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What ways are there to improve video quality?

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  1. n-ster

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    What ways are there to improve video quality? I currently use VLC to watch my videos. Should I touch the settings in CCC?

    I've recently been impressed by how easy and fast and well done editing images are (ex: below) so I'm wondering if something can be done for videos too!


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    CCC? Are you using the Combine Codex Communist Pack or whatever that stands for with VLC? If you are, that is your problem. VLC's built in codex pack works better with their software. If you are using VLC, you will not need anything else or a codex packet.

    If it is an HD video source, try this:

    Open Tools > preferences
    Tick “All” under “Show settings in the lower right corner
    Expand "Input/Codec"
    Go to "other codecs" subcategory
    Select "FFmpeg"
    Select “All” under "skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding"
    Restart VLC

    Also make sure VLC is up to date and set to use the GPU as is rendering source. Preference > (Simple view) > Input & Codec > GPU acceleration.
     
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    Combined Community Codec Pack, so far i've had pretty good luck with it. heck it allowed me to watch DVDs on an old all-in-one dell pc with a PIII 733 and an Intel 810 video chipset with excellent video quality and moderate cpu usage. (for a p3)

    as for VLC, what he said is ur best bet.
     
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    I'm thinking "CCC" would be catalyst control center.... just a hunch due to the mention of a 6870 vid card.

    On topic, edge-enhancement, de noise are enable by default in new drivers. On my 4830, flesh tone correction was also enabled by default. They all have slider bars to adjust, but i prefer to leave 'em alone not knowing what exactly they really do to t he video stream
     
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    Yea I meant Catalyst Control Center lol

    Thanks for the tips LaughingMan

    was wondering if there were any programs to actually make the video better BEFORE viewing? I would pay a lot for a good program to do so if I have to
     
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    I try to have as few things affecting the video output as possible. For CCC, I have mine set to "Use Application Settings" whenever possible. In advanced mode, VLC has settings for absolutely everything. You can even micromanage the codecs and how they process a video if you want.

    I am not sure what you are watching, but find the best quality video source (try to get it close to the screen you are viewing it on in size and HD sources whenever possible). Simply put, if crap goes in, crap will come out.

    If you are trying to improve the quality of something you know is not already pristine, then you need to look into something like Handbrake and covert the video to another format. During the Encoding process, you can do things with converters to improve quality by using filters, increase post processing, change the video codec to H.264, etc.

    If you don't have the storage space and can't avoid compressed videos, then try to stick with Xvid, Divx, and Ogg for compressed files (full length movies that are about 700 MB) because I think those compression algorithms are the best. Uncompressed formats I like to stick with MKV, AVI, and MP4. This goes for videos you already have and formats you would want to convert to.

    Handbrake is very good software, free, powerful, and pretty easy to use.

    Examples of stuff you can do while converting the file:

    http://trac.handbrake.fr/wiki/PictureSettings

    And an Experts Guide to using Handbrake:

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/handbrake
     
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    Say have have lower quality old 45 minute 420MB per episode AVI videos, and I do not mind up to 6GB per episode, what is the best way in your opinion?

    Meanwhile I am going to start experimenting with handbrake :D

    P.S: thanks alot for your help
     
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    http://www.vreveal.com/features
     
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    I tend to stick with a formula of 15 MB per minute of film give or take depending on it being a TV show, animated, movie, etc. So a 2 hour movie I keep to around 1.75 GB. 45 minute episode for me would be about 650 MB.

    Either way, I hope you get the playback and/or conversion you are looking for.
     
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