Hello! Let me start by saying I read ( and used ) the AmvApp program via Cross-Over. This managed to handle a few issues I was having but only started a zillion others so I would like to start at the beginning:
1) I am needing to archive an entire series for the purposes of making AMV(s). I would like to rip/encode the whole series so if I need more material in the future I dont need to re rip-encode whole dvd's again, etc... With the H264 codec and a simple .mov container, a single episode comes out to a little less than 1 gig
*Note: this was achieved simple with MPEGstreamclip, selecting the 'Export to Quicktime' option and then selecting H.264 as the codec, 100% quality, ( no selection of multi-pass or anything of that sort ) and no size altering, thus, 854 x 480. The quality is 100 percent
With this method the show as an ... edge ... around anything black. An obvious ugly pixilation. the color space is also a little nasty however that can be changed, easily. Its mainly this horrible treatment of blacks that catches my eye and is so obviously not in the raw VOB files itself. I understand encoding handles the footage and it will come out a little less quality but .... eeeeeh
ANYWAY, this results in 1 gig files for 22 minutes of footage, more-or-less.
The AMVapp process ( with the huffyuv<spelling?> ) got me files well into the 5 gig range and that was for 1/2 the episode. Were looking at file sizes of 10+ gigs for 20 minutes of footage.
@.@ That seems ... not normal. Given even the demuxed files ( while not interlaced ) are about a gig, something seems wrong when these files get so big
Anyway, so I am looking on the site and I see a lot of PPC Mac users talking about Avidemux. I looked on the net and found Avidemux2_gtk?? I loaded it and saw a lot of settings but no (obvious) way to export anything and its crashed more than a few times while reading the .vob files.
back to AMVapp and VirtualDubMod ...
So, I start playing around with it and decided to test a 12-second clip just to play with the settings and what-not. I find things like this happens QUITE a lot when the file is finally exported ...
This is with the following settings:
VIDEO MODE: Full Procesing
COMPRESSION: Huffyuv v2.1.1
----> Huffyuv settings are: PREDICT MEDIAN and [<--- YUY2]
Also, even with de-interlace options ( of the MANY i find ) their is always some remains of material not de-interlacing properly
@.@ And, at the end, a single episode is 14 gigs ...
So, I guess, I have become embroiled in a program everybody seems to use and relies upon but I *KNOW* I am getting the settings wrong, or missing a step, or something
<_< problem is, nobody explains everything they do when they use VubMod so they must have steps that are not in guides or 'rules of thumb'
Help? Whats the means of getting these 'lossless' quality clips/files everybody uses but without a series being appx. 100+ gigs of material?