John Lowry HTF Chat feedback

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  1. oscar_merkx

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    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/files/lowry.txt
    looks like I missed out on a fantastic chat last night once again by reading the transcript. As usual I learned lots of new stuff and there will be some new dvds bought as a result of this.
    Thanks to John and Mike for taking time out
    cheers
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    Very fun, but it's a pity more people didn't show up.

    John Lowry and his company are really making DVD history...

    and I especially like the idea of moving to 4K digital restoration. I'd like to see them try some heavily damaged films such as silents.
     
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    Well, crap. I made the Peter Staddon chat, but I totally forgot about Van Ling and now this one as well. I guess I should start writing this stuff down.
     
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    I am very encouraged by what I've read here.
    I have feared that the trend of "digital restoration" would continue to result in more and more transfers that have been processed beyond the point of resembling the original films.
    It seems that Mr. Lowry is aware of some of these issues (like the rain in Kane) and is interested in continuing to improve upon their work as newer technology becomes available.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I totally forgot about it, I wish I could have asked Mr. Lowry about Robin Hood [​IMG]
    It's a shame their Gone With the Wind was PAL only, perhaps Warner might see fit to do something about that?
     
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    I didn't understand what he meant by 2k and 4k - anyone know what that relates to?
     
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    the resolution the 35mm film is scanned at. 2000pixels and 4000 pixels
     
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    Actually, 2K and 4K do NOT refer to the amount of pixels.

    It refers rather to each frame being rendered with 2000 pixels of horizontal resolution. If you have an image program which can produce a 1.37:1 image at 2K size, you'll notice how high-res it is.

    When rendering at 4K, you get a massive canvas for a frame. 4K is probably better for films of wider aspect ratios...
     
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    Actually, 4k is better for films with a tighter (higher resolution) grain structure.

    In some situations 2k has enough resolving power to encompass the information found in older film stock -- 5248 or 5250 for example.

    2k is not high enough to resolve modern film stocks.

    As software, scanning and recording capabilities come into sync and rise as time goes by, an image scanned at 2k may not meet future specs.

    One of the key issues in scanning at any predetermined resolution is what element one is scanning, and testing is generally advised.

    We are currently scanning Vista at 6k, and down-rezzing to 3, while all digital files are "archived" at 6 for future use.
     

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