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  1. Catar

    Dark/black theme?

    The forum already has several dark themes enabled. Titan is a bit colorful, but Brave and Carbon are both fairly dark. There is no pure black theme, if you're hoping for an OLED-compatible option. That's really not a standard on the web yet, unfortunately, so you probably won't see it often. You can force it on using extensions like Dark Reader or custom styling though, if you use Firefox as your mobile browser (this will be more unstable / slower though)
  2. Catar

    H.264 vs H.265

    Very close. H264/x264 can encode 4K+ just fine. It's HDR that it can't do. Important distinction. But yes. H265/x265 is better for mini-encodes because it's more efficient. For everything else, H264/x264 is still the best, because we produce better quality results with it.
  3. Catar

    H.264 vs H.265

    They aren't the same quality at lower filesizes, but at lower bitrates, H265/x265 is more efficient. So if you aren't going for actual quality (like we are), H265/x265 is a better choice since you'll get better quality at low bitrates.
  4. Catar

    Blu-ray disc refuses to be decrypted

    Discord PM or forum PM, either will do.
  5. Catar

    Blu-ray disc refuses to be decrypted

    Try another drive if you have one, just in case. You never know. If not, could be an actual flaw in the disk image. Do you know if anyone else has ripped it properly? If you can, upload the original encrypted disk image and I'd be happy to give it a go over here.
  6. The original intention (it's right there in the title) was only for dual audio releases. Since I almost never watch subtitled shows, I only included those. If any of the other editors feel like adding subtitled entries, they're welcome to, but they should be noted as no-dub (like the Symphogear entry).
  7. The x264 file is actually x264-Hi10P. Unfortunately, there are no hardware decoders for this codec, so the TV can't handle it. H265 has hardware decoding in most new TVs so it will play. You will need to force it to software decode somehow, or use another player.
  8. The VIP section is automatically granted eventually to active contributing members of the forums. Don't worry about it too much (it's not really that special, to be honest), just stick around and you'll see it someday.
  9. I've always been pretty happy with Brave actually. It has a couple minor flaws but it has a good width and functional design, and mostly stays out of the way otherwise. just need someone on the admin team to finally implement my CSS fix to remove the stupid gray boxes on images and we'd be good.
  10. fixed thanks. to be fair though, you deserve all the ugliness for your horrible bright theme :^)
  11. Catar

    H.264 vs H.265

    Just to be clear, H265 doesn't have to be worse. The problem is mostly in the encoder we have available (x265). It took nearly a decade to develop and understand x264 to the level we do now, and produce consistent quality results that the encoders regularly achieve. x264 was first released waaaaaaaay back in 2004, while x265 has only been available since 2013. x264 has gotten quite a bit more work put in, especially since it was the king of encoders during the height of P2P sharing where full files were regularly passed around (these days, streaming is the lion's share of media piracy). From comparisons done by people much better at this than me, H265 can actually produce fantastic results and at the lower quality, but we've only seen that with commercially developed encoders used by companies like Netflix and Hulu (I haven't heard anything about Amazon H265 offerings). Since all we have to work with is x265, and since the major encoding groups already have an established pipeline with x264 where they achieve transparent encodes at a reasonable enough filesize, no one's working on it anymore. To understand why, it really comes down to differing needs. When H264/x264 came out, it was a mindblowing step forward. Quality improved dramatically over the most popular standard at the time (XviD, the open source implementation of DivX). Couple this with the sharp rise in P2P thanks to torrents and there was a lot more motivation to get great compression, since hard drive space was still at a relative premium. HD content really took off around the same time too. Shows like Lost were broadcast in HD and made available at 1080p, and those Hawaii landscapes were gorgeous in HD (still are), so unless everyone wanted to buy a ton more hard drive space, we needed better compression. The scene really pushed the transition too, when scenerules were released requiring all new encodes to be on x264. (This created a hilarious effect on public indexes that don't understand the scene, with tons of comments wondering how "every single group changed codecs overnight?" "why can't i play anything anymore?") Compare that to today, where hard drive space is relatively cheap, huge cloud solutions are available, streaming is plentiful, internet speeds are more than fast enough to handle even the highest bitrate videos. H265 simply isn't a big enough jump, and honestly I'm not sure AV1 will be either. The motivation isn't there to the same degree it was for H264/x264. The real transition will only occur once HDR content is plentiful and HDR-enabled screens start holding a significant share. Since x264 doesn't support HDR, there must be a change in codec. in short: H265 is better than H264 but no one knows how to get those results and no one wants to spend the time to figure out how because it's probably not worth it.
  12. Catar

    H.264 vs H.265

    dangerous assumption.
  13. Catar

    H.264 vs H.265

    Pretty soon I'm gonna sticky a thread answering this question... It mostly depends on the person actually encoding it, but as a rule: H264 will probably be the better quality one, while H264 will have better compression and be smaller. 265 will take more hardware to decode properly and won't be as compatible with all devices, but is also required for HDR in 4k videos. Short: 264 encodes are better to download unless 4K HDR is needed. There's a lot more nuance but I'm on my phone.
  14. ~LAUNCHED: Attack on Titan S03~ leading another LostYears project, because scyrous begged me to I can. Nothing fancy this time though, pretty straightforward DDY + AoD encode.
  15. Nah. Pros for mpv: Video output looks great right out of the box. No messing with filters, no grabbing codec packs or audio/subtitle filters. Main package and done. You can still configure it a bit if you like, especially if you want fancier upscaling/HDR stuff/etc, but 99% of videos will look good. Cross platform. MPV runs on all major platforms and uses the same config files to do so. You can move your config anywhere and each platform will understand it and be (fairly) consistent about it. Heavily customizable. You can mess with the MPV GUI to a pretty ludicrous degree if you want, even make it look almost identical to other players if you put the effort in. it's lightweight =P It's modern and still getting updates, while the other favorite (MPC-HC) has an uncertain future (officially announced stopping updates, other people announced updates, very unclear now). It handles livestreams really well. I currently use MPV as my primary viewer for Twitch, for example. Cons: configuring the thing is a learning curve. the default setup has a terrible UI (read: none). Lots of other unintuitive things. MPC-HC is still solid as long as you've got the right filters, but if you have no clue what you're doing, I recommend picking up the stickied "MPV Easy Mode" from @Moodkiller. It's a nice starter package. (addendum: i probably forgot some things here that someone's gonna come correct me on. my primary video player is not MPC or MPV, it's actually Kodi =P)