With this project I will try to provide the OT-community with an “HD-Upgrade” of the SciFi-Series Star Trek – Deep Space Nine (ST-DS9), which was only ever produced and released at SD-Quality/Resolution on DVD.
Notice: Please be advised that I do not encourage piracy or copyright infringements in any way. I do in fact own all the materials used in this project (DVDs, software, hardware and so on), having bought them and therefore acquired the rights to make copies for personal use. The distribution around this site is a little more of a grey area, but since I do not sell the files or won’t have any gain in a monetary sense from this project, that should be ok.
Still, I would like you to respect two ground rules when participating in the project or getting the files:
(1) Please make sure you at least own the DVDs of Star Trek – Deep Space Nine (or later on Voyager) before taking the files from this project
(2) Please do not share the files from this project on torrenting sites, for that would be very problematic as far as copyright issues are concerned – should I notice these files appearing somewhere around those corners, I will pull the plug on this project immediately
In conclusion: Please respect the work that I as well as the following OT-members (see acknowledgements) have put into this; also do not ruin it for others who might be interested in the project by just uploading them somewhere else.
BE FAIR AND BE KIND!
But before I get into further detail, I would like to give a few acknowledgements to fellow OT-members that encouraged me, helped with technical details/insights and showed an incredible amount of patience throughout this project, especially the early trial-and-error-stages.
Special thanks to: RwAoNrDdOsm, 4throck, StarkillerAG, pahuffman, Booshman, Artan42, Baobab Archiver, SilverWook, Jaded Skywalker and FrankB – without all of you this project would not have come forward the way it did and certainly wouldn’t have produced to level of quality we have now.
I’m in your debt.
Furthermore, there is another person/latest OT-member, who I want to mention with my highest regards: Joel Hruska. He did several articles on his own remastering project for DS9 over on extremetech.com, which were/are showcasing his amazing abilites.
After contacting Joel via E-Mail he kindly joined our community and brought my/our efforts forward with Warp Speed.
I bow to your brilliance, Sir.
Introduction – What you’ll need to “work it”
First and foremost, please be aware that this is a passion project in the truest sense – it is not for everyone, since it is time-intense and resource-consuming; perhaps you would even have to spent some cash on additional hardware to accommodate for certain work steps.
Now I am not saying this to put you off, in fact I’d be flattered if my work could be a sort of template for your own efforts. I just wanted you all to know what you’re signing up for going into this.
In short: You mainly need 5 things to make this happen.
First is a fast PC with a good graphics card, then comes a fast SSD/HDD with huge amounts of storage (we are talking well into the TB-range), furthermore there is the required software (some free, some paid-for) and of course the original Star Trek – Deep Space Nine and Voyager DVDs in both PAL and NTSC-format.
And last but not least you’ll need time … loads of it.
Oh yeah, occasionally you could really use a high frustration tolerance.
I made a little list and split it into hard- and software requirements, so you’ll know what to expect.
Let’s start with the Hard(ware) stuff:
- A fast PC (My setup: A Gaming PC running on Windows 10 Pro x64, IntelCore i9-9900K CPU@ 3,60 GHz with 32 GB RAM and internal SDD; additional: I added a cooling stand with 4 coolers for more heat dissipation – my PC automatically regulates how strong/intense the coolers run, depending on CPU/GPU usage and temperature)
- A good graphics card (My setup: GeForce RTX 2060 with latest CUDA-studio drivers)
- External SSD/HDD drives (My setup: A WD-Black D10 Drive (external) with 12 TB storage and active cooling (data transfer up to 250 Mbits) → used for storing the upscaled images from Topaz Video Enhance AI; My setup 2: A Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive (external) with 8 TB (used for storing DVD-source files and elements like audio tracks, sub, chapters, …)
- External DVD drives (My setup: I am actually using 2 different external DVD drives, to accommodate for the different DVD-Regions of the source discs, since changes can only be made 4 times and then your drive is stuck with the setting → NTSC=Region 1, PAL=Region 2)
Let’s continue with the software:
- DVD-Shrink (freeware), which is for ripping/copying DVDs
- Make mkv (freeware), which is for extracting DVDs to mkv.-files with chapters, subs, …
- mkv toolnix (freeware), which is for extracting and merging elements like videostreams, audio tracks, chapters, subs
- Subtitle Edit (freeware), which is for extracting the german subtitles from the make mkv-stream (PAL)
- Subframerate (freeware), which is for adjusting the time-coding of the german subtitles so they match/sync up with the videostream adjustment to 23,976 FPS
- meGui (freeware), which is for adjusting the audio tracks (length, pitch, format)
- StaxRip (freeware), which is for filtering/cleaning up the source files (like Deinterlacing, Denoising, Sharpening, …) before the results are being used in AI-upscale software
- Shotcut (freeware), which is in case you need to cut/adjust the audio tracks to manually sync up while preserving original channels
- Topaz Video Enhance AI (paid-for, 200 bucks once), which is for AI-enhancement and upscaling
- Adobe Premiere Pro (paid-for, about 20 bucks monthly depending on software), which is for putting back AI-enhanced images into a video stream
So, now you know what’s ahead. Good luck.
And now it’s time to really get “in-depth” with things.
Since my complete workflow would have been to long to post, I did a complete guide and uploaded the document over on my google drive; you can access/download it through this link:
So, enjoy and hopefully have fun re-viewing/watching.
Also: Stay tuned for updates; after DS9 is done I will be doing Voyager as well.
The current release schedule is one episode per week, hopefully. And while I can’t promise anything, that’s the goal I am working towards.
So let’s all dive into one of the greatest chapters of SciFi once again – this time with “proper” quality!
Live long and prosper,