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Hal 9000

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#1274635
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The Empire Strikes Back bluray regrade
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Once the LUTs are published, I will be happy to put them all together and publish DrDre’s ESB regrade in encoded form. My hope is that removing any form of resistance on Dre’s end can expedite a finished produce for everyone. Just generate the LUTs, hopefully avoiding agonizing over them, and I’ll take care of the tedium of encoding, muxing, and publishing. And I’ll have a wonderful new source for my own ESB project. 😃

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#1273739
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The "Custom Special Edition" That Will Likely Never Be
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It looks like DrDre’s color matching tool can output a LUT based on the reference and target images.
Even if it proves impossible for me, and I’m planning to give it a try when I am able, it should be possible for the user to create LUTs to be applied on a scene-by-scene basis. Or perhaps even more general, like a ‘Hoth LUT,’ ‘Dagobah LUT,’ etc.
I wouldn’t know until trying, but I wonder if one could create, say, 10 LUTs from random points in the film, and apply them uniformly to the final product, each at 10% effect.

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#1273728
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The "Custom Special Edition" That Will Likely Never Be
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I’m not sure, since I haven’t either. If anyone with a Windows machine can advise, I’d welcome input. I bet it’d take my Mac running a virtual machine 10 years to render something like that.
I’m re-downloading KK650’s ESB to take a closer look at it; it’s actually about 22GB, a good 9GB greater than my original primary source, so it may do the trick well enough.

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#1273678
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The "Custom Special Edition" That Will Likely Never Be
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The thing is that the source I used has 100% perfect colors, as far as I’m concerned, but not great picture.

Using KK650 would be a step down in colors (just because his target is different, not because they’re poor), and a fair improvement in picture. I believe it’s abailable at something like 19GB, compared to Adywan’s 1997 SE project’s 13GB.

What would be a big upgrade in picture that would make it more acceptable to sacrifice the color grade would be something sourced from the BR and clocking in at something like 25-30GB.

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#1273530
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The "Custom Special Edition" That Will Likely Never Be
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For lack of a proper ESB regrade of the BluRay like the one used for ANH and hopefully for ROTJ, I wonder if a LUT could do the trick.

Ideally, I’d like something in the vicinity of the 1997 colors for ESB. I know a simple LUT would only go so far, but I wonder if it’d be good enough. The existing release of this project for ESB is fine, but the picture quality leaves something to be desired, since it was based on outdated (though still really cool) work from Adywan based from the HDTV master set at about 13GB in size. I would still very much like to remaster my ESB release.

I know I’m only setting myself up for disappointment, but I’d love to have my presentation of all eight saga films by the end of the year. I can’t keep doing this forever and am eager to wrap things up, though without making sacrifices in the end result. I think it’s gonna be a bugger getting an eventual IX edit completed since I’ll have two little ones running around by then.

Anyone good at making LUTs?

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#1273428
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The "Custom Special Edition" That Will Likely Never Be
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With the dewback scene, I think this version has no less motion than the original shot, and I like the idea of dodging the terrible CGI without altering the timing of the scene (the way Darth Editous did).
I’ve tweaked the shot since the clip I posted, so the trooper is frozen in place for much less time. It’s slightly less faithful to the original but looks better in motion. (The OOT obviously didn’t have to use reversed and slowed footage to show the trooper turn to his left and then back again.)

I do not like the Mos Eisley helicopter shot, so I’m happy to avoid it and sort of split the difference between the SE’s bustling spaceport and the OOT’s shithole.
I had intended to remove the Mos Eisley shot from ROTJ, but the Naboo shot proved too different in timing once the wipe/tower was removed to be able to substitute it.

All in all, I’m happy with these for ANH. I can still try to find a way for the ROTJ celebration to work out that way.

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#1272728
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Rian Johnson to Head New Star Wars Trilogy
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Most of what I have in mind are not things that presented themselves as objectionable during my first viewing, although the opening ‘mother’ joke certainly did. It’s the stuff that seemed to dress Star Wars down, that framed the movie as somewhat meta, rather than playing it straight.
With all the humor throughout the OT, just to avoid 3PO swapping heads with a battle droid for now, the story played as sincere. I’m thinking about Mark Hamill’s audition tape, which he says he played as earnestly as he could. TFA, although to a less obvious extent, also seems to refrain from a totally sincere approach and preferring to stick in the safety zone of a Star Wars movie about Star Wars.
I’m not sure how else to put it right now. Perhaps they feel the moviegoers of today need the winks and nods of, “Don’t worry, even the characters in the movie know this is a bit silly.” Compared to ANH, say, it’s a subtle course change that takes things off track. And who knows? Maybe there’s no way the sincere approach would have worked. But it seems a shame to me, as much as I do like the ST so far.

Rogue One has a different tone from the ST, but it seems to play things sincerely in a similar way as I am talking about. Even Solo manages to get this dynamic right, I think, just on the other side of the drama-comedy balance.

Oh, right, what thread is this? So, uh… hopefully Rian’s trilogy in which he gets to build everything from scratch won’t need to have as much deconstruction, since it’s something he personally is building up.

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#1272407
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The "Custom Special Edition" That Will Likely Never Be
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I wonder if the hyperspace effect could benefit from having the white portions made a little aqua in color. It seems like in TFA and Solo the whites aren’t totally white, but have that sort of yellow-green cast to them. The effect varies from film to film, with Rogue One having only a minor case of it. It need not be pronounced, of course, just a little bit of that color. What do you think?