Hi, I have a .avs ready to encode! I want to encode it in as high a quality as possible. Im using SD footage VirtualDub2 for my encoding. I'd like the encode to take about 30-40 mins each if thats possible. I know next to nothing about encoding but I wanna learn! So any help would be great thank you!
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VirtualDub? Or x264 CLI? If VirtualDub try just using the presets to start. I use x2654 CLI with a batch file like:
start /b /low "x264" "g:\program files\x264\x264-64bit.exe" --preset=slow --tune=film --crf=18 --keyint=50 --sar=1:1 --colormatrix=smpte170m --output "%~1.mkv" "%~1" pause
Long time no see @jagabo. It was my EVA script that I was ready to encode. The videos are all 23 mins each. I have a i7 7820x. id like to encode with virtualdub2, but I am open to other UI's if necessary. I'd honestly prefer something more automatic like Adobe Media Encoder but I havent found one like that. I went back through my script and watched a bit of the episodes and the opening text looks abysmal honestly. Something to do with my deinterlace method and how it was originally interlaced I believe. I'd wanna fix that before I begin encoding. My previous attempts had to much artifacting for my taste and I'd prefer something more DVD quality with a high bitrate and low compression noise.
Start with the slow preset with tuning for film, CRF 16 to 20. You should get reasonable picture quality and better than realtime encoding with that.
23 minutes each? Is this a TV series? If so, you probably want an inverse telecine, not QTGMC. If these are animated use the animation tuning in x264, not film.
Do you have any playback restrictions? "The best" with x264 is lossless, CRF=0 or QP=0. But the files will be huge and not much outside a computer will play them. Around CRF=12 is visually lossless even when A/B flipping between the source and the encoded video using a screen magnifier. Around CRF=18 is pretty clean at normal playback speed but you will see minor differences with A/B flipping. One reason I usually stick to the slow preset is that it's mostly Blu-ray compatible -- not to many reference frames or consecutive b-frames, even with HD video. Media players built into TVs and Blu-ray players may not go much beyond that. Something to consider.
Plex and PCs. If I wanna show my friends I invite them to plex. It is a TV show, 26 episodes. Ive tried IVTC but it didnt remove scanlines properly because of the changing pattern. I'm not entirely sure but yadifmod2 worked better. I want to export an uncompressed AVI because I need to do additional work in After Effects. When I extract it, its gonna take 3 days. Im assuming this is normal? Is there a way to speed it up?