SH*T, I'm triple-posting now, LOL...
Well, thanx2Andrea for exchanging some PMs with me on the subject of this preservation. After carefully going through the episodes that are frame-blended (turns out that it's almost 1/4 of all the episodes) I have realized that in 80-90% of the cases there is NOTHING that I can do to fix the problem as the issue happens most is fast changing scenes (where every 2nd and 3rd frame is blended into the 2nd frame - I know this as I have a low quality xvid German release that is properly converted to PAL but I can't use as source as the quality is sh*t which can be seen in some of the screenshot comparisons above) and duplicating frames there to solve the frame-blending doesn't work as the picture "jumps" too much (gets jittery) because there are actual frames missing then. So I have decided to leave most of those "as is" (except where I can duplicate a frame due to little motion and there being actual duplicate frames to work with)
That being said, some of the audio syncing has been a b*tch because I am syncing 4 (four) different audio tracks to each episode (most of which come from VHS sources and many have to be tempo adjusted for the PAL/NTSC conversion) I might be repeating myself on that note, but some have really proven to be problematic (especially when I have to do a 2% slow-down instead of 4.096% to sync the video which tells me some of those tapes were played on some funky VCR's because the speed there make NO sense at all) Then there are missing parts of audio (especially in the ENGLISH releases) at the beginning (2-4 seconds) around commercials (before and/or after, also 2-4 seconds) and the very end (also 2-4 seconds) where I have to replace the audio (fortunately for now I have managed to make the transition seem-less) from one of the other three language versions, depending on episode. This doesn't affect dialogue (in all cases but one, where the boys mom says "Christopher Robin?" with a German accent because the English audio is missing,) and I am just filling in missing music. Still this adds to the time it takes for me to go through all of this.
Right now, with me being busy doing many other things too, being a father to my little girls, and the time that it takes to edit, encode, mux, remux, etc. all the audio and video, I am completing about 1 to 2 episodes a day. I am on episode 20 and 21 of season 1 right now and with there being a total of 50 episodes (plus the bonus Christmas special "winnie the pooh and xmas too), it will take me, at least, another 4-5 weeks before this is finished.
On that note, I have a question for you fine people here:
Should I wait to release this until it's a complete series release?
should I release these after each season is complete (there's four of them)?
thanx4letting me ramble about this and taking the time to read it. this is my first such preservation project and I am very excited about it. I hope that once it's finished, it won't disappoint as I am pouring a lot of my heart into this one (this series has a special sentimental value to me and my family)