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#1453481
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Star Wars A New Hope: DSG Special Edition <strong>(SORT-OF NEARING COMPLETION)</strong>
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Dat_SW_Guy said:

benduwan said:

Dat_SW_Guy said:

Heres the “final” version of the entire Mos Eisley sequence with temp audio, as I simply didn’t have the skill to refine the drive-by scene. The main things in this are:

-The recut entrance scene which was a page taken straight out of Adywan’s Revisited edition
-Redone matte with the correct time-of-day outside of the cantina to maintain accuracy
(although the all of the outdoor scenes are inconsistent in the film, lol)
https://vimeo.com/628306487

looks good,but at 1:54 you can see the dewbacks left leg is coming trou the small wall.

Thats not a leg, thats the original Dewback puppet showing through the CGI one and thats one of the many compositing mistakes on the Special Edition. If I remember correctly it was mentioned here somewhere but your post helped me remember it.

I can’t really fix it since there’s too many moving parts and you don’t notice it until it’s pointed out to you.

That’s one of the fixes i implemented for ANH:RHD , along with the “two headed dewback” earlier on in the shot.

I can send you the clip if you want it. You’d have to regrade it to match yours though , plus i’m using the 2011 Blu-Ray.

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#1446106
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Here is a short clip from the 1080p version of ANH:R. In this comparison clip it shows that i’m using both the 2011 & 2020 blu-ray versions. You can identify which version I am using because , when that source is used, the sources title will turn red. It also shows just how washed out and badly graded the 2020 versions really are. At times its a sea of muddy brown whereas the 2011 versions had a blue tint added.

The audio track is just a temp track using the 1997 version and not and indication of what the final mix will sound like.

https://www.facebook.com/swrevisited/videos/814222812600112/

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#1442483
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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Movies Remastered said:

Thanks @Jarbear. I managed to unpack the first part but others keep failing. Gonna try to redownloading them.

Opening looks incredible!!!

You do have all the files in the same folder? You shouldn’t be able to just extract the first file and be able to watch that part. All files need to be in the same folder, you start extracting the first RAR only, not each one individually, and it extracts every one to combine it into the full movie

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#1442444
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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Jar Jar Bricks said:

adywan said:

ESB:R -

Track 1 - New audio mix featuring Jason Wingreen’s original Boba Fett dub.

Track 2 - Same audio mix as above but with Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett dub.

For some reason I’m not seeing a second audio track. Is this supposed to be made available with the higher bitrate version? Or is there something wrong on my end?

It’s for the higher bitrate/ Blu-Ray version. I tried to keep the file size to a minimum for this one

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#1442107
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Atom-88 said:

I know, I do check his revisited wordpress site, just meant that I hadn’t been able to get hold of the first 2 edits he released originally so am happy you will be helping him update the ways to get hold of. Trust me I’m very much looking forward to his Revisted-HD edits😁.

New links are now live on the wordpress site

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#1442030
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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ray_afraid said:

Changing Ponda’s hands & keeping the original severed arm would be great! Love it!
Good luck!

As you can see, the original arm has has already been redone for the HD version , albeit in 720p and unfinished. I just need to re-render it now in 1080p, finish it off and hopefully manage to replace the other shots with the furry hand

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#1442025
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>1080p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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Kingj3489 said:

doubleofive said:

I cannot believe we’re having the Flipper Debate again over a decade later. 😄 Ady removed the flipper arm after coming to the same conclusion the original crew must have, that it just begs the question of how he held a gun in the first place. But instead of following the original crew’s “just throw any arm on the floor”, Adywan made it the good Doctor’s. There’s no reason for him to change that.

There is a reason. It’s canonical and it’s the correct character from the original film.

You may disagree, but don’t say there is “no reason”.

I’ve said it time and time gain, canon means NOTHING when doing a fan edit. Why does the “Great Flipper Debate” keep rearing its head? lol. Anyway, you see Ponda in the cantina with flipper like hands when he is at the bar. Yet the hand belongs to none of them when we saw it cut off. There was no way at the time for me to replace the flipper hands at the bar with the “furry” hand we see severed. So i originally replaced the fur hand with the correct flipper. But that didn’t look right on screen. So , as we see the Doctor reaching for his gun, it was logical to swap it out for his. And it worked. But, i created a prop to do that shot. One i no longer have. Now it’s being done in 1080p i can not upscale the very low res footage i originally created and use it in the 1080p edit. I do now, however, MAYBE have the ability to remove the flippered hands from the shots where we see him at the bar and replace them with furry hands, so the original hand can come back. Especially now since we see him with the furry hands in Rogue One (Damn you Gareth. lol)

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#1442023
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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I’m Back!!!

Well 2 months+ without internet was a nightmare. ISP claimed the problem wasn’t to do with them and that they couldn’t send an engineer to my house because of their Covid rules. Restrictions here were relaxed the other Monday, an engineer came around and it turns out the problem was at their junction box at the end of the street. So it seems the problems i was having with facebook and other sites was all linked to my line starting to crap out.

Anyway, some good news. ESB:R 1080p is complete and should be available to download next week. It will be a 12GB MP4 file with AC3 5.1 @640kbps. So keep an eye out on the Facebook/ wordpress page next week for the links. This is not a 100% upscale though. Many, many shots have been re-rendered in native 1080p . The opening crawl and end credits have also be re-rendered in 1080p

Now ESB:R 1080p is out of the way, i can get back to work on ROTJ:R & ANH:R HD. ANH:R HD will be native 1080p. I’ve already completed up to the droids going their separate ways on Tatooine. It was originally about 70% complete when i was originally doing it in 720p, but now i have to re-render all the FX & fixes i did in 1080p. Luckily the colour correction i did for ANH was originally done in 1080p, so i can just swap out the 720p version with the higher quality one. Here are a few screenshot comparisons of the new 1080p version of ANH:R…

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/KP76GNNX

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F29MMNNU

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/KP76PNNX

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F29MCNNU

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/KP7PLNNX

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F292JNNU

http://www.framecompare.com/screenshotcomparison/F2921NNU

As you can see, there a mixture of the 2011 & 2020 blu-rays being used here. I don’t think that the new 2020 blu-rays are as great as people that are raving about them think they are. There are some serious problems with both releases. The 2020 blu-rays have a serious problem with static grain, as you know, and the grading is horrendous. They’re just so flat. Just look in the bright areas and there’s no definition on details. A flat, muddy mess. It’s almost as if they didn’t even grade the raw scans they did. Also the digital noise reduction they used has eliminated a lot of detail. For the shots i have already added any fixes and effects work, i need to keep to the 2011 as a source, or i would have to start from scratch and i really don’t want to have to do that. So it’ll be a mixture of both sources.

Now onto the donation drive…

We’re now just £976 away from the goal target. So, if you can help us reach the target it would be very much appreciated and i can then get things really moving on ROTJ:R. I got the extra drives needed, but thanks to Brexit and the pandemic, prices of things have rocketed up here, so getting those wiped out a large chunk of the budget.

You can donate through Paypal’s Money Pool feature using the following link:

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8fZda4Wcai

For those that have said they are having problems donating this way then i will be setting up an alternative and i will post that tomorrow.

Thanks everyone and i’m sorry again about the lack of updates. Hopefully things are back to normal and i can get back to those that messaged me and posted questions in the various Revisited threads during this downtime.

Adywan

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#1440376
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Complete Comparison of Special Edition Visual Changes
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doubleofive said:

I believe Adywan did a study and found a shot from him making similar expressions from a different angle. We don’t know of a reshoot filmed specifically for that shot, so I just stick with that theory.

No, that wasn’t me. The head shot is actually taken from a costume test for ROTS. Hayden had no idea he had replaced Sebastian until the 2044 DVDs came out.

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#1421582
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<strong>Star Wars: Droids</strong> (animated tv series) - a general discussion thread
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LexX said:

JadedSkywalker said:

What happened to the Nelvana negatives, does anyone know?

Because if they don’t exist all they would have is broadcast tapes. Good enough for DVD and streaming, arguably. But for HD nope.

Well, we’ll find out next week when Ewoks is released.

Ewoks on Disney+ is upscaled from the SD tapes.

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#1421520
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The 2 Ewok Films - '<strong>Caravan Of Courage</strong>' (aka 'The Ewok Adventure'), &amp; '<strong>Battle For Endor</strong>'
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Just had a quick look at the two Ewok films on Disney+. They look like they could be new HD masters but they do suffer with bad compression where the grain is concerned, so not 100% sure they’re not just upscales from the DVD master, although they do look a lot more detailed to me. The Holiday Special animation , although it claims on the app that its HD, is just what we had on the Blu-Ray.

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#1413612
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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We’ve just passed the £1000 mark in the donation drive. Thank you everyone who has donated so far. We’re a third of the way to the £3000 goal already. I really couldn’t do these edits without the amazing generosity of you guys, so i am eternally grateful for all your help.

First render passes ( 1 standard and one reverse) on the ESB:R upscale have been completed . I’m about half way though replacing the first 2-3 frames at the beginning of every shot to combat the issues with the upscaler bleeding frames from a previous shot. It’s a long process but this stage should be completed by the end of next week. So far i have counted over 100 shots that need to be either replaced , because the upscaler didn’t do a very good job, so it won’t be a 100% upscale. These will either be re-rendered in 1080p from the original project files, some native 1080p from the original blu-ray & some shots replaced using the new 2020 blu-ray versions. I’m hoping the video side of things will be finished by the beginning of May 2021.

Now the audio side of things for the 1080p releases . I’m not sure if rendering a 6.1 or 7.1 track is even worth it TBH. The 6.1 audio track on the 2011 blu-rays for the OT are a bit of a con. The extra track contains silence for about 99% of the film. There are very quick sound effects in about 6 places throughout Empire . And the 2020 7.1 just duplicate this track to give the extra track. So anyone that complains if i just do 5.1 audio is really complaining for no reason. But the main reason why it may just be 5.1 is because i do not have any software that can encode DTS-MA let alone encode a 6.1 or 7.1 audio track. The DTS software suite is ridiculous price and now only seems to be available for Mac. If i were able to create a 6.1 DTS track then i would need to remake the extra channel(s) from scratch and i only have a 5.1 setup so i couldn’t really test out the extra channels anyway.

But one thing i have decided about the audio tracks for the 1080p versions of ANH:R & ESB:R is that these will have duel audio tracks…

ANH:R -

Track 1 - New audio mix without the “Battle of the Heroes” music during the Vader / Obi-Wan duel

Track 2 - Same audio mix as above but with the “battle of the Heroes” music added to the sabre duel

ESB:R -

Track 1 - New audio mix featuring Jason Wingreen’s original Boba Fett dub.

Track 2 - Same audio mix as above but with Temuera Morrison’s Boba Fett dub.

So, for these two films, you will get a choice of audio track. Jedi will likely just have one.

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#1405232
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>12GB 1080p MP4 VERSION AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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ANH:R & ESB:R 1080p UPSCALE UPDATE AND DONATION DRIVE

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New year. I missed the New Year completely. Fell asleep a few hours before midnight and slept through, so that’s why there was no “Happy New Year” message from me this year.
So we are back in full lockdown again here in the UK. At least there now seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. So there’s at least a chance now we could get part of the live action shoots done late summer this year. But at least being stuck indoors all day has given me enough time to really play about with the upscale of ANH:R & ESB:R.

I did some tests with the trial version of the latest version of Topaz Video Enhance AI. OMG, what a difference. Much better than the old version i have. They have managed to iron out most of the problems with the older version. It now seems to be able to recognise parts of the image that are meant to be out of focus, whereas the older version tried to bring things into focus. The speed is about 3x as fast. Sadly the pro-res encoder has problems and shifts colours, so i can still only render as image sequence, which creates huge files. Also it has a bug which, when a shot changes to the next, the previous image can bleed into the first 2 frames, or the image quality really drops for those frames. Also, mainly when lasers are moving across screen, you see the ghost image of the laser from the previous frame bleed into the next. The only way to fix this is to do a first pass upscale, then render out a reversed version of the film and upscale this and replace the first two frames of every shot in the film in the editor. A long process, but worth it. Sadly the trial version has run out and I can’t afford the £200 for the full version just yet.

Another problem with the upscaling I found was that there were many shots it just didn’t give good results in the final upscale, so I had to render it again using different settings and replace the bad ones in the editor with the new ones. But a lot still looked bad, no matter what settings I used, especially when I had to use lower res images/ video and used any form of sharpening filter. Strange artefacts where it tried too hard to add details, over-sharpened sections and images that almost look like an art filter had been added to the picture. Very artificial. And it really doesn’t like shots like holograms or macrobinocular displays. Luckily for me I still have all of the original project files , so I have the luxury of re-rendering these shots to help eliminate these problems. I also have the chance to use some element from the new 4k versions of the films to replace the lower quality from the 2011 blu-ray. For example, the picture below, where I enlarged Obi-Wan so he didn’t look like a tiny little figure in the shot. The results were never that great using the 2011 blu-ray, but sort of passed when being 720p. But upscaled to 1080p it looks horrendous. But using Obi-Wan from the 4k version, the results are miles better.

So I will be able to improve all of these type of shots for the upscale version. There are a lot, but many are just an easy re-render with some of the original filters turned off and applied after the upscale process. Plus there are some shots that were originally rendered in native 1080p and downscaled for the original release that I can use in the upscaled version. So it won’t be a 100% upscale for ESB:R and with ANH:R I can swap a lot of the upscaled footage with the original 1080p colour graded master I created when I started that. ROTJ:R of course will be native 1080p. ESB:R 1080p could well be ready in a couple of months after i can start work properly on it.

But now I come to the biggest problem with the upscale. Just rendering ESB:R as an upscale using uncompressed image files, and a few test renders of replacements, it almost filled a 4TB drive. The resulting filesizes are huge. And with working on ROTJ:R, upscales of ANH:R & ESB:R AND being able to back the files up, there just isn’t enough space even with the new larger format drive I have now.

As you may know, last year wiped us out financially with my wife losing her job. We were lucky that she was able to find a job later in the year, but at a greatly reduced salary. This sadly meant that I am no longer in a position to plough any more funds into Revisited for the foreseeable future. So I have no option other than to reopen the donation drive. As I said last time, I was planning on matching the money raised during the last one plus any extra, which would have fully funded this project, which was £3000. I’m just going to use the same Paypal money pool as last time as it’s the easiest thing to do, keeping the same links. I desperately need to get some more large size external drives for backup purposes and a couple more large format internal drives for the main rendering of the upscaled versions. Plus the last batch of materials for the live actions shoots and miniatures.

You all know I really hate doing this, but I have no other choice at this point in time. Here is the link for the donation drive. Any help is greatly appreciated.

https://paypal.me/pools/c/8fZda4Wcai

Thank you

Adywan

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#1394449
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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ZkinandBonez said:

I do wonder how they de-aged the voice though. I know how deepfakes and such work fairly well, but this is the first time I’ve heard a voice de-aged.

I’m wondering if they were able to use an advanced version of the unreleased Adobe Voco, or developed something similar. Hopefully we’ll find out in the BTS at Christmas

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#1394360
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<strong>The Mandalorian</strong> - a general discussion thread - * <em><strong>SPOILERS</strong></em> *
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Tobar said:

Man, I absolutely loved it. And I KNEW IT as soon as I realized it was only a single X-Wing.

The real question was, was it going to be Sebastian Stan or deaged Mark? I really think they gave him that little bit of stubble right before he removes the hood to really make you think it might be Stan under there before they pull the rug from under you.

The effect itself, not perfect. There are definitely a couple of shots in there that are pretty bad but I think overall it worked.

AND THE VOICE! That is ROTJ era Luke all over! The voice is what impressed me the most.

Man I loved it.

Yeh, i have to say, the way they de-aged his voice was amazing. Completely spot on. Shame the facial effect was so damn jarring. Although i watched it on Disney+ in 2160p HDR, i gave it a second watch, this time through the SKYQ box, which only has Disney+ @ 1080p and it didn’t look half as bad. I don’t know if it was the fact that the initial shock at how bad it looked had passed or the fact that it worked better at 1080p max. But the lip sync was still CG game level bad. And the “dead eyes” … yuk