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#1150987
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Duel (1971) - The Hybrid Cut (Version 2 Now Available!)
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I just finished version two of this edit which adds some polish and gets rid of the remaining VHS footage with the help of a new source (thanks to Beber for the French TV capture). I also gave it a new color grade, patched out the HDNet logos with DVD footage, and added subtitles

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#1143952
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The Hobbit: Roadshow Edition ❖ FIRST TEASER NOW ONLINE ❖
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The audiobook narration is great, and this edit looks really neat. The scenes from the youtube video seem to have some sort of framerate problem, and are currently stuttering. Also, I think you should probably avoid any sort of OT.com logo, as none of the projects here are produced or directly approved of by the mods.

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#1140402
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Star Trek: TMP Edit <em>Not Dead yet!</em>
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I asked Williarob what he had been using for his Star Wars project:

Williarob said:

The best tool I found was Photoshop - If you save both versions as an image sequence you can record Photoshop doing it’s ‘Edit - Auto Align Layers’ thing as an action, and then run that on the whole folder as a batch, or maybe write a script to do it. It doesn’t always work, but that was the best tool I found for aligning sources.

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#1138859
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Star Trek: TMP Edit <em>Not Dead yet!</em>
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That’s a cool idea!
The left-hand doorway in the 2nd image could probably be darkened a little more to keep the frame balanced.
Also, the hallway on the lower deck could be tinted blue to match Probert’s version and the hallway of his you already added.

Also, if you make an imgur account, you can select an option to not re-compress images. Currently, those are pretty chunky jpgs.

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#1138032
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Star Trek: TMP Edit <em>Not Dead yet!</em>
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Synnöve said:

I believe that footage came from the same scan that was used for the HDTV master; the frame geometry is different from the Blu-Ray.

It is. I always forget they did a whole new scan for the bluray, as they ended up thoroughly botching it. I wonder why they bothered.

Synnöve said:

Hah it will be even more magical if I can find a better way to align the transfers; right now I’m doing it manually and, while it works okay, it’s tedious and the alignment quickly changes within the sequence (notice how the right bottom corner has some ghosting due to misalignment).

That sounds extremely tedious. There might be some way to use use Photoshop’s auto align and some scripting to deal with that. You might ask Williarob, I know he’s had to deal with aligning different sources in his projects.

Oh, and I know you probably realize, but keep in mind the HDTV is wrongly flagged at PC levels (0-255) while actually being 16-235. You need to convert the luminescence levels.

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#1137958
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Star Trek: TMP Edit <em>Not Dead yet!</em>
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They reuse a bunch of the dry dock scenes in Wrath of Khan. I explored using them for my HD director’s cut recreation, but unfortunately most all of them are trimmed compared to their length in TMP.
The behind the scenes documentary on the bluray shows the transfer before the DNR and contrast boost, although it still unfortunately doesn’t include any full shots.
Comparing Synnöve’s sample to that footage shows really great results, detail-wise: https://i.imgur.com/pIA2sv2.png
This process is basically magic as far as I’m concerned.

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#1127653
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Show) &quot;Remastered&quot; in HD
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I think the bulk of it was a link from this site:
(these sites also have examples):
https://www.themarysue.com/remastered-buffy-is-a-butt/
https://gizmodo.com/oh-dear-buffys-hd-makeover-is-a-total-mess-1671812347

As far as I can tell, Joss Whedon is very opposed to it being released in this state, and these been no traction in the last few years for this coming to home media (all the streaming sites still use the original SD masters too). I’m not even sure if it still airs on HDTV like this anymore, or if it got recalled.

If you really wanted to, you could track down the HDTV airings, and then recreate the original framing of the show by cropping and re color-timing the open matte shots and discarding the cropped shots for SD footage (which are probably numerous, eps. the SFX shots). Probably not worth the effort.

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#1120053
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Duel (1971) - The Hybrid Cut (Version 2 Now Available!)
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Yeah, all the footage shot in 1971 is pretty severely cropped, which is unfortunate, because otherwise it’s a really nice transfer. (It is actuate to the European theatrical presentation, but that still means the majority of the film is framed wrong). And in my fan edit, all of the footage I use would be framed wrong.

The 4:3 HDTV is lacking in detail, but I was able to color grade it to look somewhat more like the bluray master.

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#1113629
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All Things Star Trek
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DuracellEnergizer said:
Going the “human aliens” route probably didn’t help.

I’m not even talking about costuming, (although some of that is weird), but like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdNbVxMNFvk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm8sOhr-0lA
Ignoring the ship effects, these are both scenes of people bouncing around in ships. First Contact’s is shot, lit, and blocked much more dynamically. Insurrection has some nice stuff in it, but on the whole it has a much more conservative production design.
Even this scene, from the climax, lacks the gravitas of the First Contact stuff.
I don’t know anything about Hollywood budgets, did the ensemble cast’s salaries just eat into the budget more? (I assume they increase per film).

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#1113580
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All Things Star Trek
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Mike O said:
I’ve always kind of wondered what the rationale of hiring him was, especially given that Frakes was chosen instead of some bigger-name directors, apparently on the last two.

I think he was brought in because Berman wanted to “liven things up” with an action director, and Baird was who he came up with.
I imagine this was probably in response to Insurrection, which feels cheaper and more like TV than the the first two films.
Does anyone know why that is? I know they didn’t go with ILM, so that’s why the effects work isn’t great, but Insurrection has the same director, cinematographer and a larger budget than First Contact but looks worse.

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#1113541
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All Things Star Trek
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chyron8472 said:
Because they are not fans of Trek. They do not understand why people would like DS9 because they never watched it.

The season’s arc was written by Bryan Fuller, who wrote for DS9 and VOY. (Fuller left production, but he’s still credited for the story on the first 3 episodes.) And there’s still plenty of fans working on Discovery. Kirsten Beyer wrote Voyager books before writing for it; Jonathan Frakes will supposedly direct an episode. And I’m sure most of the writers have seen lots of Trek.

Also, the idea that good Trek can only be made by fans of the old shows is silly. Bragga and Berman were not big fans of TOS and TNG is good. And Roberto Orci is a huge fan of TOS and I don’t think Into Darkness is very good or understands TOS very well. There is also plenty of room for a Star Trek show to be different from the hundreds of hours of existing Star Trek.

I liked the 3rd episode alright and I’m interested to see where it goes. The tone of it doesn’t really match with just 10 years before TOS, but this is more in the “responding to the present” mode of Star Trek, rather than then “socialist utopia” mode that TNG often did.

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#1112204
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Star Trek: The Original Series (Unaltered in HD)
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Most of the bluray set is correct, but some episodes have 5.1 folddowns to mono by mistake. Someone would have to compile a list of which ones those were (you can easily tell from the recording of the opening theme.) Then they would have to dig out the single episode DVDs or the laserdiscs.

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#1111659
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All Things Star Trek
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They had a budget and time to do some accent couching for Discovery so the enunciation of Klingon you hear is actually much closer to how Marc Okrand designed it. The previous series would usually just write some Klingon words (without any real grammar), and have the actors do their best with what was on the page. The movies were better in this regard. The reason it sounds different than before is because Klingon is designed to use lots of sounds not found in English enunciation. (It has a weird consonant aragment which is dissimilar to most human languages).

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