Rumor: TNG-HD is a-coming

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  1. RAMA

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    Re: CGI Enterprise-D

    I was going to suggest this too, if they are going to do SOME FX, whether or not the 35mm negatives exists, they will want to make it coherent...the same way they changed the music and titles for all episodes of the TOS-R remastering.

    The June 2010 link has some useful technical info on how STNG can be remastered.
     
  2. Rarewolf

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    Yes... so that compositing needs recreating does it not? New beams will need adding. They aren't going to do that to match the orignals and create CGI new alternatives. There's even the odd CG effect like the SIlicon Entity

    Recomposting is still recreating.. .even if it uses the same elements.
     
  3. GNDN

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    Wasn't suggesting it was feasible or realistic, only that seeing shots of the 6 footer in HD skillfully composited could be gorgeous.

    Which leaves the question of what to do with the original FX. TOS-HD is perfectly watchable with old or new FX.

    The "Trials and Tribble-ations" upscaled HD version shows the abysmal state of what original TNG FX could look like if merely ported to HD as is. Here is a case much stronger than that of TOS-R for the necessity of updating the FX, since they are actually locked in at such a low resolution.

    There are presently 2 ways to cope with this. CGI recreation, which may or may not be cheaper, but adds more value to rereleasing the show with "new, improved FX!" or re-compositing the filmed elements of the original FX in a format suitable for HD presentation. Given that the likelihood of CGI is 99.999999999999%, including the original FX in HD will either betray a marked drop in quality, or be virtually unwatchable unless techniques significantly improve from the T&TA release.
     
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  4. RAMA

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    I wanted to see more CGI early on in STNG, but upon reflection near the end of the series in 1994, I thought they did the right thing. Babylon 5 attempted to all-CGI, and the results didn't work well, though the attempt itself was revolutionary (someone had to do it first). STNG used CGI where they thought it seemed fit, a lot of the CGI of the time was not up to the task week in, week out of looking realistic.
     
  5. NJOberheim

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    I can't tell you guys how stoked I am about this. I'll be picking it up for sure. Like many have said, I just hope that if they're going to do it, they do it right and don't cut corners. Unfortunatly the time contraints that the team usually has to work with hinders the end result sometimes.
     
  6. LitmusDragon

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    I would love for this to be true but the projected timeline in the article- airing in the fall- seem a bit suspicious. Wasn't TOS-R in secret development for several years before the first episodes aired?
     
  7. Lateralus

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    TOS required an enormous amount of work. Not saying TNG couldn't benefit from the same attention to detail, but I am saying that TNG doesn't need it as much, wont get it anyways and will look better than what we've got currently regardless.
     
  8. Mr. Laser Beam

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    ^ Of course TNG needs it as much. Indeed, more so - TOS could conceivably have been released on Blu-Ray, and aired in HD, as it was, since it was all on film from the get-go. But since TNG's effects and editing were on video, it MUST be remastered. It cannot be aired in native HD without it.
     
  9. Lateralus

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    Sure TOS *could* have been Blu'd as was, but that doesn't mean anybody would have bought it. And nobody would have. So from a marketability standpoint, TOS needed its bath way more than TNG does.

    TNG needs new FX and that's really about it. The level of color adjustments/enhancements and scene by scene detailing that went into TOS will never go into TNG.

    At this point along CGI's evolution, FX isn't that expensive anymore. It's all the other stuff, the pain staking scene-by-scene stuff, which is expensive and that's what TOS needed a lot more of.
     
  10. RAMA

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    Bingo
     
  11. Mr. Laser Beam

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    It's not just the effects, it's the editing. With TNG, that also was done on video. So that's another thing they'd need to redo.
     
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    Yeah while I would love for the filmed images to be cleaned up (really, thanks it looks like crap). But I felt the effects work done for TOS were by and large poor. It looked like each shot wasn't fully rendered (now I did love the redone CGI version of matte images those did rock!). And the idea of seeing that happen to TNG (when some of the later effects are actually very well done) pisses me off.
     
  13. Zaku

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    TNG requires more work than TOS. The editing of the films should be remade. Hoping to find ALL the original films.

    With TOS they needed only the original negative of the single episode, not all the takes.
     
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    I think that season 2's first episode "The Child" would benefit a lot from HD as there is a lot more shadow detail in HD.
    See the lighting info about the episode from memory alpha:
    Yes it looked different than the rest of TNG's 7 seasons but it also should show up better in HD than NTSC.
    Also people have much better HDTVs than tube televisions from the mid-to-late 1980s capable of displaying higher dynamic ranges.
     
  15. AviTrek

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    Actually, a good CRT is going to have better blacks and shadow detail than what's out there today. An HD signal might contain more detail, but in terms of blacks LCDs/Plasmas just can't compare to a good CRT.
     
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    I think the entire advantage lies in the signal. NTSC has a narrower colour range, and is just pretty bad all around. I think the better dynamic range of Bluray would more than compensate for the theoretically better black level of the CRT in this case.
     
  17. Mark 2000

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    Good luck seeing them through the scan lines, interlacing, and low refresh rate. There's nothing actually better about CRTs.
     
  18. Mr. Laser Beam

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    ^ And hardly anybody (actually no company that I'm aware of) makes CRT TVs anymore anyway. Definitely not in HD.
     
  19. BlobVanDam

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    All of these are problems with the older television technology itself, not anything inherently about CRT technology at all. The scan lines were due to the poor resolution of NTSC/PAL, same goes for interlacing and refresh rate. But on a CRT computer monitor for example, these faults mostly don't exist.
    CRT televisions died out before the demands of HD and 3D, so the technology of the old TVs is far too outdated to compete with modern flat screens, but the underlying CRT technology itself is still sound, and still has its advantages. You won't find a CRT TV that beats the picture quality of an LCD overall, but there are many other factors at play aside from the CRT technology itself.
    CRTs to this day still have advantages over LCDs, although the advantages have dwindled over the past few years. Still not quite to the point that I'm willing to part with my decade old CRT computer monitor yet though. :lol:

    Anyway, sorry to go off topic with that rant. AviTrek's point still stands.

    And the only ones that are available now (if any) are in the cheapo market, so the quality is actually worse than an older CRT TV. I highly doubt anyone makes them in HD.
     
  20. SoM

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    There were two versions (well, technically three, but that one was never meant to be shown) of TOS-R. The 4:3 version used on the Blu-Rays and a 16:9 version with cropped live-action and expanded CGI effects (the third being a version with the full 4:3 live action and 16:9 effects that was briefly released for downloading in some online shops and was quickly withdrawn.)

    A lot of HD syndication channels preferred to buy the cropped version because idiots complain about black bars left and right, which is why it was produced.
     

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