I myself did a capture from definitive edition 18 months ago and I would say it falls into the area of isomix for picture quality. ie not the sharpest on the block but not fuzzy either. my color balance was a bit washed out and I didn’t go for strong shadows.
and then it hit me now that we are comparing the current crop of captures to the new color corrected dvd release 2004.
I know that when I was doing mine, I was comparing my capture and color values to the last digitally remastered pre SE set of VHS and the def LD set I was using to capture from. of course, that star wars had not been color corrected like this new set and therein lies the difference between mine and others and Zion’s stonking new edition. also, as I am sure most people realise, there is a distinct disparity between the shadow values and color tones of the original ANH in comparison to ESB and ROTJ. as it was, I encoded mine to match the original version
I also conservatively sharpened mine, when I see what Zion has achieved it makes me a bit bitter as I lost my original STAR WARS capture due to a freak FAT table glitch and no longer own the laserdisc set to recapture so I can do it all again but better. damn the wife for making me sell it. I should have had more backbone, but once I’d completed all this, I no longer had a reason to keep it. I only bought it to do this in the first place and you all know what a nagging bitching wife is like. damn her and her logic!
if anyone is interested I can send screenies of what I’ve achieved with mine.
it was done on the following
Intel PIII 733mhz (don’t ask how long it took to render)
512MB PC100 SDRAM
120GB UDMA 66 Drive
geforce 1 Asus V6800 deluxe Vivo card
SB Live Platinum with live drive inputs
Pioneer 515 player
definitive edition LD second set with the corrected Leia welding scene.
vdub 1.4.13 to capture
tmpgenc to encode
maestro to author
donald grafts IVTC decomb filter
final products were 16:9 anamorphic with 2.0 dolby surround at 224kbps. the main feature was done with a 2 pass vbr averaging between 4-7mbps.
static menus used to give maximum possible bit rate for the film.
4 discs of extras have also since been produced in the last 4 weeks.
disc 1 - empire of dreams documentary
disc 2 - remaining extras from 2004 release
disc 3 - original making of’s for SW, ESB, ROTJ (crappy capture quality as I bought these off ebay, need to correct in future)
disc 4 - laserdisc extras. stills from 2004 and LD editions, Kevin Rubios Troops from a DVD rip which was posting on the star wars binary group. (this was taken from a US film magazine)