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Old 4th September 2008, 01:42   #1  |  Link
themustangguy
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x264 Questions From A New User (h264enc)

Now that storage space has gotten cheap, I want to start encoding all my DVDs to h264. I have read through this forum and have a few questions before I get started.

First, some information.
- I am using linux (Ubuntu 8.04 64bit).
- I plan to use a 1 pass/CRF 18 because I don't need consistent file sizes.
- I have been using the h264enc script.

Questions

1) Is h264enc the right way to go or should I be doing everything myself? I am totally new to encoding, this script helps out a lot. I am worried however that I may become too reliant on the script and never learn how to do it from scratch. Is this something I should be concerned with?

2) Which container? From what I have been reading, Mp4 or MKV seems to be the choice. I originally was going to do Mp4 so I could stream to a Xbox 360. Since the 360 does not support 5.1 surround in either of those formats however, it seems either container would do.

3) Which audio codec? h264enc defaults to LC-ACC so I have been using that. I want to keep the 5.1 surround, so is that the way to go?

4) What is Temporal Noise Shaping and should I be using it? I have searched for this term on these forums but cannot find anything of use. Is it known by another term, or just not used?

5) Should I be using a custom matrix? I have not messed with these at all. I do remember seeing a post that claimed custom matrices are no longer needed, but I didn't read too far into it.

6) Should I be doing any pre- or post- processing? Again, not having any experience, I have no idea.

Thanks.
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