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  1. Explode

    Hey everyone!

    Two days ago marked the 19th anniversary of the original Kingdom Hearts game's release in North America. And with fortuitous, only slightly delayed timing, I just finished my most recent project: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix cutscenes in 4K! Just like our recent 358/2 Days and ReCoded releases, they have some really cool features: no subtitles, and an additional audio track that has the background music turned off, so you can isolate the dialog/sound effects.

    And since this was captured from the PC release I took advantage of a couple texture mods. I used the HD Textures mod by TieuLink to make things look even crisper, and the Vanilla Heartless mod by DaniZaya to restore the Heartless to their original, non-Final Mix color palette. Also of note, the music toggle was made possible by TopazTK's Re-Fixed mod by allowing the game's volume sliders to fully mute the BGM when set to 1). And I personally created a mod to Disable Subtitles.

    And finally, the pre-rendered Opening, Ending, and Secret Endings have all been upscaled to 4K using machine learning software (Topaz A.I. Gigapixel V3.1.1). Meaning the overall quality should be higher than in the actual game!

    Due to the larger file size of these vids, we couldn't include the option to download all of them at once. You will have to download each individually. Apologies for the inconvenience, but I promise they're worth it ;) You can download these absolutely stunning scenes here:

    Kingdom Hearts Cutscenes (4K)(no subtitles)(music toggle)

    I'm particularly excited about this release as it's a bit of a turning point for us. From here on, our focus is on high-end videos with the absolute clearest quality. 4K resolution is a huge part of that, but we've also moved on to a new video codec. The H265 codec uses a more complex form of compression, which gives us a massive boost in quality without having unreasonably large files (though don't get me wrong: they're still 3-4 times larger than our 1080p vids).

    Unfortunately this makes them a bit less compatible. I highly recommend using VLC Player for viewing purposes. If your video editing software is on the older side (more than 5 years old) it may not support them. If this is the case you'd either need to upgrade your software, find a plug-in that fixes it, or re-encode the videos to H264. If you go with the latter, Handbrake is an amazing video encoder (in fact it's what I used for these cutscenes). It can even preserve multiple audio tracks (which most/all future videos will have, in the form of the music toggle). Just go to the Audio tab in Handbrake and click Add Track>Add All Remaining Tracks for each vid.

    Had a lot to cover there lol The next announcement will be more brief.

    Enjoy!
    Thread by: Explode, Sep 19, 2021 at 12:21 PM, 1 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hey all, we'll be going offline for a bit tomorrow. Maintenance will start around 7:00 PM Eastern, maybe a bit later, and will last several hours. We'll keep you updated over Discord once it's back up, or if there are any delays.

    Thanks for your patience, see you on the other side!
    Thread by: Explode, Aug 1, 2021, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hey gang, got something special for you today! Definitely a game-changer for video editors.

    We've updated the Cutscene Archive with new versions of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded scenes. They're direct rips from 1.5/2.5, which means no subtitles. But cooler than that, these scenes have multiple audio tracks: one normal, and one that has sound effects and voices, but no background music! This is a first for us, and I'm sure editors will love it. It's definitely extra work muting the sound in-game then re-adding it manually in Premiere. But I really like the end result.

    If you just plan on watching them, I recommend VLC Player since it always defaults to the standard track, whereas other players will sometimes default to the music-less version (though if that happens you can always go to the Audio section of your video player and manually switch it). Unfortunately YouTube doesn't appear to have multi-track audio support (at least for normal users), so these will probably stay download-only for the time being. Here they are, by the way:

    Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (No Subtitles)(Music Toggle)
    Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (No Subtitles)(Music Toggle)

    Quick note, Re:Coded still has quite a few scenes with baked-in music that I couldn't remove (all ones from the old DS game, and a handful that are new to 2.5). 358/2 Days thankfully only has one scene with this issue (the Xion fight that was absent from the original PS3 release).

    In the future I'd like to give this BGM treatment to all the games (perhaps in 4k *hmm*), but that'll take a little while.
    Thread by: Explode, Jul 15, 2021, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Out of nowhere, the Epic Games Store announced that the entire Kingdom Hearts series will be coming to PC on March 30, 2021. This appears to be, at least for now, an exclusive deal to EGS. All games are at their original, full retail price, although Kingdom Hearts III comes with ReMind included at no additional cost. KH3 on PC is also getting its own exclusive Keyblade (re-skin), Elemental Encoder. It's unclear if this is a monochrome Keyblade, or they just haven't revealed the color scheme yet.


    In addition to introducing the KH series to a whole new market, this will also open up a lot of possibilities for the modding community.

    Do you plan on picking any of these up on PC when they arrive next month?
    Thread by: Explode, Feb 11, 2021, 2 replies, in forum: Kingdom Hearts News & Updates
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    Recently, I got my hands on some tools that let me extract movie files directly from the Kingdom Hearts HD Remixes, opening up some new possibilities for older games.

    Kicking off, I present Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories without subtitles! To my knowledge, a clean rip of the HD version doesn't exist anywhere else on the internet, so that's neat. You can download both parts below:
    Sora
    Riku

    In the coming weeks, we'll also be giving the 358/2 Days and ReCoded movies the same treatment. Those two will also have an alternate download option: no subtitles and no music! Surprisingly, all of Days and most of ReCoded (excluding its old DS scenes) have the music on a separate track, allowing for isolated vocals/SFX.

    This was made possible through several different tools, but most importantly was the .mself file extractor made by Some1fromthedark. If you are so inclined, you can support them on Patreon.

    Check out our full Cutscene Archive for scenes from the entire series.

    See ya soon!
    Thread by: Explode, Feb 6, 2021, 1 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Small but very cool update: we now have cutscenes from Melody of Memory without subtitles available for download.

    This was made possible by a member of the KH modding community, Vladabdf, who was able to rip video files directly from the game. He's currently contributing to OpenKH, a project that aims to expand the community's knowledge of how the Kingdom Hearts games run, and make modding them more streamlined. Check out his Twitter and YouTube. If you have any programming knowledge and an interest in the project, I'm sure they'd appreciate some help.

    Check out our full Cutscene Archive for scenes from the entire series.

    Peace!
    Thread by: Explode, Jan 24, 2021, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hey all! Cutscenes from the newly-released Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory are now available for download. As of now, there's no in-game option to remove subtitles, but if a patch releases that allows it (or we get our hands on direct rips), we will update with those as well.

    Check out our full Cutscene Archive for scenes from the entire series.

    Enjoy!
    Thread by: Explode, Nov 18, 2020, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hello and welcome! Glad to have you here.

    Kairi's great, hope we see a lot more of her in the future :)
    Post by: Explode, Sep 30, 2020 in forum: Introductions & Departures
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    Greetings

    Welcome! Hope you're doing good and have escaped the void :P
    Post by: Explode, Sep 30, 2020 in forum: Introductions & Departures
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    Hey all, if I've been particularly quiet this month, it's because I've been hard at work on this. I got into modding recently and just released something that may pique your interest.

    This PC Mod for Dark Souls III lets you look and sound like Kairi, and adds custom Keyblade-like movesets/starting classes. Check out the full trailer below:


    Naturally, you'll need Dark Souls III on PC to play with the mod.

    You can download the mod here!
    Thread by: Explode, Jul 8, 2020, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hey everyone,
    I've been experimenting with some image upscalers, and was able to convert the KH2 opening sequence into 4k! Aside from doubling the resolution, it also adds clarity by smartly sharpening the image and decreasing video artifacts. It took a solid 15 hours for my computer to process all those frames, so I'm not sure if/when I'll do another of these. Software used was Gigapixel AI from Topaz Labs.

    Click the image below to see a close-up before/after comparison.


    You can view the full opening here:


    Or download it here.
    Thread by: Explode, May 25, 2020, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hey everyone! Got a big update I'm sure some of you were waiting on. We've updated our Kingdom Hearts III Cutscene Archive with all the scenes from the Re Mind DLC, with no subtitles and Kingdom Key only! And as with the rest of the game, these scenes were meticulously edited to remove any stuttering that pops up all too often. Addtionally, certain sequences were recorded in such a way that the background music continues across multiple scenes without any awkward cuts. I really like the end result with how it makes some gameplay sequences feel a little extra cinematic.

    We also updated the following videos to reflect changes that were made to some cutscenes from the base game in a patch:
    Keyblade Graveyard
    Scala ad Caelum
    Ending + Credits

    We suggest you re-download those to get the most up-to-date versions. If you're a collector who still wants to hold on the older versions for posterity, we got ya covered. At the end of the newly added "Extra + Alternate Scenes" video, we've got the pre-patch cutscenes intact (some scenes are cut down for time, but anything that was changed is still there).

    We also recommend re-downloading "The Carribean". There was an editing de-sync error in the Raging Vulture scene that has since been corrected.

    Or to keep it simple, just download the Part 2 and Part 3 .zip files at the top of the KH3 archive page, and you'll be all caught up.

    Once again we're all caught up. Check out our Cutscene Archive Main Page for all that the scenes that this crazy series has to offer. I'll be patiently/eagerly waiting alongside you to see what the future holds. Until then, may your heart yada yada.
    Thread by: Explode, Mar 26, 2020, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hello again! In light of KH3’s Re Mind DLC, we have updated the Kingdom Hearts III Unofficial Soundtrack to include all the new music. Bear in mind that track names contain some SPOILERS (boss names and general themes).

    Just like last time, some tracks are missing because they can’t be extracted from pre-rendered sequences. Also important: the track names are NOT official. We'll have to wait for an official release for both of those things.

    If you already downloaded the old version, we recommend re-downloading the entire soundtrack, because there are a few minor changes (such as removing old tracks from a scene that's been updated, and re-numbering others to reflect that) but if you so choose, you can download JUST the new music by clicking here.

    A big “Thank You!” to KHWaterBlock for hooking us up with the source files. Check him out on Twitter and YouTube.

    Enjoy!
    Thread by: Explode, Jan 31, 2020, 1 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Fixed an issue where the following tracks had some distortion (click to start download):

    The Final World
    My Heart's Descent ~Taboo

    A new zip file has been uploaded with these changes, but to save time for those who already downloaded the soundtrack, you can grab them individually.

    If you notice issues with other tracks you can post them below or contact us on Twitter.
    Post by: Explode, Oct 21, 2019 in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hey everyone, got a very special treat for ya! Our Audio Archive now features the Kingdom Hearts III Soundtrack. You can download the entire thing with a single click.

    This is possible thanks to the efforts of members of the KH community who were able to extract music files straight from the game. I went through the exhausting process of organizing all these files. This includes placing them in order, giving them unique names, compressing them a to reasonable file size, and in some cases editing out long pauses, or even sequencing together tracks that were broken up into multiple files.

    There are unfortunately a small handful of tracks that are missing. Any music that plays during a pre-rendered sequence could not be separated from the voices/sound effects. We will have to wait for an official release for those. Also, I did not include every single track from the game, as there are duplicates, and in some cases I excluded tracks that are from previous games. Of course every accessible new track is included.

    Please note that the track names are NOT official. For rearrangements of familiar tracks I used the official name, and often added an identifying subtitle (KH3 has a LOT of different arrangements for some themes, so it was very necessary). But for totally new tracks, or arrangements that were very transformative I gave them totally unique names. There's a total of 203(!) files, so to make it easier to find what you're looking for I labeled some with identifiers (Field, Battle, Boss, etc.).

    Thank you to KHWaterBlock for supplying me with the uncompressed source files. Check them out on YouTube where they've uploaded most if not all of the KH3 music for streaming, as well as their other Kingdom Hearts-related content.

    Happy listening, see ya later!
    Thread by: Explode, Oct 19, 2019, 5 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since our last update, but I’m confident in saying this one is worth the wait. After months of work, I’m happy to announce the Kingdom Hearts III cutscenes - without subtitles and Kingdom Key only - are now online! I’ve put more work into these cutscenes than I probably should have, so let me explain what makes them special.

    Unfortunately KH3’s cutscenes run somewhat poorly: they have random frame stutters on a pretty regular basis. To counteract this, I recorded nearly every scene multiple times and edited together the best shots, so everything should be smooth as butter.

    On top of that, I went the extra mile and timed my gameplay recordings so that the music loops and continues properly through different scenes. So for example if there’s a cutaway scene in the middle of a boss battle, the music will pick up right where it left off in the scene before, rather than having an awkward cut. Timing it just right was pretty tricky (can’t tell you how long I splashed around in that damn pond with Rapunzel waiting for the music to loop, only for her to run away at the last second), but the result is quite nice.

    Now that I’m done patting myself on the back, feel free to download the Kingdom Hearts III Cutscenes. And as always, check out our Cutscene Archive for HD scenes from the entire series.

    We are leaving the previously-recorded subtitled KH3 cutscenes up for those who need them, but note that the subtitle-free version is the definitive version, and will be the only one receiving updates of future content.

    That’s it for now, but when something new comes out I’ll Re:Mind ya!
    Thread by: Explode, Oct 5, 2019, 0 replies, in forum: Community News & Projects
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    Welcome back to Daybreak Town! Everyone ready to see how your hard work has stacked up?

    In fifth place this week is KHV_Unicornis with a total of 0 Lux. Better luck next time!

    In fourth place this week is KHV_Ursus with a total of 1,641,160 Lux! The top scorer was @tamale with 1,641,160 Lux—exactly 100% of the party's earnings.

    In third place this week is KHV_Leopardus with a total of 3,214,941 Lux! The top scorer was @Noizless with 3,214,941 Lux—exactly 100% of the party's earnings.

    In second place this week is KHV_Vulpes with a total of 349,627,420 Lux! The top scorer was @Fearless with 349,626,352 Lux—about 99% of the party's earnings. @~Master Xehanort~ followed with 1,068 Lux.

    In first place this week is KHV_Anguis with a total of 8,899,269,993 Lux! The top scorer was @Explode with 8,895,766,155 Lux—about _% of the party's earnings. @~Acy_XIII~ followed with 3,503,838 Lux.
    1. KHV_Anguis
    2. KHV_Vulpes
    3. KHV_Leopardus
    4. KHV_Ursus
    5. KHV_Unicornis
    Congratulations to the Keyblade wielders of KHV_Anguis! Master Invi would be thrilled with all your work!

    Special congratulations to this week's top scorers from each party—tamale, Noizless, Fearless, and Explode! You'll all be sent special pins to commemorate your accomplishments if you've not yet received one!

    If you want to join in the competition, you can still sign up for our official KHV parties here!

    NOTE: If your Player ID is not already recorded in the party sign-up thread, please post it there in order to facilitate the creation of these leaderboards every week!

    See you all back here at the fountain plaza next week!
    Thread by: Explode, Jul 23, 2019, 0 replies, in forum: Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
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    The official Kingdom Hearts YouTube channel released the KH3 Re:Mind DLC trailer shown at KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World of Tres- in LA. Judging by the title, this is probably what will be shown at Square Enix's E3 press conference on Monday. You can view the trailer below:

    Thread by: Explode, Jun 9, 2019, 3 replies, in forum: Kingdom Hearts News & Updates