Not happy with the quality of the biggest Elephants Dream version available in the official website (AVI, MPEG4 / AC3 5.1 Surround, 815 MB), I wanted to create a better version. I downloaded the original lossless video and audio and made a brand new encoding. It ended up smaller than the "official" and with much better perceived quality.
Can grab it via torrent:
Vorbis is the best lossy audio codec commonly available, but it is not a very common choice for 5.1 audio. I wanted to take the risk, because I am not a fan of proprietary formats and there is no good open source AAC encoder. The problem I found is that at least MPlayer can not automatically downmix the 6 channels into 2 channels for those who don't have a 5.1 setup. For now, I have to workaround the problem with:
|mplayer -af pan=2:1:0:0:1:1:0:0:1:0.5:0.5:0:0 movie.mkv |
Please let me know if you have audio issues with other players...
A lot of people already downloaded this version of the movie, and I tend to believe most of them are from this forum. What do you think of it? Is it worth to be listed in the download page of Elephants Dream?