I had been using the initial PC release version 1.0.1 (I also see it listed as 1.0.2?) as soon as the program first came out with only 3 settings - HQ, CG, and LQ. I discovered the LQ settings had some very specific uses and gave the best results on old Playstation One video files with a resolution of 640x150. Unfortunately, upgrading to the latest release, none of the settings give the same results.
To my amazement, the V 1.0.1 (or 1.0.2?) LQ setting revealed a line of the text on the tombstone in a video reading “Human Entertainment…” which was the name of the developer of this game. I guess they thought the resolution would be too low to tell. This was never discernible on my other traditional blowups - bicubic, lanczos, spline, etc. All 4 settings on V 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 do not give the results of the LQ setting from 1.0.1/1.0.2. It wasn’t perfect for everything, but I just generally prefer how the old LQ setting made these particular videos look. Can this please be added back under a new LQ name? The more settings the merrier right? And if not, I need to try to get the old version back on my system to complete my project.
Also note that Artemis HQ adds some strange white dots that faded into this shot and were very distracting - none of the other settings produced this. This occurs on 1.2.1 and 1.2.2. I can see this setting would otherwise be useful (without the white dots) on some others shots, but still would greatly prefer the original LQ be added back somehow. Also, I’m not including Gaia HQ since it looked absolutely unusable with this source.
Source Image - 640 x 150
V 1.0.1 LQ Setting (BEST) - Look at “Human” on the tombstone
Artemis HQ (Notice the random white spots)
Artemis LQ (almost pixelated appearance)
Update: I was able to find an installer that gives me version 1.1.0 with the original 3 settings, including the original LQ:
2nd Update: I kept seeing mention of the Artemis MQ mode that was removed and thought it might be the equivalent of the original LQ mode. I tracked down a copy of V 1.2.0 and turns out the original LQ was an entirely different setting from MQ. The original LQ is in a league of it’s own for this particular source material.