I finally have Victory box 2 and I desperately want to make this as watchable as possible. As I've explained over the past few months, the DNR process on the 16mm was abusive to say the least. The filter didn't even really remove the grain so much as it just softened and smeared it. Throw in some ugly edge enhancement, and you have a pasty looking image that clashes with the earlier 35mm episodes.
Now, for box 1, I attempted to "fight fire with fire" and essentially scrub the episodes clean with my own DNR pass, then apply digital grain to cover up the patchiness. In my opinion, the effect is not perfect, but a vast improvement over the BD. Now being digital grain (and being in the realm of AVISynth), the grain was essentially a highly tweaked noise filter. This time around, I want to try using actual film emulation effects. As always, I like to run the options by you guys.
Up first is the BDMV as it is, only cropped. Yes, the BD can get this bad.
And this is how I'm currently tackling it, with DNR+Digital grain.
This is with DNR only. It's too smooth unfortunately.
This is the film emulation, that I tried setting to match a 35mm still grab of the clean OP.
They all definitely look better than the BDMV. The lines look a bit like the lines in G-Reco, just an observation. But they're all definitely watchable. Personally, I would be fine with any of the three, only with a slight preference for the DNR only. But if that's not something most people would want, between your filtered DNR+digi-grain and the film emulation, I have to say the former appeals more to me.
Sucks that it's cropped though, I hadn't noticed until now
It's not cropped. What I meant is that I cropped it from 1920x1080 BDMV image, so there are no black bars.
I have to see how the emulation compresses. It actually might take less encoding time since it's something that be generated once and then overlayed on the episode, rather than generated as it encodes, so that's one advantage, but I won't bother if it significantly boosts sizes.
It's just slightly zoomed, at least it's not SEED remaster or DBZ tier crop and zoomed. There's no significant loss of detail as far as I'm concerned. It is what it is though, I hope that if they ever do a G or X BD they won't botch it too much
I thought I'd ask since you're ITT, RX782, but OZC released the first episode of the 0083 BD release. I know you don't necessarily always approve of their encodes, but what do you think of it? Did they do a good job or would I be better off waiting for your release, if you're still doing it?
He seems to buy shit a lot. I think the BDMV of the MSG Trilogy was his, he just got someone else to upload it.
Also he seems to be using the 5.1 mixes for both the dub and 1990 Jap versions. Aren't those just upscales?
The master animation that Victory's eyecatches were taken from from is included as a bonus short. I've seen it included in a torrent on Nyaa and thought it was just wonderful. Do you think you can you encode that to go with the clean OP/ED collection?