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spyd3r,
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I might do one full episode as a test, I have another big project I need to finish first before I start another long term project.

Good news is, sound quality on LD is excellent, 2ch 16 bit 44100hz PCM with Dolby Surround.

spyd3r,
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Yes sir, instead of pits and lands being 1’s and 0’s on the disc, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaserDisc#/media/File:LaserdiscModulation.png which allows for an analog RF signal to be stored on the disc.

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It goes something like this, capture to disk -> decode rf file to video and audio streams with ld-decode -> deinterlace and remove noise with Hybrid/Vapoursynth -> load into Topaz to boost res to 1620x1080 with proteus AI -> final editing, tweaking, and repairs with Premiere -> final encode to HEVC with Hybrid.

Note: For uploading to YT I doubled the resolution again to juice more bitrate out of their encoder. This doesn’t really improve the quality for normal files, so 1080p will probably be the max for regular files. If you try to go beyond that with topaz it starts ‘creating’ things to fill the pixels with and it looks artificial…

spyd3r,
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Way better than what you can stream (so are the DVDs though), if you watch these discs directly on a retro Trinitron CRT or Plasma TV (I use a Plasma TV) with a good 3d comb filter, they look absolutely perfect, no exaggeration.

But, due to analog signal inputs being afterthought in modern LCD TVs, If you plug the player directly into a modern LCD TV it’s going to look like noisy, muddy, poop, unless you have an expensive video processor ($$$$). Which is why I don’t suggest anyone go down this rabbit hole, except for hardcore retro enthusiasts.

There’s also the problem of the final 2 seasons being missing due to LaserDisc production being stopped.

spyd3r,
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LaserDisc stores the video signal in an entirely analog format on the disc, similar to a vinyl record but using lasers. In theory, under good conditions, the input signal is almost entirely reproduceable on playback (minus some degradation in the form of noise and dropouts).

The end viewing result should be something very close to the master tape that was used to make the LD discs, which in this case should be the same tapes used to broadcast the show on TV.

DVD uses the same resolution and video format as LD but digitized, so it’s pretty evenly matched and DVD has better numbers on paper, but where it fails is its use of lossy compression (MPEG2) to fit all that data onto a disc which visibly degrades the image quality quite a bit. This issue is compounded because they chose to jam multiple episodes onto a single 4.7gb disc plus various extras and bullshit resulting in even lower video quality.

If only Paramount would get off it’s ass and make a BluRay release…

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A full HD remaster from the film reels would be amazing, but even just re-digitizing the master tapes would give an improvement. That wouldn’t cost more than a team full of interns and some computers.

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Here is a frame comparison from an LD I captured using a Domesday Duplicator, and a retail DVD

NOTE: (Both are were played back using the same settings in MPC-HC with mad-vr and scaled to my desktop resolution by the player)

LD https://sh.itjust.works/pictrs/image/5632398a-f28a-48c9-8fee-93264decf572.png

DVD https://sh.itjust.works/pictrs/image/d1bfd114-e5d5-402c-98f7-6355e1558d47.png

LD+Ai https://sh.itjust.works/pictrs/image/ed8e5bb0-5ca9-4f18-82e2-651acb11809e.png

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