This is a WeiDU mod that restores the 'classic' movies from the original Baldur's Gate and select movies from Baldur's Gate II to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. The classic movies have been resized to the same dimensions as the new BG:EE movies (1280x720, 852x480, and 512x288) while maintaining their aspect ratios. It also re-enables the Beregost movie when you first travel to the area and restores a movie to the Elfsong Tavern that was cut from the original game. This mod was developed for Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition v1.3+ and will be considered a beta version as long as BG:EE is being updated. Note that this mod works with or without the Siege of Dragonspear (SoD) expansion. Use at your own risk! Questions, comments, suggestions, and bug reports are of course welcome.
The restored movies include:
- Black Isle Logo
- Entering Baldur's Gate
- BG Sunrise
- BG Sunset
- The Temple of Bhaal
- BioWare Logo
- BioWare and IE Logos
- BioWare Dragon Logo
- Bandit Camp
- Inside Candlekeep
- Sunset movie
- The Dungeon
- Entering Durlag's Tower
- The Undercity
- End Credits
- The Friendly Arm Inn
- The Gnoll Stronghold
- Infinity Engine Logo
- The Iron Throne
- The Flooded Mine
- Entering Nashkel
- Sunrise movie
- The Ducal Palace
- Resting Outside
- Resting in Dungeon
- Resting at Inn
- The Sewers
- The Tavern
- TSR Logo
- WOTC Logo
- Across the Trackless Sea
- The Wyvern
As of Version 2.0 there is a new component that restores the vanilla BG1 chapter and dream screens to BGEE/SoD (using the appropriate theme). Note that chapter screens for SoD chapters are not "restored" from the original game since they did not exist in the original game.
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This mod is broken into two different GitHub branches: "BGEE-Classic-Movies:master" and "BGEE-Classic-Movies:LowResOnly". The first one (the "master" branch) contains everything needed to install and use the BG:EE Classic Movies mod. Under normal circumstances, this is the only part of the mod you will ever need. The second branch ("LowResOnly") contains the lower resolution versions of the movies (found in the "480" and "lo" folders in the movies folders in the game directory). I don't think these lower resolution versions are used on the Windows or Mac version of the game, but might be on other platforms (such as i-pad or Android tablet). If you want to install these along with the high resolution versions of the movies, extract the contents of this archive on top of the contents of the first one before installing the mod. Be sure to extract relative paths!
This is a WeiDU mod. To install, unzip the latest GitHub Release into the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition game folder that has the chitin.key file (usually "Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition\Data\00766") and double-click on setup-BGEEClassicMovies.exe. Follow the command prompts to install the desired components. To uninstall, double-click on setup-BGEEClassicMovies.exe again and select the Uninstall option.
If you have followed the above steps and the mod is still not installing properly, you might find reading The common Windows Vista and Windows 7 problems helpful. Particularly, sections 2.1, 2.2.1, and 2.2.2.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why does MOVIDESC.2DA and Baldur.ini (or Baldur.lua) need to be modified?
A: The Baldur.ini (or Baldur.lua) and MOVIDESC.2DA are modified so that the movies can be viewed in the "Movies" dialog of the GUI. Since not all of the movies from BG1 are actually used in BG:EE, this is the only way to watch them.
Q: I hear strange noises when some movies are played.
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A: BG:EE uses a crappy WEBM codec, so if you are having problems with the audio in the moves, this should be resolved in the next patch. The problem does not occur in the English movies, but in the Polish movies, for example, you can hear strange noises when played in BG:EE. BG2:EE used to have the same problem, but the newest patch updated the codec and now the engine plays them as expected.
Thanks to Wisp for writing the initial WeiDU code and K4thos for updating it.
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- Added compatibility with lefreut's Enhanced UI (BG1EE skin) mod
- Added German localization and translation (thanks to jaydee2k)
- Added component to Restore BG1 Chapter and Dream Screens
- Added Spanish localization and translation (thanks to Unknow_error).
- Added support for BGEE/SoD V2+
- Components are installed more intelligently
- Updated documentation
Version 0.05: 25 February 2015
- Upgraded to latest version of WeiDU, which is now BG:EE compatible.
- Manual edit to Baldur.ini is no longer necessary. The installer does it for you.
- Re-encoded hi-res (1280x720) movies to be higher quality.
- Included medium-res (852x480) and lo-res (512x288) versions of movies.
- Restored TAVERN movie to Elfsong Tavern.
- Updated documentation.
Version 0.04: 12 December 2012
- Added BWDRAGON (Bioware logo movie) and WOTC (WOTC Logo) from BGII.
- All movies were resized to the same dimensions (1280x720) as the new BG:EE movies while maintaining their aspect ratios.
Version 0.03: 06 December 2012
- Re-enable the Beregost movie when you first travel to the area.
Version 0.02: 05 December 2012
- Added DAYNITE (Sunset movie), NITEDAY (Sunrise movie), RESTDUNG (Resting in dungeon movie), and RESTINN (Resting at inn movie) from BGII.
Version 0.01: 05 December 2012
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