I was wondering if it is possible to scan the old Our Gang and Little Rascals to 4K resolution. I think it would be fun to see the difference. Does anyone here have any old negatives and a way to scan a few screen shots?
Post by silentfilmsseeker on Jan 13, 2020 21:26:59 GMT -5
Hmmm... i think it would be super overkill. Technically it could be done but I cant imagine the picture would be true 4K. Would certainly be a waste of data/disc space. I worked at a photo lab for years and there was only so much improvements we could do. I cant even imagine for negatives 50-80 years old. MAYBE 720P max? I was able to change a 720P video clip to 1080P but all it did was increase the file size itself. The picture quality didnt improve at all. I know most people associate Blu-Ray with HD, but for environmental reasons, I wish more companies would use it to put more data/movies/shorts on a single disc instead of releasing multidisc sets (6GB versus 46GB for one bluray disc). Example is the The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection couldve fit on 3-4 blu-rays rather than the 8 regular discs it was released on. But maybe im wrong. Am curious to see anyones result of trying!!
Post by tboneator64 on Feb 7, 2020 18:16:55 GMT -5
I'm thinking 1080p, or 2K would be fine if done professionally with the same elements that were used for the Cabin Fever and RHI-Vivendi releases.
The idea for just putting all of the shorts on Blu-ray as full DVD standard quality is unfortunately not really possible, as 480i (interlaced) is the set standard for DVD to Blu-ray port overs. This tends to create the annoying stair step effect on the imaging. I've seen this effect on the DVD port over titles of one of the Blu-rays on my 5 Disc THE WIZARD OF OZ 75th Anniversary set, and on other discs.
The original 35mm film elements could be scanned at 4k resolution and they'd look amazing I'm sure. The best most of us collectors have available are 16mm home movie prints. There's only so much detail to be seen on these scaled back versions. 1080 would probably show the most detail from this format.