Thursday, September 2, 2010

交響詩篇エウレカセブン ポケットが虹でいっぱい Eureka 7 the Movie Pocketful of Rainbows – BD-Live experience report 2


I wrote the report 1 in July, now it’s time for an update.
First of all, the updating frequency has been slowed down. From July to the end of August, we got six extra videos, but in September, we got nothing. Now in October, we got an audio commentary for the movie. Let’s see how the implementation of this audio commentary goes.
Instruction for using the commentary:

Roughly translates as follows:
1. Just like any other contents, please download it first. If space is not enough, please delete any contents you don’t need.

2. After downloading, select play button, the audio commentary will start. Also after downloading, you can access the commentary via disc’s menu.

3. You can access the commentary upon selecting in “Audio Selection” from disc’s pop-up menu and top menu.

4. If everything works, you should see “audio commentary” in the menu. If not, delete the commentary data, and re-download.

5. After selecting, the movie shall play along with the audio commentary. While playing, you can also select other audios.

6. If commentary data is deleted, there’ll be no more audio commentary.



SO here is what happened after downloading:


The menu updates itself to include an “audio commentary” button under “Audio Selection”.

This is the original menu for comparison:

I think they did have plans to include commentaries beforehand so that there’s indeed space for one more audio option.

The main file is a 281MB mts file accompanied with other mls, clp, xml files to make update the Blu-ray structure.

I used TMT3 to download the file since Bandai’s BD-Live is open to Japanese domestic market only, and I think their server DOES indeed check the IP address. TMT3 kindly provides proxy, so why not take the advantage of it…

To use it in PowerDVD, I found that if you copy all the data under PowerDVD’s BD-Live path, it will also work.

The full path is something like this:

D:\My Doc Bak\ArcSoft\TotalMedia Theatre 3\LocalStorage\BDJ\buda\53db9a8aa88b922a71e1165fe3593fe5ca21c52d\7fff2263\BV

for TMT3


C:\Documents and Settings\*your user name*\Application Data\CyberLink\PowerDVD9\LocalStorage\BUDA\53db9a8aa88b922a71e1165fe3593fe5ca21c52d\7fff2263\BV

So the part after BUDA are all same.



At this point, you must think it’s going pretty well, right?
Well, if it’s going that smooth, this article won’t be written so timely.

The biggest problem is that I can’t hear any sound for the audio commentary!!! The added mts file is pretty small for its size (281MB), the on disc LPCM 2.0 track has file size of 1.86GiB just for comparison (at 24bit though…) And PowerDVD sees it as DTS (don’t think could be this small for DTS, maybe a 768K half rate DTS would fit 281MB?), but TMT3 recognize it as DTS-HD MA 2.0 (highly unlikely for the file size). I tried to analyze the mts file, neither tsMuxeR nor BD Reauthor Pro like it, BD Reauthor Pro actually couldn’t detect any ts packets in it. So not sure what is really going on there. So now I’m really clueless what to do, maybe email Bandai for support???

If the audio works, I would rate this implementation really high. It’s perfectly integrated into the original disc, which you can access this additional audio just as if it’s already on the disc. Compare to US Dark Knight’s streaming strategy, this is like heaven and hell. But I can’t hear any audio at the moment, so it’s useless...


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