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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:14 am

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:23 am

Thanks for the condolences everyone, whether on here, PM, Skype, or e-mail.

I am going to be brief once again due to being quite busy.

Spiderman looks over half done, it shouldn't take too much longer for the encodes to finish running through the encoder. I will get back to everyone with more updates about it when it's finished encoding.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:19 am

Seraph Of The End 720p is now available for download.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:45 am

The Spiderman episodes finished encoding. I will quality check them and redo any episodes if necessary, then get them up asap. Hopefully everything will be all done and ready to go up within the week. More detailed information will be given after I get around to watching and checking them this week.

In the meantime, I have a much higher quality re-encode of Little Nemo running tonight that should be done tomorrow. I will put that up soon.

For some reason, the download progress has stopped on the PAL Initial D Season 4. I guess the only seeder it had is not seeding at the moment. If it does not finish in time, I will go ahead and do Second Stage in 720p after Spiderman is put up for download instead while it finishes up.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:59 am

^^Spidey done. Great news!
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:39 am

Well the Spiderman episodes turned out fine. There's a couple of them I noticed some stronger rainbows, so I am going to redo the few of them that had it and see if I can strengthen the removal without added damage or color problems. There's a couple episodes I want to sharpen a tad more as well. That shouldn't take too long to finish up.

While those are going through the encoder again, I will put up a couple more movies to get the movies section of my archive almost completely re-uploaded and or re-encoded. There's not many more left to get through and all the movies in the movie section will finally be available again.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:01 pm

Okay the stronger rainbow removing redo's look like they will finish in about a day and a half now that the encoder has been started. I'll choose the better of the 2, mux them up and get them up asap.

FINALLY the damn Spiderman re-encodes will be out of the way lol

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:41 am

Rainbows from the Spiderman episodes that I did catch them in are now reduced as much as possible without artifacts or color splotches appearing. I cannot get rid of them 100% without hurting the video more than I will allow, but the reduction is still better than nothing.

The only annoyance I have discovered is, it appears on some of the episodes I checked this morning, I set the halo remover a bit higher than it needed to be on some episodes and as a result, the image is somewhat softer than I would like to see. I looked at one with the setting reduced a little and I think it looks better. It seems some of the episodes did not need it as strong as most of the others. Now I want to go back and check them all and make those adjustments if needed.

-_- I'm not happy about this because I want these to be done and out of the way already since its been many months since I started it... its kind of getting on my nerves and believe me I thought about just putting them up and not giving a damn because its a minor thing. (Blame my OCD for not doing that lol) But this is a great series, I don't see it getting a Blu-Ray release or a better DVD release anytime soon if at all, and I want this to be to my liking. I will want it so I never have to do these again unless Blu-Ray or a much better looking version comes around.

I don't know how I'm gonna handle this just yet. What with funerals, family get togethers, jobs, babysitting, and trying to keep up with everything, I feel a tad overwhelmed at the moment. I haven't even got to play my new game I got yet and I would love to. I'm sure people have noticed for the last week or so, I've barely been around for replies or uploads. I will not be home tonight, but I'm gonna relax and not worry about it until tomorrow after work.

So here's the gameplan so far. I'm gonna go through everything real quick and check the halo remover settings of each episode. It's quite easy to tell which ones visibly bother me so that wont take too long. Run the changes through the encoder, and then put everything up. This is probly like the third draft of things, so I doubt I will find anything else that irks me lol. The time it will needs depends on the amount of episodes that I make the changes to so until its over, giving an exact estimated time will be pointless. More than likely a week or less, I don't see how it could exceed that by much if at all.

I have about 7 more re-encoded movies ready for upload. I'll throw those up daily or every other day while I'm making the finishing touches on Spiderman episodes.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:03 am

Blu-ray release will never happen. If they had to release it, they would have already done it. A lot lot lot of spidey lovers will need to sign a petition to convince them.

Respect for you my friend. Smile You are having so much going on yet you're able to find time to QC the series. And i'm sure you will get to play your new game. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:04 pm

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Blu-ray release will never happen. If they had to release it, they would have already done it. A lot lot lot of spidey lovers will need to sign a petition to convince them.

I doubt that's the case 100% certain. I have seen people waiting for certain things to come out on DVD since DVD was first invented and their just now coming to DVD. It's just going to be a matter of time if you ask me. Might take many years or not happen, but if old things and black and white shows and movies can get Blu-Ray releases, then so can Spiderman eventually. It was rated one of the best animated series of all time, I think they are fools for not making it more available unless things like buying certain rights is stopping it.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:31 pm

Scooby Doo On Zombie Island higher quality re-encode is now available for download.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:07 pm

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I have seen people waiting for certain things to come out on DVD since DVD was first invented and their just now coming to DVD. It's just going to be a matter of time if you ask me. Might take many years or not happen, but if old things and black and white shows and movies can get Blu-Ray releases, then so can Spiderman eventually. It was rated one of the best animated series of all time, I think they are fools for not making it more available unless things like buying certain rights is stopping it.

For non animation type shows, it's true. But for cartoon series outside Japan it's rare. I can only recall Tom&Jerry and that too is stalled. I will be long dead by the time it does happen. Laughing

Nice movie you got out, btw. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:44 pm

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I have seen people waiting for certain things to come out on DVD since DVD was first invented and their just now coming to DVD. It's just going to be a matter of time if you ask me. Might take many years or not happen, but if old things and black and white shows and movies can get Blu-Ray releases, then so can Spiderman eventually. It was rated one of the best animated series of all time, I think they are fools for not making it more available unless things like buying certain rights is stopping it.

For non animation type shows, it's true. But for cartoon series outside Japan it's rare. I can only recall Tom&Jerry and that too is stalled. I will be long dead by the time it does happen. Laughing

Nice movie you got out, btw. Wink

It's not really as rare as you might think, just not nearly as abundant yet. You will see things pick up in a few years when it comes to TV series. Older animated movies are taking priority at this point in time from the looks of things, especially where Disney is concerned. I see Disney remastering or scaling older animated movies onto Blu-Ray out the ass, yet I don't see them touching their old animated cartoons yet. Heck even their Blu-Ray special features with old watchable Disney cartoons are still in SD when it comes to Disney. Disney supposedly owns Fox Kids and the rights to Spiderman now, so I don't expect it soon when they seem to care about movies more, that's for sure.

At any rate, there's always plenty of bootlegged Blu-Rays for this and many other series if you get desperate lol.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:44 pm

Digimon The Movie higher quality re-encode is now available for download.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:05 pm

I have something running through the encoder that will take about 18 hours to finish, but as soon as that's done it's Spidermans turn to go through it. I got 4 out of the 5 seasons corrected. I will finish the last season when the encode is done and run all the updated scripts for Spiderman through the encoder.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:20 pm

Are you interested in short series, like King Arthur and the Knights of Justice, if I can get you the DVDs ?
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:27 pm

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Are you interested in short series, like King Arthur and the Knights of Justice, if I can get you the DVDs ?

I already have it on DVD, but thanks! I bought it years ago and watched it as a kid.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:22 pm

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I already have it on DVD, but thanks! I bought it years ago and watched it as a kid.
Are you interested in encoding this too ?
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:14 pm

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I already have it on DVD, but thanks! I bought it years ago and watched it as a kid.
Are you interested in encoding this too ?

Yup, but Ill probly never get around to it anytime soon with all the other things Id rather get done more. I wish encoding could be done in 1 minute so I can encode all the thousands of DVD's I have within this lifetime lol.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:28 am

Scooby Doo And The Alien Invaders higher quality re-encode is now available for download.

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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:39 am

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Yup, but Ill probly never get around to it anytime soon with all the other things Id rather get done more. I wish encoding could be done in 1 minute so I can encode all the thousands of DVD's I have within this lifetime lol.
I understand. Thank you for the replies !
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:10 am

I have been meaning to ask this for a while... is there any particular reason why you don't encode 1080p material in h.264 10-bit? I've seen quite a few groups on Nyaa and whatnot that use 10-bit encoding by default, while keeping file sizes reasonably low at 1-2 GB per 24 min. 1080p episode (usually with dual FLAC audio too).
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:21 am

^^Well it's not just 1080p he encodes everything in 8-bit, if i'm not mistaken. Someone asked a similar question on 1st page of this thread 3 years back.

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When 10-bit becomes supported by alot more devices in the future, then by all means I would encode into 10-bit if it compresses better at the same file sizes. You may not get a quality increase if the source was originally 8-bit, but you will get better looking video at the same file sizes since it can compress better and have more bitrate for the video at the same file size.

I just use my pc for playback and hook up my tv to it if i have to watch on it.

imo, flac is overrated. It's just there to bloat the filesize unnecessarily. No one can differentiate flac from aac/ac3.
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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:19 pm

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I have been meaning to ask this for a while... is there any particular reason why you don't encode 1080p material in h.264 10-bit? I've seen quite a few groups on Nyaa and whatnot that use 10-bit encoding by default, while keeping file sizes reasonably low at 1-2 GB per 24 min. 1080p episode (usually with dual FLAC audio too).

I'm not those groups and I don't see a good enough reason for it at this point in time.

Imagine having a 128kbps MP3 file. If I were to re-encode that to 320kbps MP3, is it going to magically become better quality and be 320kbps? The answer is no it is not. You would be lying to yourself to believe that it would just because it is now 320kbps. All you did was re-encode it and make a little bit more lossy, and put a now little bit more lossy 128kbps into a 320kbps MP3 container. Once the quality is reduced, you cannot put it back in even by raising the kbps as much as you want. At most you can keep it from quality degrading further.

I feel the same way about 8-bit and 10-bit. Taking an 8-bit source and turning it into 10-bit is not going to magically make it real 10-bit. All you did was force 8-bit to become labelled 10-bit and it's never going to be real official 10-bit. It may compress a tad bit better in some situations, but not really enough to be anything amazingly special or very visible unless you jack up the file size some or raise resolution.

10-bit certainly is better if it starts out as 10-bit and if you make 10-bit into 8-bit your going to possibly see some colors degrade or turn greenish because some shades will not exist in 8-bit. If the 1080p source was 10-bit, I certainly would not degrade it into 8-bit but Blu-Rays aren't 10-bit, their 8-bit. Unless your 10-bit encoder properly changes the colors to different shades and forces in more colors that were not there before when it is encoding 8-bit sources into 10-bit, your not really getting anything better. It's just going to be 8-bit labeled as 10-bit and possibly a very slight better compression. Give me a 10-bit encode that was made from an 8-bit source and I can show 8-bit can look just as good.

10-bit is also still not supported by lots of devices. It's not a problem if your going to be watching on a computer or on some newer devices that are just now coming out, but I strive to keep the encodes compatible with as many devices as possible. Compatibility has went up a little for some newer devices, but not much for things several people including myself like to watch it on still such as PS3, PS4, XBOX, Ipod, etc. If PC were mine and everyone else's only option and it could be taken anywhere, we wouldn't need 8-bit for compatibility.


Overall, it's mostly the compatibility reason that I do not do it. You can play my encodes on almost anything without having to convert audio formats or video bit type and they look great.

I also discussed it here on the first page of this archive before and it has more info on why I didn't do it at the time.

http://blackstaranime.forum.com.bz/t158-darkdream-high-quality-anime-archive-future-release-plans#627


If my encodes were for just me and not going to be put up for download or shared, I would be using .FLAC or original audio, double/triple video bitrates, and maybe even 10-Bit compression as well. I don't mind the large file sizes like most others do and I can hook my computer to my TV if I wanted to so I would be set where compatibility and storage is concerned. If you want encodes like this, then fund me a seedbox and we will talk since I will be able to upload the larger files faster. I would do my high quality encodes and then extra high quality encodes for separate audiences if I had the extra upload speed.



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PostSubject: Re: DarkDream High Quality Anime Archive + Future Release Plans   Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:33 pm

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imo, flac is overrated. It's just there to bloat the filesize unnecessarily. No one can differentiate flac from aac/ac3.

You can if they don't use proper high enough bitrates for AAC audio and you have a good sound system.

My first year encodes many years ago when I downmixed everything to stereo, 70kbps HE-AAC sounded just fine to me back then. Later I got a good sound system and I could clearly hear the difference.

As long as you don't go below 64kbps per audio channel, your not really going to hear much of a difference, if any at all. Only software will be able to show the difference, unless you have dog ears and overactive imagination or possibly do professional audio for companies for a living with an amazing sound system.

As for AC3, FLAC is not meant to sound different, its meant to sound the same while yielding a smaller file size than the AC3.

Is FLAC worth it to me over the original AC3? Nope, not unless you have to have a few MB less file size. It's more worth it when the original audio is DTS, but AAC has more compatibility options with other devices.

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