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Info: AI Upscaling of Deleted Scenes and other content

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So, I did something that I thought would be useful to some people here, and I thought I’d share. I’m a big fan of Hal9000’s edits of the prequels, but I always found it to be a bit jarring whenever I hit a deleted scene because, unfortunately, those scenes were only ever released on SD on the DVDs.

What I have done is run those original scenes through an AI upscaler to 225% their original size, making them a full 1920 x 816 px. While the result isn’t perfect, I think it turned out pretty well!

I have only done Attack of the Clones as of the moment, but let me know if you’d like other scenes done. I have a fairly powerful machine, it it doesn’t take too long for such short clips. And PM me if you would like a download link!

Edit: I’ve completed upscales for the Revenge of the Sith and Phantom Menace Deleted scenes as well. Phantom Menace doesn’t look super great, probably due in part to the low quality CG, but Revenge of the Sith is great, especially during close up shots.

I also have something else that may be of some interest to people. I’m a big lover of Adywan’s ESB Revisited, however, with the 4K release, I’ve felt more torn than usual between which version to watch. So, I’ve gone ahead and AI upscaled that to 1080p. For those keeping track at home, that’s 150% its original size. I personally think the results are quite good, and I’m much happier sticking with Adywan’s amazing version. One day I may do 4K, but I without HDR I don’t see too much of a point. Plus, I think the upscaler works best at about 150%. Pictures in the same google drive link.

Finally, I haven’t posted before, but I’d like to say, amazing work to everyone here! You’ve really made the prequels shine in my eyes!

A few completely random screenshots to give a gist of what to expect. If the embed isn’t working, here’s a direct link

Senate
Naboo
Meeting
Senate 2
Hoth
Cloud City

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Topaz Video Enhance with the Artemis LQ preset

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Video Enhancer AI still needs a lot of work in training the AI compared to Gigapixel which produces better results however it doesn’t take into account multiple frames or have good motion consistency. I think it’ll get there eventually.

I wanna do 4K upscales of the Revisited Trilogy once Ady releases the full bitrate versions, which won’t happen till ANH and ROTJ are done as well.

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I also believe that one of the unsolved questions in this community is how to produce versions of the prequel’s deleted scenes suitable for fan-edits, as having deleted scenes indistinguishable from at least 1080p footage would be a really big help for various fan-edit projects out there.

Your post goes into a similar direction, so may I redirect you to this post of mine:

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Best-HD-Versions-of-Prequel-Deleted-Scenes/id/49632/page/2#1345185

I have made some experiments, but my rig here is far too weak unfortunaly. The guy I am quoting in that post employing an Nvidia Titan XP, something my PC can only dream of.

But maybe you can help?

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Are you still sharing your ESB:R upscale?

Would love to check it out.

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Awesome work!

I’ve never seen these scenes look better.

I’m totally surprised there are not more people checking this out.

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I’ve been comparing your ESB:R upscale to the original, and all I can say is WOW!

For anyone who wants the grainy old-school feel, this is probably not for you. However, if you’re looking for a clean modern-looking version, this is way better than the 2019 bluray disaster. Plus you get all the cool additions by Adywan.

Definitely worth checking out!

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Thanks!

Yeah, I specifically chose an upscaling algorithm that reduced instead of accentuated film grain, which I’m not a fan of in general.

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For everyone who was wondering. I’ve just uploaded AI upscales of the Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith Deleted scenes I ran last night!

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Where can I find a link to the fully upscaled deleted scenes?

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Yeah, Id love to get a link to these if possible

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An FYI to everyone. If anyone is having an audio syncing issue with the deleted scenes upscale, let me know, and I’ll rerun them. The software I used was recently updated and fixed issues I was having with other clips.

Also, I’ve added some embedded screenshots. No before after though. Maybe one day.

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What scene is the Yoda screenshot from?

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@Ed Slushie That’s just a scene from ESB Revisited, not a deleted scene

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Would love to see these. Also, any plans to upscale Ady’s ANH:R?

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No plans as of now to do ANH:R. I don’t think the quality would be where I’d want it to be going from 480p to 1080p. The only 50% resolution jump from 720p makes it a lot easier for the upscaler to produce good results imo, especially when you consider there are high quality native 1080p and 4k versions of the movies. I do have the first several minutes of ANH:R HD upscaled, as that is all Adywan has released. Though the quality is even lacking there because I don’t have access to the full quality mkv. I’m currently running all of Stargate SG-1 through the system (never released above dvd quality), which will take many months, but I might look at doing it after I’m done there.