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Babylon 5, VAR

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Alright, so I'm curious about combining the recent remaster of Babylon 5 with an upscaled DVD.
I've seen both and did a little test.
https://ibb.co/LzzJ9qG
I wanted to see exactly what the two would look like together, and did a very crude stack of two screenshots.
One is an upscale of the DVDs, the other is from a rip of the remaster.
I'd need to color time both, and add grain.
I know Topaz can denoise them, and I tried to tint the screenshots to match, with no luck.
They also seem to be at different exposures, which is good.
But I'm also curious, how well can I hide the border between the 4:3 image, and the 16:9 image, If I wanted this to be palatable in 16:9.
Also, what frame stacking tools are available?
(This post was last modified: 2021-10-10, 01:42 AM by CaveDoctor.)
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(2021-10-10, 02:10 AM)stwd4nder2 Wrote: You should activate your copy of Windows Wink

If Windows 10 wasn't an abomination I would.
I'll build a gaming PC if Windows 11 is worth a shit.
Otherwise, I'm holding out for a copy of Windows 7.
Haha. Windows 7 over Windows 10 any day of the week.

I saw the title of this thread and thought you were considering upscaling the CGI space shots from the DVD, as they're uncropped, unlike the recent remaster. That would be something I'd definitely be keen on.
(2021-10-10, 03:03 PM)Kreeep Wrote: Haha. Windows 7 over Windows 10 any day of the week.

I saw the title of this thread and thought you were considering upscaling the CGI space shots from the DVD, as they're uncropped, unlike the recent remaster. That would be something I'd definitely be keen on.

It appears someone else has started a project.
But the upscaling of CG shots is part of their project.
(2021-10-10, 03:03 PM)Kreeep Wrote: the CGI space shots from the DVD, as they're uncropped

No, the CGI space shots were only ever rendered at 4:3, the original broadcast aspect ratio. For the DVDs, they were cropped and then they had to be enlarged as well, and there is a whole mess of explanations about all of this that you can find elsewhere online. And not only the space CGI shots, but any effects shot, including PPG shots, as well as any regular footage that has a crossfade from an effects shot.
(2021-10-26, 03:39 PM)Preserve Wrote:
(2021-10-10, 03:03 PM)Kreeep Wrote: the CGI space shots from the DVD, as they're uncropped

No, the CGI space shots were only ever rendered at 4:3, the original broadcast aspect ratio. For the DVDs, they were cropped and then they had to be enlarged as well, and there is a whole mess of explanations about all of this that you can find elsewhere online. And not only the space CGI shots, but any effects shot, including PPG shots, as well as any regular footage that has a crossfade from an effects shot.

The VFX assets survived past the 1990s.
There are several people who have remastered and rerendered them in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
So, it's also possible to recover them.
Warner never took the time to do that.



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