LordSmurf (or anyone who is very knowledgable with this issue can contribute)
I have read various discussions on the matter, but think that this is the place to settle the score.
My current project (NTSC Telecined Cartoon episodes - ripped VOB source) involves using Neat Video (the plugin included in LordSmurf's Virtualdub
--the older version, which does not support interlaced film), Temporal Smoother and Dynamic Noise Remover. All with Virtualdub
, of course. My filter chain goes as follows:
Deinterlace (unfold fields side by side)
Dynamic Noise Remover (3)
Hue Saturation Intensity filter (SAT - 80)
Deinterlace (fold fields back together)
My question: Am I doing something wrong here? I have read that Temporal Smoothing filters do not work well with telecined material (causes blending), and thus unfolding fields, applying filters, and folding back together is the best way to go, in order to obtain accurate cleaning. Same individual suggested that although Virtualdub's method of unfolding and folding fields is not the best solution, it is the best option IF Avisynth is not an option.
Others have suggested the following workflow (using Avisynth) prior to applying any filters in Virtualdub:
1. save the unedited/unfiltered video as an .avs file
2. unweave with Avisynth
3. Preview the .avs file in Virtualdub, apply filters accordingly
4. Save that as an uncompressed AVI
5. convert the newly filtered avi into an .avs file, and apply the "weave" filter with Avisynth.
6. Save as new .avs file.
7. Encode to MPEG-2 for DVD.
Is all of this really necessary? If so, which one is the better option? Will both methods provide me with the same results? Please note, my goal is to restore my videos the best way that I can with professional results. I am willing to take these steps if necessary, but wish to make sure that I am not doing it in vain.
Thanks in advance!