Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fruit Salad (Volume 1)

Yep. Kamen Rider Gaim from Bluray.

Unlike Shinkenger, Kamen Rider W and Gokaiger, this is being done in 1080p.Those series were effectively 720p quality, so there was no reason to do those in 1080p. Gaim, however, is worth doing in 1080p. (Rider started using new cameras for Wizard, which would also be worth doing in 1080p if it weren't Wizard. Dohohohoho!)

I'll be doing these as the isos become available, so expect a month or so between releases. (And before anyone asks, I have no idea if Aesir has any plans for the Blurays)

MEGA folder (The torrent probably won't happen until the summer movie director's cut is released and encoded)
Video: 1080p 10-bot x264, crf23
Audio: AAC 50%

Saturday, March 1, 2014

And Now A Message About The Power Rangers

As you may be aware if you pay attention to my ramblings on Twitter or on Super Hero Time, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was shot (mostly) on film and edited on tape, with the final masters on analog tape. (They may have switched to digital SD mastering at some point, but I'm not sure) All Japanese footage (including Zyu1.5, Zyu2, Metalder, Spielban, and Black RX) came from film prints sent from Toei until Gaoranger, which was the first digitally-edited Sentai. Starting with Power Rangers Samurai, the series switched to HD, with Saban using the same camera model that Toei started using with Shinkenger.

Since film for NTSC television is shot at ~24 frames per second (actually 24000/1001 fps), while NTSC itself is ~ 30 interlaced frames per second (30000/1001 fps), you have to get five extra frames for each second to keep the footage at the same speed. This is achieved by using a 2:3 pulldown, which is best explained by Wikipedia. Done properly, this telecine can be undone, giving you the full frames at the original 24fps frametate. This only applies to the raw telecine, and may not be possible when editing includes 30fps effects, bits where the footage is sped up or slowed down, or composite shots where one part of the frame is at a different point in the pattern than the other.

A close look at the Shout Factory DVDs for Power Rangers Zeo through Time Force (I haven't looked at Wild Force or any of the Disney seasons yet) show that the people editing the show did great on a technical level. The telecining itself is perfect (unlike Toei's telecines from the same time, which are a blended mess. For more detail, see AzraelNewtype's Adventures in Encoding post on the Over-Time blog).


Now, Shout's MMPR DVDs are different. Most of the episodes don't have clean telecining, as they are taken from the Saban International masters, and as auch are most likely NTSC>PAL>NTSC conversions. The few episodes that Shout had Saban Entertainment masters, like A Friend In Need Part 1, look as good as Zeo does. However, the Saban Entertainment masters for MMPR have the closed caption bubble and the TV Parental Guideline rating at the start of the opening, which may be why the Saban International masters were used for most episodes. Personally, I feel the better video quality of the Saban Entertainemnt masters more than offsets any annoyance caused by the bubble and ratings box. Unfortunately, Saban didn't think so, or feel it was worth the effort to make a new set of masters that only used the Saban International video for those few seconds of the opening.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Combat Mecha Xabungle 1-50 batch

torrent

So, this finishes the first part of the joint with the fine folks of AXSUS: the stuff that was already translated.

This batch includes all 50 episodes, as well as the creditless ED and first OP. Unfortunately, the DVDs did not include a creditless version of the second OP.

Stay tuned for the the second and final part (and what makes this an actual joint rather than some random encoder playing around with aegisub): Xabungle Graffiti.



And remember: if you see any subninjas, please report them to the proper authorities.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Now... Count up your sins! Kamen Rider W BD/DVD raw batch

Now that the cod-E DVD has been tracked down, it's time for a batch torrent.

http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=519524

Contents:

Bluray:
Kamen Rider W BD Box Sets
Kamen Rider W Returns: Kamen Rider Accel (AKA Police Brutality: Ryu Terui Punches Everything Forever The Movie)
Kamen Rider W Returns: Kamen Rider Eternal
Music Videos from the Video Rider BD sets: WBX ~W-Boiled Extreme~, Nobody's Perfect, W, Love Wars

DVD:
Movie War 2010 Director's Cut
W Forever Director's Cut
W Forever Net Movies
Movie War 2010 Bonus Disc
W Forever Bonus Discs
Special Event
Final Stage and Cast Talk Show
cod-E

All content from the discs is included. HD material is 720p, since 1080p isn't really worth it. The video extras from the DVD volumes were upscaled for the BDs, so I've encoded them in SD. The Hyper Battle Video and Gaia Memory Encyclopedia, surprisingly, are the same quality as the episodes.

Video: 10-bit x264, crf20 for BD, crf19 for DVD
Audio: AAC 50%

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Anyone have the cod-E DVD?

The music video DVD for "cod-E ~Eの暗号~" is the one thing from Kamen Rider W left to encode, but I have been unable to find an iso or anyone who has it. Unfortunately, neither of the videos on it were included in the Video Rider sets, so the only option is the out-of-print limited CD/DVD release of the single.

If you have the DVD or an iso of it and wouldn't mind sharing, please let me know 

Got it! Thanks to SirStack for hunting this down.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Xabungle Graffiti RAW (plus series extras)

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Contains:
Xabungle Graffiti (4.0 audio: front left, front center, front right, back center)
Xabungle Graffiti trailer
Series promos
Images (character and mecha info)
Creditless OP and ED