VirtualDub MSU OldCinema Filter 2.0

MSU Graphics & Media Lab (Video Group)

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Algorithm: Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin
Implementation: Vladimir Popov, Nikolai Trunichkin

This filter is intended to achieve an "Old cinema" effect. You can vary color correction algorithm and add various artifacts, so video looks like "chronicle".


  • Several color correction types
  • Vertical Stripes
  • Small and large noise
  • Emulsion exfoliation effect

Changes in version 2.0

  • Improved vertical scratch generation algorithm
  • Added large spots generation algotithm
  • Added new color correction algorithms
  • Improved spots: black and white, and various sizes
  • Added image flicking


Filter has simple and advanced settings:

Внешний вид фильтра

Filter supports VirtualDub job control, so it is usable in AviSynth. Example:

LoadVirtualDubPlugin("..\VirtualDub\plugins\MSU Old cinema.vdf","Old_cinema", 0)
clip=AVISource("D:\work\video\film.avi", false, "RGB24")
return clip.ConvertToRGB32.Old_cinema(247, 223, 181, 0, 1, 10, 10, 15, 70, 3, 20, 5, 50, 150, 0, 1, 100)

Filter parameters

Parameters filter

Filter parameters:

  • 16. Color correction
    No Changes - there is no color correction
    Manual Linear - linear transform from color to black&white video
    1. Red - Correct red color
    2. Green - Correct green color
    3. Blue - Correction Blue parameter
    Yellow Shift - colors are faded to yellow
    Blue Shift - colors are faded to blue
  • Fade effect
    4. True/False activate effect transfer from "Color cinema" to "Old cinema"
    5. If True then we transfer from "Color cinema" to "Old cinema", if False then transfer from "Old cinema" to "Color cinema"
    6. Start frame number
    7. Duration of transfer (in frames)
  • Roller`s track
    8. Number of tracks
    9. Clarity tracks
  • Scratch settings
    10. Number of scratches
    11. Probability of scratch
    12. How many frames scratch will be shown
    13. Clearness of scratch
    17. Scratch thickness
  • Border fade
    14. Shape of ellipse. If this parameter is greater, ellipse transforms into rectangle
    15. Fade sharpness. If this parameter is greater, pixels outside ellipse fade less
  • Show noise - display large noise
  • Screen shivering
  • Effect light lamp - colours are faded at the image border
  • Random noise on screen - display small noise
  • Flicking - light intensity is changes randomly
  • Big noise - display large spots


Let's consider results of the filter on a test sequence "Foreman".

Frame from film
source frame from "Foreman"sequence
after Filter
after MSU Old Cinema, use "Yellow shift" color correction

The next example demonstrates the usage of the "Real old cinema" preset. Certainly, you can adjust the amount of noise, spot, scratches and other types of artifacts regardless of the preset as every film features its own adjustments.

sourse frame, from film Terminator-2
source frame from "Foreman" sequence
frame, after filter works
after filter MSU Old Cinema work
(preset "Real old cinema")

исходный кадр из фильма
source frame from "Flower" sequence
кадр, обработанный MSU Old cinema
after filter MSU Old Cinema work
(preset "Real old cinema")


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Last updated: 12-May-2022

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Project sponsored by YUVsoft Corp.

Project supported by MSU Graphics & Media Lab