Nice pics, Ronster!
I think the current 2014/4K master of GB2 looks great as it is - lots of things look improved compared to the 2005 version.
I would love to see a version based on those screenshots - it looks fantastic!
The 1999 version is the closest in my mind, to how I think the film should look. I think it is nostalgia reasons more than anything. A close second is the 4K remastered blu-ray, but the vibrancy of some of the greens and reds stands out too much over the other colours, which feels a bit out of place to me.
The 1080i 1999 version would be a great addition to have combined with the Criterion track.
Apparently, GB will be released in the new 4K Blu-ray format when players and titles start rolling out this year.
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Endless possibilities with this tool. I can’t even…
WOW! Awesome job as usual DrDre!
Where did you see the 70mm print?
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I’m so hyped for this now more than ever. Whatever Harmy ultimately does will be fantastic no doubt. Every despecialized edition has been fantastic, with each version improving things over the last. I’m especially more hyped than ever from playing Star Wars Battlefront and Endor looking absolutely gorgeous - which is an excellent reminder of how great ROTJ is - even more so when we hopefully get to see the original colours back with Harmy’s cc!
DrDre, have you tried magic bullet looks software? It has excellent tools for colour correction. I’m just thinking of ways to help you fine-tune your work to the look you want to achieve - which isn’t to say what you are doing currently is bad - just something else to think about/try if you want to.
The question is whether the 4K master they have has all the dnr and ee as well or whether it is like the DCP. I have doubts that the digital master they have is even 4K, so there is a chance they would need to rescan it for 4K, hopefully this time without DNR and EE.
There was a huge screenshot comparison thread over at the avsforum which compared the differences between the HDTV versions and it looked like they came from different sources. Sadly, I don’t think the screenshots work in that thread anymore (last time I tried to view it), as it was some time ago.
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There also appears to be two different HDTV versions as well. The BBC HDTV version and the WOWOW HDTV version - both have differences in colour.
Really liking the latest regrade colours there. 😃
Dr Dre, have you tried adjusting the colours on the WOWOW HDTV version? That in my opinion looks a bit closer as a starting point than the blu-ray in terms of the look you might be after.
The trouble with the blu-ray is the shadow detail seems a bit orange and red at times, which looks difficult to change without causing it to change into a different colour such as purple or blue.
I really like the latest regrade. It really shows how red/orange the blu-ray was in parts.
I've done some more extensive testing with the tool over the past couple of weeks, regrading the opening scene of the first Matrix film Blu-ray to match the PAL DVD. I know spoRv attempted this a while back, but comparing his to mine revealed that DrDre's tool is far more accurate.
First 6 minutes of the film here:
This was a shot-by-shot regrade too. There are some problems with crushed whites, which the tool doesn't handle well as we know, but overall is looks almost exactly like the DVD.
Just a couple of things I thought I'd mention with regards to the tool itself as well. Firstly, it'd be good to have an Abort button somewhere. At the moment if you make a mistake and want to cancel the calculation or conversion, you have to use task manager to shut the program down and then reopen it.
Secondly, I don't know if this is just on my PC, but there were a number of occasions where I'd be building a correction model, and then for no apparent reason the tool would just stop calculating mid-way. The progress bar would hang and my CPU usage would drop to idle. If I recropped the images and tried again it would usually work but not always.
In any case, as I said before it's an awesome program.
That looks brilliant. I am still shocked at how good the results are from this tool.
That's a really great idea. I just got myself a Intel i7 six-core beast with hyper-threading (12 threads), so could definitely make use of the processing power!
I hate add criticism, because you are doing such wonderful work, but to me the latest regrade looks like it is losing some detail in certain things. I can't really tell whether it is something to do with the gamma or not, or again just my eyes.
Just wanted to add my thanks to DrDre for this tool. It works amazingly well! I've been trying it with a few different films and it does an awesome job.
In particular, I tried regrading the parking garage scene from the recent Terminator Blu-ray, which has some of the worst teal-shifting I've seen in a while. I matched it to my PAL DVD copy of the film from 2005. Here are the results (which took a couple of days to render!):
I only matched it to one shot though, so the colours aren't 100% accurate across the whole scene. Still, it looks WAAAAAY better than what MGM put out on the Blu-ray.
Looking forward to version 1.3+. If we can start using LUT files from this program in Premiere or After Effects, that's going to be amazing.
That looks really great. I bet it will look even better in a higher video bitrate.
I have been trying the tool with the Superman 2 theatrical blu-ray, to try and match Superman 2 to the DVD, and seemed to work pretty well for the most part. The tool crashed a lot for me on windows 7 pro though, so I'm gonna try it on windows 8.1 pro to see if there is a difference.
Wow, that certainly is a big project timeline in Sony Vegas. I would like to know how you managed to avoid any crashes with that many tracks in your timeline and still keep your sanity.
It looks good. I can't tell if it's my monitor, but the video looks a little dark.
Looks magnificent - fantastic work!