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Restoration Of The Star Wars Deleted Scenes

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Project Outline

in this project i will be trying to (to the best of my ability) clean up and colour correct a few deleted scenes of the trilogy.
ill be starting with a new hope and working my way through. as of now i have preformed an automated clean up on a small bit of the tosche station scene aswell as a small bit of colour correction (if anyone has any colour references it would be greatly appreciated)
here is my test/proof of concept: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A58W2eX94WY&feature=youtu.be
i now be starting on trying to manually fix the more damaged frames and trying to get a better dirt cleaner.

if you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment.

Software Used:
virtualdub with the infognition dirt cleaner plugin
sony vegas for colour correction

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I’ve started doing it. It took me about 6 months to clean the first Luke on Tatooine scene and I still am not satisfied with the quality, so I just gave up. Hope you will be more successful.

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pittrek said:

I’ve started doing it. It took me about 6 months to clean the first Luke on Tatooine scene and I still am not satisfied with the quality, so I just gave up. Hope you will be more successful.

did you do it all manually and what software did you use also is there anywhere i can see your work?

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Good idea for a project. I’m not sure if it’ll help but Blackmagic has a couple of free tools that might come in handy. The first is Davinci Resolve, which is excellent for color correction. The second is Fusion, which according to the manual, has some frame repair and cloning tools. I’ve never used Fusion, so I can’t vouch for how good they are, but both programs are Mac/Windows compatible. They’re both pro tools, so they’re not exactly easy to learn, but they might be worth a look.

Best of luck! 😃
—ScruffyNerfHerder

What can you get a Wookiee for (Life Day) Christmas when he already owns a comb?

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ScruffyNerfHerder said:

Good idea for a project. I’m not sure if it’ll help but Blackmagic has a couple of free tools that might come in handy. The first is Davinci Resolve, which is excellent for color correction. The second is Fusion, which according to the manual, has some frame repair and cloning tools. I’ve never used Fusion, so I can’t vouch for how good they are, but both programs are Mac/Windows compatible. They’re both pro tools, so they’re not exactly easy to learn, but they might be worth a look.

Best of luck! 😃
—ScruffyNerfHerder

thanks man ill be sure to try them out

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Update 1

done a second automated clean up attempt using the film9 tool for virtualdub and it looks a lot better than the original clean up attempt but its not perfect just yet.
results of second clean up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiuxL6YAaNY&feature=youtu.be
i now need to go through and manual clean up individual frames that are really badly damaged as well as replace a few frames with the originals because the dirt remover has caused motion smearing similar to that of the gout.
damage
^an example of the damage that requires manual fixing

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Film Damage Catalogue

484: black horizontal line and what i can only assume is an ilm employee’s pubic hair
567: black horizontal line and another pubic hair
568: back horizontal line and pubic hair
757: remanants of a black line automatically cleaned
800: bhl (got sick of typing black horizontal line)
801: oh heres a change its a green horizontal line this time
845: some one at ilm has dipped their finger in alien cum and smeared it on the frame
900: holy shit 2 black lines in 1 frame mum get the camera
955: black horizontal squiggle
956: big fuck off scratch
957: line and squiggle
1528-1533: massive scratches
2853-2857: scratches running through luke (perhaps unfixable)

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marduk666 said:

say you can’t fix all the frames, perhaps you just excise a few or even double up a frame?
Just my 2c

nearly all the frames of luke at the catching the binoculars have big ol scratches down lukes body and it would and i might be able to fix it if i had another source. nice idea but i dont think it would work

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Those frames are some of the easiest to repair. It is a small scratch that wanders. It is merely a matter of filling it with the right color to hide it and you have adjoining frames to work with. It is all the dirt and other junk that I have problems with. The scratches and other damage are what I’ve been working on for years. I have a great photo of my great-great grandmother and her 4 children and it has a scratch right though one of her eyes. I was able to eliminate it and no one who sees my correction can see the fix. In this case, it is just a few frames and I could do that in an afternoon. I’ve been dying to start working on this, but I’ve been distracted by color correcting the various versions of the finished films.

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yotsuya said:

Those frames are some of the easiest to repair. It is a small scratch that wanders. It is merely a matter of filling it with the right color to hide it and you have adjoining frames to work with. It is all the dirt and other junk that I have problems with. The scratches and other damage are what I’ve been working on for years. I have a great photo of my great-great grandmother and her 4 children and it has a scratch right though one of her eyes. I was able to eliminate it and no one who sees my correction can see the fix. In this case, it is just a few frames and I could do that in an afternoon. I’ve been dying to start working on this, but I’ve been distracted by color correcting the various versions of the finished films.

i’ve been trying to avoid painting out scratches and just trying to use adjacent frames but it seems like i’m gonna have too

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Man! I have been looking for someone to do this for a while now and am happy to see somebody finally giving it a good college try. I hope you can get these cleaned somewhat, I have some ideas for that first Luke scene

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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benduwan said:

Jackpumpkinhead said:

Man! I have been looking for someone to do this for a while now and am happy to see somebody finally giving it a good college try. I hope you can get these cleaned somewhat, I have some ideas for that first Luke scene

you don´t see this?

http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-saga-Extra-Extended-Edition-1080p/id/52131

i did, but that project isnt limited to the deleted scenes only

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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what happend with your restore of deleted scenes?
give up?

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