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Journal: New encoding stuff.

Journal by Ishin

Microsoft has released a version of their windows media video 9 codec for uses outside of media player, such as encoding video in virtualdub.

Check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/codecs/vcm.aspx

Also, Divx has updated their beta test codec at http://labs.divx.com/

That's it for today. Be sure to enjoy some anime or manga between now and the next time I post anime/manga links.

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Journal: The life of a slashdot post.

Journal by Ishin

Today the links will come after the observation.

I just read the article posting about Microsoft changing the Win2k EULA for service pack 4. I posted a response (clearly and impartially) to the first post, in which the poster claimed their board of directors were getting rid of all Microsoft desktops and replacing them with Linux and OSX. I posted back that without any listing of what company he was posting about, it was rather hard to believe, and gave my reasoning.

While the post wasn't the most interesting or insightful in my opinion, it was quickly modded up to +5 insight/interesting. A couple of uninspiring replies were made that I felt no need to respond to. A little while later, the post received 4 negative points for overrated. Now I'm not convinced my post deserved a 5, but I'm also not convinced it really needed to be modded down that far. It will probably end up modded to 0 or -1 for no reason I can understand (maybe because of my incredulity about companies immediately abandoning Microsoft).

What's my point? Karma on Slashdot is a strange thing. It seems more like the administration's way of trying to censor while appearing to not censor than a way for the users to self police. (also, shouldn't unregistered people browse at -1 by default? I've known people that only browse /. without registering and had no idea that there were posts they weren't seeing. A lot of them are crap, but sometimes... just sometimes, things are truely unfairly modded into oblivion, and once you cross the threshold from 1 to 0, there's little chance of getting back).

Anyway, on to the useful stuff.

xvid is still the best codec around, but divx is at least trying to get better. They're now releasing beta software for everyone to try, divx pro owner or not. http://labs.divx.com

xvid is still heading into the 1.0 release at www.xvid.org with binaries for windows available from http://xvid.hopto.org and http://roeder.goe.net/~koepi/

avisynth is moving on to 2.52, with supposedly stable yv12 support. Of course, the problem with going to 2.52 is losing compatbility with a lot of old avisynth filters. http://www.avisynth.org

also virtualdub has passed version 1.5.0 and virtualdub mod has, too. http://www.virtualdub.org and http://virtualdubmod.sourceforge.net

Anyway, happy encoding, and remember, just because you don't like someone's post for personal reasons, please try to be objective before you start abusing your mod points.

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Journal: More anime and manga links?

Journal by Ishin
These are some fansub group websites. If you don't like fansubs, please don't try to cause them trouble. Live and let live.

Akatsuki manga has some nice manga projects going.

J-comx does the translation to a personal favorite, Chrno Crusade. Also did most of the Azumanga Daioh manga translations long before the anime hit.

love hina party hosts several series.

I's manga scans. See where manga scanslations began. This was the project that started it all, and it's still there for you to download. (along with two other pages devoted to two other excellent series, love hina and DNA, be sure to read them all)

Manga project is probably the largest scanslating group, their website has tons of good manga for you to download.

And finally, be sure to go to www.shonenjump.com and get a subscription for only $30 a year if you like mangas. Remember, fansubs are free, don't buy them on ebay, if you catch someone selling them, please report them to ebay.

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Journal: Wow, two in a day? Useful links for aspiring video encoders.

Journal by Ishin
Most of these are common knowledge to those that like to encode, but for some that are a little new, they're quite a bit of help.

virtualdub probably THE best avi manipulator on the M$ Windows platform.

Donald Graft's site lots of virtualdub and avs filters, plus a VERY good links section

Koepi's Xvid binaries Get your xvid installer binaries here. Also links to nic and Umaniac builds.

divx digest a site that hosts a lot of divx related files.

AVISYNTH a must have for the advanced encoder. Script based video frame serving into virtually any avi capable application.

Doom9 forums where many virtualdub, xvid, gordian knot, and other developers of open source tools for video encoding spend their spare time.

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Journal: Doom9.com

Journal by Ishin

A few anime and manga links, since "everyone" loves anime and manga =)

http://www.manganews.net/
http://www.envirosphere.com/
http://a.scarywater.net/
http://anime.mircx.com/

These are links to fan sites, some of them fansubbers, some of them news about fansubs. Fansubs are free, if you enjoy the fansubbed versions, be sure to buy your localized version if it gets licensed in your area.

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