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Hi, Newbie question. :oops: I'm hoping someone can point me to an already-existing tutorial or helpful thread on how to best clean up a single frame exported from a DVD. Beyond using Sharpen, I'm at a loss. Is there some kind of filter I should try, a series of steps I can use? I searched in Help & on the Forums but couldn't find anything. Running XP w/Paint Net 3.0. Thanks very much!

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Hi Rick, yes--3.08, sorry. Thanks!

Ash: Hi! Post a pic...? Why? I mean--how will that help? me <<--- confused.

It's a set of PAL DVDs; I'm doing a piece for a website, & am trying to figure out the best way to ensure image-quality looks as good as (or better than) that of the DVDs, which weren't mastered as well as one might hope. ;) I have a number of screencaps to work with, so everything's variable; indoor shots, outdoor, daytime, night, etc.

I'll look around here tomorrow to figure out how to post something if you think that'll help... I just thought surely someone else is using the program for this purpose or one like it (ie working with media images, as opposed to images a person's created), & that maybe there was stuff I could do, a series of steps, some kind of 'noise'-reduction feature or plug-in, that might enhance image-quality. Thanks for the fast replies! --e

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Are you looking to raise the quality of a film? Paint.NET only works with static images.

If you're looking to enhance the quality of a screen capture, that we can help with. To post an image, you first must upload it to an online image hosting server, such as photobucket.com or imageshack.us. Once uploaded, place the URL of the file inside of tags in a post. I believe both PhotoBucket and ImageShack will generate the tags for you.

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Post a pic....why....why not?

1. Different pic will need different adjustment.

2. Let us see what you have in mind.

3. Pic worth 1000 words....my sig.

4. etc etc....

I do work with tins of photos, not just creating images.

For de-noise use surface blur from http://paintdotnet.12.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=4367

For the pic you posted I would adjust Brightness & Contrast to make the images more defined.

But IMO DVD screen cap would be very nice for web already, unless it's a home made DVD :?

Hope that helps.

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Post a pic....why....why not?

1. Different pic will need different adjustment.

Hi Ash! Yes, I know--but I can't bug people each time I want help, so was hoping that there was a general set of procedures I could follow, if you see what I mean?...

For de-noise use surface blur from http://paintdotnet.12.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=4367

Excellent! I'll go check that out, many thanks!

For the pic you posted I would adjust Brightness & Contrast to make the images more defined.

But IMO DVD screen cap would be very nice for web already, unless it's a home made DVD :?

Ok, maybe I'm being too fussy then? I mean, I can sharpen the first pic, obviously, & other than that I guess it's okay; the sky in the second pic looks like it's kind of... chunky, I don't know the word--like pieces of color are just missing, I assume because I saved it down to such a small size. So I am not sure if anything can be done there.

Thanks again for helping, I appreciate it--and the fast replies from people! I guess I'll just learn as I go, then, with each pic. :) --e

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Hmm, I know with my DVD player it saves them automatically as a .jpg and not that good at that, but once I changed it to .png it seemed to sort it. Now as your using it for a website I would try a different file type such as .gif. You may be able to change such a setting in the preferences of your application.

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Hi Ash! Yes, I know--but I can't bug people each time I want help, so was hoping that there was a general set of procedures I could follow, if you see what I mean?...

Excellent! I'll go check that out, many thanks!

Ok, maybe I'm being too fussy then? I mean, I can sharpen the first pic, obviously, & other than that I guess it's okay; the sky in the second pic looks like it's kind of... chunky, I don't know the word--like pieces of color are just missing, I assume because I saved it down to such a small size. So I am not sure if anything can be done there.

Thanks again for helping, I appreciate it--and the fast replies from people! I guess I'll just learn as I go, then, with each pic. :) --e

1. I understand :) and don't worry about bugging people, most people here are very willing to help :) and some are quite skilled.

2. You're welcome!

3. Depends on what you want. (tips: screen cap at highest settings as you can, save in PNG cuz it's better then JPG.)

Good luck! 8)

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Hmm, I know with my DVD player it saves them automatically as a .jpg and not that good at that, but once I changed it to .png it seemed to sort it. Now as your using it for a website I would try a different file type such as .gif. You may be able to change such a setting in the preferences of your application.

Good suggestion & I'll try to implement it. But, problem is--without going on in excruciating detail--these are PAL DVDs, so they are VOB files, which makes everything much more of a pain in the butt. Esp if you want to not just save single frames but also know exactly what frame you're selecting. And have a step feature to select them with. VLC, for ex, can handle VOB files, unlike other progs, but it's made for packets so it can't deal with frame-select. Many media players can't do this either (even if they have a step feature they don't give frame info) ...because, I assume, most people don't want or need that feature, so basically I had to find a way to export to Mpeg2 & work from there. (Ulead or something higher end would probably save me the hassle of converting but I can't afford that stuff.) So anyway I convert them with Streamclip (which is a great little program--fast, free, works beautifully); then find the frames I need with VirtualDubMod. From there it was either IrfanView, which is good for a lot of stuff but not this, so much, or just Micro$oft Paint, which as we all know is, ah, kind of limited. But free--I can't afford Photoshop. Thus I emigrated here. :D

I'll see if I can't get better qualify from png files, will post if they look significantly improved--thanks for the suggestions! --e

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