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#1 zajklon

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:18 AM

720P high quality guide




note that this guide only focusses on the encoding part, i will not cover any editing,after effects,typesetting or filtering as i am a noob in those myself.



if you follow everything in this guide, you will be able to make a video that is almost a 100% copy of real gameplay in video quality.


1. Required software
virtualdubmod
MEGUI
avisynth
fraps



2. installing and updating the software

  1) install all 4 of the above.
  2)update MEGUI.
  3)go to wherever you extracted virtualdubmod, click auxsetup.Exe
     and install the handlers.



3. recording

  1) go to your fraps movie settings.
      if possible save your video on a different hard drive to avoid lag while
      recording, it makes a TON of difference !
  2) always record FULL-SIZE
  3) do not record sound, fraps sound recorder sounds like shit and you
      don't want those annoying games sounds interupt your awesome movie
      right?
  4) always record at 29.97 fps to avoid interlacing or any other fuckups
      while encoding
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4. preparing your encode

cool, you have come this far. if you are here you should already have a HUGE uncompressed fraps file of a few gigabytes big or even several huge files. to make it easy for ourselves rename em all in the right order to : 1.avi , 2.avi 3.avi etc etc etc till you renamed them all. after that move them to a simple to find location like c:/ or e:/ or whatever, the shorter the path the better.




5. making an AVS script

create a new .txt file in notepad

movie1 = Avisource ("E:fraps1.avi")  
movie2 = Avisource ("E:fraps2.avi")   *
movie3 = Avisource ("E:fraps3.avi")
movie1+movie2+movie3
bilinearresize(1280,720)    **  
ConvertToYV12()    

* do this till you have every  seperate file you have recorded.
  

**
set this to the resolution you want your  movie to be.it's best to keep it the
same as the resolution you recorded at, but if you record at a huge resolution like i do(1920x1080) you can resize it whatever  you want as long as the aspect ratio stays the same.

file -> save as -> myvideo.avs.  at type you choose all fiiles, NOT .TXT

this is an example of my 720p script:
(right click and "view image" or "view source" or "view image location" depending on your browser to see it  if its to small to see)
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6. loading the script into MEGUI

open your megui:
at the avisynth textbox you press "..." and go to your myvideo.avs file
if you have done everything right till now, a window with your video should pop up and all your clips should be in the order you have put them in the script. if not you get an error and that means you did something wrong somewhere (or i missed something in this guide).

close the window and go back to your main menu.

  1)set your file format to MP4
  2)encoder settings :x264 dxva -HD HQ or some other HQ x264 profile
  3)press the config button and drag the preset button to slower and change the bitrate to 3750-4000(+-30mb/min), press ok and it will ask you to save; choose no and your profile should change to scratchpad.
  4)press the enque button in the video tab, when you go to the quene page you should now have a job ready.

example:

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click the start button, sit back for a few hours watching the progress bar fill slowly.

gratz, you have just completed the video part of this guide, now on to the audio



7. creating an audio file

this is the hardest part to explain, you need some kind of software to cut off a song(or collection of songs) to the exact same length of your  video or you will end up with a black screen till your video ends.

tldr;  you need a single audio file that has the same length as your video.

i used sony vegas for this but there are probably enough freeware programs to split and merge .mp3 files

in sony vegas you just drag and drop all your videos nicely after each other on the first timeline,after that you drag and drop all your music files on the second timeline.for the last mp3 you have shorten the end till it matches your video timeline. after you done that, you hover over right top corner at the end of your second timeline and a fade offset should appear, you hold your left mousebutton and drag it back anywhere between 8-15 seconds so your music fades out at the end.

note: you can also add a 3th timeline with ventrilo audio etc.



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after you done that : file -> render as -> mp3 audio,  template you pick default, click custom: bitrate to 192kbit and 48000khz set it to highest quality. after that you click ok and then save.

after +-1 minute you should now have an mp3 file with all your audio for your video.



8. muxing your video and audio in 1 file.

this is the last and easyest part.
open megui again and go to tools -> muxer -> mp4 muxer
your input file should be your rendered video, make sure the fps is still set to 29,97.
after that add your audio and press quene.

now go to your quene page, start your jobs and you are done !
wait another minute or 2 and your final video is ready :)


saving an edited uncompressed file


(you should do this BEFORE you follow my guide, only added this because people keept asking on how to do it. as i said in the first post, i'm bad at editing so my guide starts right away at the encoding part since i skip editting)



file - > new and then at the right of the template textbox you push the third icon " match media settings" (looks like a folder icon).
after that check to make sure your settings are the same as in fraps( normally you don't have to change anything...)

after that you can start editing.

after you edited you go to "render as" and choose .avi

for the template HD 1080-24p YUV . then click custom

go to your video tab

frame size : custom and set it to whatever your resolution you recorded at
fps : 29,97(ntsc) (same as your raw files)
field order : none (progressive...)
pixel aspect: 1.0000
video formated: UNCOMPRESSED
check interleave every 0.250 secs
uncheck interleave every frame
uncheck keyframe every (frames)
uncheck data rate
uncheck render alpha channel
and check create an opendml compatible file

go to audio and disable audio before you render.
close all windows and start rendering.

i haven't done it myself this way because i suck at editting and usually skip it. so i'm not 100% sure if you will get the same quality as i did without using vegas. just check your uncompressed vegas file after you rendered it. if it still looks great you don't have to worry

Edited by zajklon, 12 December 2011 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 07 April 2010 - 03:12 AM

Include a sample video so people can see the quality?

#3 zanyu

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 03:46 AM

OH MY GOD. YOUR SIG IS AWESOME.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:00 AM

wish I could +rep you :(
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#5 zajklon

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:24 AM

Mom said:

Include a sample video so people can see the quality?

http://users.telenet...j/previewhq.mp4 10second clip in dala
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1M8VU28L 5min of fucking around on my shit geared alt in 2v2

this is +- the "best" you can get with using fraps as a source. you can get better quality but for that you really need to be able to write advanced avs scripts to add filters like blur and sharpen but i'm not good at that. you can probably get it a little bit better than me with a fraps source if you find the right settings, but it's all trial and error and different for every sort of video...

i've also tried with vegas but i can't find a way to save the filters without recompressing my source and then in the end you have worse quality with filters than without, because you compress 2 times :/

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:33 AM

very helpful + rep

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#7 zajklon

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:46 AM

ah appearantly i'm using an old fraps version. will update topic after i've played around with the newest version...

edit: updated with newest fraps, previews are still rendered with old version tho.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 12:22 PM

<3 zaj

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 05:12 PM

wow i tried this with some clips at 60 fps and the quality is insane

awesome

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 05:30 PM

yup quality looks crazy good

will +rep you elsewhere

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 05:43 PM

sick post! ty for info
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#12 Rufio

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:05 PM

Really pro, thanks for post.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:05 PM

Awesome! :D
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:57 PM

I can't install VirtualDubMod.exe. I keep getting an error saying "The program can't start because corona.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."

Any ideas? I tried downloading the dll, extracting it to system32 and adding it to the registry, but it says it might not be compatible with the version of windows I am running.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 08:11 PM

my bad, link to virtualdubmod was wrong.
i linked to an update package and not the all inclusive pack..

here is the right one
http://sourceforge.n...ve.zip/download


link in the guide is also fixed now, thanks for reporting the error :)

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:08 PM

zajklon said:

my bad, link to virtualdubmod was wrong.
i linked to an update package and not the all inclusive pack..

here is the right one
http://sourceforge.n...ve.zip/download


link in the guide is also fixed now, thanks for reporting the error :)

Question, how large do your clips usually turn out?
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:04 AM

jizoke said:

Question, how large do your clips usually turn out?

"bilinearresize(1280,720) **"

Thats the size the movie comes out as

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:23 AM

Natokni said:

"bilinearresize(1280,720) **"

Thats the size the movie comes out as



Large as in file size.
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:30 AM

Thanks for the guide, I'm completely new to video editing/encoding/rendering type deals.

I had a few questions: I'm at the video encoding part. I'm a bit confused after that. So I should put the encoded video into sony vegas with my audio clips so they sync up and render it as an mp3 audio file?
And then when we get to the muxing my video and audio: My input video is the encoded file I did earlier or what?


Sorry for the hand-holding type questions, like I said, all this stuff is new to me.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:44 AM

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