I recently had some old home movie professionally placed on mpeg with the idea of burning them on dvd for Christmas gifts. After viewing some of these file I notice that some are distorted. I was wonderine if it is possible to make these images clear and or sharper. Any one have any experience with this? Any good advice would be welcomed and appreciated.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
Video is a visual medium, and often the written word does not adequately explain exactly what is being seen. If you can post a few stills, or even better a few seconds of footage that shows the problem, the answers you will get will be much better. There are dozens of different filters, each with different strengths and side effects. To offer anything but general advice requires a sample of the problem.
I have some old classic movies that I recorded on VHS years ago. There was some snow, etc. on them. I copied them from my VCR to my JVC DR-10s DVD recorder. Most of the problems cleared up to an acceptable level-some did not. This recorder has some fine built in filters that have saved many a movie for me.
You have a mixture of issues there. Some are easily fixed, some are not, and some can't be.
Some basic levels work will clean up the contrast and colours in the first image to some degree. Some basic noise removal will also help, and though not too strong.
Nothing is going to give you greater clarity though. Any sharpening will only enhance the noise, not the image.
The second image shows signs of a very poor transfer, with lots of blocking and band of colour, and over all a very ugly result. Things may not look so bad as a moving image, but as a still it is not good at all. There is nothing you can do to return the missing colour. A good Deblocking filter, such as the MSU Smart DeBlocker might fix the compression artifacts, but at a price of a softer image.
The only way to get a substantially better quality image from the transfer is to get a better transfer done. Even then, if the source is 8mm then expect to get a softer image simply because there isn't a lot of image information is such a small frame. The fact that this was done directly to DVD has not only embedded an average quality transfer, but it has introduced extra problems because it has been badly compressed.
Not too much can be done with 8mm footage, other than reducing the flicker and bringing the brightness levels up a bit. Sometimes that introduces noise itself. Here's what you can expect with an example scene.
This uses a VirtualDub plugin called Colormill to bring up the levels.
The virtualdub plugins you can experiment with are:
colormill - this one is pretty amazing. Do a forum search for it.
msu deflicker http://www.compression.ru/video/deflicker/index_en.html (use the Donald Graft option)
msu deblocking http://www.compression.ru/video/deblocking/index_en.html
Originally Posted by guns1inger
Google for work printer 8mm film transfer and you'll find much higher quality services, e.g.
http://www.movietransfer.co.uk/prices.html (see sample clip)
http://videomemoriespreserved.com/8mmSuper8/8mmSuper8.htm (see sample clips)
http://www.moviestuff.tv/8mm_telecine.html (how it's done)
This discusses various approaches...