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Old 24th October 2005, 21:34   #1  |  Link
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MeGUI Custom x264/AVC video profiles.

Ok, since more and more ppl is asking me how to set the x264/MeGUI options, here's the solution: Profiles.

Instructions
Install MeGUI and let the autoupdate run, it will automatically fetch the profiles from the autoupdate server or if you prefer get the profiles archive (below) and use the MeGUI Import Profiles option to import them.
Once imported you will find the profiles in the "Video Profiles" drop down list. Before starting encoding set the bitrate or quantizer (manually or thru the calculator) and adjust the inloop filter accordingly to your needs/taste: keep it 1;1 or higher for anime/toons (max 3;3) and not higher than x264 defaults (0;0) for movies.

Profiles for maximizing Quality and hit a desired bitrate/filesize (2 or more passes, SLOW encoding, High Profile)
HQ-Fast: Quality profile without using advanced R/D features.
HQ-Slow: Pretty slow but not much. Quality is near the best.
HQ-Slower: Slower than HQ-Slow but it tries to squeeze some more compression thru the use of more reference frames.
HQ-Slowest: Same as HQ-Slower with more reference frames.
HQ-Insane: All settings maxed out.

Profiles for Common Encoding (2-passes)
CE-Highprofile: Common settings using high profile options (not compatible with QuickTime)
CE-Mainprofile: Common settings using main profile options (not compatible with QuickTime)
CE-QuickTime: Common settings for QuickTime 7 compatibility.
CE-Baseline: Common settings using baseline profile options (100% compatible with QuickTime 7)

Profiles for maximizing Speed and hit a desired bitrate/filesize (1-pass)
1P-Maxspeed: Everything disabled for max encoding speed (good for live capturing).
1P-Intermediate: Intermediate settings for average speed and final quality.
1P-Goodquality: Settings for good quality with 1 pass.

Profiles for constant Quality/Quantizer (1-pass)
CQ-Lossless: Lossless encoding.
CQ-ASP_Q2_equiv: Almost the equivalent of MPEG-4 ASP Q2 encoding.
CQ-ASP_Q2_eq(crf): Same as above but with "constant quality" (constant rate factor).

Profiles for Anime/Toons (2 passes)
AE-Standard: 2 passes, Main Profile, standard quality.
AE-Goodquality: Slower than AE-Standard, High Profile, higher quality.
AE-Maxquality: Slowest mode with maxed out settings, best quality.

Profiles for Consoles and Portable Devices
PD-PSP: Profile for Sony PSP playback.
PD-Xbox_Hires: Profile for MS XBOX and higher than 512pixels resolution (latest XBMC is needed).
PD-Xbox_LoRes: Profile for MS XBOX and lower than 512pixels resolutions (latest XBMC is needed).
PD-iPod: Profile for iPod Video based on Arstechnica settings.
PD-iPod 5.5G: Profile for the new iPod 5.5G.
PD-AppleTV: Profile for the AppleTV based on Kurtnoise13's findings.
PD-iPhone: Profile for the iPhone based on Kurtnoise13's findings.
PD-Nokia N95: Profile for the new Nokia N95 cellphone (created by leowai).

Profiles for HD media
SA-HD-DVD: First EXPERIMENTAL Profile for HD-DVD.
SA-HD-DVD_Fast: Still EXPERIMENTAL, but faster Profile for HD-DVD.
SA-Blu-Ray: First EXPERIMENTAL Profile for Blu-Rays.
SA-Blu-Ray_Fast: Still EXPERIMENTAL, but faster Profile for Blu-Rays.
SA-PS3-Xbox360: Profile for PlayStation 3 and Xbox360 comatibility.
SA-PS3-Xbox360_Fast: Profile for fast encoding compatible with PlayStation 3 and Xbox360.

Profiles for DXVA compatibility
DXVA-HD-HQ: High quality profile compatible with DXVA accelerated Hi-Def decoding.
DXVA-HD-Fast: Fast encoding profile compatible with DXVA accelerated Hi-Def decoding.
DXVA-SD-HQ: High quality profile compatible with DXVA accelerated Standard-Def decoding.
DXVA-SD-Fast: Fast encoding profile compatible with DXVA accelerated Standard-Def decoding.

Download link: MeGUI-x264 Custom Video Profiles.

For questions, comments and requests ask in this thread.
Thanks goes to Sirber for suggestions for Anime profiles.

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Old 24th October 2005, 22:59   #2  |  Link
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Why did you choose -2,-2 for the deblocking filter?

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Old 25th October 2005, 02:13   #3  |  Link
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Coz i like sharpness, however you're free to change it accordingly to your preferences.
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Old 25th October 2005, 08:32   #4  |  Link
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xxlent initiative !
thx a lot
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Old 25th October 2005, 17:18   #5  |  Link
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Added "Common Encoding" profiles.
Added "Anime Encoding" profiles.
Added "1 Pass Encoding" profiles.
suggestions are welcome.

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Old 26th October 2005, 05:32   #6  |  Link
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Thanks a lot Sharktooth. This will be a very good guide line for newbies.

BTW, just curious whether you would add more profiles for stand alone players or not?

Such as:

1. Nero Digital Certified Player. I'm not sure whether default settings will work on these players? If x264 works on these players, what's the possible settings for Max-Quality? Can High Profile in x264 be used?

2. Sony PSP (I think some information is available from bob0r's website http://x264.nl/psp/)

Cheers.

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Old 26th October 2005, 05:49   #7  |  Link
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Erm... I guess its an oversight but...
the CE-Baseline actualy uses the High Profile...
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Old 26th October 2005, 09:24   #8  |  Link
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@leowai
is there any ndc player supporting avc available ? drop me some links, pls.

@sharktooth
what about including these profiles into your x264 pack(s) ?
thx a lot for your efforts !

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Old 26th October 2005, 10:30   #9  |  Link
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is there any ndc player supporting avc available ? drop me some links, pls.
As you can see below are the AVC profiles available from Nero Recode2:
http://www.nero.com/nerodigital/eng/AVC_profiles.html

These are the Nero Digital Certified Stand Alone Player.
http://www.nero.com/nerodigital/eng/..._Recorder.html

[edit:]
Too bad, from the website, I can't find any of the certified players support the AVC profiles yet. They all only support Main profiles ONLY.

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Nero Certification is for ASP, not AVC.
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Erm... I guess its an oversight but...
the CE-Baseline actualy uses the High Profile...
Thanks, it got "misteriously" overwritten by another profile...
Fixed.

@leowai: there are still no Nero certified AVC SAPs. Those profiles are for ASP players.

@yaz: yes, maybe i will add them in my pack.

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@leowai: there are still no Nero certified AVC SAPs. Those profiles are for ASP players.
I've overlooked for the first time. Thinking of Nero Digital Certified SAPs should play those video encoded with certified profiles (Main & AVC) in Recode2. It doesn't actually.

It's just a bit strange where there is no AVC ND certified SAP since ND (with AVC profiles) had been released for months. I mean they should at least have one, shouldn't they?
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thanks sharktooth!
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for some reason when i use any of these profiles it creates a border around the video when played back.. i have 1280x960 source avi's which i resize with avisynth to 640x480. when i play it back theres a border around all 4 sides of the video and the video is just a sqaure in the middle. any idea?
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just wondering could it be the revision of x264 of using?
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Old 27th October 2005, 08:55   #16  |  Link
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great!!!!

i will try the Anime's ones
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just wondering could it be the revision of x264 of using?
no idea.
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More likely a problem with the Avisynth script. Perhaps it doesn't change the pixel dimensions properly?
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Hi !
Why do use 3 B frame in HQ profiles ? 0 or 1 isn't better ? If i encode a DVD in only one CD, i think i'll have a loss of quality ... But i think it's a good choice for encoding in 2 CD or a DVD-R.
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The more bframes, the better. They are adaptively used, so 3 bframes in a row will be used only if they can improve quality.
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