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#459490
Topic
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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Alright, screenshot time.

To expand on what I've been working on, I've been experimenting with using a few avisynth filters I've previously never used, such as QTGMC for deinterlacing, GradFun2DBmod to remove color banding, and SSSharp for sharpening. The results so far are amazing.

For my v1 release, I used the unsharp mask filter in Premiere, which did a decent job, but unfortunately left unsightly jaggies everywhere. Also, I didn't use any noise filtering whatsoever (and it appears I forgot to deblock as well). Notice how much cleaner v2 is in comparison.

(Screens were taken using AvsPmod. First frame is the original interlaced source, the second is v1 taken from the DVD, the third is v2 without any color correction.)

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/2456/swhs01.th.jpg http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/7599/swhs02.th.jpg http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/4408/swhs03.th.jpg http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/3621/swhs04.th.jpg http://img816.imageshack.us/img816/9357/swhs05.th.jpg http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9817/swhs06.th.jpg http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/2696/swhs07.th.jpg http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/6172/swhs08.th.jpg http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/3690/swhs09.th.jpg http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/1218/swhs10.th.jpg http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/5379/swhs11.th.jpg http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/4763/swhs12.th.jpg http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/641/swhs13.th.jpg http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/6596/swhs14.th.jpg http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/628/swhs15.th.jpg

Here is the workflow I'm using for v2:

- D2V source (Deblock, ColorMatrix)
- QTGMC (deinterlace)
- FFT3DFilter (denoise)
- GradFun2DBmod (remove color banding)
- SSSharp

Customized scripts will be created for the commercials and the animated segment. The output will then go into Premiere for color correction. The one thing I'm not really happy about at the moment is the ghosting, but I don't know of a good way to get rid of it.

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#459238
Topic
Backstroke of the West Dubbed Version
Time

So is the audio track something that you're looking to release in the near future, TheThirdGathers (or perhaps your friend)? Those of us who have already created our own versions of Backstroke of the West would love to add this audio track to our existing DVDs.

 

I actually screened Backstroke at a local sci-fi convention last April using the DVD I created and posted about in marioxb's thread. To my amazement, the theater I was showing it in was packed and we had to turn some people away because we were full.  I'm looking to show it again this year and this dubbed version would be perfect!

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#458601
Topic
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
Time

MattMahdi said:

Inferring from general silence, in the community, I'm guessing that the KCCI, KCMO, and WMAR discs are are the only ones floating around in the wild.

I'd never looked closely at the WBBM files because I assumed they were only partial. They're not. Twelve parts, but all the material is there. And the quality's pretty good -- for something half the dimensions / quarter the area of a standard screen.

Anyone know where these files came from? I'm playing about with DVDStyler, just for fun, but it's always better to have an original than to downconvert and then upscale.

My "hybrid" release is actually the WBBM version with the commercials from the WMAR version added in.  I got the WBBM DVD from the guy at fuzzymemories.tv. I made a donation to his web site and he agreed in exchange to give me a copy of the master DVD he had, which looks to have been made using a standard DVD recorder rather than a computer.  The video quality suffers a little bit because of that, but overall it's very good quality because the source tape was only 2nd generation and in such good condition.

When I have the time, I'm going to be revisiting my hybrid release and making several improvements.  The top two items on my list are to include the higher-quality versions of the commercials (the ones posted on a.b.sw), and also to remove all the jaggies which I can't believe I forgot to address the first time around. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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#455288
Topic
Industrial Light and Magic - Creating the Impossible - Anyone Preserving This?
Time

Eh, Encore comes free with my satellite package so I didn't pay anything extra for it. I thought it was a good doc, though maybe a lot of what they covered has already been seen on DVD special features. All the interviews were new though, and I did notice that some of the footage shown of the TPM pre-production meetings was new, or at least wasn't included on the TPM DVD.

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#454423
Topic
Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
Time

Thanks! I actually spent a long while trying to come up with something unique that wasn't too cheesy. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I probably should have color corrected the transition (since it came from the 2004 DVD) and added a second or two of slug at the end, but other than that I'm pretty happy with it.

I have no idea what their sales are like, but the Holiday Special is one of their highest-rated riffs according to their site, so I have to assume it's a good seller. I'm sure all their riffs of the Star Wars/Star Trek/Harry Potter/LOTR franchises are big sellers. I purchased all the Star Wars riffs even though I still have yet to watch TPM or ROTJ.  Having never seen Transformers 2 previously, I bought that riff and watched it that way for the first time, which was awesome. I may do one of the Twilight movies next. :p

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#453697
Topic
Industrial Light and Magic - Creating the Impossible - Anyone Preserving This?
Time

It's 1 hour, and a very good doc by the way. Lots of Star Wars.

 

It's a Dish Network DVR and I know that they're encrypted so you can't swap the drive out and put it in your PC. With my previous Dish DVR, I was able to run a SATA cable from the drive to a USB adapter on my PC after the drive had already spun up inside the DVR, and that allowed me to use a special program for copying things over. It didn't really work for HD content though as it couldn't read anything that was MPEG4, which I'm pretty sure all Dish's HD is now.  I might give it a try though just to see if it's possible.