I've spent the past few days working out an idea I've had for quite some time, and that has finally borne fruit: To remaster the Outpost 2 videos for modern screen resolutions without losing quality.
Now, I already upscaled the videos from 320x240 to 640x480 a couple years ago, using the FFDShow codec pack, but it was more of a stop-gap measure to get away from the Indeo5 codec than an actual long-term solution. There were a number of issues with this going forward, such as the need to locate and install the correct codec pack, how much more we could upscale without a massive loss in quality, aspect ratio, etc.
To combat this, I have remastered all of the videos into 1920x1080 HD videos using a "Savant Interface" concept that displays the video at its present size (640x480) within an "Incoming Transmission" style. While this is largely a concept more than a final product, I thought I'd share what I've done with you all until I find a more refined way to do this.
There was a relatively marginal increase in total video size due to going up to full 1080 HD, but shouldn't be a much of problem for modern storage capacities and download/bandwith concerns. The in-game videos have been tested and proven to work with the in-game player, though I have only tested them on a 1080 HD resolution and do not know what other screen resolutions will affect the playback.Technical Notes:
For those of you interested, I've posted the codecs I used below to simply things going forward. The only requirement I've noticed for Outpost 2 to actually play them so far is that the audio codec must
remain as it is and cannot be transcoded to anything else.Video Codec Used: H264
(which should be built-in to modern operating systems, or any system with iTunes/Quicktime installed)Audio Codec Used: pcm_s16le
(this is the original codec that the game's built-in player requires for the audio to be played)Compressed Video Size (Upscaled): 152.2 mbUncompressed Video Size (Upscaled): 166.9 mbCompressed Video Size (Remastered): 170.9 mbUncompressed Video Size (Remastered): 388.9 mb
Below I have links to the NTCS Youtube channel for a preview of what to expect, as well as a couple screenshots. At the bottom of this post is a link to download the game-ready video files.
EDIT: Fixed a few formatting issues and added technical notes