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4k83 shot by shot color correction (a WIP) — Page 2

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If you’re rendering these frames on 4K83, I must say that you’ve rescued the original rancor composites! My biggest complaints about Despecialized 2.5 and Sanjuro’s grades were that the Rancor scene was too dark in the composite shots. Consistency looks pretty good as well, from my untrained eye.

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Thanks DrDre. Those look closer to Harmy than Sanjuro IMO – I see some of the desaturated Rancor, but Luke looks great throughout. It may just be that the original elements weren’t all that consistent with each other to begin with – and that’s fine, if that’s how it really looked. So far Harmy’s grade has been my favorite, but this is definitely looking to put 4K83 in the top spot color-wise.

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Great work. Looking forward to this!

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I hate to be a naysayer, but I’ve found these grades to have a somewhat unnatural colour pallete. It’s common in digital grading - the skin tones have a sort of apricot hue and you can’t unsee it. Having said that - it’s much better that you’ve brought the levels up and boosted contrast as the 4K83 was far too flat to begin with. The latest 1.3 minimal DNR is much improved in this respect, and retains more accurate colours.

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GigoloJoe said:

I hate to be a naysayer, but I’ve found these grades to have a somewhat unnatural colour pallete. It’s common in digital grading - the skin tones have a sort of apricot hue and you can’t unsee it. Having said that - it’s much better that you’ve brought the levels up and boosted contrast as the 4K83 was far too flat to begin with. The latest 1.3 minimal DNR is much improved in this respect, and retains more accurate colours.

I personally feel the skin tones on many of these releases are unnaturally pink, but we all have our preferences.

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FWIW, I feel that Sanjuro’s grade is reminiscent of the flushed hues of the THX home video remasters. A lot of people like that look (either due to a true preference or simply a positive association with the most common home video releases) and may consider the target look to be somewhere in that neighborhood.

DrDre’s reminds me more of the pre-THX look, which is presumably more closely aligned to the 35mm sources. Given DrDre’s method’s though, his personal “target” look likely isn’t nearly as relevant as what the colors simply are like in the source. 95% of the color is just what the math says it should be, 5% is finesse. Not that the 5% isn’t critical, but it’s the difference between two slightly different yellowish hues, not the difference between red and yellow.

Project Threepio (Star Wars OOT subtitles)

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hello dre
what you done with this color correction is amazing.when will your 4k versions available?
i´m very interesst in this.
thanks

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I’m loving how this is coming along, DrDre. Thanks for sharing your work-in-progress and keep it up!

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Here’s the final version of the opening shots of my 4k83 regrade, where the aim was to improve consistency between shots, while keeping a filmic look. The color reference for this regrade is Return of the Pug:

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Looks great! Please keep us updated.

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Hi Dre, sorry if this has already been answered or indicated before but will you be releasing your own colour corrected versions of the 4k projects once you’ve completed your changes or just LUTs to be applied to the base uncorrected versions already available now (which I currently have no idea how to do but I’m sure I could learn)?

Thank you in advance and also for your amazing work, the images look absolutely beautiful! 😃

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Valheru_84 said:

Hi Dre, sorry if this has already been answered or indicated before but will you be releasing your own colour corrected versions of the 4k projects once you’ve completed your changes or just LUTs to be applied to the base uncorrected versions already available now (which I currently have no idea how to do but I’m sure I could learn)?

Thank you in advance and also for your amazing work, the images look absolutely beautiful! 😃

Yes, the regrade will be a separate release. 😃

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DrDre said:

Valheru_84 said:

Hi Dre, sorry if this has already been answered or indicated before but will you be releasing your own colour corrected versions of the 4k projects once you’ve completed your changes or just LUTs to be applied to the base uncorrected versions already available now (which I currently have no idea how to do but I’m sure I could learn)?

Thank you in advance and also for your amazing work, the images look absolutely beautiful! 😃

Yes, the regrade will be a separate release. 😃

Awesome!! Thanks man for all your hard work, I can’t wait to watch them when they’re ready (I understand this may be a while yet 😉 ).

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This is looking really great Dre. Keep up the good work!

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Wow! This color grade really makes the highlights and shadows come alive, I didn’t think there was enough detail on the 4k scan to do that. Great work on the grading, can’t wait to see it when it’s out.

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I agree, this is looking fantastic. This grading has a vibrancy to it that gives an immediacy to the scenes, and yet at the same time somehow the blacks remain inky and bold as they should be. Very nicely done indeed. =)

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