A while back I hinted that I might try to combine all three Back To The Future movies into one long movie. I did eventually finish it. Here’s what I did:
- I used a program called DVDShrink to copy the main movie and the deleted scenes to a bunch of .VOB and .IFO files on my hard drive. I did this for all three disks.
- I used a program called AutoGK to convert those files to .AVI files.
- The .AVI files were then loaded into Sony Vegas. Once loaded into the Vegas project, the end of the first movie was cut off and the beginning of the second movie trimmed to the same frame. This made for a seamless transition between the two movies. The same thing was done to the end of the second movie and the beginning of the third.
- The resulting long movie was split in several places and the deleted scenes put back in place.
- After several false starts, the movie was rendered in Sony Vegas as an .AVI file.
- I used ConvertXtoDVD to put the movie on DVD. This program has the wonderful ability to compress the movie files so that it isn’t unheard of to actually fit a 5 1/2 hour movie on a single DVD. I’ve used this program before to put 4 1-hour television shows on a single (2 hour) DVD. I should point out here that because of the compression involved in fitting that much video data onto a single DVD, the quality is terrible.
Now that I can actually say that after all these years of daydreaming about it, I finally have Back To The Future as one, single movie.
Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to find time to spend almost 6 hours watching one movie.