I’m new on OT, so let me first quickly introduce myself : I’m a starwars fan since a very long time (since I bought VHS with my very first money), and as a job and passion, i’m a C# Software Developer (web and windows)
I know there is currently a lot of tensions arround -1, the annoncement of the disbanding (not dismembering), allegation of unethical behaviour etc. but I will not comment any of this because I have no opinion watsoever about all these problems (I was not there).
So maybe It is not a good time to make this proposation, or maybe actually it is the right moment and it will bring a breath of fresh air … I don’t know. You will tell me.
I always loved sw fan edits, Harmy despecialized, etc, but when I watched on my projector the -1 Silver Edition, i told to myself : “This is it, I want the two other one”
Silver edition was restored with a lot of hard work. I don’t know how many people worked on the restoration of the frames, a small team I guess.
So here is my proposition : Why not try to make a collaborative restoration of Empire and Return ? The 35mm scans are already out (or at least partially), but they need to be cleaned.
HOW TO DO THAT?
Some ideas that come to my mind:
Store somewhere (private and secured) each frame of the videos
With a software (i can develop it if a windows software, or website), each guy who wants to help will be able get one frame file (tif, bmp or any non destructive compressing format), edit it (with photoshop or gimp or anything), and then, when done, the software will send the modified file back.
User will not choose the frame, software (or server) does. (it send the next not corrected frame)
The modified file will be stored for further validation.
We can make some kind of rules, like “only x frames per day per user”… (to avoid someone download everything)
Validation will be done by trusted users, which will be able to see the original and the modified file at the same time (in a screenshotcomparison.com way)
Collaborative users will be guided (e.g. Only clean frame with the duplication tool, no resizing, no copy/paste etc.)
Global restoration (resizing, color adjust, dust removing, image stabilisation etc.) will not be collaborative, and will be applied after or before collaborative work by skilled users.
I’ve tried to clean one frame (from Harmy’s Grindhouse 35mm) :
It took me 12 minutes with photoshop (only duplication tool). Quite easy to do. I thing this is within almost everybody reach.
So, what do you think ?
I know this would rise a lot of questions and problems about piracy, how to search for collaborative help without catch people / disney’s attention etc. but I wanted to share that with you.
Maybe you already think about all that, and choose to not do this for some reason that i’m not aware of.