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I've been using HcGUI for years and have never had a problem like you are describing.
To get around the problem with Yamb, you might try remuxing into an MKV container with Mkv Merge GUI, then extracting the h.264 from the MKV with Mkv Extract GUI. Mabye Yamb will be able to mux that h.264 stream into a new MP4 file.
Or mabye AviDemux will have better luck.
Okay, but what about HCGUI. You can see on the Youtube video that it recognises time well.It works with the Yamb output file. Yet, it outputs a short movie. You can see it on my video. What did I do wrong? I did everything as you described. You see that Directshow is not in the new script any more. So what is it that is still confilcting???
Did you select a frame range again?
nr. of frames to encode: 8756
frames to encode: 0 - 8755
nr. of frames: 8756
HCEnc logs say it encoded them all . If there were more than 8756 frames, then the problem isn't HCEnc's fault, the problem occurred earlier in your workflow. HCEnc can only encode what you feed it.
Is the yamb crash with demuxing, or remuxing ? You can try mp4muxer, or mymp4boxgui as well. But the fact that it crashes with only 2 files, and not the others, suggests something is different about those 2 files.
But you're judging this HCEnc encoded video duration based on Windows Explorer. It cannot parse elementary streams correctly. Mux it then report back on the duration. Or Use gspot or mediainfo, what does it say about the duration of 11.m2v?
The log says 8756 frames encoded. That's correct. 8756 frames / 25 = 350.24 seconds = 5.83 minutes or 5:50
If I watch the video in a player, it plays until 4:32. The video should be 5:50 however. It is not only the Explorer that sees 4:32.
Which media player? Many cannot play elementary streams properly either
Answer the question above with gspot, or multiplex it with the audio then check it
Try one of the other programs suggested above either to demux and/or remux , or use DirectShowSource with Trim if your directshow filters give repeated frames
I'm not going to download a few GB
I'll try it once more with directshow, if I don't succeed, I'll leave it as is. I will export the sound and make a CD instead of a DVD. This whole project is a pain in the neck. Those should **** that who split the world to NTSC and PAL.
Guys, what do I have to select at Chroma downsampling in HCGUI? I only selected interlaced in the Encoding options section, but there is that chroma downsampling, too. When I showed you how my HCGUI is set, you might have seen it was left on progressive. But is that okay?
After all this struggle, I am wondering what if the 25 fps conversion done by my DVD burning software is also good, only my stupid player software didn't play it fine because of that PAL NTSC problem.
Your DVD burning software should not have converted anything, just muxed the M2V and AC3 audio into a VOB file, and built the VIDEO_TS structure. It has no idea the video was once 60i, all it sees is the 25i M2V file.
Nono, I refer to that before complaining here I tried to convert the 60 fps mp4 to DVD files by another software, actually with 4 other softwares, but the vob files were always jerky in the end. And after that I came here. I just wondered if that was the problem of the converting or only the media player software. But I tried it, and those vobs are also jerky on the TV.
Guys, could you also write me how to modify the script if I want to convert 60p to 25p this way? MAybe from this time on I will use the Camcorder in 720p, because this i thing is a pain in the neck. But I am sure I will have to make some DVDs later too, so it would be useful to know the method for p when I will need it. What is the script, then?
import("C:\Program Files (x86)\AviSynth 2.5\plugins\SmoothFPS2.avs") ffMpegSource2("filename.mp4") LanczosResize(720,576) SmoothFPS2(25,1)
based on jagabo's info that clip is de-facto interlaced I loaded your clip (trees by the lake) into Sony Vegas, version 8, pretty old one, but any vegas or Studio should work as well,
set properties for project to 30i, 1920,1080, upper field first, and exported through frame server, and it is nice 30i video,
Avisynth loading frame server avi to deal with smoothfps2() function only in the script. I see it is only for your friend, one time thing only, then you do scripts above, no videoeditor.
^ _Al_'s suggestion does work .
Not only is it an editor - the benefit here is Vegas seems to ignore the problems with the framerate of your files (there are no repeat frames, or stuck frames). It might even open the 2 "damaged"? files , because you are not demuxing the files. You need to use install debugmode framesever as well, but I don't know if it works with the free trial. It's worth giving a shot.
Think of it as replacing the yamb step. The frameserver makes a "dummy" fake AVI, which you open with avisynth script, then you use basically the same script
frame rate conversion done with mvtools2.dll are better (if there is no obvious mistake, picture distortion for frame or two) than done in Vegas, tested once with 30p to 60p, mvtools2.dll has to process separate clips, no crossfades etc..
I understand now. I thought he misunderstood the initial goal, and suggests doing for 30i than struggling with 25i.
But actually the script works, no Yamb needed. This problem with the file length was not a real problem. Only my video player saw the file to be shorter. It seems quite stupid, but me as a regular user, I had no clue that these players don't open files correctly. Who would wonder they would only open a part of it, it is quite annoying. It made me struggle for 3 days when actually there was no problem at all.
So hopefully now I can make that DVD. We'll see the result soon. But my eyes hurt now because of this torment, so I have to take a small break...
I have just finished converting all my files from this concert, and burned the videos to DVD, the outcome is satisfying. It is way much better than a usual program doing the conversion. So thank you for your help.
However, there were some minor problems during the conversion. Could we make it clear so I can avoid these errors in the future?:
1. There were some audio sync problems. I have used directshow with HcGUI, and I always set to convert half of the frames that HCGUI detected in the end frame box in HcGUI. Maybe this is not correct this way?
2. There were 2 errors in 2 of my mp4. When using the camcorder to play back the videos, there is no problem, but in the m2v files there are jumps in the video at those error points, and the video will have audio sync problems after the jump. So I guess it would be useful to prepare the mp4 files that Sony Vegas way that AL suggested, next time. Can that solve the problem? I wrote you earlier that Yamb also freezes on those errors.
3. I used this as final script:
Import("C:\Program Files\AviSynth 2.5\plugins\SmoothFPS2.avs")
Load_Stdcall_plugin("C:\Program Files\AviSynth 2.5\plugins\yadif.dll")
Can I replace the Directshowsource in this with ffMpegSource2("1z.MP4", atrack=1, fpsnum=30000, fpsden=1001)? When You suggested me the FFMPEGsource, the Smoothfps.avs was not included in that script.
With ffmpeg the video opens with the correct frame rate. I guess if I use HcGui with that, I should't have audiosync problems, right?
I am a bit confused about the whole thread,eventualy about the exact process of How to convert from 60fps to 25fps to get continuous video. Simply I am loosing myself in it. Can you please describe once more, in few steps, how did you succeded to get satisfactory PAL stream from 60fps HD?
Me, and some visitors, would meet this info. Step by step, not in details, I do not ask you for superdetailed manual.
BTW, I found, that today only CINEMA TOOL from FinalCutPro can make contious 59.94p do 50p/25i conversion. But it is not free tool and unfortunately for not Window´s OSs.
Here are the links for what you need:
You need to install AviSynth, TMPGENC. Extract SmoothFPS, Yadif and mvtools. Copy those to AviSynth's plugins folder (in Program Files/Avisynth/Plugins).
Extract HCGUI. You don't need to install it, it runs without that.
As jagabo mentioned: "you may need to install a DirectShow MP4 reader/splitter. Haali should work too."
Then make a new TXT document in Windows, and rename it to have "avs" as extension. Like: script.avs. Open that file with notepad, and copy the following code to the file:
Import("C:\Program Files (x86)\AviSynth 2.5\plugins\SmoothFPS2.avs")
Load_Stdcall_plugin("C:\Program Files (x86)\AviSynth 2.5\plugins\yadif.dll")
Modify the path in Import, Load_Stdcall_plugin and DirectShowSource to the path you have on your computer. In directshowsource, the 1z.mp4 refers to the file you want to convert. Just modify this to the name of your file. Make sure you put that video file into the HCGUI directory.
Save the file.
Copy your .avs script file to the HCGUI folder.
Then run HCGUI. In HCGUI:
- Open the avs file pressing: Input.
- Press Output, and give a name to your output file.
- Set max bitrate to:9000.
- Press: All Frames Button.
- On the Settings1 panel set these: interlaced, TFF, tick Constant Quantization, set Quant value to 2, tick check VBV/max bitrate. Leave Chroma Downsampling in progressive.
Then all you need to do is to press the Encode button.
When your m2v file is ready, run TMPGENC, because the m2v file is without sound, you need to put back the sound to the video. Go to File menu, MPEG Tools. Click on Simple Multiplexing. Choose the m2v file as video, and for audio the sound of the original file you converted. Select a name for the output, and start the multiplexing.
You can get the audio out of the original file by opening it by Goldwave, then saving it as Wav. Then open the wav in Audacity, and save it as an AC3 file. You can use this file in TMPGENC.
When you are ready, you get an mpeg from TMPGENC. You can use this file to burn it on DVD in interlaced mode, TFF, choosing not to convert the mpeg by the DVD maker. You can do this with Corel Movie Factory.
This is the process, but the guys here who helped wrote the script specifically for my mp4 video files, and for converting those to PAL DVD 25i. My mp4's are 60i accoarding to the camcorder, but 30i in reality, this was also considered when they suggested me the script. If you want to convert different files, like ones in 60p to 25p, you may need to ask the guys here to recommend a script for you that is suitable for your files. So you should upload a sample file and ask them what they suggest, first.