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#1009375
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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As the TheHutt knows, I’ve had a bit of an itch regarding the usefulness of JayArgonaut’s recording. Although it is riddled with MPEG-2 compression artifacts and aliasing, it is still a more modern transfer and I felt it had some potential. So here’s an early draft at reducing its flaws, patching that top left logo with my laserdisc recording, and mixing it with the blu-ray footage.

https://youtu.be/hWKWIRBWjjs

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#1003245
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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Perhaps DrDre’s color matching tool could be useful here? http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Color-matching-and-prediction-color-correction-tool-v13-released/id/18128/page/1

I would try color-matching the laserdisc to JayArgonaut’s broadcast copy, which looks closer to the blu-ray than the laserdisc does and also since it has the missing scenes. Then I would tweak the color temperature and skin tones in that result to better match the blu-ray, which has a warmer, yellowish look compared to the more blue-ish broadcast copy.

As for AviSynth processing, while I love QTGMC for processing native 50i/60i footage and also for some problematic telecined films, it’s not the best choice in this instance. QTGMC has a way of smoothing small/fine details away and creating a subtle water-color, waxy look.

See here for a comparison between QTGMC and TFM on part 2 - http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/188849 That roof is a real stress test for any of these filters, but also notice all the other little fine details that get smudged due to QTGMC. Check out that “Derry Inn” sign, the various bushes and trees, and the roof of that yellow car.

Since Warner did a really good job with the 3:2 pulldown on the laserdisc, you really don’t need to use QTGMC at all. A plain, accurate inverse telecine will give you the maximum resolution afforded by this source.

These are basically my previous settings on my earlier upscaled example, using TFM and TDecimate to perform the inverse telecine:

AviSource(“d:\video\It\EndofPart1DV.avi”)
ConverttoYV12(interlaced=true)
fields=last.AssumeBFF.SeparateFields()#.DFMDeRainbow()#remove # to turn on, beware of unwanted desaturation
backward_vec2 = fields.MVAnalyse(isb = true, delta = 2, pel = 2, overlap=4, idx = 1)
forward_vec2 = fields.MVAnalyse(isb = false, delta = 2, pel = 2, overlap=4, idx = 1)
fields.MVDegrain1(backward_vec2,forward_vec2,thSAD=400,idx=1,plane=3)#reduces color noise with no negative effect
Weave()
TFM(PP=0,mChroma=false)
TDecimate(mode=1)
Crop(12, 0, -4, -0)
Spline64Resize(1440,1080)
Super = MSuper(sharp=2)
bvec3 = MAnalyse(Super, isb=true, delta=3, blksize=16, overlap=8, search=3, truemotion=true, dct=5)
bvec2 = MAnalyse(Super, isb=true, delta=2, blksize=16, overlap=8, search=3, truemotion=true, dct=5)
bvec1 = MAnalyse(Super, isb=true, delta=1, blksize=16, overlap=8, search=3, truemotion=true, dct=5)
fvec1 = MAnalyse(Super, isb=false, delta=1, blksize=16, overlap=8, search=3, truemotion=true, dct=5)
fvec2 = MAnalyse(Super, isb=false, delta=2, blksize=16, overlap=8, search=3, truemotion=true, dct=5)
fvec3 = MAnalyse(Super, isb=false, delta=3, blksize=16, overlap=8, search=3, truemotion=true, dct=5)
MDegrain3(Super, bvec1, fvec1, bvec2, fvec2, bvec3, fvec3, thsad=500)
UnsharpMask(strength=30,radius=3,threshold=0) #fairly subtle- brings details out a tad
GrainFactory3(g3str=3,g2str=6,g1str=4,g1size=3,g2size=3,g3size=3,g1shrp=8,g2shrp=8,g3shrp=1)#still needs tweaking
Trim(2237, 2484)
ColourLike(“d:\video\It\IT_1a_hist_s.txt”, “d:\video\It\IT_1b_hist_s.txt”)

Filters:
http://avisynth.org.ru/mvtools/mvtools2.html or http://avisynth.nl/index.php/MVTools (for MDegrain1 and 3)
http://avisynth.nl/index.php/WarpSharp (contains unsharpmask)
http://avisynth.nl/index.php/TIVTC (contains TFM and TDecimate)
http://avisynth.nl/index.php/GrainFactory3 - lots of options for grain
http://avisynth.nl/index.php/DFMDeRainbow - I usually turn this off because it can desaturate reds and some other colors, but it is very useful for the rainbowing on the opening credits of part 2. Perhaps apply this first, then run the footage through DrDre’s program to compensate and regain more accurate colors.

Hopefully some of this will be useful. Also, I will get you part 2’s credits soon!

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#995395
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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Here are the original captures. One caveat though - these are DV codec, so be careful with the reds if doing your own processing. It would be better if I had an uncompressed video capture system with state of the art 3D comb filter, but I don’t 😦. But Laserdisc is an analog composite format, so I don’t think it hurts it too much. At least this isn’t a crappy MPEG-2 capture.

One big plus though - figured out an efficient way to record audio from the optical out. So unlike the earlier example, the audio is now full uncompressed stereo and probably about as good as you can get from this laserdisc.

End of Part 1 (622mb) - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5eEa2k1FrDHZnNxM1B5bXhjTm8/view?usp=sharing

Beginning of Part 2 (891mb) - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5eEa2k1FrDHVW53ZHR3ODJuams/view?usp=sharing

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#994758
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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Colson said:

It might be worth seeing what sort of grain is present on the Blu-Ray, then adding the appropriate amount to match that.

Absolutely my intention. Along with color and level corrections to better match the Blu-ray.

TheHutt said:

Looks quite nice at first glance! I’ll check out how it’ll play with the BD footage once I have it.
By the way, could you also rip the end of Part 1 from LD for me as well? 😃

Also, it’d be nice to have a version without added grain (for the reason stated above) for both clips.

I’ll post the raw 480i copies soon so you can have a look. The previous clip was more a fun experiment and is not recommended to be used in a final composite with the blu-ray.

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#994596
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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I was able to take a crack at it a little sooner. I have no idea what the blu-ray will look like, so this has only been adjusted per my personal tastes to improve the appearance of the laserdisc when upscaled to 1080p.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5eEa2k1FrDHSDg5cm54UDMwT1k/view?usp=sharing

File size is bit large (517mb) to better preserve the light film grain I added to give this a more natural look. I appreciate any critiques and recommendations. I’d especially like to hear from others who have worked on laserdisc transfers.

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#993792
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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Some good news. My Pioneer CLD-D704 laserdisc player’s spindle clamp was not grabbing discs and I feared the worst. But after cleaning it,the clamp now grabs the disc and begins playing.

I should have some time next weekend to transfer the footage and see what it needs to create a proper upscale. Still hoping a HDTV airing will come along with the footage. From what I see online, past HDTV rips are 187 min (NTSC) and 180 min (PAL) - so they are the cut version.

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#992771
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Stephen King's IT (1990) - Original two-part version! [RELEASED]
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I’ll see if I can dig up my laserdisc copy and player that are in storage. Certainly no promises (I have plenty of unfinished projects), but it would be fun to see how well the deleted segments can be upscaled to 1080p and reintegrated into the movie. Shame about the footage being cut.

Also - I noticed you used my clip on youtube. 😉 That’s actually taken from a VHS rip by another user over at the internal organ place. It’s a bit overly filtered for my taste, but it got the job done. You may have noticed I upscaled it to 1080p for better viewing. There’s also a laserdisc rip there but it has been deinterlaced by simply throwing away half the resolution which makes for a very ugly upscale to 1080p. If anyone else out there wants to tackle a laserdisc transfer, you can do a lot worse than using this avisynth script to get proper 24p:

TFM(PP=0,mChroma=false)
TDecimate(mode=1)

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#966511
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Army of Darkness | Television Cut Reconstruction - HD
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Experiencing a small burnout. The first shot of the second scene is excruciating to pull off, but it will get there. I’m taking a small break right now from this particular madness.

I’ve also been looking at ways to color correct these scenes and the film to help further reduce the jarring transition between footage. The slow fade from 1080p to upscaled 480p helps a great deal, but getting the color right is just as important.

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#962645
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Army of Darkness | Television Cut Reconstruction - HD
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jedimasterobiwan said:

RidgeShark said:

The first tv sequence is finished. And so begins scene 2. The very first shot will be whittled down from 1,486 frames of the Koch 50p to match the 698 frames of the SciFi 24p. Crazy…this is going to take a while.

so is this going to have the edited lines please say it won’t

“Apeheads” “Jack and Spit” “Buzzards!” - Yes, it will all be there. And so will the alternate take of Ash getting punched in the stomach at the graveyard. This is to be an exact recreation of the Tv Cut. Others can modify it as they wish.

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#962239
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Army of Darkness | Television Cut Reconstruction - HD
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jedimasterobiwan said:
ridgeshark when it comes to which footage to use. use the 4k transfer international cut footage with good bad i’m the guy with the gun line the theatrical ending and the tv scenes and the director’s cut footage.

Once I’m done picking out the frames, I’ll consider each transfer and see what works best with the tv scenes. One of my main goals is to make the transition to the upscaled SD scenes as seamless as possible. It may be that the older HD transfer of the Director’s Cut is more up to the job. We’ll see.

jephyork said:

The aspect ratio will be cropped to match the blu-rays.

Aww. I’m a little disappointed to hear this, since the open-matte nature of the TV cut is one of its biggest appeals to me. Then again, I suppose I understand it – since your only other option is to restore every single frame of the Koch version manually, and that’s a pain in the tuchus.

You speak much truth, Jeph. 😉 Maybe we’ll get lucky and a NTSC region somewhere in the world will do an appropriate release of the TV Cut.

How do you plan to delete the SciFi logo?

Thankfully that will be easy. I’ll just patch in the plain Koch back over that spot. It will be unnoticeable.

jedimasterobiwan said:

Too bad the deleted scenes and the scenes from the tv cut couldn’t have been remastered in hd by shout 😦

I love Shout and typically defend their work, but this was a letdown. Universal has a very good looking SD NTSC master of the tv cut and it looks great upscaled. I’ll give them the benefit of a doubt - It may have been a budget or deadline issue? At least they corrected the issues with the US Theatrical and International Cuts. Unfortunately, the TV Cut is more unknown and a lesser priority.

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#960421
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Army of Darkness | Television Cut Reconstruction - HD
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Good to see you too Jeph!

The aspect ratio will be cropped to match the blu-rays. What’s great is that the Koch release has a bit more picture info on the left and right sides when compared to my old SciFi recording, so the cropping will be less severe than it was on the PSE. Additionally, I will slowly degrade the surrounding footage so the jump in quality will be much less jarring, or hopefully not jarring at all. I’ve already figured out the proper resolution decrease and blurring to make the HD Director’s Cut look just like the TV Cut. So a slow fade from HD to lower res, and then vice versa should suffice. I’m excited to play with that when I get some time.

And generally, I’m still ecstatic that I can extract vertical resolution from the SciFi Recording and then place it into the Koch. I had no idea such a thing was possible. It’s a huge help to the upscaling process.

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#959586
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Army of Darkness | Television Cut Reconstruction - HD
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May have made an interesting discovery. It appears the Koch DVD was vertically blurred, similar to the GOUT DVDs, to hide aliasing. My SciFi recording is lower resolution, but was not vertically blurred, so some horizontal lines and details are preserved better in the SciFi recording, despite it being generally inferior looking to the Koch. Modifying an AviSynth script I found for extracting grain and reinserting it later, I think I found a way to reinsert that missing vertical resolution.

http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/176668

This avisynth script goes like this:


AviSource(“C:\SciFiChannelAlignedtoKoch.avs”)
grain1=mt_makediff(Blur(0,1.58).Blur(0,1.58)) #this extracts vertical resolution details

AviSource(“C:\KochDVDAlignedtoSciFi.avs”)
mt_adddiff(grain1) #this adds the extracted vertical resolution details to a different source


You’ll notice in the bottom right you can slightly see the SciFi Channel logo being added into the Koch image.

Although not 100% perfect, it appears to restore more detail than it takes away. Definitely requires perfect 1:1 alignment between sources. Not really needed anymore for Star Wars, but this would have been useful for taking vertical resolution detail from the Star Wars laserdiscs and adding back to the blurred GOUT.

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#959464
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Army of Darkness | Television Cut Reconstruction - HD
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Love to hear what you guys think. This was an early test to see how this process looks when upscaled to 1080p. This is processed from the Koch version using the manual process I described above. I’m not completely happy with the motion of the shots of Ash looking upward. I’ve gotten better at the process and will likely redo those two shots.

Be sure to download the full 1080p mkv copy for a full inspection.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5eEa2k1FrDHc0pSTmRGQXlLTDg/view?usp=sharing

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#958830
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Army of Darkness | Television Cut Reconstruction - HD
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This is my favorite cut of the film - my Primitive Screwhead Edition was essentially an extended version of this cut - so this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but the sources out there have been very unsatisfactory. As far as I know, the tv cut has only been released commercially by two companies (please correct me if this is wrong):

  1. Koch - An interlaced PAL DVD badly converted from a good looking NTSC source (much better than my SciFi channel recording). The playback has almost unnoticeable back and forth speed shifts. Even a short scene will not line up at all on a timeline with my old SciFi recording. AviSynth SRestore added to a deinterlaced 50p version of this produces unusable results.

  2. Scream Factory - It appears they simply took the Koch PAL DVD itself and did an extra poor conversion to NTSC. It has the same MPEG-2 blocking as the Koch DVD, but the resolution appears to have been further reduced and looks very poor.

So what appears to work here is to use a deinterlaced 50p version of the Koch and to go through and weed out unnecessary frames manually and make sure it matches my SciFi recording. I almost have the first tv-cut exclusive scene finished with this method and it looks very nice. But this is hugely time consuming (what I wouldn’t give for a high quality copy of the SD master!).

In the end, these scenes in addition to a high def copy of the Director’s Cut and Theatrical Cut will be used to help reconstruct the tv cut in HD. Audio will be taken from my recording the SciFi broadcast.

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#956624
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Jaws: The Revenge | Theatrical Cut Reconstruction - HD
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I’m really excited about your Off the Cutting Room Floor fanedit. I grew up with the TV Cut of Jaws the Revenge and the movie feels empty without the beginning narration and those extra character scenes.

And of course, the TV Cut has that establishing shot that Roger Ebert felt was needed to help the US theatrical ending make more sense : “That the director, Joseph Sargent, would film this final climactic scene so incompetently that there is not even an establishing shot, so we have to figure out what happened on the basis of empirical evidence.”

https://youtu.be/csrlOOZnKDw?t=31s

I can’t help but think if Ebert had seen this, he would have shaken his head in disbelief and agreed with the decision to cut it. Still - it’s so a part of the movie for me. I need to see that grotesque shark doing a slow-motion spin before impalement.

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#918766
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Nosferatu (1922) Fan Restoration Proposal.
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I’m really looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I know it can be a difficult task. I mentioned before that I had tried syncing up the film to Gillian Anderson’s reconstruction and didn’t get too far before putting in on the backburner. I managed to find my old project files and wanted to share what I came up with - maybe it can help in some way. I got about 23+ minutes in and had a lot of difficulty after. There is a ton of editing work here to adapt Anderson’s reconstruction and a lot of pieces seem to be missing and require a lot of personal choices. I always meant to come back but never did. Anyway, here it is -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68RYyUYxLjs

Hopefully it can be of some use. 😃

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#881861
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Nosferatu (1922) Fan Restoration Proposal.
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This could be a good frame of reference - http://www.brentonfilm.com/articles/nosferatu-the-ultimate-blu-ray-and-dvd-guide

Be careful to avoid using anything from Kino’s blu-ray. Somehow they managed to delete every 8th frame.

I wish you the best of luck. I too once tried to sync up Gillian Anderson’s recreation of the Hans Erdmann score to the latest restoration but found I couldn’t sync it. It could be that her recreation had to be condensed a bit to fit onto one audio CD, or maybe she based her recreation on a shorter, earlier restoration of the movie. What I had considered doing was a hybrid of hers and Berndt Heller’s recreation, but couldn’t make the time for it. However you do it, I would love to see the results! 😉

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