Just listening to the newest Home Theater Geeks ep. 191 - with Jeremy Kipnis.
All this talk of very high end video and audio for the home made me think about the future of old tv re-runs.
I think, that in the very near future, tv reruns of monetary value, will be re-mastered using 3D texture mapped sets and re-mastered audio both dialogue and soundtrack.
Think about, lets say - The Honeymooners. I believe The Honeymooners is available only by kinescoped copies and on film that is now mostly destroyed or poorly maintained. Now imagine whole characters of Ralph, Ed, Alice and Trixie and sets of the Honeymooners digitally recreated and texture mapped down to such a level that we would not be able to tell the difference between reality and CG. A software could scan in the shows and plot and map the characters where they should be and use the original audio as a guide for the lip sync of the mouth movements and the audio its self for recreation of the vocals, audience laughter and recreation of the orchestral instruments.
The greater initial costs would be in developing the software and the characters likenesses, including accounting for realistic body movements and recreated voice inflection. Once those have been mastered, all the shows could be scanned in and old shows that were in crappy old kinescope, could now be rendered at what ever video ratio and bit level and even rendered in 3D video and audio and even include alternate shot angles.
One other thought I had would be that using this technique, studios could potentially make new programs.
So, that's my futuristic thought. I foresee this being a mere say ten years away - or less.
What are your thoughts? :)