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Ok I think a 720p version might be a go. Video2x works without crashing in cpu mode. My windows box has a single non-hyperthreading quad so running 4 threads takes about 12 hours to upscale one minute of video. It did a much better, much sharper job than the avisynth upscale and it looks pretty good with a few caveats. It doesn’t do too well with shadow gradients which shouldn’t be a surprise since the software was primarily designed with 2d animations in mind. It also does a lot of denoising which is the default behavior and there’s no option to change it. I think I found a decent workaround though. I added artificial grain back into the images in film9 at the lowest available setting. The fake grain helps fix the shadowed areas but is a bit much even at the lowest setting because it even makes completely black areas noisy which looks unnatural. After that I ran the clip through handbrake with the nlmeans noise filter set to “ultralight” this tidied up the dark areas without removing all of the artificial grain and the whole clip looks much more natural after that. Also it doesn’t do a fantastic job with light colored eyes (they look a bit soft) but it’s not really that bad, I’m just nitpicking. The scene I upscaled was reasonably well lit so I’m going to run a dark clip through the upscaler tonight to see how that’s going to work out. If it turns out ok I’ll go ahead and commit to a 720p SLV. Wish me luck!

Edit: The dark clip didn’t turn out too bad. So I am definitely going to commit to a 720p and an SD version. I probably have a couple weeks more worth of clip cleaning and upscaling to do and then I can start stitching this thing together.

A few days ago I thought my mac’s gpu was trying to croak but I think it’s actually ok. I think a recent firmware update ruined something. I could play transport stream files in both vlc and quicktime player and then the day after I had a firmware update and later left stuff encoding all night. The next day it wouldn’t play ts video in vlc (blank green screen) and wouldn’t play audio in quicktime when both of them worked fined the day before for both a & v. I was thinking that maybe I had cooked my gpu until I remembered that firmware update. Vlc works if I disable hardware acceleration but a mystery like that drives me crazy because it worked fine the day before. All other types of media files work fine in all players and FCPX still works fine so I don’t know what happened. I’m going to continue as if nothing happened or at least until the thing either dies or it doesn’t.

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Ok so this little project just keeps snowballing into more and more work as I move along and learn more. I’ve been using video2x to upscale the SLV clips and most of them look pretty good until I ran into some problems. Like I said before video2x doesn’t seem to do well with shadow gradients or persons with light colored eyes but my kludgy workaround seemed to help just fine until I got to title_19 and 20 (a couple of shots with Kirk and McCoy). Both of those shots had multipoint lighting and the focus was a bit soft. So the software is unintentionally ageist and does not preserve wrinkles well at all. They just ended up looking like plastic action figures. So I tried to upscale those two clips again, this time with NNEDI3 in avisynth and the faces looked better but the shots were too blurry overall and not very much sharper than just stretching the image without any upscaling. So I broke down and downloaded the trial versions of g.p. ai and video ai. Video ai failed to install giving me a warning that my system wasn’t fast enough but g.p. ai didn’t complain and installed just fine. The only caveat with this is that I have to use vlc to bust the clips into a png image sequence and move them over from my windows box (that I’ve been using for clip cleaning) over to my mac and load the sequence up into gp. All I can say is HOLY S–T! This software is some kind of voodoo BS. Now the two “problem clips” I was having the most difficulty with look waaaaaaay better than the other clips I was happy with. I mean I thought those other clips upscaled fine and looked pretty good. So now I’m going to start over and run all of the SLV clips through g.p. I’ve got 29 days left with the trial which should be plenty of time to get them all converted. Now the new problem I have is that I’m temped to run a clip through and upscale to 1080 and see how it looks. I’d be a fool to start EVERYTHING all over AGAIN but I may just end up trying to do a 1080 version later in the year. The video version of the software is pretty expensive but the one that just works on single images or image sequences is a hundred bucks which isn’t terrible. If my job turns back to normal and this virus madness calms down I might just buy a copy and then give a 1080 version a try. For now I’m just going to stick with the three projects I’ve got going all at once. I’m working on an SD SLV, a 720p SLV, and I’m also detelecining & cleaning up a 4:3 LD rip of SLV. Wish me luck!

Edit: Ok I’ve now learned that VLC is totally unreliable for converting video to an image sequence. Even with it set to where it’s supposed to dump all of the frames into the folder it still skips some of them and the longer the clip the more it skips. Should have been using virutaldub the whole time, works much better.

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slaynmage said:
Both of those shots had multipoint lighting and the focus was a bit soft. So the software is unintentionally ageist and does not preserve wrinkles well at all.

If I remember my Star Trek trivia correctly, the people who made the movie did this on purpose (by applying Vaseline to the camera lens) because for some reason they were pretending that it was only three years after the events of the series, when in fact the production was ten years later, so they were trying to hide how old the actors were. That’s why Wrath of Khan had such a heavy theme about aging, so they could lean into how old everyone was getting instead of using camera tricks to avoid it.

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Hey dudes. Where’s a good place to upload example clips and whatnot other than youtube? I don’t use any google services. I’m pretty much finished with my cleaning and upscaling and I want to start my own proper restoration thread with pictures and video examples and whatnot. I was thinking maybe vimeo but I think they might dump me if I’m uploading clips from a major motion picture. I’m just now starting on the task of editing this picture together and figured it’s a good time to start my own thread. I dunno. Just curious to what you guys think.

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The only other big one I know of is Dailymotion, but I have no idea how long they’ll last on there either. People put mainstream stuff on Pornhub sometimes.

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I hope one day Paramount Pictures releases The Special Longer Edition on Blu Ray, but that is unfortunately doubtful at this point. Heck, I remember when they said they were releasing The Directors Cut on Blu Ray last year, but unfortunately that has been delayed and probably forgotten about due to the Pandemic. I really wish they could release “The Complete Motion Picture” including the infamous deleted scene “The Memory Wall”. I know it says on the Director’s Cut that they only did test shots with the suits flying by, but thats a lie. Ive seen the images of both Kirk and Spock in their spacesuits floating, walking around and talking. So there has to be footage of it somewhere locked away in the Paramount Vault. I know it exists! I mean they must of have gotten the unfinished studio shot footage of Kirk leaving the Enterprise to go after Spock from somewhere!

~Stardust

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Hi all,

I am relatively new to this forum, and am very interested in accessing a high quality laserdisc rip of Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Special Longer Version. It has been very difficult to access elsewhere, even on MySpleen. If anyone has a copy of this, or knows where I might be able to find it, I would greatly appreciate a PM. Thanks!

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wyattp said:
very interested in accessing a high quality laserdisc rip of Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Special Longer Version

It depends, what do you mean by high quality?

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New here… So how does someone get the download? I have the Bluray and the SCE DVD. I tried to find a copy of a widescreen TV version on ebay (I don’t think one exists…8588A?) transfer it to PC and make it into 16.9 but no luck. Nice job BTW.

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Greetings, may I suggest Archive.org for sharing; if you fear of any future copyright-claim upon that website, I may recommend the method of mis-titling the uploaded videos and providing farse “tags” thereof, as such has–thus far–been proving well for myself.

~Ice~

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I’ve been playing with the DE, SLV, and outtakes from the DVD. This is my latest attempt at the Memory Wall scene.

https://youtu.be/-evql7WVEfo

Still lots of challenges but it has been a fun project. I couldn’t get my vocoder to train Grace Lee Whitney’s voice so atm any dialogue I wasn’t able to crib from appearances in other shows is using a pre-trained model. If anyone has a functional vocoder and would be willing to have a go, that would be awesome!

Quality may not be great though as I have only been able to scrape together about 20 minutes of dialogue.