I found that the colour difference on my HD version is more jarring that the quality issue. Most of the additional scenes are quite brief. That said, my eyesight is not great. I still haven’t worked out how to work with the colour balancing tools in Adobe. It wasn’t until I had stitched it all together that I realised how noticeable it was.
Wow you definitely have a better grasp on the technology than I do. I cobbled together the basic hybrid edit in just 4 days but that was just scaling up the SLV scenes using After Effects with no digital cleaning.
I left out Kirk’s, “Oh my God.” in the transporter accident because I didn’t want the SLV footage to sit awkwardly across the rest of the scene and I didn’t want to use the scaled up footage for the whole scene. I also left out the bit where Chekov talks to the crewman at his station before retaking his post as it sits awkwardly on the soundtrack of the DE. Fortunately McCoy’s line about them being ten miles tall fits in fine.
I think I managed to fit in most of the extra stuff from the ship. I haven’t touched the Klingons though.
It was easy to add the DE red alert claxon over the extra V’Ger attack footage alongside the red alert voice from the SLV. I managed to bleed some of Uhura’s dialogue either side of the DE footage too so it all runs along a fraction more rapidly.
I had to work a bit to equalise the hum of the ship in some of the SLV scenes but it was doable.
Mine is a real hatchet job. If you have been able to clear up the SLV footage, it should look great!
I’ve downloaded and added the edited scene with the digital Enterprise. It looks pretty good, although the sound quality in the airlock is poor. A better sound effect for the doors is needed too. I’ve added additional dialogue outside (a conversation between Kirk, Scotty, and Rand) so that it doesn’t drag so much.
I will need to add a close up of Rand in a red space suit to establish her in the scene in place of Spock (who went inside in the previous scene).
The close up of Kirk’s space suit here will be needed for the scene later where Spock returns, to marry up continuity. I’m hoping it won’t be too hard to pull off.
I might also change the background so that the reunion takes place inside the aperture otherwise Kirk has just been hanging around outside for ages.
I’m finally having a go at a hybrid cut, although I’m not sure I will put in all the extra dialogue as some of it sits awkwardly across the music track of the DE.
I’m not sure how scaled up SD will compare to HD when running alongside it on a larger screen though. I used 50% denoise. Also the SLV soundtrack is far less polished so getting it to the right levels could be tricky.
I’ll do my best.
Well, after watching an old version of the theatrical cut at a cinema in London, I am going to bite the bullet and buy a laptop capable of deep learning on Black Friday and I am thinking of investing in Adobe Premier Pro, Character Creator 3, and iClone, Deepfacelab, and Lyrebird (or equivalent).
I’d like to create a hybrid cut for personal use. I’m not 100% sure what is missing from the DE compared to the SLV (excluding scene trims) beyond a couple of lines of dialogue on the bridge and in Ilia’s quarters, plus Sulu & Ilia, and the airlock scene.
So my ‘basic’ plan is:
- Re-add missing scenes and lines above.
- Trim the gap between Sulu’s, “Why it’s Mr…” and Kirk’s, “Spock!”. It’s really clumsily edited.
- Digitally replace Kirk’s space suit to match the airlock scene. (I think from memory I need to re-order the scene in Ilia’s quarters to match the SLV?) Replace the Enterprise over the scaffolding.
- Insert some additional cloned footage of Grace Lee Whitney to establish Rand in the second half of the movie with additional dialogue (if the Deepfake and Lyrebird results pay off). This is partly because Rand started out as the female lead in the original show and partly because Grace was treated terribly at the time. I lament the fact that she wasn’t more front and centre with the ensemble cast for her return.
- The basic would be an extra line for her in the McCoy transporter scene plus some dialogue in Kirk’s quarters.
- If they work out OK, then I might also consider a close up on the bridge during the V’Ger flyover (the problem there being the need to establish her arriving or leaving and a spot to put her in for the long shots) and establishing her on the bridge at the end of the movie so that when Scotty and Chapel arrive, all the original cast is in the scene together.
- The most ambitious edit would be to add her into the airlock scene, possibly adding an exchange between her and McCoy as Kirk leaves, since that will require a digital avatar.
- The really, really, really ambitious edit would be to put her in a spacesuit alongside Kirk and give them some dialogue as they head out to the orifice so that Ilia’s question, “Why have two carbon units entered V’Ger,” can apply to them.
If the Rand stuff pays off, I can consider whether I can add a few snippets of dialogue for other characters. McCoy’s funny dialogue was a hit with the audience in London so I considered if it might be possible to add some extra humour. Possibilities would be a line of sass from Uhura when the men meet Ilia, an exchange between McCoy and Chapel in sickbay based on dialogue from In Thy Image, and Spock’s sass about his presence being essential if McCoy is to remain on board in the final scene.
All the above said, I have no real experience with this kind of editing, so wish me luck. If anyone has access to the SLV files, they would be useful, since my only copy currently is on VHS.
We might be getting an official 40k anniversary release, although no word on which version. If it’s the DE,then we will get upgraded special effects for the first time.
In the meantime, must we abandon all hope of the HD SLV?
I experimented with the existing dialogue. If the technology to insert a viable avatar of Grace becomes available, I think I might be able to pull it off.
I never noticed the change of shirt or space suit. I think my standards are low.
The digital fixes to replace the scaffolding that have been on YouTube are pretty decent. Kirk’s face is basically pasted into the helmet so I reckon with enough dedication it would be possible to trim the scene where he catches Spock so that the suit close up matches the earlier scene.
I want to tweak the scene in Kirk’s quarters where he and McCoy are viewing Decker and Ilia to include Janice Rand just because I lament that she disappears completely from the second half of the movie.
I’ve already identified that there is a frame where McCoy exits the quarters in their earlier confrontation where you could easily paste a close up of Rand but Deepfake and Deep Video Portrait need to bed in a bit more before any attempt. There is dialogue from TOS appearances that could be added to pad out the scene, albeit logistically tricky:
Rand: “Can I get you something from the galley, Sir?”
Kirk: “Thank you.” [Balance of Terror]
Rand:“Do you suppose she knows?” [Miri]
McCoy: “Jim, she may not know or even remember.”[Spock’s Brain]
Kirk: “Its all we’ve got.” [Wrath of Khan]
It’s a largely pointless exchange since Kirk’s voice-over pretty much already tells us this but I just want Rand to be more visible than her tiny cameo at the start of the film and this underscores her previous role as Kirk’s assistant. It also looked easier than trying to paste her on the bridge during the V’Ger flyover. I have worked out that it would just about work to paste her exiting a Turbolift but the background in the transporter room is so dark, getting her hair to look natural is a problem.
Project on hold thank to GandCrab Ransomware
Dammit. It was only a matter of time before Paramount figured out how to make some money off the project.
Managed to get my VCR going again and had another watch of the SLV. It doesn’t drag at all for me. Even Kirk’s mysterious mighty morphing space suit is only one brief head shot before Spock floats back. Not insurmountable.
I like the background technobabble and computer voice but I think the voices are just a fraction too loud in most scenes. They compete too much with the main dialogue.
I wish Grace Lee Whitney had been present on the bridge for a bit in the second half of the movie. Even a couple of reaction shots during the V’Ger flyover would have elevated her appearance to be more noticeable. It’s also a shame she doesn’t come onto the bridge with Scotty and Chapel in the final scene. It would have been nice if they had all been present on the bridge at the same time.
I think a hybrid version of the DE is probably going to be the absolute pinnacle but I do love this version.
Yeah it would be so cool to have this ready for the 40th Anniversary. I’ve ordered my QMX 1/6 scale Scotty. Hopefully I’ll be surrounded by my tiny crew by the time the anniversary arrives.
Just involved in a conversation on the TMP appreciation Facebook group about the different versions out there. Is it the intention for the HD SLV edit to include the completed Airlock effects that I’ve seen on YouTube and to correct the helmet of Kirk’s uniform when he retrieves Spock?
Is there anyway I can get a dvd copy of this
Please let me know.
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Is this the wide-screen version with updated effects? I’ve lost track. I tried watching my vhs version of slv but the picture gave out half way through so I watched my dvd of the directors edition. They both have their merits!
I’m really excited that this project is moving forward. If it’s finished before the 40th anniversary of the movie so much the better!
I’m busy buying up the QMX 1/6 scale action figures so I can watch the SLV for the 40th surrounded by my tiny 12" friends. Hopefully I won’t have to watch it on VHS 😛
What is the best way to download this version? I have not viewed my VHS version for years. I suppose a hybrid version of the DE and SLV would be the ultimate version for me.