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Started by ShadowOne333, November 01, 2021, 12:16:48 PM
Quote from: Shadow's notesUsing SFD2MPG alongside SCMPX gives a fantastic conversion from SFD to MPG for editing, and that one alongside Media Converter makes it possible to convert the edited MPG back to SFD format.This should make the process somewhat easy for conversion and editing's sake.For reference, here are the tools:SFD2MPG with everything needed compiled by me (simply run the SFD2MPG.bat file):https://www.dropbox.com/s/l48j03r70en9nfd/SFD2MPG.zip?dl=0Media Converter (SFD, AIX, ADX):https://www.romhacking.net/utilities/1461/For dumping the ISO in a clean format, we can use Wii Backup Manager, and for dumping the game files and having them ready for editing and reinsertion back into the ISO, we can use Wii Backup Fusion, as it allows to dump all of the ISO files directly into a folder, where you can freely edit them to your heart's content, and then repack all of the files alongside the modified ones back into an ISO for playing.That should make things pretty straight forward for those interested in hacking Other M.
Quote from: Vanya on November 03, 2021, 10:00:28 PMNot knowing anything specifically about the files in the game, I would imagine that it would largely be a matter of replacing the files that were edited with new ones.The music will probably be the most straight forward. Extract all the music from the original game and insert them back into the hacked game.As for the cutscenes, I'm willing to bet they are prerecorded videos.To deal with those you'll have to extract the files, and then maybe have to convert their format into something that will work with video editor software.I'd try to see if you can contact the author(s) of the hack to see if they can tell you what software they used.Good luck, tho! I have the same issues with that hack, so I'd love to see them fixed, too.
Quote from: Vanya on November 06, 2021, 03:01:25 AMNice!Then the bulk of the work would be video editing, I guess.I haven't played the game in years, but I'm curious to see how the cutscenes were changed for the hack.Trying to come up with re-edit ideas could be fun.
Quote from: Shadow's Notes on Maxximum's possible changesOverall editing: We need to find a way to properly output both video and audio from the SFD files. SFD2MPG could help to extract the WAV, and then we use SFD Media Converter for the video. Shotcut can be used for editing, but once converted, any video editor that can retain the original's quality should do.Text: All of the movie subtitles seem to be inside the message/message_all.dat file.Sound: All of the battle, jingle, results, silence, navigation room, stages sounds BGMs will be removed from Maxximum edition. The "adam_voice" souds will be Maxximum's, as these are the audio tracks that tell Samus to authorize certain abilities. The rest of the dmXX tracks seem to be related to the cutscenes which are handled in-game rather than video files. A good comparison will be required to know which ones from these will be used or kept from the original game.Cutscenes: -Movie 01to02: Intro movie. Possible could be left as is, as having the whole intro just be silent up until Samus starts training. -Movie 03to04: Training sequence movies. Left to be decided if they will be edited or not, possibly the only change needed would be to add the voice-over telling Samus that the suit was damaged due to Hyper Beam, but with a much better voice and audio than the original. A slight re-edit could also help here as it all seems really choppy with the trimming at certain places. -Movie 06_01: Will be removed, exact same movie except with lower quality (Adam encounter and Power Suit cutscene), except with Samus' quick explanation on who Adam is (which seems quite important to me to be dropped). -Movie 08_01: Encounter with first boss (Brug Mass, Purple bug). Could possibly leave this one with better quality, as it shortens a rather long and drown out scene. -Movie 09_01: Scene of young Samus in an Adam briefing, shows the thumbs down as disagreement to Adam. Could be left as in the original since it shows the disparity in relationship between her and Adam. -Movie 33to34: Important story detail about Ivan Malkovich and why Samus left the Galactic Federation. Will be left as the original. -Movie 36to43: Ridley cutscenes. These ones need a proper reediting. Shortening or trimming certain section to remove the PTSD crap, but still keeping the girl Samus scene, and then Ridley quickly grabs her could be a possible way to make this scene way better without changing too much of it. Also, possibly reincorporate Adam's scene here in some way, as it's important to know that he is no longer monitoring Samus after that due to unknown circumstances. -Movie 46to49: Samus encounter with MB and discovery of the Metroid clones. Still left to be decided what will be changed from this one or not. -Movie 52to56: Sector Zero cutscenes. The way Maxximum handled it is quite fine, although it could probably be better to keep the entire starting section as in the original, since Samus getting shot from the back adds some tension as to who it was, and once revealed, it makes sense since Adam would want to disable Samus from being on all five senses to stop his sacrifice. Then, cutoff the part where Samus immaturely starts saying the same thing from the Ivan Malkovich cutscene, as this only takes away from her character's growth. -Movie 61to63A: Samus and the true Madeline encounter. Still left to be decided what will be changed from this one or not. -Movie 63Bto64: Ending cutscene with Madeline, MB and the Galactic Federation. Maxximum did a good job here, possibly will keep the Maxximum editing with better quality, but really nothing changes here other than Madeline shooting MB in the original, and Samus being the one who shoots MB in Maxximum.
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