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  1. Hark0n

    Status Quo

    ^This. I found this community from AniPas and I joined there for the downloads, but over time I started to participate in some discussions and "moved" my focus away from getting the content and discussing it instead. When I joined Kametsu, I was hoping to have similarly enjoyable experience discussing more technical aspects of the content (anime mostly) and I did. But with the change in direction I am no longer sure what I will be doing on the site - probably just reduce my activity to "lurking". I am not blaming anyone from the staff for the changes, but it is still sad to lose all those posts.
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    [NOMINATIONS] Anime of Fall 2018

    Yagate Kimi ni Naru aka Bloom into You
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    MPV Made Easy (Moodkiller Edition)

    I was looking in replacing my current MPC-HC setup with variation of mpv, but I encountered and issue - I can't get desired tracks to be selected by default. Is there a way to get non-forced subtitle track to be selected by default if both tracks have the same language? For LAV I can do something like this - "jpn:eng|n", but I can't find any documentation on how to do the same on mpv.
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    Can RWBY get its home in the Anime Section?

    I personally have never encountered the issue that you are trying to solve, so I don't see the usefulness in the solution. I am not strongly against doing it, as I rarely visit cartoon section anyways. From your description it sounds like what you what is a genre or a tag to be "upgraded" to a category and I don't see why it is necessary. Something being an anime is not defined by the content, but by origin so anything being "anime-like"/"animesque" is not only subjective but could be applied to both anime and western cartoons. I can only see more confusion due to some animation being listed under cartoons, some under animo and some listed under both.
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    Can RWBY get its home in the Anime Section?

    So you want us to make and maintain a special category for animated shows based on whether you like them or not? Does not sound very useful for the community as a whole, considering that not everyone's opinion on those select shows will align with yours.
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    Does FLAC matter?

    Lossy vs. lossless audio is not an anime specific discussion and has been around for a while with supporting arguments in each side. Searching on the net will likely get better points/arguments than what we will get here, but we can try to make this topic more anime release focused. It is "worth it" in my opinion, but each of us have different scale of values, so you will have to choose for yourself. Because of difference in opinions, some people could also be deterred from releases with FLAC instead. As far as I know, only positive aspect of lossy audio is size, while lossless guarantees the highest possible quality and to me the savings are not significant enough to justify using lossy audio.
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    Is x265 encoding worth it?

    First, that post is more than four months old now - that or you are time traveling, as you did post it here more than five months ago. As for the points made in that post, some can be debated on. Anime encodes often use 10bit AVC and it has no hardware support, while HEVC has some Encoding speed is not something that consumer should base their choice on - as long as decode is fast enough, it is not an issue. In this case though, there is no clear improvement in compression, so it is wasted time, but if there was improvement, extra time could be justified "x265 is barely understood" and "Nobody really knows how to tweak the settings for better results" are very broad statements and could easily be wrong. There are groups that have been using it for several years and likely have some knowledge about how to tweak the settings for better results That all being said, I am not in favor of HEVC, I am simply stating that some points used to dismiss it in past may have changed over time. As for HDR, to me it seems like a mess of 6 (or more) different standards that have different capabilities, prices and users (BDs use one, streaming uses another and HDTV use yet another one). Some of those supposedly can work on even AVC. Because most HDR standards require hardware support, it might be best to wait until industry has "settled down" and are no longer releasing new ones.
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    MPV Made Easy (Moodkiller Edition)

    I assumed that MPC-QT was already trying to do that.
  9. In regards to Sailor Moon movies, here are some screenshots for comparison: I did not add Japanese and US DVDs because they have the same aspect ratio as one of the Italian DVDs, but with more compression artifacts. Could also note that the BDs have all the film grain removed, but at least it was done better than in TV series. On the down side, the better results suggests that they had better masters and could possibly have produced reasonable quality video with grain intact.
  10. 4K HEVC - yes. GPU is listed to have hardware decoder, so any mainstream HEVC contend should be OK HDR - no. GPU does not seem to support it (based on this and linked information https://communities.intel.com/thread/118311) AVC Hi10P - no. Might work OK-ish with 720p, but 1080p will likely have issues in scenes containing heavy action or grain
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    Storage Solution's ?

    The short version is that the site "went down" within few days and took terabytes/petabytes of user uploaded data with it. All data lost with no hope of retrieval and owner spent several years in trial (I am not sure if it is resolved yet) while creating MEGA in spare time. This whole incident is likely the main reason for data encryption on MEGA - site owner can't be held responsible, because they can't verify user uploaded content. Still, US government and copyright holders will find a way to take it down if they so choose.
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    Storage Solution's ?

    Are you familiar with events surrounding Megaupload (MEGA predecessor)?
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    Nozomi Aria Upscale Screenshots

    Nozomi is the one with hardcoded text "Nozomi" (it was like that in screenshots they provided). While picture 1 and 3 is arguably better in Nozomi's release, I would disagree in regards to picture 2 - it has visible aliasing in the clothing (something that should have been fixed before sharpening and line darkening was applied). Also, as far as I am concerned, sharpening, line darkening and high contrast is not always an improvement. Currently I consider DVD to be a better source in terms of picture quality, but DVD has compression artifacts in some parts and Nozomi's release is not out yet (it could look different in the end), so we will likely need to do another comparison later. 2 more screenshots: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/124244
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    Nozomi Aria Upscale Screenshots

    For anyone wondering how this compares to JP DVD: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/124214 In the comparison NOZOMI is cropped and upscaled (note that the source is jpg), while DVD is cropped, upscaled and has anti-aliasing applied.
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    Reactions are finally here.

    While I do see how "Thank you!" post can be beneficial, I think they get "abused" too often. Just looking at the activity feed, one can occasionally see someone posting a lot of generic, copy-paste looking "Thank you!" posts within few minutes between them. It gives an impression that poster has little care about content and it's providers, and is only interested in increasing personal post count to get further access.
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