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#1381041
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Blade Runner (1982) The Nexus-7 Cut in 4K (Released)
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Watched it. It was pretty good overall, certainly replacing everything we got so far in the visual department. Builds, lighting, color, added VFX, all stellar.

I like the limited inclusion of the narration but they very last one does not work. “I don’t know why he saved my life…” in the corridor does not work, ruining the tension of the scene while seemingly belonging to the one before. If this is included, it should be on the roof. Maybe just re-use some of the shoots of Ford sitting there, breathless, while it plays.

That Pris’ dossier is missing is kind of a shame, since we loose the peversity of her being a pleasure model that way. Removing Zhora is fine. Cannot figure out how to do both at the same time though myself…

Oh yeah, and Subtitles would be cool 😃

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#1378224
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Info: Fixing the TFA and TLJ Deleted Scenes
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JakeRyan17 said:
The reason I like it is because, “jerk” or not, it really solidifies what Luke believes and why he’s acting the way he is. It shows why he thinks the Jedi need to end in the clearest way: they can be manipulated by not understanding a cultural context into doing more harm than good.

Yoda was a “jerk” and constantly mocking Luke throughout Empire Strikes Back.

This. Exactly this. Well said.

It is my believe that the complaining people just do not get it, it seems they cannot deal with a deconstruction of a childhood hero. Including some of the film makers, considering we have the “a Jedi’s weapon deserves more respect” line in the final movie of the sequel trilogy. But let us not open this can of worms…

This scene should have been included.

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#1378220
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Star Trek Deep Space Nine - NTSC DVD Restoration & 1080p HD Enhancement (Emissary Released)
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Animaxx said:

Thank you for joining in. No problem, everyone also has a life to get back to at some point 😃

Since I will be working on DS9 and Voyager first, I would contact you once I get around to SG-1.
Also, I am planning to work on Babylon 5 (later on).

While this all sounds really cool, I cannot recommend a one-step-at-a-time approach enough. Such projects eat time and energy.

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#1376986
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)
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I think it is time for me to request a workprint link too.

mrbenjamino said:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EIIUPBtBVwgtNvsb3JAnaPsChVNY_dAf/view?usp=sharing

I dunno how to remove the watermark either lol.

We zoom the shot slightly and then employ an upscaler. Won’t be perfect but should be servicable enough.

Icecream2448 said:

Were there any explicit references to Rey’s dad being a failed clone of Palpatine?

I do not think the timeline would add up on that, plus it would feel really forced. Another clone? Fully with HAL on this one, we should not even try.

smpearce1981 said:

Watching the Ben vs KOR,(…)
I think we missed a trick not having one (or all) screaming ‘Traitor!!!’
Mirroring Kylo himself (to Finn) at the end of TFA.

I really like this. Remind me, what exactly was done here now? HAL mentioned an “earlier” line?

darkshadowspike said:

Vidmaster said:

So say we all.

I understood that Star Trek DS9 reference! /s

It is actually more of a Battlestar Galactica (reboot) reference.

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#1370840
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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BedeHistory731 said:
Thinking ahead to things that should change with the Battle of Yavin, I’ve got a few ideas.
(…)
4. Get volunteers to add dialogue for the expanded battle sequence (if it remains).

I offered (via Facebook) to attempt to extract sound files from “SW: Rogue Squadron II” a while ago, a gamecube game for which Denis Lawson (Wedge) recorded new lines. And obviously, there are other usable lines in these games as well. Never received an answer from Ady though, so I never started work. Could have failed, could have succeeded, who knows…

But I am with you, that sequence is great but lacks dogfighting dialog, no matter how nonsensical.

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#1366347
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)
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Hal 9000 said:

Well, here’s the scene with a temp audio clip for Palpatine. Could select a different portion to use, but having the static conclusion to prompt the crowd reaction seems to work.

JEDIT: https://vimeo.com/442206729

This is already pretty good but I think it can be improved further, due to:

Hal 9000 said:

If there were ten seconds more footage we could get most of the message in, ideally.

I agree with you here. Maybe this is one instance in which one could actually either reuse 2 or 3 seconds of an ealier (or later) shot. Do that three times and we got it. For example, we could simply add a still image of the C3PO-shot later (“Exogol does not appear…)” as C3PO has no facial expressions anyway, same for R2.
Gives them both a little more screen presence (as they are part of the “party” of these movies) AND gives us a few previous seconds.
Maybe the same can even be achived with Maz (the shot from this scene later), which would establish her presence as well.

Everyone listening to the message, that is the idea here right?

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#1364900
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The ‘Custom Special Edition’ That Almost Wasn’t, But Then Was (Released)
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Hal 9000 said:

Well I’m not a fan of the shockwaves anyway, and I didn’t really have great ways to remove the other two. I didn’t want the battle of Yavin to only have one OOT shot at the most critical moment. So I removed the DSII shockwave so it’s not like all OT and only OT explosions have them.

So a big fancy CGI explosion without a shockwave would be okay?

Chase Adams said:

Actually, Adywan has already released a look at what Alderaan’s explosion will be like in HD ANH:R, and yes, there is a quite a magnificent shockwave if I may say so myself:

https://youtu.be/VFp1WuYKWtI

Sorry for the off-topic that that is a wonderful sample reel.

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#1360885
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Revenge of the Sith: Rebalanced - <em>Version 1.4 Released! IFDB Approved!</em>
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Hm, I think I need this as well. Looks like what I would have wished the prequels were… …namely, Star Wars that is a little different but well written.

The goal “Make as seamless and professional an edit as possible” is what has convinced me to request a PM now, as I fully agree with your statement regarding the immersion of edits. I want to be entertained first, not plainly see what someone else did change there. Analysis can come afterwards 😉

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#1349331
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)
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Hal 9000 said:

This probably isn’t helped by having all the chatter on a single channel, but that’s how comm chatter has to be.

I’ll reduce the overall volume of content here before tossing the whole idea, even if severely.

I think the real goal here is something like StarTrek: First Contact did, an inaudible undertone with, small clearly understandable “vignettes” in one of my favorite scenes of the movie:

https://youtu.be/piMRgm9Ga6o?t=97

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#1345186
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Info: AI Upscaling of Deleted Scenes and other content
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I also believe that one of the unsolved questions in this community is how to produce versions of the prequel’s deleted scenes suitable for fan-edits, as having deleted scenes indistinguishable from at least 1080p footage would be a really big help for various fan-edit projects out there.

Your post goes into a similar direction, so may I redirect you to this post of mine:

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Best-HD-Versions-of-Prequel-Deleted-Scenes/id/49632/page/2#1345185

I have made some experiments, but my rig here is far too weak unfortunaly. The guy I am quoting in that post employing an Nvidia Titan XP, something my PC can only dream of.

But maybe you can help?

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#1345185
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Help: looking for... Best HD Version(s) of Prequel Deleted Scenes?
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Vidmaster said:
I reached out to various people I know from all over the internet who performed various successful upscaling projects I know of. Basically, the plan is to accumulate some additional knowledge and maybe get to know some variants in technique.

Having deleted scenes indistinguishable from at least 1080p footage would be a really big help for various fan-edit projects out there.

The results are in, mostly standard stuff like “I just run Gigapixel”. HOWEVER there was one answer in particular I want to highlight. Its from someone who is working on (and was mostly very successful) in upscaling old Full-Motion-Video Games:

For the upscaling part of the process, he is using a combination of Topaz Labs’ Video Enhance AI and Gigapixel AI. The former is specifically for upscaling video and the latter for still images.

The first step is to do a pass with Video Enhance AI, checking if there are any spots where it didn’t do a particularly good job. Afterwards, he hecks if he can improve on that sequence frame-by-frame with Gigapixel AI. That second step can be a really arduous process, obviously.

A couple of other Gigapixel-packages (DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI in particular) can be very useful - but given the resource-intensive nature of the work, coupled with the inevitable trial-and-error process to see what works and what doesn’t, it can be a very lengthy process to attempt to use all of them.

In addition, he also employs use AVIsynth+ a lot for cleaning up footage before upscaling it (since some of the original footage he is working on is terribly messing, compressed, sometimes interlaced, and so on). In particular, he mentioned to me that I might “find this necessary for some of your upscales, depending on the quality of your source footage. If they’re fully-completed-and-mastered-but-just-deleted scenes from DVD extras, they should do just fine in terms of quality - but depending on the DVD region/interlacing, you might need do a bit of that to clean up quality before you upscale.”

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#1341046
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Help: looking for... Best HD Version(s) of Prequel Deleted Scenes?
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emanswfan said:

Eventually, I hope to get around to creating proper 4K upscales of deleted scenes using Gigapixel AI, but in the mean time HAL9000 has the best upscales currently around.

I reached out to various people I know from all over the internet who performed various successful upscaling projects I know of. Basically, the plan is to accumulate some additional knowledge and maybe get to know some variants in technique.

Having deleted scenes indistinguishable from at least 1080p footage would be a really big help for various fan-edit projects out there.