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Old game cutscenes / FMV games

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So… is there any effort in preserving old video game cutscenes and / or Full Motion Video?
These titles used old compression codecs that are harder and harder to decode on modern devices.

Is there any interest in converting them to modern standards?
How about some processing like block removal and upscaling ?

Any advice on how to proceed ?

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I know for a fact that a few PC games like Doctor Who: Destiny of The Doctor and Wing Commander IV has made the cutscenes available in DVD quality and quite recently, Night Trap was remastered in high quality. As for anything else, I wish could be of more help.

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The ‘Video Game Movie Edits’ thread may be of interest mate - it’s an older thread but it checks out 😉
 

These older projects may also be of some use (for ideas, info and software etc), hopefully…

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Extracting-cutscenes-and-gameplay-action-from-PC-game/id/6137
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Rebel-Assault-II-and-Jedi-Knight-Dark-Forces-II-cutscenes/id/6721
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/SW-videogames-cutscenes-esp-Rogue-Squadron-series/id/3046/page/1
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Games-Preservation/id/9380
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Bounty-Hunter-Beyond-The-Game-20-3-DVD-by-Galactus-MoveAlong-ThrowgnCpr-NOW-AVAILABLE/id/9103
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/The-Force-Unleashed-Duology-A-Spence-Edit/id/12420
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Dark-Empire-The-Movie/id/9529
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-Knights-of-the-Old-Republic-THE-MOVIE-Finally-finished/id/6949
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/24-The-Game-Cut-Scenes-Fan-Edit/id/4981
 

Edit: The ‘An Index Thread for Star Wars Fan Edits and Other Projects…’ also has some threads on Star Wars gaming in the ‘Miscellaneous’ section - which may be of interest too.
 

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Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?
And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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Thanks, I see that some work has been done. 😉

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You probably know already but Night Trap recently had its original source negatives found and scanned for re-release. They basically “remade” the game and it looks gorgeous. There’s a clear demand for projects like that but movement on any of them is little to none unfortunately.

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SpookyDollhouse said:

You probably know already but Night Trap recently had its original source negatives found and scanned for re-release. They basically “remade” the game and it looks gorgeous. There’s a clear demand for projects like that but movement on any of them is little to none unfortunately.

Negatives? I was under the impression that Night Trap was shot on video.

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I’d love for the X-Files game to be ripped and edited into an episode/movie.

a trolling bantha

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Avatar_Emil_Borg said:

SpookyDollhouse said:

You probably know already but Night Trap recently had its original source negatives found and scanned for re-release. They basically “remade” the game and it looks gorgeous. There’s a clear demand for projects like that but movement on any of them is little to none unfortunately.

Negatives? I was under the impression that Night Trap was shot on video.

Night Trap was actually shot on 35mm film, but that’s not what was used for the 25th Anniversary Remaster. The 35mm negatives are lost, so what you see in the game are time-synced tape masters that James Riley (the director of Night Trap) kept. There’s a few tape glitches and some scenes are missing outright, which you can see here

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Psherman01 said:

Avatar_Emil_Borg said:

SpookyDollhouse said:

You probably know already but Night Trap recently had its original source negatives found and scanned for re-release. They basically “remade” the game and it looks gorgeous. There’s a clear demand for projects like that but movement on any of them is little to none unfortunately.

Negatives? I was under the impression that Night Trap was shot on video.

Night Trap was actually shot on 35mm film, but that’s not what was used for the 25th Anniversary Remaster. The 35mm negatives are lost, so what you see in the game are time-synced tape masters that James Riley (the director of Night Trap) kept. There’s a few tape glitches and some scenes are missing outright, which you can see here

Wow I thought they got the negatives! It still looks really good.

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SpookyDollhouse said:

You probably know already but Night Trap recently had its original source negatives found and scanned for re-release. They basically “remade” the game and it looks gorgeous. There’s a clear demand for projects like that but movement on any of them is little to none unfortunately.

negitives dont exist for night trap, they where lost, they sourced the final timed video master for release
edit: didnt realise the post above me, sorry

Im that guy who likes megazone 23 a little too much

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i have the Macross 20th anniversary DVD (i dont belive it was a commercial product, but a disc sent to rental stores for repeat play) witch has high resolution versions of the PS1/Saturn DO YOU REMEMBER LOVE/ Ai Oboete Imasu Ka cutscemes.

Im that guy who likes megazone 23 a little too much