Ideas for a new audio video container

First of all: do we need another, new, audio video container? Well, before I thought about these things, I didn’t think so…

There are some features which are not implemented (yet?) that could be useful, in particular for movies, and their avid collectors.

Let’s start with the obvious points:

1) It should be open source

2) It must be able to contain every open source audio video subs codecs

3) Everything should be contained in one file

and now the new features: Continue reading

The strange case of Star Wars Rai Tre broadcast…

In 1997, George Lucas decided to release a Special Edition of the Star Wars Trilogy (at the time, Episodes 4, 5, 6); the “ultimate version” (even if we all know, now, that it was not the truth…).

So, every subsequent TV broadcasts of Star Wars probably used the 1997 SE master, until the 2004 DVDs eventually repaced it. Until now, only few recordings of this 1997 SE version appeared on the net; they are Continue reading

Restoration for dummies

Many people would like to start a fan restoration project – some have good ideas, I must admit – but almost no one has patience, time and skill to do one in person; they keep asking someone else to do it for them.

So, it’s time to reveal an hidden truth, feared by all of us, fan restoration project makers… the truth is…

EVERYONE COULD MAKE A RESTORATION WITHOUT EXPERIENCE!

you just need few things – no computer, fancy software, 4k monitors, steep learning curves… Continue reading

Ultra HD or not Ultra HD, this is the problem…

Let’s face it: even little blind bugs found in the most remote cave in a forgotten land know that, maybe, it’s time to upgrade our video system to Ultra HD (I will not use 4K, as, to me, it’s the DCP 17:9 version).

So, what do I think about this? Frankly, after the demise of my beloved Continue reading

Restoration tips: HD matrix surround™

HD matrix surround™

What is HD matrix surround™?
It’s a discrete multichannel track, originally matrixed in a stereo sound, and then hardware decoded (hence the HD) using the best, and rarer, matrix hardware decoder.

Why?
Because some vintage hardware contains certain dematrix methods different from the usual Dolby Surround, Pro Logic etc. found in every modern decoders; they had that analog sound that could be even better than newer methods. Continue reading

Super Resolution

Some links to interesting threads and articles about Super Resolution:

http://forum.fanres.com/showthread.php?tid=275 (free registration needed to read it)

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Star-Wars-GOUT-in-HD-using-super-resolution-algorithm/topic/17552

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Star-Wars-97SE-in-HD-using-super-resolution-more/topic/17781