Why Some "Remastered" Music Videos Look Awful

Tom Scott
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This isn't "the way they were meant to be seen". • Get a 30-day free trial of CuriosityStream, including access to Nebula and my original series, here: curiositystream.com/tomscott
When ISpulse allowed music labels to "remaster" their original uploads, different videos had very different approaches. Some are in crystal-clear 4K; others are very definitely not. Here's why some of them look terrible.
Animation by William Marler: wmad.co.uk
Sound mix by Graham Haerther: haerther.net
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  1. Tom Scott
    Tom Scott
    9 dögum síðan

    I deliberately tried to stay away from too many All Star puns. Thanks to CuriosityStream for sponsoring, and for helping to pay for all this animation! You can get a free trial from them, including access to Nebula and my original series, here: curiositystream.com/tomscott

    1. zxthehedgehog42
      10 klukkustundum síðan

      Remastering video shouldn’t reduce the frame rate unless you’re working with a master with an original film source. Instead, for 60i/50i, most professional groups use algorithms like QTGMC to interpret the two fields into individual frames, interpreting the position of objects and the differences between each field to produce a 60p or 50p image at the full resolution.

    2. SIIN XX7
      SIIN XX7
      Degi Síðan síðan

      Some-body..... has been having some Captain D. in the past couple of months.

    3. Tomás alimaña
      Tomás alimaña
      2 dögum síðan

      Nice brooklin 99 reference

    4. Anarchy Antz
      Anarchy Antz
      4 dögum síðan

      Alternative title: Smash Mouths number one fan, Tom Scott, has onscreen rant and blue screen of death break down regarding it's All Stars music videos sub par conversion to 4k. Watch in terror as You tubes most beloved red shirt bedecked presenter crumbles. Smash Mouth were unavailable for comment but wished their number one fan all the best in his recovery.

    5. Michael Haney
      Michael Haney
      5 dögum síðan

      Tom, that's cruel. Putting Dr Francis behind a paywall!

  2. Dragonoidalpha
    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Huh...I had no clue that George Orwell could have had cystic fibrosis!

  3. Techno Universal
    Techno Universal
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    All Star was most likely filmed using digital cameras at a low resolution like 720p and they could of easily remastered it to a much better extent if they upscaled the original digital video master files! :)

    1. soinhu foitu
      soinhu foitu
      12 klukkustundum síðan

      This is really cool, but also sort of sad. Almost like “taping Over” history. Would be nice to have an option on the ISpulse Playback window to switch between the old video an

    Degi Síðan síðan

    "Music Movie"

  5. magiblot1
    Degi Síðan síðan

    Doom9 in a nutshell.

  6. Emily An
    Emily An
    Degi Síðan síðan

    for the content.

  7. Kitchen Marshall
    Kitchen Marshall
    Degi Síðan síðan

    678 people got smashed in the mouth by a underpaid VFX Editor.

    1. Emily An
      Emily An
      Degi Síðan síðan

      This video should be retitled as : Tom Scott has a Mental Breakdown because of a Music Video

  8. Cosmicle
    Degi Síðan síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="280">4:40</a> Remasters are lies. Remasters do not entail lying. Remasters are lies.

  9. jippalippa
    Degi Síðan síðan

    SOMEBOOOOODY didn't do his job properly in remastering the videoclip

  10. jackson
    Degi Síðan síðan

    do you think if they had upscaled this today with more modern ai upscaling it would look solid?

  11. Zach Doan
    Zach Doan
    Degi Síðan síðan

    I came from the Smash Mouth comments cause everyone was talking about this video...

  12. Noksus
    2 dögum síðan

    Can't really think of a reason why someone would dislike this video

  13. Ask to seduce Miss
    Ask to seduce Miss
    2 dögum síðan

    This video should be retitled as : Tom Scott has a Mental Breakdown because of a Music Video

  14. chaos
    2 dögum síðan

    I just want the videos with the little pop up info bubbles. Those made the music so much better!!

    1. Ask to seduce Miss
      Ask to seduce Miss
      2 dögum síðan

      Those Wtv pages though

  15. YouTube-Kanal
    2 dögum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2">0:02</a> Aaargh! You didn't censure Sam from Wendover's face!

  16. Cat's Meow
    Cat's Meow
    2 dögum síðan

    The editing on this video is impressively helpful.

  17. MC Fixer
    MC Fixer
    2 dögum síðan

    Can u remaster this video it's too clean and fancy I need it but worse

  18. Brent Fisher
    Brent Fisher
    2 dögum síðan

    FFTW is your friend. Take a non-power-of-2 2D FFT of the original image into the frequency domain, pad the real and imaginary parts with zeroes to half the size of the new video, that do an inverse non-power-of-2 2D FFT back to the time domain. This guarantees every frequency right up to the Nyquist is present.

  19. H
    2 dögum síðan

    this felt like slam poetry! love it

  20. Pendleton 115
    Pendleton 115
    2 dögum síðan

    This is really cool, but also sort of sad. Almost like “taping Over” history. Would be nice to have an option on the ISpulse Playback window to switch between the old video and new one.

  21. Kevin Augerolle
    Kevin Augerolle
    2 dögum síðan

    Nightwish done a remaster of the Islander, best remaster I have ever seen and I had to so a double take tto make sure it wasn't the original as the dates were different

  22. Rosscoff2000
    2 dögum síðan

    That double image, or person in two positions at once, looks like what used to be a common accident in telecine or deinterlacing work where the fields were out out sequence so that the odd field from one frame was merged with the even field from the previous frame (or vice versa).

  23. Chad Peterson
    Chad Peterson
    2 dögum síðan

    How could they do this to our boi Shrek

  24. Ash the killer
    Ash the killer
    2 dögum síðan

    Ur face looks like in this video it was recorded in smash’s mouth at -20 FPS 😂🤣😂

  25. gibbdude
    2 dögum síðan

    You couldn't project it onto a building of that size and have it look good.

  26. Nishchay
    2 dögum síðan

    I am here because of 'Who's here because of Smosh Scott's comments on the All star song.

  27. Lexx2
    2 dögum síðan

    That was fantastic, Tom. A concise, informative breakdown of the remastering process. Thanks!

  28. Rushika Prasad
    Rushika Prasad
    3 dögum síðan

    Is there any way we can watch your series without signing up for curiosity stream?

  29. mjc0961
    3 dögum síðan

    Those Wtv pages though

  30. Stijn
    3 dögum síðan

    Captain Dissolution... pack your bags!

  31. GraveUypo
    3 dögum síðan

    someone get the original and use AI to upscale it.

  32. hen ko
    hen ko
    3 dögum síðan

    This video should be retitled as : Tom Scott has a Mental Breakdown because of a Music Video

  33. captjamus
    3 dögum síðan

    Tom Scott - Helping me learn things I didn't know I wanted to learn.

    1. hen ko
      hen ko
      3 dögum síðan

      You can just use either optical flow or normal frame interpolation to make a lower fps look a lot higher than it is

  34. Poop
    3 dögum síðan

    Yo Tom, you really want to talk bad remastering? Look at how many songs are "Remastered" using different takes than the original, sometimes making the song sound different. Also songs that are remastered from the 20's-50's that have their original aesthetic removed. Technological limitations of an era of music gave it a unique sound that was almost expected. I've heard popular names Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Glen Miller, etc. remastered and it sounds out of place.

  35. Radoslav Ivanov
    Radoslav Ivanov
    3 dögum síðan

    The amount of effort spent to this video is Above Imagination!

  36. IlluminateOW
    3 dögum síðan

    anybody else noticed Jake Peralta at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="13">0:13</a>?

  37. Gambello
    3 dögum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="90">1:30</a> Torille!

  38. Bec querel
    Bec querel
    3 dögum síðan

    Just don't watch the original, watch Shrek instead.

  39. Arta Adamabw
    Arta Adamabw
    3 dögum síðan


  40. Throwiez
    3 dögum síðan

    Why so red for?

  41. dimas raphael
    dimas raphael
    3 dögum síðan

    i came here because im in the mood for all star by smash mouth and i saw the comment section about this video.... i guess im different

  42. rea
    3 dögum síðan

    cheeky 1984 reference-

  43. em diar
    em diar
    3 dögum síðan

    Who cares? Videos are a distraction from what should be an auditory experience. Songs are better listened to, not presented as a soundtrack to some pretentious twat's "vision". But if you insist on watching the video, is it more entertaining if you can see the singer's black heads and nostril hairs in HD? It reminds me of the advent of the CD, when everyone had a hard on for digital fidelity, and threw away their warm, full sounding vinyl to replaced it with tinny, sterile, highly compressed rubbish. The 'fan' who wants their favourite videos to be remastered to modern standards, is the type of philistine who thinks the 1998 colour remake of Psycho was an improvement on the original.

  44. Хумонз Р. Мит
    Хумонз Р. Мит
    3 dögum síðan

    If there is really nothing new in the world of artistic film, why not put something old through a blender and pretend it's new? Such a difficult riddle there. Did you notice that they're doing the same in music?

    1. Brian Seabury
      Brian Seabury
      3 dögum síðan

      nothing has changed. the video artifacts that tom scott is complaining about in all star happened years ago. I don't know about the other videos on the list. what I do know is that there are remastered videos on youtube that are labeled as remastered. both of these types of videos often use the av1 codec. however there are many youtube videos that use av1 not labeled as remasters and the originals with codec changes that look the same except without encoding artifacts and they now have the ability to be upscaled to larger screens. admittedly the world is going to hell but advertisers are still paying for ads on music videos and these new formats not only save money. some of them indeed look better so its a win win. all around. personally I don't mind ads, it allows capitalism to actually work. companies can explain why you want their product and you can decide to buy that product if you want it. people have to buy food and water to survive at the very least. If the things advertised were things you were already going to buy or at least things you think are a good idea youre favorite youtubers(sic missing word) benefit and at the same time youre 1 view is essentially worth less than a penny. If you tried to pay youtubers for what your view is worth, the transaction fee would be worth more than the cost of the video which is why youtubers that do that bundle theyre videos or even a group of youtubers bundle their videos together for a monthly fee.

  45. Riko Nata
    Riko Nata
    3 dögum síðan

    It's that time of year again, when Tom forgot how much of a pain it is to do massive videos like this.

  46. Dudok22
    3 dögum síðan


  47. Tito
    3 dögum síðan

    This is sorta like what Ted Turner did to old black-and-white films.

  48. Fettjagt Harald
    Fettjagt Harald
    3 dögum síðan

    Whos here from the all star comments?

  49. AsumiLuna
    3 dögum síðan

    You can just use either optical flow or normal frame interpolation to make a lower fps look a lot higher than it is

  50. shi uido
    shi uido
    3 dögum síðan

    It's a bit strange to hear the archaic use of the term "video" rather than what we are used to!

  51. MonkeyManGames
    3 dögum síðan

    can i just say that tom is one of the coolest people? i mean seriously, he's accomplished so much.

  52. Reynuald The Crusader
    Reynuald The Crusader
    4 dögum síðan

    How I found this channel: I was watching smash mouth when I looked at the comments and I see a lot of people talking about this Tom Scott fella, so i searched up his channel and now I'm here.

  53. Owen Steinberg
    Owen Steinberg
    4 dögum síðan

    Any one here from all star?

  54. Bloom
    4 dögum síðan

    I feel like I just watched a Captain Disillusion video

  55. xoobo vola
    xoobo vola
    4 dögum síðan

    I am so sorry for the people that had to re-master Last Christmas, listening to it for hours and hours and hours...

  56. TheMarionick
    4 dögum síðan

    You look like a senior teenager.

    1. xoobo vola
      xoobo vola
      4 dögum síðan

      Is that Mat Gray at 6:13??

  57. Matt Major
    Matt Major
    4 dögum síðan

    Smash Mouth’s All-Star remaster isn’t the sharpest video in the shed.

  58. Quentin
    4 dögum síðan

    I love how he's always wearing a blue shirt.

  59. P Dub
    P Dub
    4 dögum síðan

    It's the same for remastered audio recordings. Since the remastering craze that hit music in the late 1990s, the record companies have been trying to make old hits sound newer by changing some of the aspects of the original two channel final mixes. The result is louder output with massively clipped peaks (vocals are even clipped, which sound so much worse) that makes the recordings sound lifeless. To make up for that, they've changed the stereo image around to the point that it is no longer mono compatible.

    4 dögum síðan

    Who came here after watching all star ND looking at the comments

  61. Cherokee Whitney
    Cherokee Whitney
    4 dögum síðan

    Tom, can you make a just dance background for me

  62. Alonso Guzman
    Alonso Guzman
    4 dögum síðan

    Now, you made all the All Star comments referencing you..

  63. Michael John Oneill
    Michael John Oneill
    4 dögum síðan

    Tom, I just want to thank you for including captions for all your videos. We so appreciate it!

  64. sluthster
    4 dögum síðan

    Why “Tom Scott” only wears red shirts

  65. Yungg_Smokez
    4 dögum síðan

    You’ve officially ruined my childhood

  66. Maisie Hoyle
    Maisie Hoyle
    4 dögum síðan


  67. G. Smith
    G. Smith
    4 dögum síðan

    Very sadly reminds me of the tragedy that is the Buffy HD remaster.

  68. 2o4II112II26o2
    4 dögum síðan

    Chill Out - you're talking too fast

  69. Miraculous Caz
    Miraculous Caz
    4 dögum síðan

    Bruh your hairline is wack

  70. TIMELORD327
    4 dögum síðan

    Happens with some HD remasters of TV shows too

  71. neejoy sola
    neejoy sola
    4 dögum síðan

    Sony Vegas and "Smart" resample, will happily do that ghosting effect to otherwise good quality footage. Maybe they rendered this with that turd of a software.

  72. Matthew Woods
    Matthew Woods
    4 dögum síðan

    Is that Mat Gray at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="373">6:13</a>??

    1. neejoy sola
      neejoy sola
      4 dögum síðan

      Remastering: If in doubt, don't

  73. Gunaditya Tripathi
    Gunaditya Tripathi
    4 dögum síðan

    All Star's comment section brought me here

  74. The K Corner
    The K Corner
    4 dögum síðan

    Is nobody going to talk about how amazingly edited this video is

  75. Max
    4 dögum síðan

    Nebula? lmao

  76. Albin oxcide
    Albin oxcide
    4 dögum síðan

    Your a virgin

  77. sleepy
    4 dögum síðan

    hey anyone know where I would wanna start if I want to learn how to edit like this? I’m especially captivated by Tom being a constant while the effects add on!

  78. hxrini.
    4 dögum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="270">4:30</a> "Top ten ways to make people look for video Easter eggs." You got me this time Tom, you got me.

  79. Have an Adventure
    Have an Adventure
    5 dögum síðan

    Hi, Tom. I don't know how to DM anyone so I will ask here. I have never seen anyone who has so many ideas and so many different ideas. And you find the most obscure information ever. So, where do you find all of these ideas? What is your secret source? Thank you so much.

    5 dögum síðan

    I'm watching this because earlier i watched your Pineapple fingerprint removal thing content