13 thoughts on “ef me”

  1. this is exactly how I got drawn into Shingu, and Dennou Coil to a lesser extent, so I am not complaining by any means 🙂

    I have a feeling that ef is probably a bit more hardcore anime in terms of blood, action, fanservice, etc than my usual fare. I am looking forward to it.

  2. Oh man, the pressure! I have watched half the first episode, which was where the subtitle track crashed on me. It brings VLC down with it every time. I clearly need to find a better fansub, and will download one tonight. Thanks for the kick. 🙂

    (if you have a specific torrent you recommend, please email me)

  3. Conclave-Mendoi is the only true sub. It comes in two formats. VLC up and including to 0.8.6e throws artefacts when it decodes H.264 for it, so I used XviD (.avi). It does not crash for me though, just shows blocks in the video. The .avi has hardsubbed video (of course).

  4. Finally got around to grabbing the Conclave torrent. Am using XviD as you suggested.

    I think, but am not sure, I understand why “of course” the .avi is hardsubbed (assuming you mean that the subtitles arenot a metalayer of data but are actually embedded on the image itself).

    And XviD is really just AVI? I didnt know this. i suppose i could google this to educate myself but I find that asking experts is usually more succinct and relevant 🙂

  5. I’m not an expert, only a user, so my knowledge is very superficial. I know that AVI is a container, it can contain any stream. But for some reason I never encountered it with a subtitle stream. It did come with all sorts of codecs though, not necesserily XviD+MP3 which was typical for a while. I have a video clip in .AVI container where video is encoded in Indeo 5.0, and sound is ADPCM @44.1kHz. Since softsubs were around for a long time in use by Spainish fansubbers, and they just supplied naked .srt files alongside .avi, I think it must be some core limitation in the way .avi works. But perhaps it’s an artefact of tools available.

  6. the torrent finished last night – i need to interleave my ef with Ranma now 🙂

    I want to learn more about various video formats because i’d like to be able to extract video segments from DVD. I am leerythough of dipping my toe into these waters preisely because video is so freakishly complicated. We need and end2end video tool that hides a lot of this crap from the user.

  7. Ripping videos is simple. My typical method for a R1 DVD to iPod is that of a caveman. I simply use ffmpeg.

    First, I determine the DVD layout with VLC, get title and chapter numbers.

    Second, dump into stream (because ffmpeg cannot read DVD directly):
    mplayer -dumpstream -dumpfile x.vob -chapter 16-21 dvd://5

    Additionally, determine where Japanese sound track is by running mplayer once on the x.vob. This is later used in -map.

    Third and final step (in this case, Japanese track was 1):
    ffmpeg -map 0.0 -map 0.1 -i x.vob -f mp4 -vcodec mpeg4 -maxrate 2000k -b 1500k -qmin 3 -qmax 5 -bufsize 32768k -g 300 -acodec aac -ar 44100 -ab 128 -s 320×240 -aspect 4:3 x.mp4

    Unfortunately, ffmpeg developers change options from time to time. What used to be kilobits turned into bits, etc. So I have re-read ffmpeg -help periodically and adjust the above.

  8. this is where i sheepishly mention that I’m not exactly a command line jockey anymore 😛 there wouldnt be a simple windows based thingy would there?

  9. its a cache thing, so i am told. not sure why it happens. i wont change the number, it will always be “2” so you can pretty much ignore the picture.

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