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Postby spudthedestroyer on Thu Aug 05, 2004 7:14 am

*sigh*

I'll waste my bandwidth then:
ed2k: Crusade.1x01.350mb.Sample.Spud.avi  [3.93 Mb] [Stats]

in the meantime, get yourself a better browser you erm... swine... :wacky:

BTW episode 2 was on last night, which is now captured awaiting encoding :)
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Postby Blade Runner on Thu Aug 05, 2004 10:53 am

can't you just release the full version now spud :mrgreen: so we can star getting it spread
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Postby Kemlo on Thu Aug 05, 2004 2:09 pm

Sample looks nice, but the resolution seems a bit high for the bitrate. Still, as long as it still looks as good on the brighter scenes, who cares ? ;)
I'll be downloading it if you release it :)

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Postby mw2merc on Thu Aug 05, 2004 7:44 pm

Got the sample. Just had to R-click 'save target as'. Worked fine. Remove the sample from Mule if you want, but if you plan on spreading the series, just as good to keep it there.

Looks good. Audio is a bit scratchy, but don't remember if that's on purpose on that ep.
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Fri Aug 06, 2004 9:44 am

Kemlo wrote:Sample looks nice, but the resolution seems a bit high for the bitrate. Still, as long as it still looks as good on the brighter scenes, who cares ? ;)
I'll be downloading it if you release it :)

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really? Gknot showed compressability of 149837% :lol: I think it broke :mrgreen:

So 640x480 is too high you say, I thought that as long as the bitrate was high enough ie. > 1000kb/s, the framesize should be bumped up higher., meaning there'll be less pixelation and mess on high motion scenes and the movie looks better when its stretched to fullscreen. Or that's what I was told. You should drop the resolution lower only if the bitrate is much lower.

The bits/pixel is 0.133. I can lower the resolution if you think that's better, I mean I haven't released them, i still have the DV files and I won't be sharing them until after frighteners has spread (be next week probably).

Your call guys (and klemo :mrgreen: )
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Fri Aug 06, 2004 10:02 am

Uploading another sample of a much brighter seen, scanning through in nandub, I can see some artifacts that aren't in the source avi, I guess your right about the resolution then klemo.

What should I change the resolution to?
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Postby Kemlo on Fri Aug 06, 2004 12:38 pm

You're right about bumping up the res when you have a high bitrate, but remember that a 4:3 rip has FAR more pixels and detail to encode than a 2.35:1 rip, and so the bitrate must be a lot higher to be able to support a horizontal resolution of 640.
Without being able to test the files myself, I can't really say what the best res would be. If you are targetting a 350MB filesize though, I would guess</i> that 576x432 might be a better choice, but that is only a guess.

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Postby spudthedestroyer on Fri Aug 06, 2004 2:32 pm

okay, I'll move it down. As said, the comp test has killed itself, and I normally use that as a guide :lol:

I'll re-encode with a low res. Its fine for the most part, but then I was examing frames in nandub and a few of them were covered in pixel gunk :(

Good job i still got the source. That looks quality so I'll keep going till they are perfect. Trying not to spoil them by watching them until I finish B5, but at the same time preview them for quality :lol:

BTW, I'm upto 5x05, which are coming ffrom emule due to a lack of DVDs :matrix: I have to say that one of my favourite episodes of B5 has to be 5x04 with the two technicians walking about... just goes to show how crap security is on B5 with all the crew and ambassadors walking around talking in front of everyone :lol:
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Postby Blade Runner on Fri Aug 06, 2004 2:38 pm

spudthedestroyer wrote: just goes to show how crap security is on B5 with all the crew and ambassadors walking around talking in front of everyone :lol:


It's always been like that, :wacky: Londo's always pissed in the bar :mrgreen: but security is always floating around somewhere, especially that really good actor who plays Zack Allen :eatthis:
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Fri Aug 06, 2004 3:25 pm

lol, yeah but not in the lifts apparantly :lol:

Who needs telepaths, ai? ::mrgreen:
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Postby mw2merc on Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:15 am

Kemlo wrote:You're right about bumping up the res when you have a high bitrate, but remember that a 4:3 rip has FAR more pixels and detail to encode than a 2.35:1 rip, and so the bitrate must be a lot higher to be able to support a horizontal resolution of 640.

True ONLY if you keep the 640 not 480, but why would anyone try & use a Scope layout for this TV show?

Kemlo wrote:If you are targetting a 350MB filesize though, I would guess</i> that 576x432 might be a better choice, but that is only a guess.

/Kemlo

That's not a bad choice. Still alot bigger than 352x240 or 320x240 resolutions and should play easier than the current sample.
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Postby mw2merc on Sat Aug 07, 2004 3:43 am

Babylon 5 - The Movie Collection
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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... d&n=507846


1) In The Beginning
2) The Gathering
3) Thirdspace
4) River of Souls
5) A Call to Arms

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
Run Time: 469 minutes
Production Company: Warner Home Video
Package Type: Digipak
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen anamorphic
DVD Encoding: Region 1
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese


Edition Details:
Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.)
Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Box set
'Commentary' by series creator J. Michael Straczynski, along with key cast and crew members for each movie
'Introduction' by creator J. Michael Straczynski to each of the five movies: In The Beginning, The Gathering, Thirdspace, River of Souls, A Call to Arms
'Audio commentaries' by series creator, J. Michael Straczynski, along with key cast and crew members for each movie
'Creating the Future' a featurette about how Babylon 5 and Science Fiction influenced each other
Number of discs: 5



I figure these will show up in a week to 2 on FH or SC. So don't feel the need to buy, rip, & distro these. but I figure many of us are waiting for these.
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Sat Aug 07, 2004 9:30 am

I saw a similar R2 one when looking for S5 release date:
Babylon 5 - Movie Collection: Third Space / Call To Arms / River Of Souls

I don't know why there's only 3, I guess its cos The Gathering and In the Begining are already available on DVD?


I did a re-encode test at 576 and to be honest, it looked worse. I'll maybe try a divx and see how that looks :)
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Sat Aug 07, 2004 10:03 am

aha, forget divx, I got the xvid compressability test working, using that its a recommendation of 544 (and I can get a 0% AR error at that res too :) ).

As said, I'll keep going till it looks right, since I'm spreading an infect file atm :)
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Sun Aug 08, 2004 2:32 pm

i went seeking outside help for the encoding tips:
http://www.fileheaven.org/forum/viewtop ... 698#225698
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Postby Blade Runner on Sun Aug 08, 2004 5:23 pm

Talk about teasing :roll: :matrix:
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Mon Aug 09, 2004 8:16 am

problem solved... it turns out that method of deinterlacing wasn't very good in this case :o
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Postby Blade Runner on Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:39 am

Come on Spud, what you doing, filming a remake? :wink: I've been waiting for a decent copy for ages (meaning since you mentioned about capping them)
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Postby spudthedestroyer on Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:09 am

lol, just encoding episode 2 in the corrected format now. It came out undersized by 20mb which was too much.

Next episode is on to night, its wednesday today right? :wacky:
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Postby Blade Runner on Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:11 am

Hmmm, of course, which time zone are you in this time? :wink:
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