restoring The Glenn Beier film
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As a Star Wars fan, I was quite frustrated with the changes made to the original trilogy on release to home video but just went on with my life. But a guy named Harmy searched for every source he could find to recreate a high definition version of the original triology without George Lucas’ messing with things.
They used the official Blu-ray, DVD, video disc and even some old 16mm films that were available, I remember as a kid seeing the full original Star Wars available in Super8 stereo for $750! I really wanted to get a bunch of people together to buy one as a friend had a nice Super8 setup and VHS was new, expensive and very poor quality in 1980!
Anyway, I find it fascinating how well they were able to restore things for the most part WITHOUT professional software. In the Super8 film community there is a lot of restoration work going on, the main thing is PRESERVE THOSE ORIGINALS, they are finding new technologies for extracting the beautiful analog info hidden in these old films!
I wrote a science fiction story proposing that these original sound films were so detailed they actually partially preserved the life of Thomas Edison so scientists could ask him questions!
This is the shorter documentary about what they did for Star Wars, I am sure some of this will apply here.
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On Mar 24, 2020, at 10:03 AM, Randy Lee Decker <randyleedecker@...> wrote:
Thanks for posting the clip, it's wonderful just to see this
short shot, it somehow seems to emphasise how grand the G&D's
scenery was in comparison with the trains.
I certainly applaud you and Randy's efforts to preserve this
film and get it out into the world.
Depending on the film stock it was shot on, the Cinelab tech was
probably right. The grain size for 16mm gives a maximum
horizontal definition of about 1800 discrete lines and the
horizontal definition of 2K video is 1556 lines so there is a
point of diminishing returns (a surprising amount of HD
television is still shot on 16mm film). I'd hazard a guess that
Glenn was using a reasonably fast film so a bit more grainy than
the slowest outdoor film.
Whatever the transfer got from each frame may well be the basis
for getting a lot more by various processes of interpolation and
compatinf several frame that seems to be becoming avaiaable to use
even on the desktop.
If you want to see what's possible and with a railway context take a look at this
It's been upscaled from one of the first films ever made anywhere
in 1895 and the Lumiere brothers' short films were the first to be
projected in a theatre It was shot at about 16fps on 35mm film.
Copies of the original can be easily found on line and thogh the
quality of each frame is surprsingly good it's definitely not
60fps. BTW Ignore the soundtrack, that's not a French locomotive
whistle and loudspeaker station announcements, particularly
pre-recorded ones, were a long way in the future in 1896.