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#760648
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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We know the ON is incomplete at best, and I do not believe they have intact 3-strip masters, at all.  There are WAY too many lack-of-detail and/or suspect internal color problem shots present in every official restoration for me to believe that.  If they have them, then somebody should be shot, because you'd have to be trying to fuck things up that badly.

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#760461
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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Splicing/glue marks are a problem inherent to anamorphic film because it uses so much of the horizontal area.  To combat the flashes often seen at edits, projectionists began using a projector aperture gate that was narrower in the vertical, meaning that when projected Star Wars was actually 2.39-2.4. 

As for the other damage in those frames, normally I'd remove them!  Also, this sort of thing is precisely what the Legacy forum is for, so no worries there!

_Mike

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#760405
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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g-force said:

mverta said:

Tie on Luke

Careful Mike. On this one on the upper left strut of the canopy, the original has a couple white dots that appear for one frame each, and on your restoration they now fade in and then fade out. That's always a risk with temporal averaging, and you might want to look into a temporal median instead.

-G

 Good catch. I don't use strictly median or averaging, but a dynamic recruit based on motion and comparative analysis across sources.  In this case, I had both limited sources and misjudged the threshold setting.  Sometimes when there are areas of low motion and areas of high motion in the same frame, I have to be more careful.  Notice there are no artifacts on the fast-moving X-Wing, for example.  So it got one end of the spectrum right, and not the other.  It's been repaired.  Always appreciate the eyes on it!

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#760084
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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Yeah, and actually this is the first time I've routinely put DCI-P3 material online in sRGB, and I realize I hadn't appreciated just how different they are - and in funny sort of ways.  There's this area in the low-mids that just gets boosted in the conversion, which takes a lot of the contrast/saturation with it, but it's non-linear.  Like, in many of these space shots, you can see tone in the black but the actual image is pure black - I see stuff show up in there when I post it online that is not on my monitor, reference monitor, or projector.  It's gotten so that I set up an extra node which boosts things in that range just so I can make sure there's nothing ugly to be revealed later.  Weird.  But still, yes, these images have basically always looked like shit, so even these compromised restorations look tons better.

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#759882
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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BuddhaMaster said:

@ MVerta. Your restore looks phenomenal as usual. First I thought 3CPO is a bit bright and blunt, but looking at it for a moment. Phenomenal. I love how you always manage to make the pictures look 3D. Even more depth than actual 3D.

 Thanks! This shot is WIP, and even though it's obviously a step up, I can feel it's got another level in it.  You'll see what I mean in the final, but there's a flat spot in its luminance near the mid-lows which when fixed will bring out some nice things. There is a touch of cyan in it, too, which I can see in R2s blue, and a few other things.  It's amazing how delicate the adjustments can/need to be to really nail a shot.  But I believe in this sort-of "70%" spot where if you can hit it 70% right, quickly, you're on the right track, and then it's just finesse after that - as much a difference as it may make. It's just this vibe/flavor thing, which if you don't have it, all the details in the world don't make it.  It's actually fun to feel it come together!

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#759833
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StarWarsLegacy.com - The Official Thread
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Yep!

EDIT: Well, wait.. are you saying the channel alignment of the stars (which I've done) or the bleed through onto the cockpit window frame, which has always been part of the image as a composite limitation?  If the latter, then no.  I don't improve composites in Legacy.  I don't paint out matte lines, etc. Wherever possible, I am not looking to do another Special Edition.  If the stars bleed through the foreground cockpit element, then that stays. If the individual channels are misaligned due to print anomalies, they are corrected. If channels are misaligned due to lens aberration, then they stay.  When I'm not sure where the channel alignment issue is coming from, they're corrected just to be safe.  This isn't an alignment issue, it's a compositing issue inherent to limitations in the process in 1977.

_Mike