Figured I’d give an update to the project. I’m currently color matching more of the blu ray to sanjuro’s 4k77 grade, but still have a ways to go. It’s going to be closer than previously due to having an improved color workflow. Dre’s color matcher was helpful, but it could only help so much. I was also limited at the time due to using Adobe Premiere rather than what I use now, Davinci Resolve. That and for as embarrassed as I am to admit it, the LUTS I generated for color matching are gone due to the drive I was working on crap out on me and not backing anything up. I’ve since taken better precautions to prevent that from happening in the future, but I’m still disappointed in myself for allowing that to happen.
On the brightside, using resolve has helped in getting the color matching to be even closer to Sanjuro’s grade and frankly takes WAY less time than exporting snapshots, cropping them to match perfectly, exporting the cropped shots, running them through Dre’s color matcher, and then bring the exported LUT into premiere (if the LUT even looks right to begin with). Resolve offers the kind of precision I need for this project. I’m planning on putting out a version 2.7 where a majority of the film is color matched and the remaining footage is “sort of close” color matched. Version 3 will eventually happen, but considering my commitments outside of fan edits as well as wanting to put some more focus on 1997 regrades of ESB and ROTJ, that will come later. Version 2.7 will also have the Authentic and Semi-Authentic options I hap previously mentioned. It will also include the Dolby TrueHD mixdown I was working awhile back.
I’ll have some sample clips up rather soon, so stay tuned.