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Beta Videos – Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)

There are 16 beta versions of videos inside the file named z009_us.ps3.wmp for the original USA PlayStation 3 release of Final Fantasy XIII [MRTC00003]. The .wmp file type on the disc is nothing more than combined PlayStation Advanced Movie (.pam) files with a 10 byte (hex) header added.

All the videos on the disc have 5.1 channel audio, except for the beta movies.
Of the 16 beta videos, two of them have no audio, and the rest are mono.
The spoken dialog is in Japanese instead of English.

Some of the differences between the beta videos and the final versions include:
All of the videos that have audio only play spoken dialog of the main characters, there are no background sounds etc.
Sometimes eyes are not fully animated yet, they may be closed, stuck fully open or do not blink.
Lots of times, the mouths are not yet animated while speech is being played.
Stiff hair and such that passes right thru the body.
General lack of detail, such as lighting.
Placeholder background characters.

Here are a few of the things I have noticed about each video (the included pictures are a small portion):
z009_us.ps3-01
This video has no audio track.
The video is only a small section of the completed video that’s inside the file z017_us.ps3.wmp.
Three of the corners have extra info embedded, a date (2009-06-29), a frame counter and the text White CRS.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 1 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-02
There are placeholder background characters.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 2 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-03
Snow’s bandana has the ends sticking out like helicopter blades.
Hair is stiff and passes right thru the clothes/bodies of the characters.
There is no mouth movement while speaking.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 3 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-04
There are placeholder background characters.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 4 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-05
There are placeholder background characters.
Just like how Snow’s bandana ends stick out, the hat of one of the background character is doing the same thing.
There is no mouth movement while speaking.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 5 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-06
There are placeholder background characters.
There is no mouth movement while speaking.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 6 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-07
More of the stiff hair and helicopter blades on Snow’s hat.
Snow’s mouth does not move while speaking, but Serah’s does.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 7 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-08
No mouth movement, and more stiff hair/objects.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 8 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-09
No mouth movement, and more stiff hair/objects.
Serah’s eyes are shut while Lightning is speaking to her.
When Lightning opens her birthday present, she has the knife in her hand, places it in the box then picks it up.
There is no image displayed on the television while the special announcement is being played.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 9 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-10
There are placeholder background characters.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 10 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-11
The symbol on Dajh’s hand is more detailed in the beta version of this video.
There is no smog in the video, yet Sazh still coughs and fans the air.
No mouth movement.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 11 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-12
No mouth movement, and more stiff hair/objects.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 12 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-13
This video and the first one are the more beta looking ones.
At the very start of the video, there are timed beeps.
The corners have very faint numbers displayed just like the first video.
There are placeholder firework explosions.
Snow and Serah have a very unfinished look, and both are missing their hair.
A very brief Japanese subtitle is displayed.
Placeholder background characters are shown during the flashbacks.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 13 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-14
This video has no audio track.
The two announcers have no mouth movement.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 14 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-15
More stiff hair/objects.
Vanille’s mouth is animated, while Serah’s is not (for most of the video).
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 15 of 16 [PS3] HD

z009_us.ps3-16
The audio does not seem to sync with the video, the finished video instead has voice-over.
No mouth movement, and more stiff hair/objects.
Final Fantasy XIII Beta Video 16 of 16 [PS3] HD

Here is all 16 videos in a playlist:

Here are download links for the videos:
https://mega.co.nz/#F!sM0RgRQa!V_w5jg-v0ekZJaSha_5L4g
https://mega.co.nz/#F!YBFmSILD!dljTZl_hXuYiHrNZX6Fe1Q
https://mega.co.nz/#F!ZY1jxLbD!VDFr1gHVloIkqJJrTtR9Rw
https://mega.co.nz/#F!gVkEyLqa!I598sn1ZDB93Ve1iGCUZLQ
https://mega.co.nz/#F!5FETBIyI!SD_d323N5EUitUUtentNsQ
https://mega.co.nz/#F!oR8EhbrC!EmzB6UVcg3oe0KeTJs3lcw
https://mega.co.nz/#F!FU9jUQRJ!SgmPbAJzG5we_6rKTNqArA
https://mega.co.nz/#F!4ZU3lLDK!CScgpWKc21sYlJvVfN1YbA
https://mega.co.nz/#F!RUU23QhD!OC7UzgBOCo0M4u5PXlIbxw
https://mega.co.nz/#F!ZY8gUZqY!Ao0fKiPmyDFlA8xiTWz7DA
https://mega.co.nz/#F!1YVEgAgL!NgAWS38c7Jp3pa7EdYmQ3Q
https://mega.co.nz/#F!NNEiyDLD!AEi9AmGP8HYSVLDufyysWg
https://mega.co.nz/#F!lU8GXCyK!Kb2AqB1HPEIUP6j_fpTflg
https://mega.co.nz/#F!JUVR0K4T!CRPJyCdQdQZ_jOhFGNqxLQ
https://mega.co.nz/#F!9QcVABQB!LmFFnUNlrK0UTbpQZKBc0Q
https://mega.co.nz/#F!VZ1mDa6a!ITlgMW2jnZlcs6Okf46npQ