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Once again a year has passed by faster than we thought. I'd like
to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in creating this
site, starting with the people providing the hosting, people administrating
servers and forum, the forum moderation team, all the programmers
who have created all these little tools we use on a daily basis,
the people who have made a donation one way or another, people submitting
suggestions, corrections or simply sending a thank you letter and
last but not least YOU! That's right, every visitor - without visitors
there's no site so thank you so much for coming here and I hope
to see you again in 2003.
And to celebrate the new year I've worked a bit on the VobSub guides
all over the place and I've written an introductory
article to digital video. It starts out with how TVs work, explains
why we store video the way we do, tells you what interlaced and
progressive is and finishes in IVTC and deinterlacing.
Today I came across an XviD clip that would be played back with
horrible artifacts using my default filter (ffdshow). I downloaded
the latest ffdshow alpha and all problems are gone so I thought
why not put the latest alpha online.
Electric has developed a new
laser which eventually could lead to 16x DVD burners. The 200
miliwatt device which should be commercially available in 2004 could
reduce burning times to a mere 3.5 minutes. As an intermediate step
140 miliwatt lasers which are already well underway to being marketed
should bring 8x recording by mid 2003.
I've completely rewritten the AVI/AC3
guide. Using AviMux we should have less playback problems and
thanks to the AC3Filter playback filter SPDIF is easier to get.
Then I've written a small document on forced
subs in VobSub.
SubToSup is a small
tool that can convert VobSub subtitles to the sup format required
for IfoEdit DVD reauthoring. It's especially useful for multi VOB
ID movies (VobEdit resets the timecode to zero once it encounters
a new VOB ID, now you can use VobSub to extract the subs, then SubToSup
to convert them to an IfoEdit compatible format).
Today I have some more changes in the XviD
guide and I've adapted the GKnot
guide for DivX3 and DivX5 to
Pioneer has released a new
firmware for the A05 burner. According to Pioneer v1.21 improves
DVD-R/W readability and writeability and the same for CD-R/W. Most
notably the long loading times for CD-Rs should be gone (it was
about time, even my A04 has the same problem and every time I insert
a disc I fear that this may be the last time my drive operates properly,
the noise is really scary). There's also a page giving some more
on writing speeds on Pioneer DVD-R devices.
||Well, I've finished the AVI2DVD±R
guide. However, it didn't quite turn out as I had expected it.
The whole process has proven to be a major pain in the lower back
region. 2 CDs, a dozen subtitle formats, various audio formats, tools
not working as they should, all in all it's nothing for the faint
of heart. Then I've also updated the XviD guide.
It now uses the latest stable and development build respectively so
regardless if you prefer to stay with something stable or want to
use the cutting edge in XviD development you have the appropriate
I spent Christmas day working on guides again. This time I went
over the menu stripping guide
and the DVD2SVCD guide. I've also
written an AVI2SVCD guide
based on DVD2SVCD and I'm currently looking into AVI2DVD-R methods.
DoItFast4U 1.03 can demux by Cell ID, supports audio file renaming,
duplicate audio files for VOB IDs are now deleted automatically,
language track selection has been added, duplicate video and audio
files corresponding to the same cell are now deleted when demuxing
in cell mode, mpeg2dec.dll has been replaced with mpeg3dec3.dll
for faster CCE encoding and the subtitle demux no longer gives inaccurate
Once again, Merry Christmas.
The slow news season has finally started but considering that quite
a few people will find a DVD burner under the Christmas tree I thought
it was about time to have another look at the IfoEdit
guides and I've updated them as far as I could (a bug prevented
me to dig into multiangle stuff).
I suppose it varies from family to family but we celebrate Christmas
today so Merry Christmas everybody.
ReClock DirectShow filter can help you get rid of jerky playback
of AVI and MPEG material on a PC. The Ulead
Video server allows you to use your favorite MPEG (TMPG, CCE,
Nero MPEG encoder, LSX, Mainconcept) or other (WindowsMedia, VirtualDub,
Cleaner v5) from any Ulead product. The new firmwares I've announced
2 days ago have been patched to RPC-1 status and to write every
media at 2x speed. Get them at the firmware
forum. Asus has announced a new DVD burner, the DRW-0402P
has the same technical data as the Pioneer A05 - DVD-R/W at 4x/2x,
read DVDs at 12x, CD-R/W at 16x/8x and read CDs at 32x. AC3Filter
0.63b should finally fix the SPDIF output problems. Decomb 4.05
fixes a bug in the y0/y1 exclusion band, greatly expands the manual
override capability and adds 3 new parameters.
AC3Filter 0.62b allows you to turn off AGC, clips signals on overflow,
bugs in seeking, lost timestamps and SPDIF output have been fixed
and WaveOut/DirectSound switching on W98 is working better now.
Gspot 2.0a fixes a couple of bugs. Gordian Knot 0.27 supports AVI
input (but it's experimental at the moment, finally has 100% correct
pixel-aspect ration values, it allows you to edit a script manually
before doing a comp-check, fast deinterlace uses a more powerful
method of deinterlacing, in the options you can specify an alternative
for mpeg2dec.dll (that allows you to use the P4 optimized DVD2AVI
and the required mpeg2dec.dll), the BeSweet commandlines have been
updated and there have been some cosmetic improvements. Now GKnot
comes in two packages, the RipPack
which contains the main program, the documentation, DVDDecrypter
126.96.36.199 (which replaces SmartRipper), vStrip 0.8d CSS, DVD2AVI 1.76,
BeSweet 1.5b8, all AviSynth plugins, VDub 1.4.13 and Nandub 1.0RC2.
Then there's the System
pack which includes AviSynth 2.07, Huffyuv 0.2.2.1 (CCE-Patch),
DivX3.11alpha, DivX5.02, VobSub 2.23 and all required audio playback
filters (AC3Filter, mpgaudio.ax and the Morgan Stream Switcher).
And then there's an executable
Sorensen has announced the Squeeze
3 MPEG-4 codec. It supports MPEG-4 the same MPEG-4 profiles
as most other codecs, support AAC audio, one and two pass compression,
batch processing, direct DV capture, adjustable playback filters
Now I have the changelog for DriveInfo. Version 2.2 shows the drive
letter in front of the drive. SubCreator
188.8.131.52 has an automatic line duration adjustment in function
of text length and number of words, non English languages should
be better supported, there's a multilevel undo feature, a smart
timestamp adding function has been added, it is possible to define
the amount of time by which a timestamp will be decreased when adding
a timestamp during movie playback, it's possible to set a time offset
to synchronize movie and subs, there's an interactive line dividing
function, the subtitle preview has been improved and last but not
least mousewheels are now supported. Pioneer has released new
firmware for the A03 and A04 burners. The new firmware releases
support 2x writing on 4x media and contain various CD/DVD writeability
improvements. For the A04 Sony DVD-Rs are now supported at 2x speed.
Pioneer also made a statement on 2x writing capability which you
can find on the abovementioned site. It basically outlines why there
are so few 2x capable media. Since there's no standard for 2x writeability
(but there is for 4x so things should be a lot better once production
is ramping up) all DVD-Rs are basically rated for 1x speed (unless
they fail to pass the standard tests). In order to support 2x writing
the burner needs a customized writing strategy which allows the
higher speed without producing useless crap discs.
is a site dedicated to protect fair use in the US.
Now it has finally happened: movie
studios are sueing 321studios - maker of DVDXCopy (on which
Derrow is working now) - for violation of the DMCA and are asking
for an immediate stop of sales and distribution of DVDXCopy. You
may know 321studios for their infamous DVD Copy Plus software which
is basically a package of freeware software and a guide. After releasing
this "software" 321studios went to court challenging the
DMCA and seeking a declaration that the product was legal. Now the
empire strikes back. In other news Microsoft has released DirectX9
- but before you rush to install it read this
DirectVobSub fixes the double arrow icon and sound keeps playing
after closing bug. MPC 184.108.40.206 is the latest Media Player Classic
release. Changes to the version I've previously hosted are too many
to list but rest assured that the upgrade is worth your while. D2VSource
is a filter that allows you to play back .D2v (DVD2AVI Project files)
in any DirectShow based media player. Yet Another Temporal Smoother
(or yats) 1.1 is a temporal smoother filter for VirtualDub. AC3Filter
0.61 is an open source AC3 playback filter. It supports multichannel
(including LFE) playback, SPDIF passthrough, DRC, gain level controls,
stereo to multichannel mixing, Dolby Surround/Pro Logic/Pro Logic
II downmixing and it has a built-in equalizer. More info about this
filter can be found in the forum.
There's also a winamp
plugin based on AC3Filter which has the same functionality as
2.2 is out. It doesn't come with a changelog so let's just hope
a higher version number means a better tool. ZoomPlayer
3 beta 3 has also been released. You can find the changelog by
clicking on the link as usual.
has been found not guilty to violate the DMCA by distributing a
software which removed copy protection on Adobe's e-books. This
is the first time a company has been sued under the DMCA and walked.
In other DMCA news the Electronic
Frontier Foundation is seeking exemptions
from the DMCA for copy protected CDs, region coding on DVDs,
user option prohibition circumvention on DVDs (the ads you can't
skip, etc.) and movies in the public domain released on DVD.
It seems that 4x DVD+Rs are finally reaching the marketplace. I've
found the first discs at supermediastore.
These discs may be especially interesting for the few owners
of the NEC ND-1090A DVD+R/W burner (sold in many countries as ND-1100A
- the official name of the upcoming DVD±R/W burner by NEC).
Talking about it, the dual format drive will only start shipping
at the end of January. Let's hope that in return it will read DVD-9s
faster than its major contender, the Sony DRU500A.
On the software side there's SubRip 1.14 which finally fixes the
IFO -> VOB stream language assignments, has improved post OCR
correction, the maximal subpicture height has been increased to
full DVD resolution again and a few language files have been updated.
0.99.7 can change filesystem flags, saving actual settings is
possible and if reallocation fails you'll be asked if you want to
burn without it.
DoItFast4U 1.0 supports demuxing by VOB ID, it can rip subtitles
by VOB ID and demux files already on your harddisk, there's a rename
engine that has now become the heart of the program, the bugs in
the angle demuxing function have been fixed, the logfile now shows
some instructions, the no drop frame option has been added for pulldown.exe
processing and some workarounds for the missing DVDDecrypter 220.127.116.11
version have been implemented so you no longer will have to manually
hack the registry.
I've also found a very interesting
article on music piracy. It indicates that the decline on CD
sales could be related to a significant reduction in new CDs being
released. I cannot tell how accurate this info is and there have
been studies showing very different things in the past but I'm sure
about one thing: the story is more complex than the RIAA would like
us to believe. I also have the English
version of the article I linked to yesterday - thanks to a reader
- but it's quite a bit shorter. In any case, sentencing is not expected
until at least next week.
||The DeCSS case is still not over, but
we now know that the state is asking for 90 days on probation. The
DA insists that Johansen did not release DeCSS to create a Linux DVD
player but to rival with other competing groups (possibly DoD though
I didn't see that name mentioned). Also, for the first time the press
seems have catched up on the notion that Jon didn't actually crack
the CSS encryption, just put the pieces together to make a fully working
ripping program. More info can be found here
(in Norwegian I'm afraid, but Norwegian newspapers seem to be the
best source to follow this story). On a personal note don't you think
it's funny how much fuss can be made over a program that has not had
any significance for almost 2 years now? In February 2000 the first
DVDs which excluded the compromised CSS keys have been released which
effectively rendered DeCSS useless. If you're interested in that story
you can stay right here on this site, it was
one of the first news items this site has ever had.
0.99.5 fixes the phase/longline bug in the log, has better handling
of non empty CD/DVD media and the image file will be named the same
as the volume label.
Talking about translations there's somebody looking for people
willing to set up a Korean Doom9 mirror and there's also a Greek
Mirror in preparation.
BeSweet GUI 0.6b66 contains some improvements in the filelist department.
In the DeCSS case there hasn't been a verdict yet. This was due
to a last minute change in charges against Jon Johansen. Closing
arguments are now to take place on Monday. The Norwegian Aftonposten
on the subject. On a personal note I find it rather strange
that you can change the charges in mid-process but then again I'm
studying engineering and not law.
Last but not least the Dutch
Doom9 mirror has officially started. Of course they're looking
for volunteers to translate so don't be shy...
||I knew I wanted to post something yesterday but when
I got around to doing it I couldn't remember what it was. So, one
day late, 3ivx
has returned to the scene and released a new build called 3ivx D4.
results seem to be mixed but perhaps the most interesting thing
when it comes to this codec is that it comes with a fully working
MP4 direct show filter. This finally enables you to use MP4 on XCDs.
More info about this can be found in the forum.
0.99.4 re-enables the reallocate VIDEO_TS structure option by
default, there's a button to save the log for easier error reporting,
the program has a more XP like look and the helpfile has been extended.
1.08 supports the DivX5 resizing and cropping functions, allows
you to access the performance/quality option, there are a couple of
checks to ensure smoother operation and a couple of bugfixes.
Sony has released a firmware
upgrade for their latest DVD burning which should improve DVD
reading speeds and allows the drive to write DVD+Rs at 4x speed
(4x rated media is of course required). This makes the DRU-500A
the first drive in the market to write both DVD formats at 4x speed.
And since you need 4x capable discs to make use of the new feature
Verbatim has released their 4x
certified DVD+R discs.
Today was the first day of the Norway vs. Johansen case. For those
who are unfamiliar with the case the MPAA pressed the Norwegian
government to press criminal charges against the creator of DeCSS
(btw: Jon Johansen didn't write the program all by himself and many
important parts were not written by him which makes this case so
ludicrous). For more info visit the EFF
DoItFast4U is a program that makes DVD±R reauthoring easy.
It can rip DVDs, create DVD2AVI projects, create AviSynth scripts,
prepares subtitle processing in SubRip, can run all your files through
pulldown.exe and then there's batch renaming.
2.22 fixes problems in the closed caption extraction routines,
has real multiangle processing which makes indexing even more accurate
and the playback problems with DVD players using automatic DVD graph
builder have been fixed. The TFM
Audio Filter 1.0b8 has a tray icon which allows easy access to
the filter's properties.
||BeSweet GUI 0.6b65 fixes the issues that have been reported
in the forum.
3.0 b2 has been released. You'll find the changlog by following
the link. SubRip 1.13.1 contains many small enhancements and bugfixes,
a couple of updated language files and some new language files.
||BeSweet GUI 0.6b63 supports AVI input and the new hybridgain.
OggMux 0.9.4.1 fixes movie information for automatization (whatever
that means), VirtualDub 1.4.13 adds the Lanzcos3 kernel to the resize
filter, contains some bugfixes in the audio department and B-frame
skew now also supports XviD. Speaking of XviD, the programmers have
recently released a first public build (version number 0.9.0). It
doesn't support features like B-frames, GMC and QPel motion estimation
but on the other hand it should be reasonably stable. The source can
be downloaded here.
build 1c fixes the disappearing subtitle bug and MADPlay is once again
used when converting AVIs.