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Post by marcop000 » Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:38 am

Hi,

I have upscaled with ia all xwa cutscene here the links (expire within 1 week).

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ia upscale cutscene (English)
https://fromsmash.com/4-deswqWZV-dt


ia upspace cutscene (Italian)
https://fromsmash.com/zafjfc-3ci-dt
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any feedback are wellcome !!

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Post by Ace Antilles » Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:14 pm

marcop000 wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:38 am
Hi,

I have upscaled with ia all xwa cutscene here the links (expire within 1 week).

//
ia upscale cutscene (English)
https://fromsmash.com/4-deswqWZV-dt


ia upspace cutscene (Italian)
https://fromsmash.com/zafjfc-3ci-dt
//

any feedback are wellcome !!
Brilliant Marco. I'll take a look tonight.
As I've previously mentioned I will happily share them to the world through my website in the near future if ok with you. :)
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Post by marcop000 » Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:17 pm

Hi Ace,

yes, you can share and put in to the installer.

Don't forget that expire within 6-7 days.

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Post by Jorrel » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:45 am

Wow. These are incredible. Very impressive work.

I'm really curious as to how you were able to get everything so detailed. I know very little of the techniques of upscaling, but I know enough to know it isn't easy.

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Post by Forceflow » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:56 am

I had a quick look, really impressive work considering how low resolution the originals are :thumbs:
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Post by marcop000 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:18 am

Forceflow wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:56 am
I had a quick look, really impressive work considering how low resolution the originals are :thumbs:
Thank Forceflow !

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Post by marcop000 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:18 am

Jorrel wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:45 am
Wow. These are incredible. Very impressive work.

I'm really curious as to how you were able to get everything so detailed. I know very little of the techniques of upscaling, but I know enough to know it isn't easy.
thanks Jorrel !

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Post by marcop000 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:26 am

I have used: Topaz Video Enhance.

Unfortunatlenly is very very slow ... consider that need about 1 or 1/2 second to process a single frame.

In this case the cutscene are short, but a movie that have 24 FPS need about 24 second to process one second (2 hour, need 24 x 2 = 48 hour) if you have a very high end GPU you can do it in about 10/12 hours.

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Post by Alpha_0-0-0 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:24 am

Hello marcop000
Great looking videos

Could I ask you a question please, reading about Topaz Video Enhance it saves as an MP4 file, could I ask what you used to convert the file to an AVI please?

thank you

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Post by marcop000 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:45 am

Alpha_0-0-0 wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:24 am
Hello marcop000
Great looking videos

Could I ask you a question please, reading about Topaz Video Enhance it saves as an MP4 file, could I ask what you used to convert the file to an AVI please?

thank you
Your question is right.

First I use Topaz Video Enhance to covert the cutscene in MP4.

Unfortunatenly XWA seem have some problem with mp4 movie so for this reason I have convert mp4 to avi with this command:

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ffmpeg.exe -i (cutscene).mp4 -c copy (cutscene).avi
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so this not re-encode but copy the some codec, and the avi file size match with mp4 size.

After this, I have compare A/B the mp4 and avi files, and I don't notify any difference as I expected, becouse theorically is a copy A to B.

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Post by Ace Antilles » Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:23 pm

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Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:45 am
Your question is right.
First I use Topaz Video Enhance to covert the cutscene in MP4.

Unfortunatenly XWA seem have some problem with mp4 movie so for this reason I have convert mp4 to avi with this command:

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ffmpeg.exe -i (cutscene).mp4 -c copy (cutscene).avi
//

so this not re-encode but copy the some codec, and the avi file size match with mp4 size.

After this, I have compare A/B the mp4 and avi files, and I don't notify any difference as I expected, becouse theorically is a copy A to B.
They are really excellent quality. XWAU will support MP4 files now but if they are avi at MP4 reduced file size that probably makes things easier anyway.

While they aren't as essential would you consider trying converting the other files in the Movie section when you get time?
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Post by marcop000 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:21 pm

Hi Ace,

I don't have converted these files becouse are mixed with 640x480 game menu images.

The size (and quality) of avi and mp4 are the some as attached.

The result is when the game load the cutscene like Datapad for examplke, there is a delay and short blank screen becouse the monitor change the resultion from 640x480 and this gap is very evident.

To be honest I have take in consideration to upscale all game menu image, this can improve the game from a old 640x480 menu to modern game 1920x1080.

The problem is that all mouse pointer (click and move) are calibrated to low resolution image, if someone have the skill to adapt these coordinates to 1920, there is no reason to not upscale all.

From my side I can upscale all to Full HD, but we need to decide what is better upscale and what no.
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Post by Ace Antilles » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:36 pm

Sadly right now we can't make images like the concourse etc bigger than 640x480. :(
They aspect ratio can be stretched out but then it doesn't look great.
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Post by marcop000 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:52 pm

You are right but there is an alternative.

If you see the resolution of cutscene you see somethink like 2560x1600 or similar becouse I have multiply the size of cuscene x 4 without sctrech and without change the aspect ratio.

The result is what you see.

A similar think can be done for all menu image (multiply all for a constant factor 4).

But there is the problem of mouse coordinates that need to multiple for 4.

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Post by Ace Antilles » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:36 pm

marcop000 wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:52 pm
You are right but there is an alternative.

If you see the resolution of cutscene you see somethink like 2560x1600 or similar becouse I have multiply the size of cuscene x 4 without sctrech and without change the aspect ratio.

The result is what you see.

A similar think can be done for all menu image (multiply all for a constant factor 4).

But there is the problem of mouse coordinates that need to multiple for 4.
That's gone a little over my head, sorry. I know sometimes what should be simple in XWA never is!
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Post by Darth_Binks » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:11 am

These are beautiful!

Are they usable in game as is? All I see in the "Movies" folder is .snm files.
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Post by Ace Antilles » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:13 am

Darth_Binks wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:11 am
These are beautiful!

Are they usable in game as is? All I see in the "Movies" folder is .snm files.
Add them to the folder and the game should take over.
You should make sure you have this file in your XWA folder too.
https://raw.github.com/JeremyAnsel/xwa_ ... sh.2.3.zip
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Post by FatnSlo » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:05 pm

This is fantastic! Thanks so much for taking your time to create these. These help bring the game to another level.

Should these be added to the main Download page and mentioned in the News section?

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Post by Ace Antilles » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:10 pm

FatnSlo wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:05 pm
This is fantastic! Thanks so much for taking your time to create these. These help bring the game to another level.

Should these be added to the main Download page and mentioned in the News section?
Sorry but marcop000 is not a member of the XWAU team.
The files will get the credit these deserve in due course but he's kindly released them to all Forum users here :)
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Post by aceazzameen87 » Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:51 pm

It's a shame the files uploaded have a half life! All the comments makes this sound like a worthy addition to XWAU playthroughs. Anyone have a local copy they'd be willing to share? Perhaps we can find some place to host marcops' files as an unofficial option?

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Post by highorph » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:10 pm

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Post by Q » Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:16 pm

Here are all the XWA Upscaled Cutscene Videos (English only):
https://mega.nz/file/1GJQVCpb#roWo8mfV3 ... NEa-uypF2U
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Post by Gonimarr » Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:57 am

These upscales look great (downloadable here: https://www.xwingoutpost.com/). What would be great if we could have frame rate interpolation for those movies, changing the frame rate from 15 to 60 fps.
I tried with this tool: https://nmkd.itch.io/flowframes
However my GTX 980 seems to be too slow. A recent NVIDIA card should be used. Maybe someone can do it.

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Post by marcop000 » Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:53 pm

Gonimarr wrote:
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:57 am
These upscales look great (downloadable here: https://www.xwingoutpost.com/). What would be great if we could have frame rate interpolation for those movies, changing the frame rate from 15 to 60 fps.
I tried with this tool: https://nmkd.itch.io/flowframes
However my GTX 980 seems to be too slow. A recent NVIDIA card should be used. Maybe someone can do it.
Already done but there are artefacts in some parts.

I wating for a future release with less artefacts, but I don't known if/when will be done.

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Post by Gonimarr » Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:18 pm

Ah ok, I wasn't aware of that. I also did a quick test with https://www.svp-team.com/. At first glance, the interpolated intro video looked fine to me, but I didn't do an in-depth analysis.
However the tool is not free of charge and adds watermarks in the 30-day trial version.

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