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Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby jessex1990 » 05 Jul 2011, 04:08

Every method I have tried in the past will hardsub the MKV releases BUT it will DESTROY all the formatting (Not Good!!). However I discovered a method of hardsubbing and keeping ALL the formatting

WHY HARDSUB?
Useful if you wish to:
- Burn to DVD (with styled subtitles, not ugly VOB subs)
- Watch on a older computer.

HOW TO HARDSUB

TextSub - http://www.videohelp.com/tools/VSFilter_DirectVobSub
REQUIRE: Staxrip (Contains all necessary files, and if you don't have it will prompt you to install it)

1. Install and Run Staxrip
2. A "getting started" dialog may appear. If it does just click CLOSE
3. Click on the 'SOURCE' hyperlink and then choose the "Single or Merge" option
4. Then select the file you want and click OK

At this point it will start processing your MKV file (it may take a while). When it is done you will be returned to the main screen of the program and you will notice that the SOURCE, TARGET & AUDIO fields are now filled in.

5. Make sure that DEINTERLACE, CROP & RESIZE are UNCHECKED (SMC have already done this)
6. In the top menu go to TOOLS and then HARCODED SUBTITLES which will open up another dialog box
7. go to the folder where your source file is and there should be an "ASS" file, select that (this is the subtitle file) and you will notice that in the filters box "SUBTITLE" has been added.
8. Then click, NEXT, then click START

It will now open VIRTUALDUBMOD to process your MKV again - but this time hardcoding the subtitles and remuxing the video into an AVI container.
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Re: Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby KAKERU » 05 Jul 2011, 15:10

Depending on what codec is used, there will be even more quality loss than what is already being lost using the x264/avc codec since there is no support for x264/avc for the .avi container.
Unless, you re-encode our releases using an uncompressed codec or just uncompressed mode in virtualdub(which will create a 15GB .avi file) and convert to DVD format afterwards.
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Re: Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby jessex1990 » 05 Jul 2011, 16:24

[quote="KAKERU"]Depending on what codec is used, there will be even more quality loss than what is already being lost using the x264/avc codec since there is no support for x264/avc for the .avi container.
Unless, you re-encode our releases using an uncompressed codec or just uncompressed mode in virtualdub(which will create a 15GB .avi file) and convert to DVD format afterwards.


Now theres an idea ... lol.
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Re: Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby MoonCake » 10 Mar 2012, 10:09

Where can i download this from?
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Re: Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby jessex1990 » 11 Mar 2012, 09:49

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Re: Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby MollyHeart » 12 Jun 2012, 23:19

This topic has been very useful for me, since I'm not a fan of watching episodes on my computer. ^_^

However, I've run into a massive snag. Rather than convert to AVI and potentially lose quality (I don't have the hard drive space for uncompressed AVIs, nor enough DVDs to burn them to), I've been trying to see if I can save them in MP4 to play on my PS3. But it keeps telling me "x264 requires YV12 input".

I've Googled the crap out of this error message and the only advice I've gotten is to add the "Convert to YV12" filter. Which gave me another problem. The "Convert to YV12" filter doesn't exist in the menu (it's supposed to be under "Misc.", apparently). I assumed I'd be able to find somewhere to install additional files for the program, but all I ever find are the same places that all seem to think I should have this option available.

If I can't resolve this issue somehow, I'm left with only the methods I used for another anime to convert the MKV files to hardsubbed MP4, but in doing so, I'd lose all the formatting on the subtitles. (I'd need to convert the ASS subtitles into SUB or IDX first...)

I have wondered if maybe it's because I'm using the "Devices - PS3" settings that "Convert to YV12" isn't showing up, or if there might be a way to convert/remux the file in a way that Staxrip can hardcode the subtitles, but I'm honestly at a loss. I'm relatively new to the concept of muxing and completely self-taught. So if anyone could help with this, I'd greatly appreciate it. 8-)

EDIT
I may have found a solution here. Originally, I was trying very hard to retain as much of the original quality of the release as I possibly could, but then I realized just the simple act of hardcoding subtitles will alter the video. So instead of trying to demux and remux the video, I ended up with two methods based on Jessex's. One of which results in a DivX AVI with mp3 audio (noticeable sound quality loss), and the other results in an MP4 with the original audio directly muxed in. The difference in file size and video quality between the two are negligible, but you might notice some color difference (between all three - the original AND both conversions).

To use my method, follow Jessex's instructions from Step 1 through Step 7. BEFORE clicking "Next", however, you'll want to ensure you're using the right codec, container and audio.

Changing the Codec & Container
(If you've followed Jessex's steps, the default device will be "DivX Plus". Otherwise, it'll be whatever you select at the opening window when you start up StaxRip.)

8. Click where it says "DivX Plus" (or whatever other setting you're using), and set the codec to "DivX".

9. Click "Codec Configuration" and set the "Speed/Quality" slider to 8. This is as high-quality as mine goes, even though the scale goes up to 10...

10. To the right of the codec is the container setting. Set it to either AVI or MP4

For an AVI:

11. Click the link next to the Audio file path and set it to "MP3". You'll lose some sound quality and the file size will be slightly bigger, but it's the only compatible sound format for an AVI.

For an MP4:

11. Click the link next to the Audio file path and set it to "Just Mux", so it muxes in the original AAC audio to the new MP4. Better sound quality and smaller file size = win-win. ^_^

12. Click "Next" and then "Start".

This is the only way I was able to get past that pesky colorspace issue, and I think I'm satisfied with being able to convert these videos into a decent quality MP4 with hardcoded subtitles. The files are smaller than the original MKVs, and I'm sure there's quality loss, but I honestly don't notice much difference from the x264 MKVs at all.

(Also, funny side note: StaxRip always gives me a "Failed to open source" message every time I open one of the MKV files. But if I click "OK", it goes away and still lets me work with the file. Weird...)

EDIT 2
If the frame rate is 47.952 (already ran into this issue with Episode 3), VirtualDubMod doesn't seem to want to work with this method. In that case, go to "Filters" and add "SelectEven" (it's under "Field" > "Advanced") to cut the frame rate down to the usual 23.976.

Sorry about this post becoming a wall of text. I figured if I came here looking for answers, someone else might too. ^_^;
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Re: Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby BBally » 11 Aug 2012, 18:31

Is this file safe? Because I've read that DirectVobSub can be buggy and there are a lot of maleware files that go under DirectVobSub.exe

EDIT: How long does it usually take to hardsub an episode?
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Re: Hardsubbing SMC Releases

Postby BBally » 13 Aug 2012, 08:54

Wow, I never realized Hardsubbing was such a long process, it's taking me over 5 hours to finish one episode
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