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#1579190
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Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Enhanced 4K & 1080p Edition (a WIP)
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I don’t know anything about current activity on this project, but I do know that a couple people on YouTube (including one who is also on the Topaz forums) is working on 90s Trek upscaling.

Independently, I’ve begun upscaling my DS9 and VOY DVDs to 1080p using some custom Topaz settings and then a polish export via DaVinci Resolve. The results aren’t as scene-specific as this effort, but they’re a huge step up from the DVDs and enough to let my family enjoy the episodes.

I follow the following steps:

  1. Rip MKV file from DVD.
  2. Run through Topaz to Deinterlace using Proteus 4 w the standard refocus setting.
  3. Run though Topaz using Apollo to make the video 30 fps - this is just something I do for all my files to ensure a universal framerate for my footage.
  4. Run through Topaz using a manual-setting Proteus 4 upscale to full hd 1080p.
  5. Add slight hallation effect in DaVinci Resolve and re-export - this reduces the file size too.
  6. Re-export using Handbrake to further reduce the file size, ending up around 2-2.5 GB per episode.
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#1578361
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Community Focus Thread 1: The Phantom Menace
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Darth Raditz said:

I watched Q2’s Episode 1 edit for the first time yesterday and it got me thinking: Could you make Maul the Sith that the Trade Federation is in league with? You’d have to darken his face in his hood, cut out frames in the Tatooine lightsaber duel that show his face off, maybe even shoot new footage of Maul alone on Tatooine to sell the idea, but it would be fun to redub his lines and make him more of an active villain in the movie. Plus that “but which was destroyed, the master or the apprentice” line hits harder because there’s another Sith still out there, especially if you’re not teasing that Palpatine’s behind it all too early.

Agreed. Tipping Palpatine too early is one of the biggest issues I have with the prequels. Yes, it’s obvious for old-school fans, but it’d be cool if he was a mystery to new viewers, just as he is to the characters.

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#1573312
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The Starlight Project Addendum: The Rise of Skywalker (Freeform Brainstorming Session)
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I really love this most recent version and the simultaneous clarity and ambiguity that it brings, reframing the entire saga but also through layers of unreliable narrators and interpretation. It gives fans stuff to think about and argue over without making any direct contradictions to the official universe’s past or likely future. Well done!

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#1571126
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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I really like this approach, but some of the proposed exposition could be tightened up.

“You were adopted from the hoard of the Sith” > “She stole you from the Sith.”

“Chasing rumors of a congregation dedicated to Skywalker’s Jedi. But they couldn’t escape the sweeping shadow of the Sith.” > ?

“Because his spirit chose another vessel, rendering the others created by his followers as threats to his rule. Rey, you… are his clone.” > “Because his spirit chose another vessel. All the others became threats to his rule. You, Rey, were his clone.”

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#1570918
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Star Trek (NuTrek) Fan Edits [WIP/REL]
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ogt said:

Oh I would love to see Discovery and Picard ‘fixed’ like you have mentioned in this thread and watch that from the start again. 😃 Thank you!

PM sent.

My rework project has both grown in scope and slowed down as I am trying to learn a range of new tools I have at my disposal (DaVinci Resolve Studio and Topaz AI in particular). I also lost the hard drive where the iMovie versions were stored, which means that I can’t simply have that open in a separate window and copy each change.

Version 1 of these edits remain very watchable, but version 2 may take a while.

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#1565760
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The Force Awakens: Starlight (V1.1 Released!)
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Neravar’s version works, since it refers to the entire senate as being overwhelmed and also as members commissioning the Resistance pilots. The implication is that we’re talking about two groups in the senate.

The other suggestion singles out “daring senators” as being both overwhelmed and commissioning the Resistance. That sounds contradictory to me.

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#1564306
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The New Republic Movie Series EPIV: A Threat From Beyond (An Ahsoka Series Edit) [RELEASED]
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A couple of specifically timed Vader flashes during her dual with Baylan could also further explain why she lost. She was distracted and compromised and he was bringing that even more to the surface.

Without making the film repetitive, what we need here are a few more parallels to “Kenobi.” Both characters need to start clearly broken by Anakin’s fall and regain themselves when they come to accept who he is and who they are today. The biggest difference, besides the framing plot, is that ObiWan faces a fallen Anakin and distances himself in the end, while Ahsoka faces a redeemed and mature Anakin and accepts him as part of herself.

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#1564304
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The New Republic Movie Series EPIV: A Threat From Beyond (An Ahsoka Series Edit) [RELEASED]
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I continue to think that one of the biggest issues with the Anakin/Ahsoka thread in this series is that it comes out of nowhere.

If Ahsoka is supposed to be so scared of being like Anakin that she refused to train Sabine (or Grogu), it would be nice to see glimpses of that prior to this near-death sequence.

Maybe some flashes of these Clone Wars scenes or even flashes of Vader earlier when her mind is wandering or resting would help sell this paralyzing fear in her background.

Then, when Baylan spells it out, we could even get another flash of Vader, and then she is reunited with him.

Afterwards, the training holo could be used to show that she’s no longer afraid of him, as does her willingness to embrace his style of tactics to rescue Sabine and Ezra, and ultimately we see his approval as Anakin himself looks on.

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#1563529
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The New Republic Movie Series EPIV: A Threat From Beyond (An Ahsoka Series Edit) [RELEASED]
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Have you considered removing all instances of Merrik (the ghost inquisitor)? I wonder if everything might be tighter and the reveal with the reanimated stormtroopers better if he wasn’t in the story.

What if Balaan Skall’s line about the legacy of violence from Anakin and Ahsoka was said right after she throws Shinn? Like he sees the violence and Vader-like action, says that, then a moment later knocks her off the cliff and says that it was always that way with her.

I do also miss the craziness of that hyperscape jump and the X-Wings. I’m not sure if that could be worked back in without getting back into the mediocre New Republic stuff.