Having watched all the way through, I have to say the Hyde Park filming is exquisite. The Meltdown filming is also good, BUT!! & this is a very big BUT. Nick Wickham, Dax Debice, Tim Woolcot, Tom Knowles & everyone at The Joint need to go & stand in a corner in shame. The post production is a shocker. When TIB started, I genuinely thought I had a faulty disc as the picture suddenly went from a wonderful 1080p image to what looked like one of those old VHS rips you see on youtube complete with the black bars down either side in not-so captivating SD. Sure, it whips back into full screen HD for at Night, but then, without warning, they've decided Other Voices would be better presented in black & white. At this point, I stopped the player & checked all the settings & connections to make sure the cats hadn't chomped through my high speed HDMI cables or I hadn't "boxing-gloved" a crucial settings button. Satisfied all was correctly plugged in & technically sound, I put the disc back on to flick through more songs. When I got to It's Over, I really became concerned. I have a brand new 55" UHD TV & I honestly thought the disc had wrecked the display & envisaged the prospect of having to take it off the wall & send it back for service or replacement. Generally speaking, the visual effects are way over the top. I can handle some pixel manipulation, but this is overkill to the point where it's both distracting & concerning. I had to ask other people if they had the same visual artefacts I was seeing because I genuinely thought I had a defective item It appears they're all the same. Once I got my head around that & accepted that's how it was intended, it's still a brilliant souvenir of an evening where I met many great friends, old & new, & enjoyed a superb show in the best company there is.
Wow, now I can't wait to see it to witness that high school effects project feel.
Last Edit: Oct 26, 2019 14:30:46 GMT 1 by notkristie
Unfortunately "DVD Audio Extractor" wouldn't work for me on the BR, but it should work fine on the DVD.
For the BR, "makemkv" could dump them, and then one can mess about with the resulting MKVs with a handful of tools. I'm using "ffmpeg".
I've got the Curaetion tracks extracted, still working on the Anniversary ones.
They're definitely limited lower than the CD masters, but "Three Imaginary Boys" still seems clipped and distored to me. The rest *seem* to be better, but I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference if I did a blind A/B test (or XXY test). I might try that next!
Some numbers: MakeMKV gave me 4 MKVs for Curaetion: 424M, 21G, 19G and 39G respectively. The last one was the only one with chapter info in it. Pulling just the PCM stereo track out, that was over 4G which is a problem for the WAV format so I had to transcode it to FLAC at the same time as extraction, it ended up being a 1.9G FLAC. For Anniversary, I got one 43G MKV file, and I'm still extracting the tracks from it, 1.2G done so far and up to track 20.