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#1282720
Topic
Project 4K80
Time

Williarob said:

Servanov said:

NeverarGreat said:

I feel like there has to be an easier way to clean a static starfield.

Since the automated dust cleanup presumably erases stars, have you considered stabilizing the shot, running the cleanup, and layering it over the original on ‘darken’? Then if you had just a single frame manually cleaned, it could be overlaid on top of that with the blending on ‘lighten’, which would return the accidentally erased stars.

True. This is actually a trick we’ve been taught at my film restoration business. We make two copies of the frame, and on one we apply an automatic dust and scratch removal, which removes some detail, but then put the dirty layer on darken and the quality is kept while only removing the dust.

So, limited success on this one… The main problem is that both the dust and the stars are “light”, so using the automatic cleanup and blending it with the original won’t work here. Most of the dark dirt is lost in the blackness of space.

To illustrate the problem, here is a raw frame (this is from the pandown, to make it more obvious which stars are missing, but the same is true during the crawl where perhaps only a single star is accidentally erased):

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And here is the same frame after automated cleanup:

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Now If I put the original frame on top of the cleaned frame and set the blend mode to Lighten, all of the stars return, but so does the red line - in fact it looks identical to the original uncleaned frame. If I set it to Darken, it looks identical to the cleaned frame - the line is gone but so are all those stars. (This is a technique I’ve used before, and it works very well on a lot of shots, but unfortunately not this one.)

However, Using a static stars frame (one taken from right before the pan down), and placing it above the auto cleaned layer with the blend mode set to “Lighten” does work pretty well for most of the shot - though of course it can’t be used until the Star Wars logo has gone, or it adds stars to the black area inside the words:

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And it’s only good until the pan down, but that’s still a lot of frames.

Every frame will still need to be checked, but this should save me some time painting out the dirt and dust, so thank you for your suggestions.

If that’s the only issue with the Star Wars logo shot, you could always create a mask around the interior of the letters so they remain black, or shoot it my way and I’d be happy to do so for you.

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#1281912
Topic
The Last Jedi- Full Movie Re-Edit
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SilverWook said:

MalàStrana said:

Couldn’t we just let this thread die ? There are plenty of interesting edits of TLJ around, radical or conservative edits to almost every taste, made by very nice people who don’t try to make profit out of it, so let us forget about whiny bi***** like Ivan, please.

Let’s rise above petty name calling. We’re better than this.

Are we though? C’mon silverwook, you’ve been here longer than most of us. You can’t have missed that this is pretty par for the course behavior 'round these parts.

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#1281648
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Sky_ said:

LordZerome1080 said:

Sky_ said:

does anyone know where i can get the HD version of this, I only have the DVD version when it first came out
thanks

Adywan is creating the HD version right now.

Ahhh ok that makes sense, thanks for the info dude

Just make sure it’s ready by my dogs bar mitsvah.

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#1281361
Topic
Star Wars: Remastered - A New Special Edition (WIP)
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ChainsawAsh said:

Animation looks great! I’m not super fond of the timing with respect to the music, though - I’d try to preserve the original timing of Tatooine coming into view on the “BWAM” and only after that do we see the Tantive come into frame. But of course, that’s just my preference.

Was about to comment this same thing. Looks great, but the timing should match the music, if not necessarily the original shot.

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#1280391
Topic
Dealing with People Selling Fan Projects
Time

pehache said:

This is an old post now, but anyway…

oojason said:

ZigZig said:

  1. The official sources are/were TehParadox (which is closed) and MySpleen (where invitations are not available anymore).
  2. When a newbie asks “where can I get them” on this forum, the 2 ou 3 same guys always answer with jokes, or “read the first post” (which is outdated), or don’t answer at all, or forbid access to newbies (you must be a member for 6 months before getting the private links, which is quite justified and understandable, but can give the impression of a closed club).
  3. If you want to learn more about how to get the Despecialized Editions, you have to read 161 pages of private jokes. And do not try to give your opinion or to answer to a post, you’ll receive “get out of here” or “ridiculous” for answer from some people who think that this forum is their playground, even though the vast majority of members are kind and caring.

On the other hand, if you pay on eBay, you receive a beautiful package with a box, inner sleeves and beautifully printed blurays.

I am obviously outraged that people get paid on eBay for the volunteer and free work of other people like Harmy, Poita, Adywan or DrDre. No one should claim $ 100 on eBay for Harmy’s work, it is not fair. And I’m happy to be a (young new) member of this forum, where I can learn a lot of things about SW, and share my passion with people who are, for the most part, extremely sympathetic.

But I understand why many people end up finding eBay easier than this particular forum …

 

You raise some good valid points ZigZig - and I appreciate your efforts in here to try and come up with a solution to these issues.

To try to answer some of your points - and in the interests of clarity for others reading up about this topic…

 

Harmy’s Dspecialised Editions are widely available on both public and private torrent sites - in many differing formats and sizes. That new posters state on here that they searched ‘high and low’ on the public torrent sites and still can’t find them is somewhat baffling. Also baffling are those that say they don’t know how to use torrent sites and then ask to join myspleen…
 

In Harmy’s first post in his Despecialised Edition thread on this site is the linked ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ -
which chronicles how to obtain the DE.

Harmy also has a facebook page - chronicling how to obtain his Despecialised Editions - via ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ linked on it.

And a twitter page too.

There is also a youtube video out there with ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ linked in on how to obtain the DE.

I think (though am not certain) that the above video, with ‘The Ultimate Introductory Guide’ linked in, is available on other similar video sites too.
 

As a kind-of-newbie, I think that this is indeed difficult to access the files. The information about them on this forum is spread over multiple topics and over multiples posts in each topic, and even some headposts contain outdated information. The guide: I followed it today to get ESB, and just failed (I can see files for TLJ, not for ANH or ESB). Public torrent trackers: mmh, there you can find multiple versions, without knowing if they are the “official” ones or altered in any way (for instance I can see a 1080p version of Harmy’s ESB, but as far as I know his version is 720p, isn’t it ?). Private trackers: probably a better source, but you have to be a happy member… Anyway, using torrent trackers if you’re not a geek who knows how to use a VPN or a remote seedboox, can get you into legal troubles in many countries. The truth is, many people don’t have many options apart from buying the stuff on ebay.

I don’t think anyone is blaming people who may not know any better who buy them. But the people taking this freely available labor of love thing and making a rather hefty profit off it is pretty despicable.

Harmy has even said he’s trying to figure out a way to make it easier to access. So hopefully that will help things somewhat once he does.

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#1278620
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
Time

While I’d say it is possible to remove the Ronto and keep other elements, like the shadow under the landspeeder, I don’t think that’s the best way to go about it. The problem with the SE landspeeder shadow is that to do it, they cut off the bottom half of the landspeeder. It just doesn’t look right. It’d be better, in my humble opinion, to roto out the landspeeder entirely and then reinsert it to have more stable movement and a new shadow beneath it that doesn’t rely on cutting off parts of the speeder to begin with.

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#1278250
Topic
Blu-Ray and other HD box size STAR WARS covers
Time

NeverarGreat said:

Very nice. What is the source of this artwork?

It is the mural displayed at Star Wars Celebration this year.
If memory serves, this is where I saved it from: https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWars/comments/bc37os/star_wars_celebration_mural_by_jason_palmer_hq/

There is also artwork for Clone Wars and Rebels in there, but I didn’t feel particularly obliged to create covers for those. Maybe I will someday.

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#1254495
Topic
STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
Time

The ROTJ Blu-ray really bothers me. Not because of the changes, because I had kind of made my peace with the fact that stupid changes were going to continue happening. But because I felt it was handled the best in terms of color. Was it spot on? No. But it at least looked mostly natural. But then it had to be ruined by these long sections of out of focus scenes that made it just as irritating to watch as the botched color on the other two.

Force bless Williarob and all involved in 4K77, 4K83, and eventually 4K80.

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#1239283
Topic
Dealing with People Selling Fan Projects
Time

From the Wikipedia DMCA page:

"Rulemaking was scheduled to occur in 2009, but the final rule was not issued until the following year. The 2010 exemptions, issued in July 2010, are:[39]

Motion pictures on DVDs that are lawfully made and acquired and that are protected by the Content Scrambling System when circumvention is accomplished solely in order to accomplish the incorporation of short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment, and where the person engaging in circumvention believes and has reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the use in the following instances:
Educational uses by college and university professors and by college and university film and media studies students;
Documentary filmmaking;
Obsolete software and video game formats.
Noncommercial videos. (A new exemption in 2010, similar to a previous educational exemption.)"

One could argue fan edits fall under "noncommercial video’ I suppose. Or if you’re a film studies student like myself, could argue it falls under educational use.

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#1239179
Topic
4k77 released
Time

Williarob said:

Chewtobacca said:

fmalover said:

The subtle pink cast has been completely removed, which is great, but I kinda like the grain. Is there any possibility of releasing a version of 4K77 with the colour timing of the DNR version and film grain? It would be the best of both worlds.

I’d very much like such a version as well.

So would I, but I’m afraid it’s not that simple. I took the original release and ran it through After Effects for Denoising, then Phoenix for additional cleanup and PF Clean for shot by shot color correction. It went through After Effects again for additional scene by scene color correction to arrive at RC1 (the first private beta release). Then the output from RC1 had a second round of shot by shot color correction (almost every shot in the film) to get to the final release.

So to get to roughly the same place colorwise, at the very least I have to render it all out to DPX again (this time without the DNR), run it through my PF Clean project again, and then render it out of not one but two After Effects project files.

A potential solution could be to put the dnr version on top of the non dnr version in premiere or after effects and set the blend mode to “color”. Theoretically you’d get the luminosity of the non dnr version but the colors of the dnr version.

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#1236815
Topic
Info: The Disney/Fox acquisition....
Time

Possessed said:

Colson said:

SparkySywer said:

SilverWook said:

Hopefully, they never dare do that to the Indiana Jones films, as the dissolve from the Paramount logo into the prologue is a signature of the series!

I can live with the 20th Century Fox logo gone from Star Wars.

But this is just offensive.

The fanfare was written for Star Wars specifically

Uhm, wrong? Even the recording of it found in the movie itself is from the 50s.

I always heard that the extension of the fanfare (the part that plays over the lucasfilm logo) was written by Williams for Star Wars, but that fox liked it so much they continued using it. Is that not correct?