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01. Roswell - S01 E12 - Into The Woods - (VHS Digital Re-master With Original Music/Audio Tracks) (350MB)
Please be patient, it takes a long time to convert, enhance and encode these episodes ready for you to download. Also, my PC has been crashing a lot lately (I think it might be the power supply) and the last few times I was 93% through encoding this episode, it crashed ARRRRRGH! :( It has done this several times over the last few months, once it did it 3 times with one encode! It pisses me off sometimes, so when that happens, I might hold back uploading for a day or so. Remember, I have to turn off my Utorrent when encoding. My Internet speed is slow compared to most of you people, nothing can be done about that. I have one of the fastest connections available in my country...sadly the whole nation's Broadband network is utter crap due to the Government not seeing it as an important thing for business etc. (I can not wait for them to be out on their ear and have the opposition in power!) :D Edited to add: I now know it is NOT my power supply, but my CPU is overheating. I must go offline sometime this weekend to add more of that silver crap where you join the Fan to the CPU...
If I am offline, it is because I am either encoding a new episode ready to upload onto here or My PC/internet went offline (crashed.)
This is episode 12 of the Roswell VHS remastered episodes with the original music and audio (different to the officially released DVDs which steal the shows soul, imho.)This will NEVER be actual DVD quality, this is pretty darn good for what was once an old grainy VHS tape. It is far better than your usual VHS rip, I have taken my time to Digitally Remaster the video from the VHS to get it respectable enough to watch. There are the occasional lines scrolling down the screen, but that is how old VHS tapes tend to be, I can not clear those artifacts up, unless I had a Hollywood-like budget. So this will have to do for now unless someone else out there has the original NON-DVD audio/music versions of all episodes of Roswell and are willing to upload them? Be my guest! It'd save me many hours enhancing and encoding these myself, although, it is fun seeing how much better the episodes look! :D When I edit the advertisements out of these episodes, I go to the closest frame for the best audio and video so as to not have any of the ad's audio/video accidentally put into the episode.
Who here will truly seed for a while once downloaded? If not seed, then upload this episode onto some other torrent site either as a link to this torrent like you can do on Mininova/IsoHunt etc, or you can physically upload it yourself with your downloaded copy, I truly do not care which. Just so long as it gets out there and survives. Roswell fans deserve to be able to watch the real original Roswell episodes the way they were intended to be seen. :)
If any of you people out there know how to edit video/audio and wish to edit the WideScreen DVD video footage from your DVDs/downloads and use the original audio from these episodes to create the ultimate original Roswell episodes, be my guest!!! Hell, I would download those from you myself!! So long as they are reasonably in-sync of-course. ;)
Just so that you know why these episodes are being uploaded so slowly, that is because there is a LOT of time involved in getting the episode to its final quality, format and size.
Firstly, I have to play the tape on one (or both) of my VCRs to capture it onto my PC as a 15-20GB AVI file. As I am capturing it, sometimes the video or audio goes REALLY badly out - as in, the audio cuts out and is mono or the video goes all wobbly and you can see nothing on screen for about 2 seconds. This is when I record the second version on my other regular VHS VCR and use its manual tracking to get past those bad scenes as best as is possible, then splice the best scenes from the 2 versions of the episode captured from 2 different VCRs to create the best possible output. These versions of the original Roswell that I finally upload are the better of the 2 after editing bits captured from both VCRs. Any glitches you will see are better than the other alternative, which is more glitches...or no original Roswell episode at-all. Then I edit out the ad breaks. After that, I enhance the video quality with several filters. Then I transcode the final edited/enhanced AVI into VOB/DVD format as a 4.5GB file, then I do the final step of transcoding it again into the final 350MB AVI...then I upload it onto here. All this takes about 1 days worth of total PC time (I can not upload or download while encoding these, they use a LOT of processing power!!) So that is why for a day or 2 here and there I will be online uploading sporadically, it is also why the downloaders need to seed as much as they can. For the above reason and for the fact that I doubt you could find these versions of Roswell anywhere on the interweb, so try and keep these alive please. Basically, it is a LOT of hard work, that combined with doing other shows and my job plus the usual day-to-day-stuff I am very busy right now, it'll only get worse during the Xmas period. :(
I will upload all of season 1 first. Once all episodes of this season are all online, I will seed all of them for 1 month after I had uploaded the finalé of season 1. But as I start uploading season 2 (from episode 1) I will stop seeding the first episode of season 1. When I upload episode 2 of season 2 I will stop seeding episode 2 of season 1...etc. From that point, I will not reseed, please do not ask. :)
If the episode looks too-light or too-dark, please let me know, because I have to alter these in the re-mastering process to get the best results of the various filters I add to the video to clean it up. Also, due to every single person having different brightness/contrast settings on their TVs, monitors etc it might look fine on mine yet not so fine on yours, let me know if it is really bad, I am doing my best to get them as stable as I can and get the video as clear as is humanly possible.
I personally hate the official Roswell DVDs that were released due to the fact that they did not get the rights to add a lot of the music that were in the episodes yet the original tv broadcasts have these tracks in their episodes. Many of these tracks are pivotal to the feel of many scenes that once they were replaced by random generic crap tracks (as was the case with the Roswell DVDs) it took a lot of feeling out of many of the scenes in various episodes. I have been itching to re-master my original VHS recordings for myself because of this reason. I thought that i'd share them around as I hope that others out there feel the same way as I do with the replaced music and wish they had the original Roswell episodes too.
The Audio is Dolby Stereo 2.0. Most of the first season's audio has the occasional click when people are shouting, that is how it is on my original tapes, it was an old JVC VCR that I taped it on and its left and right audio settings were on full so occasionally you will hear that clicking. It is not unbearable - like bad audio glitches that you are probably thinking of. ;)
The video is sourced from PAL VHS which was recorded from tv, not-cable, but antenna - not digital in any way, it is an original airing from 1999. I have enhanced the video quality using several filters and programmes.
If you download this and you think it is bad quality, you should have seen what the original looked like!!! Some of you people either have never seen how bad real un-enhanced VHS video quality was due to you being too young to remember or those of you that do remember probably have forgotten how bad it was and I dare any of you to dig up an old tape of yours from about 8 years ago or older and compare the video and audio quality of that tape to this episode I have remastered. I could upload the untouched original to show you how bad it originally looked! lol :P
Please seed this for as long as you can and even upload links to it on other torrent sites so that the original Roswell gets out there...all I can find are the DVD versions everywhere, no real Roswell episodes. :( So please spread this around. :)
I think this intro is getting a little too-long now, hey? ;)