I can reinstall Windows which will require a 2 TB HDD.

The DVDs alone will take a long time, since I have very little HDD space to even work on.

Please consider a donation if you want to see me work any faster on some of these titles, and please note what you anticipate the most.

A Few of My Current Projects


I am currently working on a whole slew of titles.

Now I will start to announce some of these and try to detail the state they are in.

Lupin fans, I have a lot I am planning, even if I can’t get a HDD to work on Cagliostro and Secret of Mamo (aka vs. Clone) Blu-Ray discs.  It will still suck not having a HDD since I barely have disc space to do DVD work.


my current plans for R2J Lupin DVDs are:

  • Lupin III TV Special 1994 Dragon of Doom – (Lupin Sansei – Moeyo Zantetsuken – Enter Zan Iron Sword)
  • Lupin III TV Special 1996 Secret of Twilight Gemini
  • Lupin III TV Special 2002 Episode 0 (First Contact) (VPBY11611)
  • Lupin III TV Special 2006 Seven Days’ Rhapsody
  • Lupin III TV Special 2012 Blood Seal Mermaid Forever (actually this is a DVD5, prerelease bootleg, I am looking for the retail)
  • Lupin III OVA 1987 The Fuma Clan Conspiracy

I will be adding English subtitles, and dubs if they exist.   Some subtitles are being sourced from fansubs, but I have ocred subs from several hard-subbed Lupin fansub videos already.  Some of the ocr scripts require ocr cleanup, but I have done most of that dismal task of ocring already.

I also have some othe Lupin DVDs to add subs and dubs to, the above are the R2J DVDs I have.  I also will be getting more of those made available in the near fututre, so Lupin fans, take note, lots of customs coming sometime…..

Dirty Pair Flight 005 Bandai R2J

I have also basically finished adding the Streamline (original) English dub to the R2J copy of Dirty Pair Flight 005 Conspiracy which already had the R1 DVD English subs and dub and Russian subs added (reauthored by Gloval).  I just want to alter the menu to include an option for the Streamline dub, and I also want to alter the credits menu to add credit for myself and drgonzo369 for supplying the Streamline VHS dub cap.   These things will have to wait until I can get a new HDD to reinstall windows, so that I can also reinstall Adobe Photoshop and all my other Adobe software.  The DVD is otherwise done, I do even have a muxed version (I have had it for 1/2 a year), I just don’t want to show it until I can do the alterations I mentioned.  I am anal.  😀


Raven Tengu Kabuto 1992 OVA – custom DVD from LD and VHS and other sources.  There is no DVD release anywhere.  I am combining the dub from the Manga UK PAL VHS to DVD transfer, with a high quality Jpn LD scan to DVD transfer for the video and Japanese audio, and subs are coming from ocring the the US VHS by LA Hero mixed with a rather meh fansub script.  This has actually been quite a lot of work getting the script to a usable level.  I am really only part way through combining the 2 scripts, then i need to fine-tune it, and check lines for DVD-safe subtitling, etc.  The dub is already timed, atleast.
EDIT: found another fansub, this one softsubbed, done by digi-anime. This one is much better, so I will incorporate it into the mixed-script.

Vifam poster

Round Vernian Vifam (aka Galactic Drifter Vifam) 1983 TV – adding the AC fansubs to R2J DVDs. If anyone has the R2J complete boxset with Vifam 13 and the OVAs on DVD, will you please contact me? I would prefer DVD9 untouched, but the compressed DVD5s from Share would be better than nothing. They are just dead on Share now, so I can’t even get those compressed DVDs now.

I will update more with other projects later, including many non-anime titles.