- Members: Kionon, jhfong
- Studio: Ingress Productions
- Title: Robot Girl: The Upgrade
- Premiered: 2018-02-12
- Was (Not Was) Robot Girl
As I’ve been in something of a rut regarding my current projects, but I still have an itch to edit, I finally have gone back to a remaster project I’ve wanted to do for years. After speaking to very veteran AMV editor Maboroshi (one of the first in the late 90s/early 2000s), I thought it would be a good way to get the razer blade snipping and timeline filling itch scratched while benefiting the wider AMV community.
Outside of my own videos, I remastered Tom The Fish’s “Top of the Rain” some years back. I helped Kaysow with his remasters of a number of classic Evangelion AMVs as well.
II've remastered Julian Fong’s (Ingress) Robot Girl from 2000. It’s one of my favorite videos of all time, and I’ve kept my copy of Boku no Marie for years, and ripped at that on a hard drive, just because I thought one day I would finally get around to it. But I never did, because remasters are kind of thankless, even though they shouldn’t be. Honestly, they are a labor of love and a service to the community.
This video was made on a 2008 Mac Pro with 2x quad-core 2.8GHz Xeon processors, 4.5 TB of storage, RAID 0 SSD boot disk, 18GBs of ram, and a GeForce GTX 660 running MacOS High Sierra 10.13.3. Programs used include: Adobe Premiere CS5, Photoshop CS3, Avidemux, Avisynth (through WINE, I really need to learn VaporSynth), MPEG StreamClip, and AMVTool. This type of machine was excessively expensive when it came out in 2008. In 2000, this amount of power would have been unheard of for a video like this one.
Accordingly, in addition to the much better video quality of the DVD source, I upscaled and filtered my upscale. Thus I am providing two versions. A 960x720p HD version and a 640x480p version, the latter which should look very clean and crisp relatively speaking. Please do not expect a 1999 title to look like a 2018 title. I did the best I could as the DVDs were crap and still really hard to filter. Julian's original file is 320x240 and was ripped from VHS, so this is a major improvement.