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#1452911
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Help: looking for... Doctor Who TV Movie Proper Speed.
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It’s a US TV movie, the proper speed is 23.976fps/59.94i.

IIRC Doctor Who 1996 PAL uses a DEFT standards conversion which I describe here. I don’t know if they’ve changed that for later releases, but the native format of the movie is 59.94i so I suggest finding the highest quality NTSC source and starting there. You can IVTC most of that, but the special effects shots and credits will be 30 fps so you have to make a choice about how to convert those, and really should do those scenes separately to the rest of the film.

I think the original region 1 DVD release was converted from the PAL master so be aware of that, you may need to get the VHS or a broadcast recording to get the best version.

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#1438468
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Amadeus (1984) 35mm Theatrical-Cut (Anamorphic 2X). Help Needed! (Already in WIP)
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Well it’s 3K or 3.2K if you want to describe it that way, but the most common 4K 35mm scanner is the Blackmagic Cintel and it’s not as good since it has a rather noisy camera that hasn’t been changed in 4 or 5 years. So getting a better 4K scan in Europe right now isn’t that easy. Most other 4K scanners aren’t designed for prints either, so they have a range of issues dealing with print that they don’t have with negative. Most of the 4K places you have seen or talked to probably won’t be able to do as good a job.

The resolution doesn’t really matter I might add, your print won’t resolve a full 3K let alone 4K so you won’t be missing much detail. Scanning at higher resolution can improve the debayering but not much else.

Good luck, and again you will be happy with this scan, this scanner works really well with prints.

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#1433773
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10 foot hunk of 70mm print from Star Wars - and some still clips.
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LexX said:

Maybe williarob could help, if not for anything else other than as a test to scan 70mm.

They don’t have a 70mm scanner, unless you send it over to Europe or they set up the old system again.

KittyLeiaLady said:

I have this hunk - I used to go see the movie so often, I knew the projectionists. I have several frames, including the title centered! What is the best way to preserve these? The 10 foot hunk - that must be worth something. It’s the scene right after the milleneum falcon had landed in the bay of the Death Star after being ‘tractored in.’ Darth Vader is talking to a guy who is giving his ‘report.’ One of those guys who looks like he’s wearing a Peter Pan suit…

Unfortunately they did that with some 70mm prints - sliced them up and sold them as frames and clips in the lobby. Some places did that on their own once they were told to destroy the prints.

There aren’t many good 70mm scanners around. The Director is probably the only decent commercial scanner for it, especially for print.

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#1430131
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Shrek - 35MM Restoration (Available Now Via PM)
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JonathanArthur19 said:

Apparently the original files are just gone, apparently they had digital backups of all their movies and their backups failed. Pixar also keep their original digital files for the first two Toy Story films and just re-rendered the film at 2K / 1080p for Blu-Ray which was a smart move IMO.

Toy Story was rendered at lower resolution for 35mm though, so it would be good to scan it to have to proper render.

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#1427401
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Cinderella (1950) 35mm Preservation opportunity! (a WIP)
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I’m still waiting for things on my end, the scan (along with my print) has been shipped by sea. I didn’t ask for it to be sent that way, but that’s how it was sent.

I didn’t promise people a complete copy of this or that right away, sorry if it’s a bit slow. I should hopefully have another BATB print this year … but again that’s up to the seller and then I have to arrange to get it scanned as well. 😃 It takes time and a lot of expenses which are often out-of-reach.

I should be able to do something from the old scans soon, but they have issues as many people know.

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#1419231
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POLL: Disney scanning
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MattMahdi said:

Interesting idea. My only fear – and I did just vote in the affirmative – is a completely closed system. I know that there have been times at OT when I have arrived just in time for projects such as would be featured here, and others where I have just arrived too late and that was that. I’d hope there would be a way for new enthusiasts to occasionally join. (Thinking of a certain private torrent site, frequently mentioned here, that’s been devoid of any invitations for years.)

The idea would be a forum for active participants in classic animation scanning so everyone can meet in one place. I’d probably set it up without any regular donors to begin with and then let the forum decide who they’re comfortable with inviting.

It’s not envisioned as a forum for release, rather as a safe private space for people organising projects and others who may want to participate.

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#1418570
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POLL: Disney scanning
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I’m thinking about setting up a new forum for Disney scanning. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

This is how it will work. I would set up a forum on a VPS and start inviting people over, everyone there must bring something to be a member. This would include collectors/people with film, scanners who want to be on the forum, people who do Disney projects, people who help in practical ways including working on releases, and people who donate towards costs. I will set-up a simple recurring payment system for the latter group to ensure everyone is actively participating in some way. The forum itself would be private and not visible to non-members. It would allow me to bring together people from a variety of places into one place with a common purpose.

Record your vote here. It’s an external poll as I’m posting this question across a few places.

Feel free to discuss the idea.

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#1416615
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Alien 1979 - 35mm scan opportunity (a WIP)
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A donor encode is now available (well I can make it available to all donors in a couple of hours - PM me if you donated). This is not considered a final version at this stage and was the result of 2 separate print scans.

We’re not using VHS or LD or anything other than film as the reference for theatrical colour timing. The operator of a SD telecine was literally called a “colourist” because they would grade the transfer on-the-fly for home video or broadcast. There’s nothing at all theatrically accurate about that process, and they come from what are known as “TV prints” which are 16mm prints struck specifically for telecine.

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#1416061
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Info: How many Disney 35mm scans exist?
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I know all details of the TB scan of SW. It’s not at a quality that I personally would be happy with and I feel we can improve upon it even if I was to borrow the same print (a 1975 print if I’m not mistaken) and do a fresh transfer. I’m not bashing the scan at all, but it’s pretty basic especially if you care about early theatrical colours since by the 70’s they were recoloured. That’s a technical limitation of the film material itself.

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#1416012
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Info: How many Disney 35mm scans exist?
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I’ll be doing Lion King hopefully this year, hopefully we’ll be re-scanning SOTS sometime and BATB hopefully later in the year from a better print. I’ll also be digitising several classics this year from a collection, we’re just working out how best to get the films cleaned first and then they’ll all be transferred en-mass (or as we can afford to) and I should be able to share with donors. For example, we can scan 3 or 4 distinctly separate Snow White prints on 35 and 16mm. There’s something like 20 prints probably covering about 8 classics we can scan in that collection.

I’m still hamstring by funding though.

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#1407358
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Alien 1979 - 35mm scan opportunity (a WIP)
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Hey great question.

I am independent, not part of TSWT.COM but I am in good contact with them. This project is being handled by someone else (not me and also not TSWT.COM) unless you hear otherwise they are anonymous.

I also use my own scanners, although I have invited others to use them from time to time not everyone chooses to.

I am not asking for any more funding for this project and I’m focusing my efforts on Disney in particular.

Thanks!