I like it! Very nice.
Darth Lucas said:
Spent a few hours putting this together.
I’m still downloading the nearly 2 TB of frames (it will probably take another 9 days, downloading 24/7 to grab them all) but I now have enough to put together a few samples. Here’s the first, from Reel 2:
This is essentially just the raw scan - the aspect ratio has been corrected and the contrast adjusted, but there’s no digital cleanup or color grading going on here.
Note: The audio is from the laserdisc. The optical audio track for reel 2 hasn’t been downloaded yet - it’s still in the queue!
Jedi Master Skywalker said:
I’m sorry I don’t know how cause I for some stupid readon can only make private threads
Perhaps you could try going here:
And then click on the shiny “Start a New Topic” button next to the page numbers:
Yes I like that artwork too. It was on the novel I had as a kid.
Very cool custom artwork you are creating there - I had no idea you were so talented! I wouldn’t want to Hijack it though.
The 4K77 art doesn’t have to be hand painted - Photoshop offers a bunch of filters, techniques and plugins that can take a photo and make it look like more like Drew Struzan painted it, which is really the look I’m hoping for. For example, I really like this arrangement:
all the elements are familiar, it’s just a fresh take on them. I can’t tell if that is Photoshopped or hand painted, or a bit of both.
Another place I’ve been looking for inspiration is the comic books:
Project 4K77 (Formally Silver Screen Edition v2.0) is now almost complete:
If anyone here would like to take a stab at creating some new box art for that project (and I know some of you already have) I’d love to see it. I’d really like to see something a little different - there are already tons of covers featuring recycled box art (VHS, laserdisc, etc) and all of the official posters, and most of these are fantastic. But I think this project is going to give us the best, highest ever resolution version of the original Star Wars to date, and a new and unique poster would really help it stand out from the pack. For example, take elements from A New Hope and rearrange them to look like one of the The Last Jedi posters, or create your own, brand new collages. Here are some examples I found on facebook:
or maybe use/edit some other old artwork that we haven’t seen as a cover yet:
And here’s one I’ve been working on:
The png versions were posted here about 18 months ago:
A download link to a zip file containing all of this artwork is available here:
Any newbies wondering what project this artwork was for, can learn more about it here:
Here is the cover template I created for the Star Wars Silver Screen Edition covers (in PSD format):
https://mega.nz/#!dIkx3TTA!_am4R-E9RbBdEIPPI5551MC16P4mXciPRZeSTFgjKLk (45 MB)
I was just thinking, “I wish I had a basic Photoshop Blu-ray cover Template I could use as a starting point for some new Project 4K77 cover art…”
Has anybody ever created (and then shared) a basic Photoshop PSD for each film? Such a template might, for example, come in a couple of standard sizes (bluray, DVD, disc label), and have all the standard/official boiler plate text in editable text layers. It might have all the studio logos, ratings and warnings, again, each on their own layer/linked layers making it easy to re-position them, edit or delete them. Maybe have placeholders for a few screenshots (pre-loaded with some of the common ones that you see on the backs of the official boxes, but easy to swap out with your own). Stuff like that.
I imagine that, those of you who regularly produce new covers to share here probably already have a few such templates, that you modify and improve on over time.
Making something like that available would make it really easy for those of us who are not so artistic, to produce some quite professional looking covers of our own, since all we’d really need to do is drop in our own favorite posters, resize and position them, maybe move some logos around a bit, edit some text (e.g. the special features, or audio information specific to this version) and then print it out.
I realize this might seem a little unfair, after all, I’m sure you all spent a lot of time and effort creating your templates and the thought of sharing them with everyone for free is probably not something you considered, but remember - other people on these forums - Poita, Harmy, myself, and many others have spent literally years and thousands of dollars restoring the films and working on the projects that you are now making covers for, using skills that perhaps you don’t have, and we share all of those projects here with you for free…
Anyway, that was my thought.
I tried Elastix and did eventually get it up and running, but I found it to be very hard to use, extremely slow, and I wasn’t impressed with the results. So ultimately I abandoned it in favor of Photoshop’s Edit -> Auto Align Layers. Now I ended up writing a script to manage the process, but I bet if you stored two image sequences in a folder, e.g. version_a_001.tif, version_b_001.tif and you record a new action that opens both files, locks one layer, selects both layers, does an Auto align Layers, saves the result as aligned_001.tif and closes all open files [stop recording] you could then simply run that action as a batch command and it would process the whole folder.
Another thing to try is to layer the two versions of a shot in After Effects, apply your LUT to match the colors and then set the blend mode of the top layer to ‘difference’. When everything is the same color and perfectly aligned the frame will turn black. It’s hard to match the colors perfectly, even with Dre’s tool, so that’s pretty rare, but it will be still be easy to see when the frames are aligned correctly. Manually nudge the top frame up, down, left right, and transform the height, width and rotation if necessary until they line up as well as you can get them. Make a note of the transform data, or save it as an Animation Preset. If you’re lucky, the same transform can be used again on other shots, and if so you can just apply the preset on every clip to match it up. At least making it the same size and shape will be a big help - then all you have to do is nudge it left and right if only the cropping is different.
Here are a couple of videos I created which demonstrate these techniques:
Also check out this thread: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Star-Wars-GOUT-in-HD-using-super-resolution-algorithm/id/17552
which contains some scripts (very slow ones!) that do a nice job with Video Enhancer’s AviSynth plugin. They also sell a stand alone app that works pretty well (and you get the plugin free when you buy it). http://www.infognition.com/videoenhancer/
Personally, I use Red Giant Shooter Suite’s “Instant 4K” for most of my upscaling in After Effects. It’s real easy - just resize he composition to the size you want, drop the effect on and boom. Instant 720p/1080p/UHD. Just remember to set the quality to “Best” before rendering. https://www.redgiant.com/products/instant-4k/
All 6 reels have now been scanned, and from what I’ve seen, the whole film looks incredible. It will be a couple of weeks before I receive the full raw scan, but I should be able to post some more samples around Christmas time 😃
I Donated another $10 as well.
mikeverta.com is gone too.
Reel 1 has been scanned! If you would like to help cover the scanning costs, please send me a PM ASAP!
Here are some sample frames:
Yep, that was it. Newsleecher was able to download both of these, while Grabit failed every time.
Thanks for the help!
It could just be Grabit that’s at fault here. I’ll try a different client.
Even I didn’t download all of it, but (so far) I have downloaded and burned 27 DL DVD-Rs (!) from this collection, Great Stuff!
There are just a couple that I could not be download completely:
SWSFCFBDW is missing parts 0-5,7,11,15,20,22,25 & 44
TBSWM Part 42 is incomplete and parts 43 (to the end) are missing.
Thanks for sharing!
Found another scanner, the film has been shipped and is scheduled for delivery tomorrow, Monday November 6th.
Here’s the original one I created and later animated for The Silver Screen Edition:
https://ln.sync.com/dl/c002221b0/yfnkifpz-mskf3829-j7ucm42q-vicukq3z (16 MB)
110 hours of aerial footage was shot for Battle of Britain (1969), of which only 40 minutes appeared in the film. The unused footage still shows up regularly in TV Shows and movies about the period because today it costs more than $10,000 an hour to rent a real Spitfire for a film, so licensing the footage is usually much cheaper. Also, the production had 32 flying German Heinkel 111 bombers to play with (on loan from the Spanish Air Force at the time), but today there are none - The one featured in Dunkirk (2017) was a scale model. Here is a list of films and TV Shows (that I know of) which used some of the footage shot in the summer of '68 for Battle of Britain - but there are probably more!
• 1971- Dad s Army - Film spin off of the popular television series
• 1972 - The Pathfinders - ITV television drama series based on the exploits of Bombers Command’s Pathfinder Force
• 1972 - Our Miss Fred - Film comedy starring Danny la Rue
• 1976 - Carry on England - Film from the long running Carry On series
• 1976 - Battle of Midway - War film dramatising the Japanese attack on Midway Island in 1942
• 1979 - Breakthrough (aka Sergeant Steiner) — War film starring Richard Burton
• 1984 - The Secret War of Jackie s Girls — ITV television drama series
• 1986 - Murrow - Channel 4 television drama based on the life of Ed Murrow, wartime news correspondent
• 1988 - A Piece of Cake - Television drama series based around an RAF fighter squadron in 1940
• 1999 - Finest Hour - BBC Television documentary series chronicling the events of 1940
• 2001 - Dark Blue World - Czech film about Czech pilots in the Battle of Britain
• 2010 - First Light - TV Movie based on biography of WWII Pilot, Geoffrey Willum
Quick update: The scanner I was going to send this to is a little backed up at the moment - it could take more than 6 months to get the print scanned there, so I’m currently exploring some alternative options…
To my eyes the difference between the warm grade and the cool grade is pretty subtle, so I’d be happy with either. Here’s a screenshot comparison:
It’s always done that for me in the 32 bit version.