Originally Posted by muffinmcfluffin
Is there any way us unworthy folk can get a copy of this? I would gladly pay for it.
Also, is there anything lost as far as quality goes? Obviously some image
is lost in the IMAX footage, but I mean if I were to rip this onto a BD and play it on my PS3, aside from the constant 2.39:1 ratio, should I expect anything difference as far as video and audio quality?
Sadly, since it is copyrighted material I can't give it to anyone. But I will help you if I can.
I'm no expert, there are a LOT of people on here who know a LOT more then I do, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
The original IMAX MKV is a one-for-one copy of the Blu-ray. In order to re-frame it I had to re-encode, in Handbrake, to get the 2.39 MKV. I kept the quality to the same level as the original and it looks the same but anytime you re-encode there is the chance for some loss. Nature of the beast. The original is 25.9 Mbps vs the re-encode is 27.9 Mbps (I was trying to hit the same target size). Otherwise I took the existing DTS-MA audio from the original IMAX MKV and muxed it into the 2.39 MKV (using mkvmerge), so there is zero loss in audio. If you demux the MKV you can create a blu-ray or AVC disc with free programs like multiAVCHD to create it. Sadly the max size for a AVC is the max size of a dual layer DVD so 8.9 GB far less then the ~35-36 GB of the original Blu-ray. AVC will work in the PS3.
Realistically if you did it more "professionally" you would rip the original mt2s files and crop in a professional editor and then output to a Blu-ray. I rip MKVs since I play movies on my screen via HTPC or Dune player.Edited by PDB - 12/11/12 at 3:37pm