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Star Wars - open matte

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WOW! Some of those shots looks amazing! The other shots, not so much. I feel like you should contact Adywan to recomp the Death Star shots.

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Just so people know, Star Wars was shot on anamorphic so there are no mattes to open. These shots are artificially opened up.

How exactly did you achieve this?

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Yep, of course - as it was stated in the video, “open matte creation”; I used avisynth to clone existing parts to fill the blanks, and carefully choose the best part (of all frame) to use as “mask” to add to the black borders; it will work (almost?) perfectly just for few shots perfectly (where there are sky, space, desert, snow, rocks etc.) and somehow good for other static shots, depending one each one.

Don’t know how many footage is possible to use for recreation, but a quick estimation could be around few minutes for each movie; there are of course other possible techniques to use, but let this discussion for another post for the moment… 😉

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Very interesting. I created some custom mattes for certain shots in my recreation (some I didn’t even end up using), so they might be useful in a project like this.
First Sunset Matte
Death Star Hallway

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Great, thanks! Sadly, this is just a nice idea for the moment, because, even if I could be able to recreate some shots, they will be not enough I think to justify a whole project… unless someone shows interest anyway, or would like to help with other ways to “fill” the missing parts.

Still, some shots could “maybe” used for the extended edition.

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^…^ said:

Great, thanks! Sadly, this is just a nice idea for the moment, because, even if I could be able to recreate some shots, they will be not enough I think to justify a whole project… unless someone shows interest anyway, or would like to help with other ways to “fill” the missing parts.

Still, some shots could “maybe” used for the extended edition.

Have you tried seam carving? There are a couple of plugins for avisynth (both by V.C. Mohan).

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MWilson said:
Have you tried seam carving? There are a couple of plugins for avisynth (both by V.C. Mohan).

Thanks for the tip; I tried it and, despite the fact it does a very good job doing liquid resize, it is suitable just for images, because using video, frames are wildly different between one and the next (and previous), making its result unusable.

I wonder if there is a good inpaint filer that uses the texture synthesis. I would add my thought: probably in ten years the neural net and deep learning computing will do this kind of things perfectly, like video upscale, black and white colorize, inpaint, color matching bewteen two clips… we’ll see!

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^…^ said:
probably in ten years the neural net and deep learning computing will do this kind of things perfectly, like video upscale, black and white colorize, inpaint, color matching bewteen two clips… we’ll see!

Fingers crossed! 😄

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MWilson said:
Fingers crossed! 😄

For upscale and colorize, results are really promising, so I bet it will happen, sooner or later, that a software, or an hardware device like a display, will upscale perfectly a low resolution image (probably it will happen when 8K will be widespread) or colorize a black and white image to look like the real deal!

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Great idea!
I’d look at what Christopher Nolan does in his films with IMAX. Normally the IMAX sequences are the most spectacular or exciting parts of the film, plus the opening and much of the ending. I would suggest for a potential project utilising this concept, that you identify sequences in Star Wars where you can trade off exciting action sequeces Vs. ease of open matte recreation. i.e. parts of the film that would benefit from increased image size, but where the recreation can be effectively realised. I’m no expert with AviSynth, but I would imagine star fields might be the place to start. Nice work 😃

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