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Old 24th October 2005, 21:34   #1  |  Link
Sharktooth
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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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