Complete WC GOG fixes and tweaks

Salty85

Captain
Thanks, I thought so. I'm so glad to get back into wing commander, its beyond a guilty pleasure. My wife calls me a nerd for some reason, no idea why...
 

Salty85

Captain
I contacted Symantec, and they are adding the scanlines patch to their whitelist. I can only assume the scanlines removal code is a wrapper around the original executable, triggered when a file type (video) is accessed. This type of wrapper code unsigned, around a signed piece of code is how a virus attaches to legitimate files. This likely is why it was flagged I'm pretty sure.
 

Valkala

Spaceman
I just wanted to let you know that I got WC Prophecy DVD upgrade to work. You're method does actual work, but the one on the site does not work.

For those who are still having trouble, it's very important that if start from a fresh install. I had trouble getting it work because of the many things I was trying which turned out not so well. Here is how I got it to work:

  1. Download the DVD movies from CIC found here https://www.wcnews.com/wcpedia/DVD_Movie_Upgrade_Patch (3 files)
  2. Extract them all to a folder named "movie" and put it in your WC Prophecy GOG directory.
  3. Download and Install this https://www.wcnews.com/wcpedia/OpenGL_Patch, it will eventually ask you set your screen resolution and graphic settings, put them to max for best quality.
  4. Download wcP.zip from post #37 that @TCSTigersClaw provided to your GOG Prophecy Directory.
  5. Remove any compatibility that are preselected from Prophecy.exe and secretops.exe (right click on prophecy.exe/secretops.exe, click on Compatibility, click on "Change settings for all users", uncheck "Run this program... etc.", press OK, then uncheck again "Run this program...".

Note: I did not install the Enhancement Pack from its' page. I assumed it was part of the wcP.zip file. @TCSTigersClaw, let me know if I'm wrong on this.

Regards,
Valkala
 

krank23

Spaceman
I've followed the above instructions. Doesn't work for me.

I'm on Windows 10 Pro version 1903, on a Nvidia Geforce 2070-powered laptop. The game runs just fine, including the original movies, but whenever I drop in the "movie" folder with all the vobs the movies just show up as black screens. The subtitles work, audio works, everything works except the video. I've tried any sort of combination of mods and exes I've been able to get my hands on, with the same result. ANd yeah, I've tried forcing the game to use the Nvidia card instead of the crappy Intel, I've run the exe as admin, etc.

I've tried different OpenGL options – all effects & quality settings maxed out or set to minimal, windowed mode/fullscreen, resolutions…

At first I thought it might be because Win10 lacks a native mpeg2 decoder. I tried both ffdshow(-tryout) and the Mpeg-2 video extension available through the Microsoft Store. Ffdshow had much better performance, both gave Windows Media Player the ability to play the vobs without issue. But not WCP.

This used to work. I'm wondering if 1903 broke WCP.


I've lost count of how many times I've heard Tom Wilson say he almost feels sorry for the guy 'cause he's flying against the Maniac… But not seen him.

Any suggestions welcome at this point.
 

krank23

Spaceman
And as usual in these cases, after several hours of experimentation and cursing, a solution of sorts presents itself just minutes after one admits defeat and asks for help.

This is not a real solution per se, but rather some information that might be useful:

The WCP DVD playback addon does not, it seems, like external screens on laptops. The fact that the laptop has multiple GPUs may or may not be relevant.

Literally every other piece of software or game I have ever tried have worked flawlessly whether on the internal screen or on any of my two external ones. But not WCP. If I want to see the DVD movies, I will have to make the internal laptop screen my primary, then launch Prophecy so it shows up on that screen an no other. Then I get to see Tom Wilson be an asshole and all is well. I'd much rather see him on my 27" screen, but oh well.

I'll continue experimenting; if anyone has any idea on how to make the vobs work on an external screen connected to a dual-gpu laptop I'd be grateful if they shared.
 
And as usual in these cases, after several hours of experimentation and cursing, a solution of sorts presents itself just minutes after one admits defeat and asks for help.

This is not a real solution per se, but rather some information that might be useful:

The WCP DVD playback addon does not, it seems, like external screens on laptops. The fact that the laptop has multiple GPUs may or may not be relevant.

Literally every other piece of software or game I have ever tried have worked flawlessly whether on the internal screen or on any of my two external ones. But not WCP. If I want to see the DVD movies, I will have to make the internal laptop screen my primary, then launch Prophecy so it shows up on that screen an no other. Then I get to see Tom Wilson be an asshole and all is well. I'd much rather see him on my 27" screen, but oh well.

I'll continue experimenting; if anyone has any idea on how to make the vobs work on an external screen connected to a dual-gpu laptop I'd be grateful if they shared.
I know that @Pedro was looking into better playback options for WCP DVD video in the GL enhancements. I don't think this was completed but I may be wrong.
 

Pedro

Admiral
I know that @Pedro was looking into better playback options for WCP DVD video in the GL enhancements. I don't think this was completed but I may be wrong.
You’re right, I got distracted by other things as i had stopped hearing about issues with movie playback.

I started by looking into HCls DivX patch which used the original audio format. AD and I spit balled better encoders than DivX. There’s an outside chance that higher quality audio could be encoded with the original formats, but there would definitely be no surround sound.

In my opinion the improved compatibility and better de-interlacing would be worth that loss but it depends on a few factors.
Sadly the experienced exe hackers are all unavailable, I always left this stuff to Pete and HCl.

I definitely owe you a fix to this, but it probably won't be in time for the next release, sorry.
 
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