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#1050513
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Halloween [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
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Just finished to watch the movie, and guess what? It’s almost perfect, apart that shot! 😄
Found a perfect solution, now I must encode it lossless, but all my HDD are full, so I have to wait until I could afford a new HDD… 😕

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#1050470
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Halloween [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
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Finished right now to encode it with the newest settings.
Colors… WOW! They are, like, 99% the same in 99% of the shots… except few ones - like the one you posted few posts (and many months) before. That’s because the DVD and BD have different framing.

Now I’m going to watch the whole movie, to spot these shots. Solutions? Leave them untouched, with very good colors in all the shot except small parts (Donald’s forehead, for example), or use another color matching script, with colors less closer to the DVD, and much closer to BD… in this case, no problems, but, for example, if there are similar shots before or after the replaced one, you would note different colors…

Well, meanwhile I watch the movie, think about a possible solution - even different from this! 😄

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#1050377
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Halloween [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
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Re-working on this right now… revised version hopefully will be even closer, color wise, to the THX DVD, and I hope to remove all the residual artefacts.

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#1049869
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The Thing (1982) [spoRv] *BD-25 RELEASED*
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Revised version is near completion… if someone is still interested, as Arrow would release another version in the next months… who knows, maybe it will have the right color grading?!?

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#1049042
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The X-Files (1993) Season 1 - 4 in 4X3???
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NTSC US laserdisc for “Pilot” is noticeably better than NTSC US DVD; more details, and a bit more image on the sides; I just compared this, and the second episode, “Deep Throat”; with the latter, laserdisc is just marginally better, but still has more image on the sides. Probably all the other NTSC US laserdiscs should be the same.

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#1048405
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Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)
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But the great parts of unused deleted footage are just unfinished effects or cinematics, so I think they are not interesting for many but the die hard fans, who surely had them in their collections already.

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#1048330
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Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)
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Base for every title is the BD - unless the HDTV has better image or bigger frame (it happens in EP1).

Adywan’s will be used for some shots; even if upscale would be not as good as real HD, the improvements in comparison to original footage would more than compensate for this.

Unused footage: as these will not be enhanced, I don’t see the point to include them, as they are available in the respective DVD, BD or ebook.

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#1048253
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Stargate 1994 Roland Emmerich (Fan Edit)
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I see that your color grading is colder than the original one, right?
A split screen would be very welcome… 😄

Second youtube links (promo reel) doesn’t work.

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#1047599
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How many home video masters are there for the original trilogy?
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Wazzles said:
Fun fact I learned recently: the pink-shift from the 97 LD/VHS release was toned way back for the 2000 VHS/Japanese LD/Malaysian VCD release.

May I ask you some links that point to that? Because, if it’s true, one of these edition would be a great color reference to regrade the DVB upscales I’m working on!

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#1047583
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Star Wars 97SE in HD using super resolution & more
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Yes, I think that removing the pink tint will reveal the underlying color grading, specific just for this edition; of course, regrading it using a 1997 SE 35mm as color reference will be great but, if this scan is available, will be a way better way as source for a project.

I think that, with some patience and skill, would be not that hard to find a way to remove this pink tint, using some proper reference images.

I must add this: a direct comparison with the '04 reveals that in many shots where '97 has a strong pink tint - like in the Orange Tantive corridors - '04 is better, while in some others - like inside shots of the Death Star - '97 is better… maybe a “mixed” color grading could be an idea for another project! 😄

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#1047563
Topic
Best VCR/capture card combo for high-quality transfers?
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There are stand alone TBC gears, but I suspect prices are still high, even as second hand; the DVD recorder passthrough is a cheap, yet valid, alternative; even one with a broken mechanic could be used, and you could have for near nothing…

I don’t know well the Diamond card, so I can’t say it’s good or not; I made my homeworks at the time, and the two ones I mentioned are amongst the best-for-the-bucks IMHO.

Take a look at these articles I wrote in my blog, maybe you could find some useful info there:
http://blog.sporv.com/high-end-video-capture-cards
http://blog.sporv.com/high-end-audio-capture-cards
http://blog.sporv.com/how-to-improve-video-capture-quality

Not aware of a professional transfer services, luckily, I always provided by myself, improving the quality of the captures during the years, thanks to experience, a lot of info found on the web, and better equipments.

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#1047528
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Star Wars 97SE in HD using super resolution & more
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Should I release EP4 ASAP, and then EP5 and 6 with calm, or would you like to wait and get them all together?

Also, color grading: is there somewhere a LUT that could be used with Avisynth or Virtualdub, to get rid of the pink tint? I’d like to correct this aspect, as I’m pretty happy with the upscale - yes, not perfect, but really nice.

Last thing: would you prefer a “pure” release, or a combined version, where the main parts would be from BD(and/or HTDV) and then just the 1997 SE parts will be upscales? In this case, I need someone who would help me, providing the exact frames of each shot from one or another version…

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#1047527
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Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)
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GREAT NEWS!!!

It’s official: adywan kindly accepted that his Revisited edition could be used for this project!

Thanks a lot adywan, you made a great job, and, using your edition, would only increase the value of this project!

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#1047498
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Star Wars 97SE in HD using super resolution & more
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Update: I got a powerful PC, I should set it up soon - you know, install the right programs, codecs etc. and transfer data from the old one… so, instead of days, maybe it will take “just” hours to finish EP4. Maybe.

There is still interest in this? Take in account that, for the moment, just EP4 is “almost ready”; I still should work on both EP5 and EP6 but, thanks to the experience gained in working on the EP4, I think a shorter time would be needed to set up the scripts for these two episodes - but do not expect few days, though…

Can’t remember if I wrote this before, but EP4 is now based almost entirely on Flunk (due to its higher resolution and bigger frame size); however, TB and G’Kar are used to replace missing/bad frames, and now the final video will be '04 frame accurate. Still, I don’t like the pink tint, and can’t get rid of this properly…

Due to the fact EP4 uses Flunk, it will have (almost) proper 2.35:1 aspect ratio, while EP5 and EP6 will be around 2.25:1.

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#1047480
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Star Wars saga - Extra Extended Edition (1080p)
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UPDATE

OK, the project was halted for a while, but it’s not dead, at the contrary!

The project situation:

  1. I have now a much powerful computer; it should still be set up properly, hope it will be ready in few days; this means I could work on this project at a much faster rate, restoring a scene will take hours, not days (hopefully…)
  2. meanwhile I moved on some other projects, and learned beneficial techniques that I think could be used here as well
  3. an important project maker agrees that his work could be used for this very project (will disclose who he is at the right time); that would raise the quality of some shots/scenes a lot, and the overall importance as well
  4. the color grading: EP 7 is OK, EP 1, 2, 3 need just a small touch to get rid of the pink tint, done; EP 4, 5, 6 are the problems… we should decide which grading to use, and stick with it… so, GOUT? 1997 SE? BD “as is”? RaiTre? Technicolor?
  5. colorization of the b&w scene is important; few members would like to help, I’m waiting to receive test clips to post here and hear comments about them
  6. last thing: I must admit I underestimated the proportions of this project… luckily some precious members helped me a lot (thanks to all, you know who you are); still, just few things are done… so, any kind of help, from anyone, is really appreciated!

Thanks to everyone for your patience!

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