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Return of the GOUT - Preservation & Restoration

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FINAL AVISYNTH SCRIPTS WILL BE IN THIS FIRST POST

Welcome to the ROTGOUT (Return of the “George’s Original Unaltered Trilogy”) preservation & restoration thread!

Utilizing the PAL GOUT DVDs, I have created BD-compliant 720p encodes of the films, paired with GOUT-sycned LaserDisc audio. Each film in the trilogy has been given a basic cleanup via Avisynth (anti-aliasing, minimal noise removal, and color correction) and upscaled to 720p. Overall, this is still very much the GOUT, but with minor enhancements and uncompressed audio. These files are NTSC GOUT synced, so you can mux in any other mixes you want might.

This is V1 that includes burnt-in alien subtitles, LPCM audio (sourced from the 1993 LaserDiscs), and BD-compliant 720p video. I do not plan to make multiple iterations of these, but if there are any errors, I will revise them for TESB and ROTJ.

I am aware that TeamBlu already made their upscale of the ANH GOUT, but this is a very different project. I’m utilizing the PAL discs (for increased resolution for ESB/ROTJ) and syncing them to the NTSC GOUT rips, and then doing very basic one-pass fix in AviSynth. The final product will look better than the actual GOUT originally did, but I do want to preserve the look and feel of the GOUT – as it’s my personal favorite home video transfer of the OOT, despite being so flawed.

Here’s my current AviSynth script for ANH (Final):

Mpeg2Source(“ANH.d2v”) #GOUT Sync
AssumeFPS(24000,1001) #GOUT Sync
DeleteFrame(144053) #GOUT Sync
Crop(0,124,0,-126,align=true) #Crop Black Bars
Levels(10,1.08,255,0,255).Tweak(hue=-6) #Black Level & Gamma
eedi2() #AA
QTGMC(Preset=“Medium”, InputType=1) #Noise Removal and Additional AA
Lanczos4Resize(1280, 542) #Scale to 720p Square

ESB (Final)

Mpeg2Source(“ESB.d2v”) #GOUT Sync
AssumeFPS(24000,1001) #GOUT Sync
DeleteFrame(150204,150205) #GOUT Sync
Crop(0,124,0,-126,align=true) #Crop Black Bars
chroma=last
a=trim(chroma,0,90887)
b=trim(chroma,90888,96324).ChromaShift(C=2)
c=trim(chroma,96325,96446)
d=trim(chroma,96447,96650).ChromaShift(C=2)
e=trim(chroma,96651,96945)
f=trim(chroma,96946,97040).ChromaShift(C=2)
g=trim(chroma,97041,97529)
h=trim(chroma,97530,106132).ChromaShift(C=2)
i=trim(chroma,106133,129145)
j=trim(chroma,129146,129574).ChromaShift(C=2)
k=trim(chroma,129575,150203)
l=trim(chroma,150204,155767).ChromaShift(C=2)
m=trim(chroma,155768,155837)
n=trim(chroma,155838,159587).ChromaShift(C=2)
o=trim(chroma,159588,159652)
p=trim(chroma,159653,163075).ChromaShift(C=2)
q=trim(chroma,163076,163145)
r=trim(chroma,163146,165306).ChromaShift(C=2)
s=trim(chroma,165307,165516)
t=trim(chroma,165517,166149).ChromaShift(C=2)
u=trim(chroma,166150,166213)
v=trim(chroma,166214,168066).ChromaShift(C=2)
w=trim(chroma,168067,168236)
x=trim(chroma,168237,168761).ChromaShift(C=2)
y=trim(chroma,168762,168849)
z=trim(chroma,168850,169402).ChromaShift(C=2)
z2=trim(chroma,169403,169484)
z3=trim(chroma,169485,169928).ChromaShift(C=2)
z4=trim(chroma,169929,170763)
z5=trim(chroma,170764,170858).ChromaShift(C=2)
z6=trim(chroma,170859,170978)
z7=trim(chroma,170979,172852).ChromaShift(C=2)
z8=trim(chroma,172853,0)
a+b+c+d+e+f+g+h+i+j+k+l+m+n+o+p+q+r+s+t+u+v+w+x+y+z+z2+z3+z4+z5+z6+z7+z8
Levels(10,1.08,255,0,255).Tweak(hue=-6) #Black Level & Gamma
eedi2() #AA
QTGMC(Preset=“Medium”, InputType=1) #Noise Removal and Additional AA
Lanczos4Resize(1280, 542) #Scale to 720p Square

ROTJ (Final):

Mpeg2Source(“ROTJ.d2v”) #GOUT Sync
AssumeFPS(24000,1001) #GOUT Sync
DuplicateFrame(141781) #GOUT Sync
DeleteFrame(68664,68665) #GOUT Sync
Crop(0,124,0,-126,align=true) #Crop Black Bars
Levels(10,1.08,255,0,255).Tweak(hue=-6) #Black Level & Gamma
eedi2() #AA
QTGMC(Preset=“Medium”, InputType=1) #Noise Removal and Additional AA
Lanczos4Resize(1280, 542) #Scale to 720p Square

Special Thanks to:

nightstalkerpoet
gforce
Chewtobacca
althor1138
yotsuya
msycamore
schorman

Comparison (Upscale Only Script vs Filtered/Upscale Script):

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/214272

Final Project Specs:
ANH

VIDEO: 1280x720p H264 23.976 fps
TRACK 1) 2.0 LPCM [English] (1993 Laserdisc mix)

TESB

VIDEO: 1280x720p H264 23.976 fps
TRACK 1) 2.0 LPCM [English] (1993 Laserdisc mix)

ROTJ

VIDEO: 1280x720p H264 23.976 fps
TRACK 1) 2.0 LPCM [English] (1993 Laserdisc mix)

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“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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Maybe drop eedi2 because this is dropping a field and interpolating it if I remember right. This kind of neuters the rest of the filter chain. Also, maybe try qtgmc using inputtype=1 as this might fix the aliasing without dropping and interpolating fields. I definitely would not eedi2 and qtgmc together. Also, move qtgmc up the filter chain to where you currently have eedi2. No need to run it at an upscaled resolution it just takes longer.

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Thank you for your assistance. I took your advice by solely using QTGMC with the Progressive input setting, but there was still aliasing – so will do some more testing. Didn’t realize that eedi2 discarded a field either, as I was under the impression that it was simply for interpreting the missing field – not discarding it; I could very well be wrong, though.

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“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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Good choice using the UK GOUT. Don’t forget to find and insert the last frame of Reel 5 from the US GOUT in ROTJ.

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I’m very into this, as the GOUT is the transfer that’s seared into my 1990s mind as well. Excited as hell to see someone doing all three at a consistent quality.

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I’ve found a very subtle “DeHalo” plugin to deal with the obvious EE for GOUT ANH. For ESB and ROTJ, I wonder if I should apply the same script to the films (with varying GOUT sync fixes) – as they all have lots of aliasing and EE, though it may be less severe compared to ANH.

yotsuya said:

Good choice using the UK GOUT. Don’t forget to find and insert the last frame of Reel 5 from the US GOUT in ROTJ.

My current script for ROTJ duplicates the prior frame where the missing frame should be. Once I finish procuring the NTSC version of ROTJ, I will drop it in… and voila!

Also, I kept QTGMC in my script, but used the progressive version of the tool – as it reduced the grain in the image, and also reduced shimmering in the video. It does not discard a field, unlike in my first iteration of the script. Paired with EEDI2, about 80-90% of the aliasing is taken care of, but some minor flaws will still be present.

With QTGMC applied:

No QTGMC applied:

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“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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Slightly confused why you’re scaling to anamorphic PAL, or even downscaling to get to correct AR. I would just resize straight to 720p, which I believe is 1280x545 with add borders of 88 and 87. That should keep the increased resolution from EEDI2 better. Two Lanczos4 calls is going to reintroduce edge enhancement if I’m not mistaken.

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I see what you’re getting at, and I will amend that in my scripts – thank you very much for pointing that out! Because I’m working in the PAL DV PAR, my resolution is 1280x580. I can set the flags in my NLE to display it correctly, but I’d rather not switch to square PAR, as I might mess up somehow.

“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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Lol, didn’t catch you in time with my post edit:

Otherwise I’d at least resize to 768x326 instead of 720x326 to achieve the correct AR without needing to worry about PAR.

Pal 720x326 is still slightly anamorphic and stretches to 768x326. This is equal to a 2.35:1 AR. The equivalent at 720p is 1280x545. So nothing should get screwed up in the process 😃

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I ended up getting a resolution of 1280x530 when converting to square ratio (no anamorphic bars). This comes from cropping the original letterboxed rip in Sony Vegas to 720p.

However, when I let Handbrake crop the video, and then upscale with VirtualDub, I get 1280x545. I’m rather confused…

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“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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nightstalkerpoet said:

1280x530 is a 2.41:1 AR which is

The correct square pixel AR is 2.35:1, so it should be 1280x545.

Ah, I see now. Thank you!

Here’s a video sample of ANH with the '93 LD audio (w/ minor color correction):
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1-W6ByLSZVKbXNrUGdPdEpXeG8

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http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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That, my friend, looks beautiful. It has that nostalgic home video feel. I honestly would love to have VHS audio captures included with this, then I’d really feel like a kid again.

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nightstalkerpoet said:

That, my friend, looks beautiful. It has that nostalgic home video feel. I honestly would love to have VHS audio captures included with this, then I’d really feel like a kid again.

I still have the Faces VHS set, and a prosumer VHS deck. Perhaps I can try and rip the audio in PCM…

Here are three more previews from each of the OT films.

ANH (Binary Sunset):

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1-W6ByLSZVKMUtUYTFUYkRzOUk

TESB (“This is Rogue Two”):

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1-W6ByLSZVKNnpDNl9SekVHMVU

ROTJ (Sail Barge Assault):

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1-W6ByLSZVKREJuMVppZWNxblE

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http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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They look great.

How much more work before release?

Would love these to be released with custom covers based on the Faces set ☺

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nightstalkerpoet said:

They look great.

How much more work before release?

Would love these to be released with custom covers based on the Faces set ☺

I’m doing some more work to reduce shimmering (which will slow down the render speed considerably), but once that’s done, they will be ready for the Spleen. As a general question to everyone, which is preferred: a scope MKV or BD-compliant file?

I use Handbrake to create h.264 encodes, but I’m almost positive that it cannot create BD-compliant files…

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“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

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http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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BD compliant.

I’d just use BDtoAVCHD. Nice and simple, and you can set a custom target size in settings. I’d set to 15000 MB, and encode without any audio. Then add audio/subtitles with mkvmerge.

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Right now my plan is to only include the '93 Stereo mixes in LPCM. I am considering just muxing in the rest from Harmy’s DeSpecialized, but I don’t know if they’re absolutely necessary (makes the files much bigger). Being that it’s GOUT synced, anyone can add in what they want later on.

Here’s my latest comparison between the Original GOUT and ROTGOUT:

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/214272

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“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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Very Cool. Are you able to import subs from Project 3P0? Would save you time from trying to do it from scratch.

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nightstalkerpoet said:

Very Cool. Are you able to import subs from Project 3P0? Would save you time from trying to do it from scratch.

Thankfully, I already created these GOUT-synced subtitles (utilizing theatrical placement and timing) a few months back for my Blu-ray project, so they’re all done, minus a blur effect. I will include English subtitles from Project Threepio, but not for the Alien subtitles – many Blu-ray players I’ve tested the MKVs on can’t display the text correctly for some reason…

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“That said, there is nothing wrong with mocking prequel lovers and belittling their bad taste.” - Alderaan, 2017

MGGA (Make GOUT Great Again):
http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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Perhaps I’m wrong here, but wouldn’t it make more sense to fix the chroma shift in ESB before the processing and resizing?

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That was fixed with the final script, I noticed that I didn’t update it in the first post, my mistake.

All the films have been rendered out from VirtualDub and are ready for Blu-ray h.264 encoding in Vegas! The bitrate of these files will be around 15mbps, which should be more than enough. These should be on the Spleen by Wednesday.



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http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Return-of-the-GOUT-Preservation-and-Restoration

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After this, will you move on to ROPUT (Rise of the Prequel Unaltered Trilogy).

Ep 1: laserdisc
Ep 2: Centropy bootleg
Ep 3: screener

And perhaps you should release Star Wars first, that way you can get any feedback before encoding/ releasing ESB/RotJ

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