Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Space Soldiers Unite!

And why? Well, why not?

As you can see, the issue with my Starship Troopers 2 LD isn't the size of the rot errors so much as it is the frequency of them: the poor disc is literally covered in a constant flurry of digital dropouts, and while I can try my best to remove them using tools designed to remove film damage, there's no way I'll catch everything - or if I do, it'll probably have some pretty severe side-effects. I'll just have to experiment and see what strikes me.

Naturally, even if I filtered the crap out of this transfer the Kentai DVD would look better than this low-bitrate sample. For one thing, the LD transfers have pretty clear 3:2 pulldown, so a progressive transfer should be easy enough to create with a manual IVTC. For another, this would have to be denoised even if I weren't going to be removing "digital dirt", which should help immensely. Odds are I'll drop on a fine layer of digital grain afterward, but I can worry about all that once I decide how to best get rid of this monstrous bug infestation.

At least the third episode looks perfect.
For a vintage LD, I mean...

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