Well now, about a decade on a-m-v.org, nearly 8 years making and uploading AMVs, and I make my first post now? I guess better time as any.
So, encoding and capturing aren't my strengths. I've read through many forums and guides (including ones on this site) and ultimately can't find a solution that makes things ANY better for my DVD rips. I want to eliminate the chance that I'm just a stupid person fiddling with things I don't understand and instead reach out to people who may know what they're talking about and work things out more personally.
I imported Ginga Densetsu Weed (no laughing, please) DVDs from Denmark. To the furthest of my understanding, these are legitimate DVDs (I have a friend who also received the same DVDs from a friend in Denmark). When I rip them, I get a "ghosted" frames in movement. This is unrelated to the file type or codec and will even show up if you go frame-by-frame in any ripper or Virtualdub. All settings consider the different frame rate cross-region. No de-interlacing option within Sony Vegas 11 or the smart de-interlacing filter in Virtualdubmod will make any improvement. I have downloaded AMVapp and therefore have Virtualdubmod, AVIsynth, and the lot and have experimented with various scripts I've scraped up from guides and forum posts (whether or not used "properly" is up in the air).Here is a 1 minute clip straight from the ripperSample Picture (from 0:33, a good example where the character on the left is turning his head)
While I know the general rule of thumb is that you're out of luck with PAL DVDs (I live in Canada, so this only became a problem now) I do want to know if there's anything decent I can salvage for editing. As far as I know, the series and franchise doesn't have any NTSC DVD releases outside Japan, and the Japanese DVDs are pretty rare and expensive. $300+ sometimes for the entire 26 episode series if you can find it, as it might be out of print (for obvious reasons if you know the show) and certain episodes in 2 ep DVDs are available on Amazon.com for $15-$30 each. The franchise since the 80s has had a following in Northern Europe, hence the Danish DVDs.
So if anyone can help me out, that would be great. I understand this may be a common problem inherited by the region that may not be fixable, but it's worth getting an opinion before I give up entirely.