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ThrowgnCpr's guide to prepping a HD edit in Vegas (ripping & converting from Blu-ray)

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I feel like an utter clown even asking this, but I'm stumped again.

How exactly do you run eac3to? Opening the application just gives me a flash of a black progress box before it disappears again.
 

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No worries. eac3to isn't the most straightforward thing if you haven't used it before. By itself is just a command line tool. You need to download and use the GUI for it. Scroll down to More information and other downloads:

http://www.videohelp.com/software/eac3to

and grab the "Eac3to and More GUI"

IIRC, you have to place the GUI in the same folder as your eac3to installation, and then set the program paths on the front page of the GUI
 

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And it's moving again. Thanks man. That talking pony you ate made a noble sacrifice.
 

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Dammit, it's me again. I'm trying to extract audio using BeSweet (2-track AC3 cause they're deleted scenes) but I've done something wrong clearly. I've set the input and output, but the interface below (where I'm supposed to select stereo wav) is nowhere to be seen. I expect I'm missing something. I did download the software from a different soure as the op links no longer work. Sorry to trouble you again mate, but I need advice if possible.
 

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Thanks as always for the help man. I cannot get BeSweet to work for me though. I've managed to get a few .wavs out of it but never multiple channels. Curious to see your other method when you get a chance, but I'll keep playing with this in the mean time.
 

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henzINNIT said:
Thanks as always for the help man. I cannot get BeSweet to work for me though. I've managed to get a few .wavs out of it but never multiple channels. Curious to see your other method when you get a chance, but I'll keep playing with this in the mean time.

see the eac3to section of my DTS instructions in the first post. Just do that for the AC3. I don't have access to my editing machine at the moment, but I can supply screenshots soon if you're having trouble.
 

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ThrowgnCpr said:
henzINNIT said:
Thanks as always for the help man. I cannot get BeSweet to work for me though. I've managed to get a few .wavs out of it but never multiple channels. Curious to see your other method when you get a chance, but I'll keep playing with this in the mean time.

see the eac3to section of my DTS instructions in the first post. Just do that for the AC3. I don't have access to my editing machine at the moment, but I can supply screenshots soon if you're having trouble.

I still am having trouble I'm afraid. I'm not sure how to apply the same steps as the DTS for the AC3 files, extracting the core doesn't work. I've tried a few different things. I'm guessing you should set the file type to wavs and run the command line without ticking any of other options. I'm getting mixed results. The audio for one of them came out as L and R tracks (though seemingly identical) okay, then another one I tried appears to have created wavs that are about 5 times too long and are super slowed down. Not even sure how that one happened.

I do also have a question about the audio tracks in general. I have successfully gathered FR, FL, C, LFE, SR, SL wavs for the full films I've ripped, but I have not worked with this many tracks before. Do you have any advice for a novice on how to order/layer these correctly in Movie Studio, especially in regards to mixing those sections with the footage I have that only seems to come in stereo? I'm using a small piece of trailer footage that is in 5.1, but apparently all the deleted scenes I'm using are a simple 2 track affair (unless I use the dutch language version... which is not helpful lol).
 

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Extracting the core is no longer necessary.  The dcadec decoder now comes with eac3to; it decodes all kinds of DTS well, including DTS-HD MA.  For maximum quality, decode the whole stream.  (I finally got round to updating my own guide today.)
 
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So I originally posted in the fanediting software forum but since I ended up using ThrowgnCpr's guide (After giving up with trying to do this on a mac), I figured it's better I post this here. (Not trying to be that a-hole newb who bumps every thread. Just trying to post where things belong.) Anyhoo, started following the guide, but like fishing while drunk, it wasn't long before I hit a snag.

Using the first step, I used DVDfab to copy the BD to disc. Problem? I didn't seem to get all those pretty little m2ts files. Instead, when I went to add the files in TSMuxer in the next step, in the BDMV>PLAYLIST folder I have only a single .mpls file. At the same time, in the BDMV>STREAM folder, I have a single .m2ts file that appears to be the entire movie. At first I thought it was because I'm using DVDFab in free mode, but people in the thread says the method works just fine with the free version...

Thoughts, anyone?
 

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chances are, the blu-ray folder contains a bunch of short m2ts files that are linked via a playlist.  We are going to get these into one file.

Since you already have one file, just skip ahead to the next step.
 
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TVs Frink said:
Since you already have one file, just skip ahead to the next step.

::Starkiller Base-sized face-palm::

Heh. Thanks Frink, and +1. 

So, okay, unless I'm missing something (And I usually am) that means it's on to converting it to MKV using MKVmerge, or I could live dangerously and just skip that part, leaving it as an .m2ts and going straight to it to .avi in virtualdub...?
 

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I fixed the broken images (moved everything from photobucket to the fanedit server). I will try to update the guide over the holidays, since I need to prep some more files for the consecution project.
 

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This is a very helpful thread. For my Batman Forever edit, I’m hoping to get the blu-ray of the film so I can release my edit in the best quality. Just one thing, what is required to get Blu-rays to work with your laptop? I have a Hewlett-Packard 64-bit laptop that I use to do my projects.
 

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You will need a Blu-ray optical drive to read the disc. I don't know the specs on your laptop, but a Blu-ray drive is not standard on most laptops.  So, you will probably need to get an external Blu-ray disc drive that connects via USB.
 

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[quote="Motley']
Just looked up “external blu-ray disc drive for laptop” and I found a few interesting results. Thanks! :D
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Craigslist, OfferUp and LetGo are great places to find external blu ray drives for pretty cheap.
 

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^ that, and with the holidays, you'll probably find a pretty good deal at newegg, tigerdirect, or amazon.
 

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DigModiFicaTion said:
[quote="Motley']
Just looked up “external blu-ray disc drive for laptop” and I found a few interesting results. Thanks! :D

Craigslist, OfferUp and LetGo are great places to find external blu ray drives for pretty cheap.
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I'm also thinking of getting an external blu-ray drive at somepoint. Out of curiosity, what would you say is a good price to keep an eye out for, or "cheap"? And are there any particular advantages or disadvantages with certain types or makes?

Cheers.
 
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