So, a few months back I posted about a project
scanning and restoring a family friend's 40+ year old home movies from Super 8 film. Recently she contacted me and said that she wanted these old films, 29 in all, burned to a DVD which she could give out to her kids as a Christmas present.
Well, having gained a little experience in the intervening few months, I thought I'd take the opportunity to rework the color correction and restoration to improve the images for posterity. I thought the results came out rather well, especially with the "Bluebonnets" clip which was so faded and had a lot of artifacts from emulsion deterioration. Here's what I had to work with, and what I came up with:
First, here's the original scanned clip. First is the entire 50 foot reel rendered to SD mp4
with no processing; second I include a few frames of the original scan
. My scanner's native resolution is 964p; I captured uncompressed and exported to an uncompressed AVI at 1080p (slight upscale). MP4 file rendered in Corel VideoStudio with no processing; AVI clip exported lossless from VirtualDub
Next, here's what I was able to do in VirtualDub
using only three filters. I used Color Balance to shift the colors more towards green and blue to compensate for the fading; I then used Hue-Saturation-Intensity to give the colors much more "punch" and fine-tune the shading with a slight Hue adjustment, and finally I used NeatVideo v4 to reduce noise and filter dust and scratches. Below is the as-processed AVI clip of the same frames from above directly exported from VirtualDub
using lossless HuffyUV
Finally, here are the edited output versions. First clip is the final rendering as an MP4
with opening effects and background music by VideoStudio. All intermediate processing was performed lossless in 1080p HD AVI files; only the final render was compressed to mp4. I'm also including a portion of the Bluebonnet segment in 720p HD
to show what it would look like in Blu-ray resolution (my friend has specifically requested DVDs, but since I did purchase a stack of single-layer BD-R M-Discs I might surprise her with a little "extra").
Lastly, here is the final mp4
render of the Christmas 1977 clip; see my original message
from a few months back for the comparison frames from that one.