Alien (1979) Remaster and H265 encode project

I decided that the quality of the BluRay of Alien was so bad I had to go and “remaster” it. The result is an 8GB h265 (10-bit) which was produced after denoising the entire movie with some subtle colour correction (not scene by scene).

So what was wrong with the original? Terrible encode using H264, but probably going for speed over quality. No knowledge of proper compression or pre-processing for compression, fine for youtube home production but not hollywood compression specialists. This would be fine for a real-time stream but in my opinion the Bluray is not a professional production.

I’ll probably release it on torrents at some point if anyone wants to revisit this awesome film. If anyone is interested in some technical details:

Software used – Premiere Pro CC 2014.1, Virtualdub, Neat Video 3.5, Adobe Audition, Waves Audio processors

Hardware used – Intel i7 920XM, Nvidia Geforce GTX 770M, 16GB, 512GB SSD

Denoised (16-bpc internal precision)
Increased contrast subtle
Subtle sharpen using unsharp mask

5.1 Left and Right front channels brightened with Aphex Vintage Exciter (32-bit internal precision)

Compression – Hybrid
H265 (10-bit internal precision)

File stats
24.7GB Blu-ray source @ 30Mb/s 1920×1080

Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 4 frames
Codec ID : 27
Duration : 1h 55mn
Bit rate mode : Variable
Maximum bit rate : 34.7 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 23.976 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Matrix coefficients : BT.709
Color range : Limited

Denoised Lossless (for compression)

188GB Lossless result lagarith RGB 24bit
225GB Lossless result (without denoise, for comparison)

FINAL output
7.5GB MP4 HEVC Main10 1920×816

Format : HEVC
Format/Info : High Efficiency Video Coding
Format profile : Main 10@L5.2
Codec ID : hvc1
Codec ID/Info : High Efficiency Video Coding
Duration : 1h 55mn
Bit rate : 9 316 Kbps
Maximum bit rate : 73.5 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 816 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 2.35:1
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 23.976 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 10 bits
Matrix coefficients : BT.601
Color range : Limited



    • I haven’t, I don’t want to disrespect the content creators or breach copyright laws. I could make a sample set of short clips maybe if you want to see the end results. Not sure if that’s legal but I’ll look into it. Thanks for your interest 🙂

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