Sailor Moon Color Correction

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Zeruel84

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Hi, this is my first time posting on this site so hopefully this post is ok. I've started work on a Sailor Moon project that involves upscaling the Italian DVDs, (with software superior to what Toei used) manually cleaning up dirt/damaged frames and adding film grain to replicate how a proper scan would look.

I'm curious as to what people think about this, especially the color correction process that I've based off the cels/properly remastered movies. I've made an album to showcase the colors for episode 1 here: imgur.com/a/R1jlGP9 I'm just curious if I'm on the right track before I waste my time.


 

sapphire91

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Hi, this is my first time posting on this site so hopefully this post is ok. I've started work on a Sailor Moon project that involves upscaling the Italian DVDs, (with software superior to what Toei used) manually cleaning up dirt/damaged frames and adding film grain to replicate how a proper scan would look.

I'm curious as to what people think about this, especially the color correction process that I've based off the cels/properly remastered movies. I've made an album to showcase the colors for episode 1 here: imgur.com/a/R1jlGP9 I'm just curious if I'm on the right track before I waste my time.


A tad bit yellowish. Otherwise looks great. Can you post a video sample?
 

ChibiBoi

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I love it! I love the cel colors. I think you might have to selectively adjust some colors in specific scenes more than others, to prevent the look of a blue/green overcast, but for the most part I think it looks great!
 

sapphire91

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I love it! I love the cel colors. I think you might have to selectively adjust some colors in specific scenes more than others, to prevent the look of a blue/green overcast, but for the most part I think it looks great!
Аs someone that dedicated ages on this I can tell Sailor Moon is absolute hell to color correct - you literary have to cut every 30 seconds. Rei scenes are the hardest - it is so easy to make her purple highlights blue.
 

Zeruel84

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Nov 4, 2021
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Just link it if that's your own work on the original material - for safety's sake, you may link a 5-min. sample. :)
Ah, I'm not sure if 5 minutes is enough to make an accurate judgement...

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Hopefully this works, since it's not a direct link but rather one encoded with base64.
 

Rika-Chicchi

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Ah, I'm not sure if 5 minutes is enough to make an accurate judgement...
Never mind, then. :)

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Hopefully this works, since it's not a direct link but rather one encoded with base64.
Doesn't work for me - a url link is just fine here. :wink:
 

XciteMatz

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Zeruel84, I think the video looks amazing! Some scenes (mostly outdoor) seem a bit bright at first, but I think that's because my brain is so used to what I've seen before (and I have the Japanese blu-rays as well -- no comment on some of the quality there...). I was able to notice this time nuances to Morga's black dress, I only remember it as a flat black before, this time I actually noticed variations to it. The overall cleaned-up/film quality looks great too!
 

Seira Hazuki

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I just watched it and you did a phenomenal job. I've seen Episode 1 so many times like countless other fans, and it felt like seeing it so crisp and clear gave it a new life.
 

Zeruel84

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Yes, you did a wonderful job with it. Hope to see more episodes in the future. What did you use to remove the grain
Topaz Video Ai has adjustable settings for removing grain. As a side note, the re-added grain has been ripped from another show shot on 16mm, to be as accurate as possible. As for more episodes, I'd like to do all 200 episodes and release them in seasons, I just don't know how long that will take.
 
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sapphire91

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Topaz Video Ai has adjustable settings for removing grain. As a side note, the re-added grain has been ripped from another show shot on 16mm, to be as accurate as possible. As for more episodes, I'd like to do all 200 episodes and release them in seasons, I just don't know how long that will take.
It looks way way closer to a proper blu ray than Toei's lousy job. Great work. How did it take you to do the whole episode 1?
 

Zeruel84

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It looks way way closer to a proper blu ray than Toei's lousy job. Great work. How did it take you to do the whole episode 1?
It's hard to give an exact time. I worked on it for a few days, cleaned up episodes 2 and 3, then came back to 1 to try out this new "cel" color correction. If I'm running efficiently I'm guessing I could do about 1 ep per day, the one thing that takes forever is manually cleaning up dirt.
 

sapphire91

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Topaz Video Ai has adjustable settings for removing grain. As a side note, the re-added grain has been ripped from another show shot on 16mm, to be as accurate as possible. As for more episodes, I'd like to do all 200 episodes and release them in seasons, I just don't know how long that will take.
I checked the trial and oh god, this program is phenomenal. With a few clicks you can make a great looking hd upscale from a dvd that looks way better than the actual ones available done from uncompressed masters.
 

Zeruel84

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Thanks everyone. Your feedback is much appreciated!

Does anyone know if proper de-interlaced versions of the 4:3 open matte movies exist online? I wanted to see how they upscale but I can't seem to remove the heavy frame blending.
 
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