Can someone pls tell me what this means and if I should worry?
Code:[libx264 @ 00000000035f1fe0] direct=auto not used on the first pass
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It means you didn't use direct auto on the first pass but activated it in a following pass. You shouldn't do that but it's not the end of the world.
Thanks. That is very strange though because I did not include it in the second pass either unless there is some other option that implicitly invokes it. I use the x264 BD authoring guide, and there is no direct=auto option in any of those examples. Not sure how this crept into my scripts.
Presets slow to placebo imply direct auto but irregardless of the pass. So you must have set different settings explicitly.
I did not know that. Thanks. Since my preset is veryslow, the question is now, what option is turning it off? I guess I will just add direct=auto to my script.
Maybe you ran the first pass with a different preset and the stat file was still there?
Either way it's your fault. Just delete the stats files, do a proper 1st/2nd pass and the problem will be gone. If not post the complete command-lines and logs.