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"A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby snodge » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:17 pm

A Brand new restoration of this funny episode from season 2 episode 5, Much work was done on this repairing extensive warping
and frame jitter and i re-instated the video-look, The excessive hiss on sound was reduced also,

Here's the restored episode (1.98GB)
https://mega.nz/#!n9o3VZqJ!bHM5tY-oGCnB ... qVvZ-HNdyk

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This file is Mpeg2 interlaced and can be burnt straight to DVD without any re-encoding/converting, But you may need to turn on de-interlacing if viewing on a modern flat screen monitor, Windows media Player usually has de-interlacing set by default.


Note; If you have issues downloading from mega.nz links then try using Chrome browser or use their download app for windows-it works great :)
Download megasync App
https://mega.nz/sync

You will need to create a free account to use the download App but you get 50Gb free storage so you can see why us chaps use it :)

disclaimer.... I have no affiliation with the Mega.nz company.
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby alexcole » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:56 pm

excellent restoration on this one. really great look to it..... none of this blurring the image rubbish also that i've seen someone else do with vidfire over and over again....lovely video (vidfire) done to this also.
well done....you are the go to guy for vidfires i think from now one.
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby snodge » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:39 am

I made a side-by-side video of the first part to show the differences etc
you can view here,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47FBZx_nYjY




Some thumbnail shots...

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Its interesting to note a lot of the demo side-by-side examples you see are grossly enhanced to make the source video look much poorer,tricks employed included reducing the contrast to make the source image washed out and in some cases even adding fake scratches and tears in the frame,


I wondered if anyone had seen the recent Beatles +1 demo restoration examples on youchoobe..... :)


I wonder how much the company got for restoring all those videos :)

my examples are untouched and realistic results given the source material quality.
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby Crunchie » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:56 am

Excellent work! You've kept the clarity while improving everything else. Sometime noise/grain reduction can be overdone and leave people with doll-like faces (the Magical Mystery Tour Blu-ray spirngs to ming, quite horrendous!) but here you've restored the original look without overcooking it so well done!
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby snodge » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:35 pm

thanks Crunchie for the encouraging words :)
Yes that magical Mystery Blu ray was pretty bad overall and disappointing
considering they had digital scans with higher resolutions than my source material, I wonder why they didn't reduce the scan lines
in " me to You" at the palladium, and some of the alleged damage looks suspicious to me. The clip is also jerky in places and has ghosting.

Here is the clip
https://youtu.be/2A0-YjQQPNY?t=4m23s


BTW Regarding the Steptoe's I have renovated a few colour episodes and wonder if folk would like to see them?

Episodes like Star is Born, Oh what a Beautiful Mourning, porn Again, The desperate hours,
divided we Stand etc,
Obviously these colour episode were in much better shape than the Bw's
but they needed some attention with Quad head drop-outs and colour grading etc

if the forum mods agree then i will upload requests.
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:02 am

snodge wrote:BTW Regarding the Steptoe's I have renovated a few colour episodes and wonder if folk would like to see them?
...if the forum mods agree then i will upload requests.

Mods? My black leather jacket vehemently denies ever riding a Vespa (wish I had one though.)
I’ve no opinion on the subject because as you know I’m a novice at restoration.
To paraphrase Sergeant Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes, “…I know nothing!”
If posting something requires permission, you should ask Bob, he’s the guv.
Youchoobe is an obvious alternative. Enjoyed your side-by-side comparison Snodge.
"A Musical Evening" has always been a favorite episode, looks terrific :).
But the original doesn’t jump about like that.
...How did that happen?
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby snodge » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:38 pm

DOY quote
But the original doesn’t jump about like that.
...How did that happen?


Here's the original someone else uploaded 3 years ago

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2xb927


The image has the same movement as the one i uploaded,

Maybe your TV or DVD player has image stabilization hidden in the settings and its compensating
and keeping old brambell and Corbett fettered in the original DVD`s?

The movement could also be more apparent in my side-by side version because the window size is smaller-so its more obvious.
And most people don't complain if the image is moving about or notice the effect until its pointed out and presented next to the stabilized image in the right of my example.

Re posting the colour episodes on youchoobe...difficult due to copyright issues...i have had steptoe episodes removed before and it seems the only way to keep them on there is to alter the image in some way or change the frame size,
The side-by side versions seem to get past the copyright detectors due to the way they are presented.


I was watching " On the buses" on youchoobe recently and the people who have uploaded them zoom in the frame so people heads are cut off,this is to get past the copyright issues-but very annoying to watch,

I bit the bullet and just bought the complete boxset...I guess that pleased the copyright holders no end :)


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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:39 am

snodge wrote:...most people don't complain if the image is moving about or notice the effect until its pointed out and presented next to the stabilized image in the right of my example.

When I posted my comment, I hadn’t seen the episode in quite some time and had no memory of the image being so poor. So I (incorrectly) assumed, without pulling out the box-set, that the original episode was as I remembered, i.e. stable. This afternoon I watched it and you’re right of course, it does jump about quite a lot, which surprised me.
In my defense, A Musical Evening is so much fun that I never noticed it. Which makes the work you’ve done all the more impressive, well done indeed. Coincidentally, I was watching On The Buses @ youchoobe recently too and was annoyed by excessive zoom, now I know it was deliberate. Been enjoying a lot of classic British comedy lately, much of which I hadn’t seen before. But thankfully I do have some terrific complete series box-sets at home; including Porridge, Steptoe, Up Pompeii and It Aint Half Hot Mum...Windsor Davies is brilliant, love that show :o.
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby snodge » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:39 pm

DOY quote

When I posted my comment, I hadn’t seen the episode in quite some time and had no memory of the image being so poor


That's okay mate :), I agree that its such a great episode it just seems to fly by and we don't usually scrutinize
when we get engrossed and enjoy episodes as classic as these.

I just started re-watching On the Buses again after many years of seeing them first time around
on the old haunted fishtank :)

There's something about the atmosphere in the bw's (in the first series and a few in the fourth series) that i
started restoring a episode from series one, its a cracker with this lovely new girl clipie " Iris" played by Gwendolyn Watts,
and the original mother played by Cicely Courtneidge.

I then realized where i had seen Gwendolyn Watts before,She played the french Au pair girl in " A la Cart,Sadly she died
from a heart attack in 2000 aged 68.

I think i prefer the later mother Doris Hare who was more animated and funny with her expressions.

Re; It ain't Alf Hot mum..... I remember seeing them when first shown but haven't seen them since, I agree Windsor Davies is brilliant though, How does the quality of them stack up?..Might be tempted to get the boxset.
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Re: "A Musical Evening" (Digitally Cleaned)

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:26 pm

snodge wrote:Re; It ain't Alf Hot mum..... I remember seeing them when first shown but haven't seen them since, I agree Windsor Davies is brilliant though, How does the quality of them stack up?..Might be tempted to get the boxset.

Heartily recommend you get the “It Aint Half Hot Mum” complete boxset, it's quite good, has aged very well :o.
It’s a shame that BBC cynically used ridiculous notions of so called 'political correctness' as an excuse to ban re-broadcasts of the show. Obviously, to suggest such classic sitcoms foster bigotry, is to miss the joke entirely.
A more likely explanation, is BBC’s contract requires they produce a certain amount of new shows annually, and nobody is going to watch new rubbish when something like It Aint Half Hot Mum, is higher quality and far more entertaining. Better than Dad’s Army actually. When Warner Bros. released DVD collections of their old cartoons, some of which were overtly racist, their solution was to begin the DVD's with a card stating how inappropriate the material is, but they reflected attitudes of the time (1930's-40's) and to ban them outright would be tantamount
to pretending bigotry didn't (and still does) exist. Beeb could've taken the same tack. Similarly, Steptoe will never
be broadcast here because it encourages empathy with the impoverished, which would be incongruous with what
have become typical Yank telly adverts: wealthy berks driving unfathomably expensive status symbols. I stopped watching telly here decades ago because quality was almost completely absent. Yank television programming has unfortunately gotten much worse since then, it’s shocking, the abject buffoonery. Again, corporate businessmen should never be permitted anywhere near creativity because they're cut of an entirely different cloth. Haunted fishtanks, I’ve still got an old CRT but it’s too small to be practical. Despite television’s spiraling decline, have
very fond 1960’s memories of the haunted fishtank, back when telly was free and there were just 3 networks
and 3 local stations. Local programming tended to be funniest because they had to create their own shows on
the cheap as did local advertisers...businesspeople that had no business being in front of a camera yet didn’t mind embarrassing themselves :roll:. “Outer Limits” marathons for the holidays and horror hosts every weekend; delighting viewers with foggy, cobwebbed sets, terrible jokes and sometimes excellent movies that are now widely recognized as cinema classics. "The Haunting" (1963), “Carnival of Souls” (1962) and Hammer’s “Dracula” (1958) were shown frequently back then and remain all-time favorites :D.
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