old function explanation `DeHalo_alpha` works by downscaling the source according to `rx` and `ry` with a mitchell bicubic ($b=\nicefrac{1}{3},\ c=\nicefrac{1}{3}$) kernel, scaling back to source resolution with blurred bicubic, and checking the difference between a minimum and maximum (check [3.2.14](#masking){reference-type="ref" reference="masking"} if you don't know what this means) for both the source and resized clip. The result is then evaluated to a mask according to the following expressions, where $y$ is the maximum and minimum call that works on the source, $x$ is the resized source with maximum and minimum, and everything is scaled to 8-bit: $$\texttt{mask} = \frac{y - x}{y + 0.0001} \times \left[255 - \texttt{lowsens} \times \left(\frac{y + 256}{512} + \frac{\texttt{highsens}}{100}\right)\right]$$ This mask is used to merge the source back into the resized source. Now, the smaller value of each pixel is taken for a lanczos resize to $(\texttt{height} \times \texttt{ss})\times(\texttt{width} \times \texttt{ss})$ of the source and a maximum of the merged clip resized to the same resolution with a mitchell kernel. The result of this is evaluated along with the minimum of the merged clip resized to the aforementioned resolution with a mitchell kernel to find the minimum of each pixel in these two clips. This is then resized to the original resolution via a lanczos resize, and the result is merged into the source via the following:
if original < processed
    x - (x - y) * darkstr
    x - (x - y) * brightstr