Oliver, we should do this in another thread, but I'd really like to talk to you about your Adobe Premiere issues. Although I don't work in Premiere (and haven't since 2005 or so), perhaps I or the other forum members can help you troubleshoot. Give us some screencaptures detailing the codec settings of your original footage, and of your Premiere sequences, and of your export settings.
I actually haven't released an Update video since December; I really need to cut some stuff together for the Youtube channel. It's really that I'm so close to finished with the SD material, and bits of the HD material, but they need at least one more weekend's work.
During Livestreams I tend to do a lot of Photoshop work, and that needs to be edited together in FCP later, which I tend not to do during streams. I never quite finished the "beauty pass" I was doing on the SD material either. The HD version of the first few scenes of the film is nearly done, but I've realized I need to redo the crystal ball scenes in a different aspect ratio.
The first few HD scenes of the film have received special attention. Most of yesterday's Livestream - about five and a half hours - was spent removing dirt from two brief shots of Zigzag about to step on a tack. These shots (about 75 frames) are extremely dirty, and the first shot is also extremely detailed. I want the beginning of the film to make a good impression in HD, so I decided that in this case the extra work was worth it. It was a lot of extra work, though.
Incidentally, here is my restoration of the rare Prince Bubba, The Mad and Holy Old Witch and Princess Meemee pencil tests, mostly by Emery Hawkins. And rather strange.http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?56c5hdygszviy2v
British animator Bob Godfrey (Roobarb and Custard) has passed. He was remembered by Richard Williams this morning on the Today programme : http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01qsph3
Richard's segment is at 1hr 50.
Here are Bob Godfrey and Richard Williams on the Do It Yourself Film Animation Show in 1974.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RQDDEmfpjg
SS has asked me, Is there interest in an HD/Blu-Ray version of Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure? My feeling was that he should try to get the rights (which seem to be pretty murky, especially the music rights) and do a legal, legitimate release, if it's at all possible. However ...
The film is not on DVD and has not been officially released in widescreen, and in 2007, SS, KA and myself, using donations from Patrick McCart and other members of the Orange Cow forums, transferred KA's 35mm print of the film to video, where you can now see it on Youtube and elsewhere in widescreen as intended. At the same time we transferred KA's 35mm reels of The Little Island, Richard Williams' first animated film, which none of us in this group had previously been able to see in any format, and most importantly 49 minutes of early workprint reels from The Thief and the Cobbler which KA had saved from the trash at Warner Bros.
Recently, thanks to $1400 worth of donations from Thief fans at the Orange Cow forum and elsewhere, SS retransferred KA's Thief 35mm reels in HD, and I am now painting out dirt and splices and restoring them to big-screen quality. SS and KA now both have 35mm prints of Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (SS got his for cheap. UCLA also holds a copy).
Is there enough interest in the Raggedy Ann film to support an HD release? Do we think a license to legally release the film on Blu-Ray could be obtained? Or would we be soliciting donations again?