Nothing here except ramblings on anime, tech, and whatever else I feel like mentioning.
Monday, December 31, 2007
How to lace shoes
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Cheap computer case!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
New Vocaloid Ranking 12
Anyway new vocaloid ranking!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The future of anime distribution?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
ef is awesome
I WILL be buying this on HD when it gets released in a year or two...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Permanently setting a hostname in OS X
The correct way to change the hostname seems to be using the scutil command, as suggested by this page which points to this forum post.
The command is:
sudo scutil --set HostName tarsier.domain.com
Monday, December 17, 2007
Vocaloid ranking #11
A long time ago, I decided to name my computers after characters in my favorite anime at the time, Escaflowne. This worked for awhile, but as I got more computers, I started running out of characters. I ended up having to use male names (which didn't sound all that cute), and minor characters that I didn't even remember. I've been hooked on the opening to Shuffle! and the opening to Really? Really!, both harem games from the Shuffle! series. There are many female characters to name my computers after :).
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Visual Novels, yay!
Some of them are free and pretty good; I enjoyed Narcissu very much, and I'm looking forward to playing a translation just released by DejaVu, called Ballad of an Evening Butterfly.
I've mainly been using the site to convert low-resolution wall papers into vectors so I can resize them and blow them up for my 1920x1200 screen.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Changing the windows logon screen background
A good source for anime images, especially desktop wallpaper, is Konachan.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Clannad 11 and The Dandelion Girl
Making an Anime OP/ED compilation DVD
First task was to find some anime openings and endings. I found most of my files from Tokyo Toshokan and Stage6; if you know of any other good sources let me know.
Next, need to convert them into DVD-compliant mpeg2 files. After trying several programs, I finally settled on FAVC. Surprisingly, that was the only program I found that would work consistently with all the file types I had (mkv, avi, mp4). I ran into a bug with mkv handling on my version of FAVC; if you run into an error with mkv files, you need to install mkvtoolnix and copy a few DLLs to the FAVC directory (see my Doom9 post).
For FAVC, since I only used it to do the conversion, I skipped the iso creation and muxing steps. I used the HEnc encoder, though QuEnc would have worked fine too. I used AC3 audio @ 192kbps. Once the conversion is don, you'll find a folder in whatever destination directory you specified for FAVC.
Chapters and titles, oh my!
Now a bit of explanation on DVD titles and chapters. If you've ever watched a DVD, you'll notice that usually the main movie is on one title, and things like trailers and extra features on on separate titles. Most DVD creation programs make each video its own title, which makes sense for a lot of things. However, on the DVD players I tested, there is no easy way to skip between titles; on a DVD with many short videos, this could get annoying. So we need to basically combine all these videos into one title, which we can do with... Muxman!
Combining videos into one title
In the FAVC directory, there is a Muxman directory somewhere; this is usually used for creation of the files for a DVD. You basically load in all the video files output by FAVC (there should be m2v files in the output directory), load in all the audio files, then let it do it's thing. Then you can load the resulting VOBs into a DVD player on your computer (Media Player Classic if you don't have something like PowerDVD or WinDVD), and make sure the audio stays in sync throughout the entire file. If not, you'll have to figure out which video is causing the audio to go out of sync and use delaycut to fix the audio sync of that video. If you don't care about any fancy features, this should be it.
Fancy stuff: Motion menus and chapters
Now we convert the VOB to an mpg file using VOB2MPG. This is necessary because one of the programs we'll use later, dvdauthorGUI, only takes m2v/ac3 files. VOB2MPG is a pretty simple program, just load the VOB directory, and specify an output directory. Once you have the mpg file, load it in VirtualDub-MPEG2 and scroll through the file, writing the times for the chapter points in a text file in the format HH:MM:SS.ss.
Generating the menus
Next, use DGMPGDec to demux the mpeg file into m2v and ac3 files. Load these files into DVDAuthorGUI. After you load the files into DVDAuthorGUI, select "Create Motion Menu Script". This will create an AVISynth script; save it somewhere. You'll have to edit it a bit, here's an example of one I made (I removed the comments for brevity, but it was generated by dvdauthorgui:
header="Anime OP/ED WS" nexttext="Next ->" prevtext="<- Prev" maintext="Normal" bordercolor=$00ffff #Edit this line to change the border color. backgroundcolor=$333333 #Edit this line to change the background color. textcolor=$ffffff #Edit this line to change the text color halocolor=$101010 #Border around the text fontsize=18 #Font size fontface="verdana" #Font style TitleText1="Bokurano OP" TitleText2="Chobits OP" TitleText3="Diebuster OP" TitleText4="Dragonaut OP" TitleText5="ef OP" TitleText6="Haruhi OP" TitleText7="Haruhi ED" TitleText8="Haruhi Insert" length=1200 title1=DirectShowSource("path to file").bilinearresize( 100, 66).addborders(2,2,2,2,bordercolor) ... overlay(title1, 80, 125) subtitle(TitleText1, 80, 195, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) overlay(title2, 230, 125) subtitle(TitleText2, 230, 195, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) overlay(title3, 380, 125) subtitle(TitleText3, 380, 195, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) overlay(title4, 530, 125) subtitle(TitleText4, 530, 195, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) overlay(title5, 80, 250) subtitle(TitleText5, 80, 320, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) overlay(title6, 230, 250) subtitle(TitleText6, 230, 320, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) overlay(title7, 380, 250) subtitle(TitleText7, 380, 320, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) overlay(title8, 530, 250) subtitle(TitleText8, 530, 320, font=fontface, size=fontsize, text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) subtitle(header, 72, 85, font=fontface, size=(fontsize+10), text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) subtitle(nexttext, 530, 360, font=fontface, size=(fontsize+10), text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) subtitle(maintext, 300, 360, font=fontface, size=(fontsize+10), text_color=textcolor, halo_color=halocolor) ConvertToYV12()Once you have the script, load it into HEnc or QuEnc (you can find these in the FAVC program directory), and generate an m2v file.
Putting it all together
Back in DVDAuthorGUI, you'll need to add the list of chapters you saved earlier. Next, you want to add a titleset menu, and point it to the menu m2v file you just created. In the titleset menu manager, you'll be able to place buttons and set actions; you'll want to make buttons for each of the videos. If you have multiple menus, you'll need to make buttons for those. For the actions, you just select them from the drop down box. After this, you can save the project and build a DVD image. All done!
What about mixed aspect videos (normal and widescreen)?
This is only slightly more complicated. To have both normal and widescreen videos display correctly, you have two options: 1) convert one to the other by adding black bars, or 2) separate the normal and widescreen videos and make a different titleset for each. The first option may be preferable if you only have one or two of one type; FAVC will convert them for you. The second option is better if you have a lot of videos, because it provides for the maximum quality.
To make different titlesets, you'll have to run FAVC twice, once for each type of video (that is, convert all your widescreen vids, then your normal aspect vids). You'll repeat the same steps for both, up until the final DVDAuthorGUI steps. You add both menus into the menu manager, but only one of the chapter lists. Under the file menu, select the option to edit the XML file before authoring. You'll have to make a few modifications here. Below is an example of the altered XML file, I'll describe the changes later.
<titleset> <menus> <pgc pause="inf"> <button> jump title 1 chapter 1; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 2; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 3; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 4; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 5; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 6; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 7; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 8; </button> <button> jump menu 2; </button> <button> jump titleset 2 menu; </button> <vob file="E:\Projects\AnimeOPED_DVD\dvdop1\dvdout\menusub1.mpg" /> </pgc> </menus> <titles> <video format="ntsc" /> <pgc> <vob file="C:\PATH\title1.mpg" chapters="00:00:00.00,00:01:30.15,00:02:59.85,00:04:37.00,00:06:07.00,00:07:36.89,00:09:08.00,00:10:21.00,00:13:01.68,00:14:33.57,00:16:05.70,00:17:38.05,00:19:08.34,00:20:28.09,00:22:20.17,00:23:58.63,00:25:31.09,00:27:04.50,00:28:44.40,00:30:17.80,00:32:07.50,00:33:49.36" /> <post>jump titleset 2 title 1; </post> </pgc> </titles> </titleset> <titleset> <menus> <pgc pause="inf"> <button> jump title 1 chapter 1; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 2; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 3; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 4; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 5; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 6; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 7; </button> <button> jump title 1 chapter 8; </button> <button> jump menu 2; </button> <button> jump titleset 1 menu; </button> <pre>if (g0==1) jump title 1 chapter 1;</pre> <vob file="C:\PATH\menusub4.mpg" /> <post>g0=0;</post> </pgc> </menus> <titles> <video format="ntsc" /> <pgc> <vob file="C:\PATH\title2.mpg" chapters="00:00:00.00,00:01:30.49,00:02:51.13,00:04:21.86,00:05:44.61,00:07:34.65,00:09:04.67,00:10:36.63,00:12:07.02,00:13:27.97,00:15:10.67,00:16:41.93,00:18:13.96,00:19:51.05,00:21:23.61,00:22:55.50,00:24:26.59,00:25:56.98,00:27:42.06,00:29:12.81,00:30:43.27,00:32:20.63,00:33:56.70,00:35:28.02,00:36:59.35" /> <post>call menu 1; </post> </pgc> </titles> </titleset>The XML file should be pretty self-explanatory. Basically, you need to add another titleset.
These are really just notes to myself, if somebody is actually using this as a reference, let me know and I'll flesh it out more.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Weekly Vocaloid Ranking #10
Who subs what?
Stepmania Anime Songs
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Cheap anime I'd buy
- Eureka 7 $89.99 (normally ~$22/volume)
- Chobits $48.99 (normally ~$90) -- I bought it
- Mai Hime $69.99 (normally ~$22/volume)
- Kimi ga nozumu eien $19.99 -- less than $7 per volume! I'll probably buy this too...though the box set is not much more expensive at Amazon
- Haibane Renmei $8.99 per volume (4 volumes) -- I bought this; it's Geneon, so once it's gone, it's gone (box set normally ~$72)
- Scrapped Pricess DVD Collection $23.99, normally ~$45 -- I also bought this
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So you want to fansub...
AnimeSuki forum post
Sylf's typesetting tutorial (Froth-bite)
Old post on another forum (broken links)
Aegisub seems to be often used and has a good tutorial on timing.