First off, thanks for your kind words.
I don't mind spending a small portion of my day helping others, between my paid professional video/photo projects. There's inevitably downtime while waiting on computers to process the digital media -- even when using multi-core powerful systems.
As far as subtitle removal goes...
There's really no way to remove subtitles. The hobby community continuously tries insist video can be "delogo'd" or otherwise edited with some magic filter to remove or hide unwanted parts of the picture. However, professionals know better. All of these amateur methods do little more than further ruin the image quality. Instead of unwanted words or non-distracting logos on screen, you end up with these giant color-shifting blobs.
The only option available for "delogoing" a video is to seek an acquire the pre-subtitled source.
Outside of that, given the amount of damage done to video in the attempts to remove on-screen subtitles or logo "bugs" is to simply crop the video. If the bottom half of the screen is full of unwanted text, and you insist the text cannot be on screen, simply crop off the bottom half of the image.
In the professional community, there are only a few choices:
- Find better source
- Forensic/restoration methods, which involve hand-painting each frame, one by one.
- Cropping the image.
- Using ugly blobs/blurs for small excerpt segments. For example, undercover news videos, which shows people that need to be hidden for whatever legal reason. You see this on lowbrow shows like Cheaters.
Something like ListBox appears to use the "small segment" ideology, which isn't a bad thing.
The methods you've tried so far will always, as quoted from your own words, leave you with video that has so-called "removed" the logos/text from the video, "but it looks bad
". Or as I like to say: awful, unviewable crap. Butchered videos.
The best solution is to just leave it alone, if you don't have
It's not the answer anybody ever wants to hear, but it's the honest one.
- The time/ability to hand-paint each frame,
- The funds to pay for a restoration expert,
- Or are otherwise unable to locate better quality sources.
I think it would be great if such a filter existed, but the complexity required would be near-AI caliber (artificial intelligence), so I don't foresee anything like this happening within our lifetime. The most advanced hardware from companies like Snell & Willcox, or restoration software like Ikena from MotionDSP, struggles with standard film/video noise patterns. Subtitles would be a great deal more difficult, as it would literally have to draw new imagery to replace the removed text. That just doesn't exist yet, from an automated platform. That still takes people with lots of time.
Sorry I don't have better news for you.
If you have any more questions for me, reply here for this topic. Or start a new post in the forum for a new topic.
Glad to assist.