Makin’ ROX Look Better

I’ve restarted this adventure I started over 3 years ago, by working full force on season 1 of ROX again.  I was working on 2 seasons and I believe I got way over my head.  There were just too many problems to handle at once.

I started over the weekend by transferring what I only had on VHS onto my computer.  I then worked several hours on the first episode of season 1, Special Mish-Mosh Episode.

One of the reasons I had abruptly quit working on the series was the amount of heat damage (i believe) associated with many of the episodes.  I tried to correct this issue using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Sony Vegas, but only came  up with juvenile results.  I started posting questions and viewing others’ questions on a forum that specializes in just these sorts of things, videohelp.com.  It has helped tremendously.

I have uploaded 1 minute segments of episode 8, so you can see the differences made.  This episode had a vast array of problems, from over saturation, to needing color correction in the worst of ways and needing some sharpening.  All of these fixes added together make for a “better end product” I believe.  I still have some work to do on the audio, as I want to normalize the volume and filter it to remove tape hiss, etc.

I’ll leave that up to you though, please let me know what you think.

Before:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lml_dvd/2755801226/in/photostream/

After:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lml_dvd/2754979589/in/photostream

If anyone has any recommendations, please make them in the comments section, as I would love to hear them!
 

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2 Responses to Makin’ ROX Look Better

  1. Editor B says:

    Hmmm… Well, as I’ve said many times, I appreciate all your hard work. But I’m not sure what’s going on here. Maybe the videos look different on Flickr or something. In any event, the “old” version looks better to my eye than the “new.” Yes, the old one is horribly saturated — but I’m not sure that’s heat damage! I think that’s just the way our cheap video production looked. At least that’s how I remember it. The new and improved version seems washed out to me. I hope I’m not discouraging your fine efforts — that’s just how it looks to me.

  2. Lee says:

    B, I think the versions I’ve uploaded do look a bit different. If you recall much of the episode is the segway including you and J on the roof. That is the point of most change. The scenes in the kitchen I’ve just tried to make the same, and not extremes. I’ll send you a disc in the mail!

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