Next week CBS has invited TrekCore to talk with the CBS Digital team responsible for the stunning restoration and remastering of Star Trek: The Next Generation in high definition.

Creative Director Craig Weiss and his team will be discussing the entire remastering process beginning with retransferring 35mm negatives and ending in authoring brand new Blu Ray masters. Along the way we will be talking about all of the different techniques they employ to produce the finished product, including how they are rebuilding visual effects from original elements, the color correction methods they use as well as artistic choices they have to make along the way.

I’d love to hear about any questions you may have for the CBS Digital team. They can be as technical and specific as you like – directed to any member of the team responsible for the remastering process.

Send in your questions by posting a comment below, tweeting usΒ @TrekCore, posting on ourΒ Facebook portalΒ or emailing me directly (adam@trekcore.com). I can’t promise to ask every question that is submitted, but hopefully we’ll be able to cover a good number of them!

  • Andrew Hardy

    Will the remastered Blu-Ray episodes be in 16:9 widescreen or the ordinary 4:3?

    • Chris Jay

      They’re in the 4:3, because they were not shot for 16:9… I uploaded a snippet from the bonus features where they explain why they can’t be sensibly made widescreen…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2bnuBXQqfA

      • Frank B.

        They do have a fully functional CGI recreation of the Enterprise-D and have already used it? But they cannot use it to fix the spacedock shot? I am confused.

  • Jake

    Will CBS start to re-air the TNG remastered on their stations?

  • Daniel Mascarin

    Has the recapturing of the 35mm negatives been captured in a higher resoloution than 1920×1080 , so that a later product in the upcomming 4k-standard is thinkable ?

    • Chris Jay

      I’m not a CBS representative or anything, but 35mm has a phenomenal resolution… 49.8 megapixels I believe… 1080p is only 2.1 megapixels… to give you an idea…

      • Ashley Williams

        Thats not what he asked. He asked if they were being scanned for 4K and stored so that we don’t have to go through this again in 10 years. I believe I heard somewhere that this was actually the case, but I don’t remember where.

        • Chris Jay

          Well, nevertheless, whether they are or aren’t, the point is, they can be, if they decide to, in the future…

          • Ashley Williams

            I would think it would be cheaper to do 4K now than do this all over again. Even just storing the raw film captures in 4K but editing it in 1080 would be cheaper than rescanning. Also if they did it right, it would be trivial to substitute 4k footage for 1080.

    • Justin Olson

      CBS Digital is using a Spirit DataCine 4K/2K film scanner. The negatives are over-scanned at 4K and the images are held temporarily in a frame buffer, then outputted at 2K. All post work is being performed at 2K.

      Hardly any TV shows today go through a full 4K post-production process, so this is completely par for the course.

  • ROThornhill

    In the behind the scenes docs we saw that the starbase scenes in 11001001 were recomposited using the original ST III film elements. Are all the negatives and fx passes for the movies also been cataloged and stored in a vault somewhere? Might we see the movies get the full TNG-style restoration process sometime in the (distant) future?

  • Mike Jones

    Does having 2 separate effects houses alternating between seasons affect the continuity of the effects shots?. i.e. glows and hull colour and textures differing between what we saw in Season 1 by CBS-D and the Season 2 trailer.

    • Chris Jay

      As I said below, I’m not a CBS representative or anything, but the the actual miniature shots will be fine, since those are all element passes… however, in general the lighting of the ship might have a slight hue, since they want to blend the ship into its surroundings better that’s why in Season 1 the ship had a slight hue that matched the environment, rather than what we saw in the SD version where that wasn’t done, so the ship looked the same in every single shot and episode… as for the CG model if it’s used, I can’t answer that, so that part of the question will have to wait until CBS touches on that point.

  • Mike C.

    I still notice grain/static in some of the darker interior shot, and space shots during season 1. Why is that? Thanks.

    • Chris Jay

      It’s an artifact of video, most cameras will have grain, unless you have an expensive digital photography camera which uses different image sensors.

      Most of the noise is thermal noise – that is, electrons being thrown around by vibration (which is all heat is) as opposed to photons colliding with the image sensor.

      In order to remove the noise you have to denoise the picture, which softens the picture and you lose quality…

    • Riker

      Even in some new productions you have that! You have to get your picture settings right to see it like it’s suppose to be! Put your GAMMA level on HIGH and set your picture with the THX from TERMINATOR 2 Blu-Ray and you’ll have an really great great great picture!!! A little grain will stay but it’s not disturbing!

    • Justin Olson

      In Season One, TNG was shot primarily on Kodak 5294 (400T) motion picture film. This was a high-speed stock that was a bit contrastier and grainier than the stocks we have today. On the original camera negatives (the film scanned for TNG Remastered), each individual silver-halide crystal grain in the blue, green and red sensitive layers of the film emulsion are exposed to light in their respective wavelengths.

      The silver grains are then bleached away during processing, leaving behind a microscopic color dye dot or “cloud” — like a tiny drop of water on a paper towel. It’s the equivalent of what a single colored pixel would be in digital photography.

  • Perplex

    There are countless reused scenes, models and matte paintings in TNG. Will they all be left untouched or will you replace them here and there with some new CG shots?

    • Ashley Williams

      I really hope they replace a lot of the recycled stock footage/matte paintings. It gets really old after a while.

    • Riker

      I also hope they will not use the same shots, if there is a different city and things like that! We only need ONE Angel ONE πŸ˜‰

  • DJMee

    In the future, will there be more extended episode offered, and what episodes would they be.

    • Stargazer

      Would love to see an extended version of “Best of Both Wolrds 1&2”

      • Matt Littledyke

        Me too as I think it is the best story in the whole of TNG

    • trekcore

      We can only hope! Mike Okuda did state in his interview with Trekcore that Measure of a Man is kind of an exceptional circumstance. I wouldn’t expect it to be a regular occurrence – but anything is possible!

      • Corran

        There are the two versions of All Good Things…. The shorter version, that came with the season 7 box set, and the slightly longer one with scenes like Q appearing like an old man with long hair, that was in the Time travel set.

        • Chris Jay

          I’ve got the latter version of All Good Things, it’s in a silver box set for Season 7…

  • What is the length of time to re-complete an episode, on average? Also, do you foresee the project segueing right into DS9, then Voyager when TNG is near completion?

  • Chris Freeman

    How was the audio originally recorded? Is it contained on the negatives they are unboxing, or is it on separate tapes somewhere? Is there a possibility of a missing audio track at some point? Do they have to re-edit the audio as well or are they synching up to the original audio track to guide the visual edits?

    • Justin Olson

      Original camera negatives have no audio, only image. The dialogue was recorded on separate analog 1/4″ magnetic audio tape using a Nagra IV-STC tape recorder. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend the 1981 thriller “Blow Out.” John Travolta plays a sound effects engineer and uses a Nagra III throughout the film. Great movie.

  • Jean Luc Picard

    Will Deep Space Nine and Voyager get the Blu-Ray treatment next?

  • ROThornhill

    Are all the archived negatives being scanned, box by box, or do you just pick out the bits that made it into the final cuts of the episodes? Will remastered deleted scenes and things like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3rFNbSKpEE make it into future blu ray releases?

  • ROThornhill

    Have there been any cases where you have had to fix a mistake or flaw that was only became visible in the restored HD image?

    • archer923

      That actually was done, in Naked now. The wires holding up the seat for Wesley’s tractor beam was erased in HD. On the SD versions they are still there.

  • Riker

    If there will be very big noticeable Make-Up Mistakes, will you fix it? And will we see finally a video where we can see how Brent Spiner is turning into Data? It’s NOWHERE to find, NOWHERE!!!!

  • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

    I saw the “Energized” docu and understand why the scenes with the actors can not be in 16:9 format, but the outside of the ship scenes confused me a little bit. The explanation on the bluray extra was clear, it said that the outside scenes could be partially in 16:9, like in that spacedock 16:9 video they showed you see the Enterprise suddenly dissapear because no video of the model exist outside the 4:3 format. I was wondering how did they manage to create the teaser/trailer for this bluray project? They showed us part of the intro from TNG with the famous enterprise coming from beneath the ‘camera’. How did they manege to get that into 16:9? After seeing the explanation from the docu, that doesn’t make sense then right? It shouldn’t be possible then. Or is it possible..but only with a lot of effort (maybe to much effort)
    And i have one tiny question that’s been torturing my mind for months now. I’ve read somewhere that Season 7 from DS9, and Seasons 5, 6 and 7 of Voyager were produced in 4:3, but were shot with 16:9 in mind. We’re talking about 1998 to 2001 when Widescreen was getting the standard. Is that true? Is there 16:9 footage from those seasons? And if that is the case, will any future bluray releases of those seasons (if the ever come out) finally be produced in there 16:9 format? Or is it more likely that they also will be produced in 4:3 format (even though the 16:9 info is there)

    • Chris Jay

      That shot pass had a slightly more film on the edges, so it could be used in a slightly more widescreen shot… I overlayed the shot seen the bonus feature with the final shot, and the original model pass has extra on the edges… so it would be possible to make that particular shot widescreen…

      • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

        Yes i understand, but why would that particular shot suddenly have more film on the edges, and not other exterior shots of the Enterprise. I assume that shot was filmed the same way as the other exterior shots of the Enterprise? With the same kind of camera’s?

        • archer923

          There’s always more bit of information to the model layers. It allows some adjustments in composition. If something didn’t line up.

          A perfect example is in Cause and effect. When the warp nacelle exploded. 7+ layers of elements where used. Some where moved during their composition.

          Watch when the explosion happens. They slightly rotated the ship. Right before it cuts back inside.

    • archer923

      The pilot footage of the Ent D was shot on Vistavision cameras. Which is in wide screen. That’s why the warp fly by shot was in 16:9. And why the planet elements could be used in the Blu-rays main menu animation. Majority of the D shots are in 4:3 though. Especial when they switch to the 4 foot D model.

      • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

        Oke wow i really didn’t know that. That explains it. So all the exterior footage from the pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” are in 16:9 format?

        Anyone some information about my 2nd question about DS9 and VOY?

        • archer923

          It should all be. But it could be on a shot by shot basis.

          As for the later DS9 VGR seasons being WS safe. It would still be hard. While the filming sets would be in 16:9. All the stock shots would still be in 4:3. They heavily reuse voyagers warp and flyby shots from the pilot. And the Defiant footage.

          They end up either cropping the effect shots. Or use the same 4:3 setup for the interiors.

          • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

            Okay but is this a confirmation that the later seasons are really truly 100% sure WS safe? (except the stock Voyager flyby / warpout shots)

          • archer923

            I have no idea. It’s possible. But I’m just giving you a idea of what would happen.

          • Chris Jay

            Well, and a lot of the later seasons would need a lot of FX redone, since they relied on CG… Voyager’s title credits contain 3 CG shots…

          • archer923

            True. But they still have to retain the filmed elements. I wouldn’t like them replaced with CGI. Unless they’re lost/only done in SD video.

          • Chris Jay

            Well, after Season 3, 99% of the shots were all CG… all of the warp jump shots were CG, and all the at warp shots were CG… 3 shots from the title credits are CG from the beginning of the series, the first shot where Voyager passes the star with the solar flare, the shot where Voyager is passing through that cloud thing, and the very last shot in the title credits of Voyager entering warp… are CG…

            Even in Season 1 of VGR, there was CG…

            CG
            http://voy.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/1x01a/caretaker_0302.jpg

            CG
            http://voy.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/1×03/parallax000.jpg

            CG
            http://voy.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/1×04/Time_and_Again_000.jpg

            All 3 of those examples are CG shots…

          • archer923

            So? I know more CGI was used in VGR compared to other ST shows. The CGI will be redone (obviously). But the filming model elements would still have to be used.

          • Chris Jay

            There’s only a handful of stock filming elements in Voyager… most if not all of the warp shots are CG… most of the stock shots of Voyager are impulse passes… except for the few shots made specifically for the pilot…

            So they’ll likely have to transfer the original negatives and create a new CG model of Voyager so it matches what the stock shots look like…

            You can always tell what shots are CG in Voyager, the red/green nav lights are much cleaner on the CG model, and the port and starboard side of deck 2’s windows are missing on the CG model…

            For example…

            Studio Model:
            http://voy.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/1x01a/caretaker_0123.jpg

            CG Model:
            http://voy.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/2×15/threshold_108.jpg

            Well, DS9 used a considerable amount of CG as well, and Enterprise used all CG, but since it was produced in HD, the CG models stand up to HD resolutions…

          • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

            Oke well let’s hope then that if that rumour is the case, that since season 5 Voyager was filmed in 16:9 (on set), that they release those last 3 seasons (still allmost half of the series) in the 16:9 format. Would love to see some of the epic episodes from those 3 seasons in really true 16:9 Full HD quality

        • Frank B.

          According to the 15:9 VFX shots presented at Comic Con the widescreen exterior footage isn’t just limited to “Encounter at Farpoint”. Does this qualify as a question for the CBS Digital Team?

          • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

            No, but i am curious why they are teasing us with 15:9 beautifull looking widescreen images while the bluray releases are in 4:3. Couldn’t they make the series semi 4:3 and 15:9? Maybe someday they will surprise us i don’t know. But my only question remaining is about the Voyager Season 5,6 and 7 and DS9 Season 7 issue! Were those seasons filmed with 16:9 in mind..and if so..if they ever decide to release them on bluray, is it more logical to stay true to the 4:3 or release the 16:9 versions

          • Frank B.

            I was wondering myself why they presented these VFX widescreen images prior to the Blu-ray release. Everybody’s buest guess seems to be that this is an exclusive for HDTV syndication (where inevitably live action footage will be trimmed and cropped for 16:9). If you watch the current Blu-rays with the overscan of your HDTV turned on, the overscan will trim the expendable overscan areas at the top and bottom and you might get a 14:9 aspect ratio (semi 4:3 and 15:9) aka a wider 4:3 picture.

  • archer923

    Could we possibly get a angle option on some episodes. To see how the model footage was filmed & its composite layers?

  • Daniel Shock

    I wonder how music will be dealt with for the extended episode. Reuse of other music? New Music… unused music.. or is music not needed?

  • Riker

    In the opening scene in “too short a season” is a scene where picard makes a really strange face expression when he walks to the turbolift to pick up the admiral from the transporter room! Why didn’t you fixed that? With todays techniques it would have been easy to fix! Datas lost fingermake-up from the fingertrap in “the last outpost” ass well!!

    • archer923

      You may think sticking in a CGI mouth is easy. It’s not. It’s extra time that could be going to restoration.

      • Riker

        Ah, ok! But do you remember the scene(s) I mean?

        • archer923

          Yes, I do. Fixing Data’s paint is a easier task. But it happens a lot of times. Even in some of the movies. They really only pick and choose some obvious flaws. They didn’t erase the noticeable power cord on one of Chrusher’s bio beds, for example.

          • Riker

            I only remember it two times! In which scenes was it for example in the movies? Do you find the scenes obvious I was pointing to? Excuse my english if its not good, I’m from Germany :)!

          • Riker

            What are power cords?

          • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

            electricity cables

          • Stephen

            Strange 20th/early 21st century physical conduits for electricity, with prongs at the end that get stuck into holes in a wall.

          • archer923

            Your English is great. Perfect example of data’s makeup issue was in insurrection. When he and picard fired on the Sona. His arm went out too far from his shirt. So you saw his normal skin color.

            Other times on the show is in the pilot. During Riker’s manual docking. His lips are pink. And during arsenal of freedom. When Yar and Data fire on the weapon. It adds up.

          • Riker

            Thanks πŸ™‚ ..Do you mean on the holoship? I find it really strange and sad that on a high level production like that they are not able to avoid or at least correct make-up mistakes like these! What do you think of that??

  • Riker

    WILL CBS BRING OUT A “MOVIEBOX” WITH THE CLIFFHANGERS?? AND WILL WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR IT UNTIL AFTER THE LAST SEASON HAS BEEN RELEASED?

  • Jason

    I’d like to know when they plan to make the seasons available for purchase on iTunes. It seems that with more and more people buying/preferring digital copies to physical ones it seems like a large untapped market they’re avoiding.

  • Riker

    Is the sound mix of the blu rays “just” an upmix from the DVD mixes, or did/do you do it all from scratch again?

  • Mike

    Any news on when Season 2 will be out? Is there a timetable for all seasons?

    • Chris Jay

      I’ve heard rumors that S2 will be out in November… however, from what I’ve heard also, is that they are trying to push out 2 season per year… with the final season released by 2015…

  • Mike

    Such great care is being taken with the project and the picture quality is awesome.. What led to those sound issues in some episodes?

    • Chris Jay

      From what I’ve read… the sound issues were due to some channels getting mixed into other channels by accident… if I recall correctly, the rear channel got mixed into the front, left, and right channels…

  • Bjoernar Dohm

    If found, will the missing material from “We’ll Always Have Paris” be restored in high def?
    Are there any second season (or other) episodes that contain upscaled material?

  • M33

    Why are the scenes on the bridge set so grainy as compared to the other scenes? There also seems to be a noticeable visual quality drop in the live action scenes for all the episodes as compared to Encounter at Farpoint. Can you please explain? Will this be corrected in future seasons?

    • Stephen

      Yes – I’ve noticed that too. Also, there appears to be something funky going on with Worf’s shadow in a few episodes; anyone else noticed that?

  • Eriq

    Will we receive a special version of “Event” episodes such as Yesterday’s Enterprise and Best of Both Worlds, where the original material is largely scanned and unchanged, but a new version will exist with additional ships, and CGI? I generally like the approach to stick to the original artist’s concepts, but let’s face it….I think a lot of the original artist’s concepts would have included some of what we can do today if the budget, time and technology back then would have allowed for it.

    • Eriq

      I know it sounds a little George Lucas-y, but I’m just talking about filling out some of the outer space shots as well as adding additional landscapes to ease the re-use of the same matte paintings.

      • Frank B.

        Eriq, you’re talking about a “special edition” of TNG (in the positive sense to realize things that couldn’t be done then because of technical and budget restrictions) but I’m afraid that might still take another decade as it wouldn’t just be limited to a few episodes.
        Theoretically a VFX viewing option for “Best of Both Worlds” which includes the Wolf 359 VFX from the DS9 pilot episode might be the most we could ask for.
        Right now I hope they’ll be able to relocate all the VFX shots for the graveyard scene and especially hope they find all those beautiful TNG starship designs Ed Miarecki came up with. In case they don’t, I definitely wouldn’t mind if Ed’s starships would all be recreated in full CGI for this and other use in the future (“special edition” πŸ˜‰

  • M33

    Have there been any tests for an HD release of Enterprise? Or are there any discussions about it?

    • Chris Jay

      Enterprise is already in HD… or do you mean in terms of a Blu-ray release?

      • M33

        A blu ray release.

    • trekcore

      As far as I’m aware, Enterprise is already available in HD through iTunes. I wouldn’t expect a home entertainment Blu-Ray release to come for several years yet.

      • Ashley Williams

        streaming quality just isn’t up to par with blu-ray. We really need the real thing.

  • xavierstorma

    Will you replace the 4 foot model with CGI to get rid of the continuity issue created by using two obviously completely different ships in the show?

    • Chris Jay

      From my understanding, the only time anything miniature wise will be replaced by CG is if a particular element pass for the shot is not found, or something is completely for example the opening shot of Sins of the Father, to make the Bird of Prey and Enterprise fit into the same scene… for example in EaF the energy beam shot, the Enterprise model footage wasn’t found, so it was CG, however, the original negatives were found, and used in later episodes…

      • archer923

        No they fixed the energy beam shot. Because it was coming out of the Captains yacht.

        • Chris Jay

          I know they fixed the beams origin point, but the ship itself is a CG replacement not the original filmed negatives… because they couldn’t find the original negatives… but they did find the original negatives of the model and it was used in a later Season 1 episode…

          Original SD transfer:
          http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/s1/1×02/farpoint2_208.jpg

          HD remastered using CG:
          http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1×01/farpoint_hd_863.jpg

          Original negative found:
          https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/422282_399087386818200_1882589088_n.jpg

          • Corran

            So once they did find the negative of just the model, why couldn’t they use that to replace the beam shot? the CGI ship is a little jarring.

          • Chris Jay

            That’s a question I know many are asking, many assume that there simply wasn’t enough time… but I could’ve prolly slapped the shot together in an hour or so… if I had all the elements for the shot… in fact, I may record the remastered shot from “Heart of Glory” which used the original negative shot and add the energy beam into the shot… just for funsies.

          • Perhaps a fix for the replacement disc… One can hope.

          • Frank B.

            Sorry, it has not been fixed. But let me ask a question: There are many that are asking for changes of reused matte paintings, but we it comes to reused VFX shots nobody complains. Isn’t the new shot in “Farpoint” exactly the kind of extra diversity we are otherwise asking for?

          • Hmm That’s a fair point that I don’t really have a good answer for. Aside from that particular shot the Enterprise looks a little off, although it does seem to look better the bigger I see it, so I should probably reserve judgement until I see it on an actual TV not a laptop. But then on the flip side if it’s for the sake of diversifying so stock footage doesn’t get as repetitive, then I’d rather them take it from a completely different angle, otherwise it’s kind of the worst of both worlds.

    • Frank B.

      If they will not replace the 4′ model with CGI (to get rid of the continuity issue) maybe we can ask for a VFX viewing option instead which we select in the main menu? Here is a link addressing the issue: http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/galaxy.htm

    • Corran

      an alternate question to this could be, if they are trying to stay as faithful to the look of the original shots as possible, will they make a CGI version of the 4 foot model, to replace missing shots of the 4 footer, or will there just be one CGI Enterprise to replace all gaps?

      • Not that I want this to happen, the 4 foot style takes an elegant design and makes it all fat and lumpy. I would just like to know where their heads are on the issue.

  • Michael

    I’ve just recently discovered the wonderful blu-ray releases of The Twilight Zone, where every episode is equipped with a separate score only track. It’s basically just the regular audio track sans dialog. While this sounds like a relatively simple feature, it’s quite an interesting revelation to observe the artistic choices of the composers while watching the episode. Would something like this be possible for TNG on blu-ray, too?

  • AJM

    Are the releases of the remastered Star Trek The Next Generation going to be exclusive to just Blu-ray release, or are there going to be DVD version releases the same as was with the remastering of Star Trek The Original Series seasons having both Blu-ray and DVD versions released?

  • pittrek

    I don’t like the bonus features on Season 1. Why didn’t we get the “standard” bonus features from releases of other TV show, like deleted scenes, commentary tracks, music-only tracks etc. ? Is there any chance we will get something from these things for the next seasons ?

  • Two questions:
    1: As Enterprise was filmed in HD is there a plan to release Star Trek Enterprise on blu-ray? It shouldn’t be as hard as the older series
    2: If there is a plan for DS9 and VOY what about the low quality CGI effects? Do you have the original renders and can they be converted to a higher quality CGI effects or you practically have to re-do the effects from sketch?

    • Chris Jay

      They’re focusing on TNG at the moment… according to the Okuda’s…

      However, I’m not sure about DS9’s model qualities, but the CG model of Voyager might have to be retrofitted… since the textures aren’t exactly HD worthy…

      Here are high quality renders:
      http://drexfiles.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/uss-voyager-cgi-pictorial/

      I imagine most of the CG will need to be redone… but I’m not sure…

      • I understand they are focusing on TNG but IMO Ent does not need the work that TNG needs, as it was mastered in HD. But the VOY model is beautiful, would love to see that one on screen πŸ™‚

      • Frank B.

        Many thanks for this link. According to the comments Rick Sternbach didn’t even look at the 4 foot TNG-Enterprise model and considers the 6 footer to be the ultimate authority, same goes for the Enterprise-D designer Andrew Probert. Now, if Mike Okuda would concur with his former colleagues from the Star Trek Art Department, couldn’t there be a Blu-ray option to either watch the original 4 foot model VFX OR the 6 foot model’s CGI recreation? Please, CBS Digital team, make it so!

        • Chris Jay

          According to the Okuda’s and the bonus features with Season 1, the only things being redone with CG are when film elements can’t be located… I personally prefer the 6 footer over the 4 footer as well…

          • Frank B.

            If it’s unanimous that everybody prefers the 6 footer, I think no one will blame CBS should they have trouble locating VFX footage of the 4 footer.

  • Guest

    Are you remarking all of the negatives so that they can be found easily if ever they are needed again?

  • Guest

    Will items like the following ever be included and possible in better quality?:
    *The Star Trek Logs: An MTV Big Pictures Special Edition from 1991;
    *The Hallmark commercials with Ogawa from 1993 and Gowron from 1994;
    *The Future Of Enterprise Automation & Management, Vol. 1: “The Vision,” shot on the set of TNG and starring Jonathan Frakes as Cmdr. Riker;
    *The clip of the TNG crew in Comic Relief VI from 1994;
    *A combination of Enterprise’s finale and The Pegasus using the method from X-Men: The Last Stand to make Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis appear 11 years younger.
    *The clips of the TNG crew from Family Guy.

    • Guest

      I also forgot to mention Webster: Season 6, Episode 25 – Webtrek from 1989, which guest-starred Michael Dorn as Lt. Worf.

  • Mike C.

    Will season 2’s fourth episode be renamed THE OUTRAGEOUS OKUDA!?!?!

    • And will the theme song be replaced with Okuda Matata?

  • Captain D. Grant

    What programs/hardware is utilized to composite the VFX, edit the shows and color correct. Are the shows being remastered at 1080P or at higher 4k resolution.

  • Frank B.

    Hello, CBS Digital team. From what I have seen you’re either CGI erasing little things in the outer areas of the 4×3 images that aren’t supposed to be there or change the framing to hide those. Back in the 90’s the overscan of our television sets trimmed those areas (and I believe that’s what the DPs relied on). Would it not have been easier to release TNG on Blu-ray with only the overscan areas at the top and bottom being trimmed and only the overscan areas left and right being left intact? Would this not have resulted in a wider 4:3 image and saved you some extra work? Examples: http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/observations/tng-r-changes.htm

  • kungfuhobbit

    Are you planning on doing any colour correction to the borg to make them and their scenery/ lighting darker black and ‘greener’ as per first contact/voyager?

    • Frank B.

      Sorry, but wouldn’t that be rather revisionism than correction? Maybe the Borg got more sinister / greener the more often they encountered Federation personnel?
      Which reminds me of another question for the CBS Digital Team: Will we see the original Borg cube model from / in “Q Who” or the later and different version? What’s the general status of the original VFX footage which seems to be missing more often than live action footage from the studio set?

      • kungfuhobbit

        re: the color correction methods they use as well as artistic choices they have to make along the way
        -seemed to fit into that category, dont consider it that controversial a tweak

        • Riker

          In the first season they don’t put a beard in rikers face just because in later seasons he had one! Why should they change the borg? They don’t looked bad or so they just looked different – by the way – original!!

      • Riker

        ..Here you see the cube… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxcAigWIRLk

  • Matthias Currat

    I’d luv to see an enhanced version of the Borg cube in both episodes (Q and BW), no green glowing, butt high-detailed structures and nicer visuals of the partially destroyed cube when Enterprise is firing torps against it.

    • Chris Jay

      As far as I know, the cube will be the original filmed miniature… and the cube wasn’t supposed to be damaged when they fire the torpedoes, due to them adapting…

  • Mars396

    Can we get a theatrical sneak peek of each season, like we did for season one ?

    Isn’t Enterprise already HD ? Isn’t putting them on Blu-ray very simple and cost-effective ? Can we get these four seasons in between the Next Gen seasons to make the wait less painful ?

  • adamclark83

    Are there any effects that didn’t turn out well originally or couldn’t be done that you’re looking forward to re-doing for the Blu-ray release?

  • John

    Please please keep including the episode promos on each disc. But please use the original promos… ala “On an all new episode of….” or “On the Season Premiere of ST TNG”.

    Like
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8lj2r-b9sc or
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdMuO5XYLYs.

    In the second example, You can see that the original Arsenal Of Freedom episode promo is slightly different than the one used later on and presented on the bluray disc.

  • Jaro Stun

    #1 Please could you tell us something about Yesterday’s Enterprise? I believe it is one amazing episode, probably best from the whole series. I know that there were talks originally this was considered to be a 2 parter, but then the idea was dropped due to not enough material to fill in 2 episodes.Was there any more material filmed for this episode? Is there any chance for an extended version of this classic and beloved episode?

    #2 I know it is too early to ask, but is there any preliminary schedule when some of the upcoming seasons (3,4) can be expected? Is the general plan for 2 releases, 1 in summer, 1 fall/winter, or is there more magic behind the scheduling?

    #3 Are the plans for DS9 remastered geting more realistic every nanosecond? πŸ˜‰

    In the end, let me congratulate the team on the tremendous and amazing job done with season 1. With season 1 being the weakest of the whole series, I’m waiting in agony to see what’s to come. One big thanks to all making this dream coming true!

  • Rob

    Have you considered including edited together “feature-length” versions of the two-part episodes? In the UK, BBC2 aired several TNG, DS9 & VOY two-parters as feature lengths, including TNG’s “Chain of Command” and DS9’s “The Search”, “Past Tense”, and “Improbable Cause”/”The Die is Cast”. Would love to see a ~ 2-hour combined version of The Circle trilogy from DS9 season 2! The TNG and some VOY two-parters were released like this on VHS and I thought it was one thing missing from the DVD releases.

    Also, more extended episodes like you are planning for “Measure of A Man” would be fantastic, especially any episodes originally planned as two-parters and then edited down.

    Thanks for the fantastic job on the remastering process!

    • Ashley Williams

      I would even vote to pull both parts of a season cliffhanger into the end of the season that started it. So best of both worlds as one episode would be at the end of season 3. while part 2 wouldn’t be in season 4, season 4 would get both parts of redemption. The catch is that season 3 would be just a tad longer and season 7 would be just a tad shorter, but I’m ok with that. I really don’t need to see the “last time on star trek the next generation” parts as I usually watch both parts back to back anyway.

      • Frank B.

        The idea of a season cliffhanger then and now is to keep people interested in the coming season. Maybe your proposal could also work the other way around: Instead of just having the second part of the cliffhanger at the beginning of a new season also add the first part from the previous season and have the option of watching both parts as a feature length film. Blu-ray technology and its seamless branching feature is a great innovation!

        • Rob

          I agree – keep the first part as the season cliffhanger to preserve each season’s list of episodes, but include it again at the beginning of the following season with the feature-length option.

          • I like that idea, also could be a way to step outside the be as faithful to the original as possible mode (which I love, don’t get me wrong) and go all out with the special effects in the conjoined version; leave the Enterprise looking like it will really need those months in spacedock to repair. Have a bit of fun with it.

          • Frank B.

            You are thinking of the episode “Family”, the epilogue to “Best of Both Worlds”?

          • At the end of Both worlds, Riker mentions the lengthy repair time, but throughout the episode even though we see the Enterprise get shot in the neck a few times, we never see any actual damage to the ship, I’m suggesting that they could go a step further than the usual restoration process and add some damage to the hull from that and the mines it got hit with in the nebula, etc so that by the end of the episode she looks torn up enough to actually warrant the time in dry dock. and maybe carry that over to Family. too.

  • Riker

    In the new docu you say that all effects that has been done on video tape (like transporter beam effect) had to be re-done new. Ok, but one of the archive docus shows that the transport beam effekt elements were done on film. Am I right?

    • Chris Jay

      The little snips you see in the bonus feature of the transporter FX are of the SD videotape effect… there were no original negatives of the effect…

      • Riker

        Ah, Ok! But the beam effects on the blu ray edition sometimes exactly look like the original effects to me! Don’t you find that?

  • Ashley Williams

    why didn’t we get the pre-existing commentaries? Also Wil Wheaton had a lot to say about Justice. I saw a bad video of him giving a power point presentation. I could barely hear him, but what I could make out was really funny. Why didn’t you have him do a commentary for that?

  • Riker

    In one of the new docus you say that all effekts that were done on video like the beam effekt had to be re-done new. Ok, but in one of the archive docus the beam effects are done on film. Am I wrong there?

    • Chris Jay

      Many effects were done on SD videotape, they have no original film negatives for those effects… and so they must be recreated using new digital techniques…

  • Please tell me if any reused matte paintings will be replaced with new CGI shots. And will matte paintings be added to certain shots, where there weren’t originally, like on Risa?

  • Nathan Kaiser

    Well there be any new Federation ship designs to replace the generic looking ones from the Best of Both worlds Ship grave yards or other times when a a new ship was supposed to be made but used a Oberth class instead?

    • Frank B.

      You are aware that the graveyard scene already contained new starship designs including the Cheyenne, New Orleans and Springfield class?

  • Will the full scale mock ups of the type 7 shuttle, that looked nothing like the models be digitally replaced in season 2?

  • Is there any chance of the full scale mock up of the Type 7 shuttle craft used in season 2, that didn’t really match the look of the shooting model, being digitally replaced?

  • Tony F

    Still a far way off but in season 5 Darmok, the Enterprise fires phasers but it comes out of the forward torpedo launcher. Will this finally be corrected also? Thanks.

  • Stephen

    Any chance of a Season 7 one-episode-only blow-out of full conversion to 16:9, and hang the cost! I would suggest “All Good Things…” would be the perfect candidate. Full-out on the CGI to remove any intruding lights or c-stands πŸ™‚

    • Frank B.

      I salute your patience πŸ˜‰

  • Matt Littledyke

    Will we get to see the battle at Wolf 359 in full in the remastered version of The Best Of Both Worlds

    • Frank B.

      You mean the Wolf 359 VFX scenes from the pilot episode of DS9?

    • The problem with this is it would just be a VFX scene, without any live action elements (unless there are some deleted scenes from this episode, but I would imagine they were aware that, that scale of a space battle was beyond their schedule and budget at the writing stage, possibly there are some deleted scenes of Locutus from DS9 that could be cut in) there wouldn’t be any drama. and as the episode stands it would kind of kill the reveal of the devastated fleet. It could make a neat special feature, though.

      • Frank B.

        I made a private video edit years ago and placed the VFX scene from DS9 (no live action) just before Shelby and Riker arrive on the main bridge to hear Admiral Hanson’s report. I think it works very well. The VFX show a battle in progress but the outcome is not revealed before you see the graveyard on the viewscreen. On the contrary I feel the VFX in combination with Hanson’s report to vividly illustrate the desperate situation starfleet is in – the drama is actually increased as you can’t help but wonder HOW the Enterprise-D could have ANY chance to stop the Borg now that you actually see how easily the Borg slice up several starships almost simultaneously.

        • I could see that working. Of course now you create the problem of stealing DS9’s thunder.

  • Frank B.

    Dear “Mod”, can you tell us when to expect the answers? Thank you.

  • trekcore

    Thanks for everyone’s comments and questions! I spoke to the team at CBS Digital on Friday and was able to put a large number of the questions you’ve asked to them. I will be posting the full interview starting next week! I’ll keep this comment thread open so you can all continue the discussion – some great points being raised here.

  • Bjoernar Dohm

    What were the other FX fixes beside the missing phaser beam from ‘Heart of Glory’?

  • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

    I saw the documentary of remastering TNG once again and i noticed something. We all know that these BluRay versions are a million times more better looking, and the dvd versions just are cheap looking compared to the bluray. But in a lot of shots when they show us the standard definition version to compare to the bluray version, the standard definition examples are even much wurse then they actually were on dvd. It feels like when the dvd is in 720×570 format, these examples that suppose to represent the standard definition shots look more like 320×240 format or something. Even more pixelated then when i do my dvd versions on full screen. I understand that the contrast is even bigger when they show us the glorious bluray image after that, so it serves the documentary’s purpose well, but i thought it was kind of unfair. Did you notice this to?

  • NCC1701

    Will Deep Space 9 and Voyager get Blu-ray releases and how early can we expect for all 7 season of The Next Generation to be out by.

  • M33

    Here’s an issue. Everytime the enterprise flies by slowly and we see it from the underside, the HD version show a dent in the model which really takes away its believability. Its a commonly used shot and I contacted the company strongly suggesting that they fix it (considering they fix other small flaws). Will this be fixed for the following season releases?

  • M33

    There is a very obvious dent in the underside of the saucer in the regularly used slow flyby shot. It needs fixing badly.

  • Roelof Jan Feersma Hoekstra

    I was wondering when the interview is coming online? I’m very curious about the answers

    • trekcore

      I’m still waiting for CBS to finish checking through the interview before I can publish it unfortunately. They are very busy at the moment, so it’s taking longer than usual. Hopefully soon!! Sorry about the wait

  • M33

    Am I the only one? There is a problem with the shot of the enterprise’s saucer section when seen from underneath heading into the starfield.
    Look at the first image in the Haven screencaps. Find the windows along
    the right side of the phaser banks and go directly down to the edge of
    the saucer where the escape pods are. The model clearly shows some
    waviness, some damage. This shot of the enterprise is used constantly
    and every time I see it, it takes away the believability of the model. I
    contacted Digital media about it and I think it is an easy enough fix
    for the future season releases. They have corrected other mistakes like
    this, and it would only be to the show’s benefit if they do. We need
    others to pass this along to them, just like we all did with the Heart
    of Glory missing phaser shot.

  • M33

    Anyone else see this wavy flaw in the model? I would like to know if CBS Digital will correct this for future episodes.

  • trekcore

    I spoke with CBS Digital who apologise for the delay in publication of the interview. Hopefuilly I can put it online early next week πŸ™‚