Let's try this again, and hopefully this is alright. And if it isn't, I'm sorry.
I would like to work with R2 anime dvds. My goal is to create advanced, "professional" encodes, so I want to work with all of the hard stuff. I would like to use megui or avisynth because I heard from an encoder whose work I very much respect that this is a good combination.
This person said they use a filter chain. This way they could change the filter per scene. These are placed in a text file i think. He said not very many people use his method, but that's how he get such good results. He also said it takes a very long time. One of his filter chains might look sort of like this...
p1 = trim(0,5770).filter1
p1 = trim(5771,65343).filter2
Anyways, I don't really understand much of what he said, but he also said to browse the stream with vdm and a huff. And, that he just "knows" what filter to use after looking at it from experience.
He also said he has his own modified filters specifically for anime, but I don't have access to those. He did also recommended the following: limitedsharpen and gradfun2db.
Anyways, if you read all of this, thanks so much for your time, and I really appreciate any time you take to write a response.
By the way I'm just encoding for myself and practice. Just to clarify.
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Originally Posted by prnoct90
As to the 'huff' reference, he may mean using the lossless codec HuffyUV. I prefer Lagarith, also lossless. These let you work on the video frame by frame if needed, and since they are lossless, after filtering, you can convert them back to a more compressed format with minimal quality loss from the filtering. After you get some idea how the filters work, then you can write a AVISynth script and speed up and streamline the process quite a bit. It does take a bit of practice to properly use filters and end up with an improvement over the original files.
And welcome to our forums.
I do some anime funsubbing (with unlicensed material in my area). This is how I do it:
I use virtualdub, even for HD sources. I have enabled the mpeg2/vob support off course, using the correct plug in. Then, I resize and de-interlace smart or inverse telecine. The next step is to do some filtering: I filter with neatvideo for random noise, I fix the colour or/and the white balance (necessary on older anime or anime captured from LD/VHS/Whatever), and if it is needed I enhance the lines with some specific filters. I finalize with a 2 pass H264 encoding.
The result is an avi file in the size I wished to have it. Then, I remux it with MVKtoolnix and I add the soft subtitles. That's it.
With avisynth you can do the same "automatically", with the correct "script". But I prefer the virtualdub way, because I can monitor and preview the whole process.