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Old 23rd April 2005, 23:39   #41  |  Link
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Version 0.86

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, Freeware expected for release in mid May, 2005):

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- By popular demand I have added a new Movie-Only mode. By removing all extraneous material this mode guarantees the highest possible quality reproduction of the DVD's main film.

- Modified the HC One Pass VBR prediction and parameter passing to take advantage of the new version (HCBatch, v014 or above). Hank315 has modified the new version to limit maximum bitrate. This makes it possible to use HC OPV and remain within DVD bitrate limitations. Outstanding work by Hank315. This encoder is giving CCE a run for its money.

- For experts: I've added a flag under "Resize to Half-D1" that allows for adjustment in the method of resizing. While my testing shows most sources use a "generic PAR" and will be resized directly -- there are ITU PAR sources that need to have the left/right overscan areas stripped before resizing to Half-D1. The "Adjust for ITU Aspect Ratio" flag does that. Please note that the difference is very slight and in most cases would not be noticable. An ITU PAR incorrectly size would only show a 2% horizontal aspect distortion.

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- Added a fix that significantly increased the point at which the "Buffer Overflow 0003" or the "Buffer Overflow 0004" is reached. While this error is normally a result of a corrupted source, I have found at least one example in which the buffer overflowed on a legitimate source. This will correct that.

- Again changed the method of encoding for very small segments. Some reports of CCE CRC errors make it necessary to create a "workaround". Now all segments of less than 60 frames are encoded using one pass VBR in CCE SP versions. Single frames encoded with CCE Basic are done in CBR. The Pro version still retains STILLS intact.

- Changed the setting for ProCoder output so the .ECL file (using ECLPro) has "seq_endcode=1" for all encodes. Since DVD-RB now removes endcodes automatically this save time by not requiring ProCoder to do so. Thanks to Robot1.

- Modified the way DVD-RB calls web pages so it uses the default browser (it was making a call to "Explorer" before -- which always called Internet Explorer. Thanks again to Robot1.

- Added a "Contents" option to the Help Menu. This will open the default file DVD-RBHELP.CHM in the DVD-RB home direcotry if it exists.
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Old 28th April 2005, 23:08   #42  |  Link
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Version 0.87

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, Freeware expected for release in late May, 2005):

CHANGES MADE TO PRO VERSION ONLY

- (v0.87a) Corrected a minor syntax error.

- Fixed an error in Movie-Only mode that caused a 'Runtime Error 9" on any DVD in which the main feature is not in VTS_01. Silly mistake.

- Corrected an error in which Movie-Only mode may create a segment having a frame length of zero under certain circumstances which could cause CCE version 2.70 to fail with "No M2V".

- Corrected an error in which the CQ value for HC was being incorrectly written to the HC INI file. This could result in erroneous sizing and prediction loops in countries that use the comma as a decimal point.

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- Modified startup routines to prevent multiple instances of DVD-RB from running concurrently. This prevents any of a number possible errors from occurring.

- Corrected an error in which the quality_prec parameter was being incorrectly converted to a 0-100 scale. Also improved the accuracy of the conversion and removed extraneous decimal values. (Freeware v0.84 & up)

- Added code so the "Contents" help command will look in a subfolder "Help" as well as the DVD-RB executable directory.
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Old 29th April 2005, 14:09   #43  |  Link
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Version 0.88

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, Freeware expected for release in late May, 2005):

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- Corrected an error in which a nonexistent source directory could cause unexpected errors upon program start.

- Added code so the color lookup table (CLUT) of the source PGC is collected and stored for use in Movie-Only output. This should fix the unreadable green subtitles problem.

- Corrected an error in which movie-only subtitle tables were being incorrectly updated.

- Fixed an off-by-one error in which the final segment of a DVD was not being loaded into the segment viewer/editor.

- Fixed a bug in which "Runtime Error 11" could occur under certain circumstances when using "No Compression" and movie-only mode.

- Corrected an error that could cause incorrect sizing when changing parameters in the editor or choosing "Movie and Menus Only" or "Movies, Menus, and Slideshow Extras".

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- Modified the "missing frames" message. It now makes a reference entry in the status window and continues with the rebuilding process. (Changed on unreleased freeware versions as well). I have concerns that RB may be finding false positives.

- Corrected an error in which MPEG Layer audio was not being accounted for properly in the DVD sizing and was not being removed properly when selected for removal. This was causing oversizing on homemade discs (commercial discs generally use AC3 audio).
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Old 4th May 2005, 01:41   #44  |  Link
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Version 0.89/0.90

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, Freeware expected for release in early June, 2005):

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- (v0.90a) Fixed a last minute syntax error.

- (v0.90) Fixed an error (introduced in v0.89) in which Movie-Only mode could fail to execute under certain circumstances.

- (v0.90) Fixed a source of "Runtime Error 9" during the encode phase when using OPV.

- (v0.90) Fixed "Runtime Error 5" that could happen upon startup under certain conditions.

- Corrected an error in the way subtitle streams are identified in movie-only mode.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 6" error that could occur in the ENCODE phase when attempting to use SLIDESHOW mode on the last segment of a stream.

- Changed OPV encoding so it doesn't use custom matrices. Since OPV uses constant quality (quantizer) encoding, the precalculated bitrate shouldn't be used as a method of determining quantizer matrix as it really doesn't apply. This should make sizing predictions more accurate.

- Corrected an error in REBUILD that could result in a "Runtime Error 6, Overflow" when still rebuilding segments selected as SLIDESHOW.

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[Note: Freeware v0.89 includes changes in v0.87 & 0.88 (skipped over)]

- Modified code so that proper structure will be created whether or not DVD Decrypter's "Remove Structure Protection" is selected. Because DVD-RB made corrections itself, in previous versions using a source for which Decrypter had also removed structure protection would in effect reverse itself and cause long blanks at title start.

- Adjusted subpicture stream id collection so it will work properly with a multiple PGC source.

- Corrected an error in which "Reduce by 50%" was not being read properly from .RBD files so it was not being set properly in batch encodes. (Changed in Pro v0.89 and unreleased Freeware)

- Modified the project save routine so that now subpicture selections are also saved in the RBD file.

- Corrected a problem in which attempting to call an encoder with an incorrect path could cause "Runtime Error 52" and cause Rebuilder to abort.

- Modified audio and subpicture handling so that unreferenced streams (streams listed in the IFO attributes tables that are never used in a PGC) are labeled as such and defaulted to off.

- Fix a bug in which selecting CCE Mode on the menu was incorrectly resetting the CCE path to the one selected for "CCE SP" regardless of the version truly selected.
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Old 9th May 2005, 14:05   #45  |  Link
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Version 0.91

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, Freeware expected for release in early June, 2005):

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- Modified the handling of Movie-Only and it's relationship to D2V files. Also cleaned up problems with Movie-Only and certain types of structure protection.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 340" that could happen when attempting to automatically change the Movie-Only option.

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- Corrected "Runtime Error 6" during REBUILD on sources that have very large TMAP tables in the IFO file.

- Added code to inhibit the "...is already small enough to fit " warning when using the "No Compression" mode.

- Made a change to OPV prediction routines that will significantly improve output sizing on certain types of movies.

- Removed the restriction that limited output size to 100% of the original. There are rare occasions in which additional processing (e.g. frame resizing/filtering) may need additional bandwidth that is made available through extra reduction or movie-only modes. Generally, though, it is best to use "No Compression" mode on sources that would hit 100% or greater.

- Added code to include a "(DC)" to the description of audio and/or subtitle streams if they are flagged as director's comments. Also added a "(F)" to subtitles that are forced.

- Corrected an error in which very rarely, under a specific set of circumstances, a 4:3 source (that has some portion of its stream flagged as 16:9) could incorrectly change the aspect ratio to 16:9 in the IFO file.

- Changed the default background color to one that is more standard. The background color only applies to skins that have no graphic that fills the background (like "Windows Standard").

- Corrected an error in which retail versions of CCE 2.67 before v2.67.0.27 would set the wrong value for "video_type" in the ECL and perform OPV rather than multipass encoding.
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Old 14th May 2005, 01:45   #46  |  Link
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Version 0.92

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- Added support for multiple angles in Movie Only mode. Previous versions would copy the multiple angle sections but did not make IFO changes allowing selection and playback.

- Modified Movie-Only creation so it recreates the cell structure of the original DVD/PGC. Previous versions built chapter tables based upon the cell structure of the primary PGC.

- Found and fixed "Runtime Error 5" that could occur immediately upon start of PREPARE when using Movie-Only mode. My thanks to bryanb and Lark for pointing out and helping with finding this very elusive problem.

- Added an advanced "Graphic Analysis" display that will show the structure of a VTS to help the user understand the original authoring. The display is accessible by double-clicking on the VTS you wish to view in the "Video Title Sets" list box.

CHANGES MADE TO PRO AND FREEWARE VERSIONS

- Modified the selection routine for "Source" so that now if a directory is selected that contains a "VIDEO_TS" subdirectory, that directory is automatically tried before returning a "does not contain" error message. This seems to have caused some confusion to some users.
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Old 24th May 2005, 03:57   #47  |  Link
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- Added support for writing ISO images using the mkisofs utility. In order to make this option you must have the MKISOFS program file installed in either the rebuilder directory ora subdirectory under rebuilder called "APPS". Note that this is all done automatically if you use the Rockas installer. If you are doing a manual install, the two files needed (mkisofs.exe and cywin1.dll) are included in the rebuilder zip file. After the files exist, the next time you run DVD-RB the "Output to ISO Image File" option in the "Mode" menu will be enabled. You can also select a VOLUME NAME and FILE NAME for the ISO image or choose to automatically delete the files after writing (to save space). These options are selected using the "Select ISO Output Options" selection -- also under the MODE menu.

- Added automatic burning of created ISO images with DVD Decrypter. If the "Automatically Burn with DVD Decrypter" option is selected under the "Select Output Options Dialog" the ISO created will be automatically written to disc using DVD Decrypter at the end of the REBUILD phase. Please note that this option will be disabled if DVD Decrypter has not been installed on the host computer. Also note: This option is ignored when in "Batch" mode for obvious reasons.

- Added a FILE menu option to burn an ISO image, this is just for convenience, as the image is actually burned by DVD Decrypter.

- Changed the "MPEG Standard" matrix so it is updated to what is generally considered more "standard" today. In order to update it, you can just delete the file "MPEG Standard.mtx" from the MATRIX directory under the DVD-RB installation path. DVD-RB will see it is missing and update it when next started.

- Added a menu selection under "OPTIONS/AVS OPTIONS/ADVANCED (EXPERT) OPTIONS" in which you can instruct the decoder to use of of a list of 7 iDCT choices. This replaces the former single "idct=7" choice.

- Added a new "Key" mechanism so the executable file "REBUILDER.EXE" can be downloaded from multiple locations and can be included in the Rockas Installer package. The executable will not run unless a "KEY" file exists in the DVD-RB directory. Similar to the previous method, when VIPs are notified of new versions they will receive a link to a personalized key file. Placing this key file in the DVD-RB directory will enable the software.

CHANGES MADE TO PRO AND FREEWARE VERSIONS

- Found and corrected a long-time vexing error that could cause "Buffer Overflow...0003" and "Buffer Overflow...0004". This is very likely the root of some of the "preprocessing" errors that have been reported -- and was accentuated in DVD-RBs "Movie and Menus Only" mode. This one was truly difficult to pin down. My thanks to Carpo, t3rror, and Numer0bis for helping to nail this elusive error.

- Fixed an error in which the TMAP tables were not being updated correctly for Interleaved and/or Angled sources. This may have caused errors in random access into those sections.

- Corrected a source of possible "Runtime Error 9" that could happen when IFO and VOBs aren't in agreement about ILVU. This conflict may happen during PREPARE when certain types of preprocessing have been done).

- Changed output directory format. Now in the designated output dirctory a subdirectory is created called "DVDFILES". The AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders are created under that name. This is meant to help avoid confusion and assist in future enhancements by consolidating all files that should be written to the DVD within a single directory.
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Version 0.93.2

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- Added a checkmark on the menu for AVS Filter editing. If checked it indicates that filters are present in the editor. Also added a line to the status/log when starting a job that shows filters are in effect.

- Adjusted the ISO Image creation code so it would be more robust in recognizing error conditions.

- Fixed an error in the ISO Image creation routine in which ISO output would fail when any of the program, output, or working directories contained a embedded spaces.

- Changed the registry entry from which the DVD Decrypter path was collected, the one used may not have been set on all systems.

- (v0.93.1) Corrected an error that was causing "Runtime 13" when the "ENCODERS" directory wasn't created.
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Version 1.00 Release Candidate 1

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, Freeware expected for release in late July, 2005):

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- Added a new v1.00 graphical interface that is based upon a prototype developed by Teck. Now by using selection tabs the majority of functions can all be handled from within the main dialog! My thanks to Teck for a great idea. I've also included a Rockas theme design (based upon Teck's) as the default. For folks who like the traditional interface -- you have something new too! Rockas has updated the Professional Edition with a new "Rockas Original" skin design. Skins are still fully functional.

- Added full support for reencoding and reauthoring of ILVU sequences. Now very large ILVU sections will no longer put severe limits on bitrates. Lots of new code was implemented here -- I ask that all of the DVD-RB beta testers please exercise it thoroughly and report back on DOOM9. Note: If you run into problems or would like to disable this code for any reason and force use of the previous "ILVU-intact" method -- add the hidden command "ILVU_Encode=0" in the [Options] section of the REBUILDER.INI file.

- Implemented a new key mechanism. It works much like the old one -- in that you have to simply copy the file into the DVD-RB directory. But you must also know your registered e-mail address and use it to activate the key (from within DVD-RB). Also, it is always named "REBUILDER.RBK" -- the last naming structure caused lots of headaches for those having a ".AU" in their e-mail name. It also threw errors when double clicked because it wasn't a registry key as many assumed.

- Added ISO failsafe code so that padding is inserted at any time it may be possible for an IFO and BUP to overlap in the same ECC. This dramatically decreases the possibility of a scratch ever damaging both an IFO and it's corresponding backup (BUP) file (which can render a disc unplayable). Note that this action is only taken when DVD-RB has been instructed to create an ISO image. Also note IFOEDIT will incorrectly see the changes to the IFO for padding as offset errors. Do NOT perform an IFOEDIT "Get VTS Sectors" against a VIDEO_TS folder that has been built for ISO unless you are planning to use some other burning package to create the disc -- as IFOEDIT will incorrectly change the values back to the non-failsafe state.

- Added procedures that automatically determine the volume label and ISO filename when selecting an input source. Uses actual device detected Volume ID or directory name depending upon the input source and path format. Default value is "DVD-VIDEO"

- Added quotes around volume label for ISO creation. Previously any spaces in the volume name could cause ISO burn to get confused.

- Fixed an error in which an iDCT method loaded from a project could cause two options to be checked.

- Updated the QLB Matrix to match DragonGodz latest changes. in order to update it, you can just delete the file "QuEnc Lower Bitrate (QLB).mtx" from the MATRIX directory under the DVD-RB installation path. DVD-RB will see it is missing and update it when next started.

- Modified the parameters for HC to match the newer versions -- there is now only three quality profiles (FAST, NORMAL, BEST).

- Fixed an error in which the segment viewer/editor would allow you to make changes even though the source information had changed since PREPARE.

- Changed the viewer/editor so is shows VOBID/CELLID and length (in hh:mm:ss:ff) in time rather than segment number and frame count. I think this may be more useful information to most people.

- Added two more options to the FILE menu. You can now select to create an ISO, or create and write (to disc) an ISO for the current project.

- Fixed an error that could cause undersizing in movie-only encodes due to miscalculating the size of the original stream (especially true in ILVU sources).

CHANGES MADE TO PRO AND FREEWARE VERSIONS

- Fixed an error that could cause an "Runtime Error 9" upon program start or when loading a Project file when the source path is no longer present.

- Added code to disable path buttons when running any of the tree phases. Previously changing any of the Source, Working, or Output paths (either purposefully or accidentally) during execution could cause various errors (including Runtime 54).

- Adjusted the average bitrate for encodes to ensure it the minimum and average bitrates were never the same.

- Added a confirmation note when audio or subpicture defaults are saved from the SETUP screen. Also removed the old screen flags that were incompatible with skins.

- Fixed an error in which ReJig could receive values greater than 100% for its reduction level.

- Fixed an error that could result in "Runtime Error 52" on certain sources when using either ReJig or "No Compression" settings.

- Fixed an error in which exiting via the Windows "X" while rebuilding is in occuring could have anomalous results -- including program lockout.
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Version 1.00 Release Candidate 2

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, Freeware expected for release in early August, 2005):

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- Corrected algorithm for seamless branching analysis and detection. RC1 made some incorrect assumptions that could result in bad interleaving. This could also have resulted in several other possible errors based upon the structure of the source. This might also be a cause of "Runtime Error 63".

- Fixed an error that was causing a "Runtime Error 9" when selecting/deselecting an audio or subpicture stream when no VTS was highlighted.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 6" that could happen when while interleaving ILVU objects.

- Fixed an error in which the PREPARE phase could get stuck awaiting a keystroke at the message "Blanking all EXTRA Segments" when "Movies and Menus Only" or "Movies and Slideshow Extras" are chosen.

- In response to the "man, that sure is ugly" comments about the bluish backgrounds used in controls in the tab areas I have changed them in the Teck Skin and also added a variable to the Skin definitions called "v1TextBackground" that can change it. I'd like it to be clear that Teck was not responsible for that color choice.

- Enabled the "Remove Dir Comments" function in the Setup screen and made it functional. Also added it to the Teck skin's setup. I kinda' forgot about this on the first RC...

- Fixed error in which display of selected subtitle and audio streams display was not correctly updated when changing selected Skin.

- Added set parameters that ensure ILVU compliance as appropriate when using the HC encoder. This only affects ILVU segments.

- Added set parameters that ensure ILVU compliance as appropriate when using the QuEnc encoder. This only affects ILVU segments.
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Version 1.00 Release Candidate 3

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, freeware (without the Pro Version Enhancements, of course) expected for release in late August, 2005):

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- Added "Disable 32K Padding" option to the ISO Output Options dialog box. AnyDVD seems to have a problem mounting discs that have been created using the padding even though it is completely compliant.

- Changed the font color on the ISO Output Options dialog when using the "Teck Original" skin. The previous color was not easily readable.

- Found and fixed the source of "Runtime Error 63" (Illegal Record Number) that could sometimes happen during REBUILD of an ILVU section.

- Fixed a problem in which films that are encoded as 4:3 (within the stream) -- but are displayed as 16:9 (as directed by the IFO) were being set to 4:3 when created in "Movie-Only" mode. Now the setting in the original IFO is retained as the new Movie-Only IFO is created. Strange but true, someone out there is actually authoring commercial DVDs that way.

- Fixed an error in which, under certain circumstances ILVU content that has the same VOBID/CELLID as the last VOBID/CELLID of the previous VTS would not be interleaved properly.

- Fixed an error in which maximum bitrates set for CCE when encoding ILVU could be set too high. ILVU puts more restrictions on maximum bitrate than standard single threaded playback. HC and QuEnc should not have experienced this problem.

- Made further changes to the algorithm for seamless branching reproduction. Corrected problems in the way DVD-RB interpreted the interleaving patterns of some of the more complex ILVU source discs.

- Corrected an error in which, during ILVU rebuild, it is possible that erroneous values could be set into the IFO entry sector.

- Changed the "QuEnc Options" menu to clarify the three modes and also prevent choosing both single pass and OPV simultaneously which is a source of confusion.

CHANGES MADE TO PRO AND FREEWARE VERSIONS

- Corrected an error in which "Steal Space from Extras" was sometimes not being disabled when loaded during batch processing.
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Version 1.00 Release Candidate 4

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- MAJOR FIX. Corrected an error in which the VTS_C_ADT table was not being properly updated for ILVU sequences. This error may have manifested itself in several different ways depending upon the player or playback software -- but probably would be most noticed using navigation controls. This fix should correct several (most?) reported ILVU backup problems.

- Corrected an error in which Button Over Video (BOV) was not working correctly on ILVU segments that had been reencoded.

- Fixed an error that could cause file sizing errors (VOBs too large) under certain circumstances.

- Fixed an error in which, when the last segment of a VTS is ILVU, the special ILVU .D2V file is not properly closed. This could result in a "missing
M2V" file and/or a "Unrecognized exception on Line 6" AVISYNTH error when trying to encode.

- Corrected source of "Runtime Error 380", invalid property value. What an odd one. This was happening when the source had hundreds of stills. The Status window's text box cursor postion became too large for the variable! I've now set a limit on how much of the Status box's history remains available without looking in the LOG file.

- Added code to more accurately account for space used for STILL frames. On DVDs with large numbers for STILL frames (picture playback) the bitrate could be miscalculated because STILLs are extracted intact.

- Modified the display of NTSC bitrates so the actual achieved bitrate (29.97fps) and the ECL file bitrate (23.976fps) are shown. In the past the lower (ECL) rate was displayed and prompted questions as to why it was lower than what might be hand-calculated. The ECL rate is used as part of the method to ensure support for hybrid sources and is readjusted as when necessary during REBUILD.
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Version 1.00 Release Candidate 4.1

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- Corrected an off-by-one sector error in the VTS_C_ADT table of an IFO that contains ILVU sections. This issue was the cause of reported problems importing DVD-RB into DVD Shrink after rebuild. It also caused DVDReMake to sometimes require "recovering sectors".

- Fixed an error in the routine for updating the VTS_TMAPTI table in IFOs containing ILVU sections. In previous versions some seamless branching titles could have had erroneous entries created.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 63" that can be caused by large ILVU (greater than 1GB) segments.

- Added progress bar updates during "Interleaving Video Object" activity.
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Version 1.00 Release Candidate 5

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- Modified the "Layer Break" recognition code to make it more aggressively find and remove layer-break related pauses.

- Added option to change Variable Bitrate Bias for HC Encoder. The default value is 20. This setting can help keep dark images and fade-ins from pixelating. This HC encoder just keeps getting better, hat's off (again) to Hank315.

- Corrected an error that could result in the "File... shows completed, but no .M2V file exists" on some ILVU segments during ENCODE phase. A special thanks to SDragoon for helping to nail this down.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 52" that could occur on some ILVU segments during PREPARE. Related problem to the "no MPV file" problem mentioned above. Many thanks to soupdragon and RaistlinMajere for the excellent beta testing and support.

- Added "memory" to the Source Directory browse button so it will start at the last directory used.

- As suggested by MarkRB -- added "Full Backup" as a choice under the mode menu to make it a little clearer how to get back out of one ofthe movie-only modes. Also changed the functioning of "Steal Space from Extras" in the same way.

- Fixed an error in which exceptionally large ILVU sequences could cause a "Runtime Error 6" during the REBUILD phase. This may also have been a source of other odd behaviour with large sequences. Thanks to ookzDVD for identifying and helping resolve this issue.

- Fixed an error that could cause OPV prediction to fail when encoding in ILVU sections. Please note, however, that while DVD-RB may work in OPV with ILVU sections, it is NOT recommended that ILVU discs be done in OPV. Thanks to Acerjen for pointing this out.
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Pro Edition Version 1.00 Release Candidate 5.1

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release, freeware (without the Pro Version Enhancements, of course) expected for release in mid September, 2005):

CHANGES MADE TO PRO VERSION ONLY

- Fixed a glitch in which attempting to overwrite the "DVDFILES\VIDEO_TS" could result in being asked the same "Overwrite?" prompt twice.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 63" that could happen on certain ILVU sections under specific circumstances.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 5" when deleting Batch items when using one of the non-version-one skins.

- Fixed "Runtime Error 52" that could happen at the end of the PREPARE phase on ILVU titles that end on with ILVU section.
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Freeware Version 0.94

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version. Note that this freeware version includes all bugfixes to date. Also note that the freeware version will not include the enhanced capabilities of the Pro Edition -- and future releases will be limited to minor changes and bug fixes only.

CHANGES MADE TO FREEWARE VERSION (since v0.93)

- Now released as a fully installable unit utilizing the Installer created by Rockas.

- Fixed an error that could cause an "Runtime Error 9" upon program start or when loading a Project file when the source path is no longer present.

- Added code to disable path buttons when running any of the three phases. Previously changing any of the Source, Working, or Output paths (either purposefully or accidentally) during execution could cause various errors (including Runtime 54).

- Adjusted the average bitrate for encodes to ensure that the minimum and average bitrates were never the same.

- Added a confirmation note when audio or subpicture defaults are saved from the SETUP screen. Also removed the old screen flags that were incompatible with skins.

- Fixed an error in which ReJig could receive values greater than 100% for its reduction level.

- Fixed an error that could result in "Runtime Error 52" on certain sources when using either ReJig or "No Compression" settings.

- Fixed an error in which exiting via the Windows "X" while rebuilding is in occuring could have anomalous results -- including program lockout.

- Corrected an error in which "Steal Space from Extras" was sometimes not being disabled when loaded during batch processing.

- Added selection on the MODE menu for HC Encoder. It still works as before (using the QuEnc interface) but can now be more easily selected. You no longer need to set a path as it is must be in the directory created by the installer. Also added HC "Options" menu.

- Fixed the "Make a Donation" and "Rebuilder Web Link" menu options so they will work with Windows 2000.

- Reorganized the QuEnc "Options" menu so it it easier to understand.

- Reorganized the "Steal Space from Extras" menu so it is less confusing.
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Pro Edition Version 1.00 Release Candidate 6.0

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release):

- Corrected an error in which resetting "Steal Space from Extras" back to 0% was not taking effect until the next load of DVD-RB.

- Fixed a bug in which a "Error 0006 -- DVD-RB has found framecount..." error could occur on very small segments during REBUILD when selecting the "Movie and Menus Only" mode.

- Added an adjustment to maximum bitrate for MPEG audio streams that are included for processing.

- Corrected an error in which QuEnc versions may not be identified correctly (shows as UNKNOWN).

- Modified the caption in the "Mode" Menu "Steal Space" option. It now tells you the reduction percentage that is selected.

- Changed the code when opening .RBK files. You will now be prompted as to whether you want to install it as the default key. If you answer "Yes" -- DVD-RB will automatically copy and register it. DVD-RB must be installed first, of course.

- Fixed an error that could, on very rare occasions, negatively affect the calculated SCR value.

- Tweaked SCR calculation to correct itself for certain odd circumstances that could occur in the input stream. Fixes "stutter" that occurs as a result.

- Fixed an error in which ISO label and file names were not being properly set when loading from a project file.

- Added code to recognize and attempt to correct system clock reference (SCR) irregularities in the audio of the source disc.

- Modified the OPV encoding prediction algorithm so that it will take fewer passes on each VTS.

- The default Q sample percentage for OPV has been changed to 2%. Also made the OPV Q selection more conservative as it was oversizing too frequently.
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Freeware Version 0.95

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version. Note that this freeware version includes all bugfixes to date. Also note that the freeware version will not include the enhanced capabilities of the Pro Edition -- and future releases will be limited to minor changes and bug fixes only.

CHANGES MADE TO FREEWARE VERSION (since v0.94)

- Modified some status routines to ensure compatibility of the INI and INF files between Freeware version and the Professional Edition.

- Fixed an error that could cause ""DVD Rebuilder experienced a buffer overflow. Error #0004.." on some sources.

- Corrected "Runtime Error 75" that could happen at start of rebuild.

- Modified the OPV encoding prediction algorithm so that it will take fewer passes on each VTS.

- Fixed an error that could cause SCR value to "drift" higher over time under some unique circumstances and cause timing irregularities and stutter.
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Pro Edition Version 1.01 (FINAL)

Sometime during the day on October 8th (EDT) I will start sending out v1.01 (Final) to all VIPs. I am working on a couple final minor changes after which I will start mailing notifications. I'm posting the changes below a day early to ensure no one is surprised when the beta test period and associated VIP one-time-good-deals end. In the future VIP status will require a donation at the full listed price (see more info at http://info.dvd-rb.com).

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the beta testers who have helped to make DVD Rebuilder the product that it is. We've together worked toward a goal of building an easy to use, flexible, yet high quality method of DVD Backups. I think we've done it. I bow humbly to you all. You can all look forward to newer and greater things when v1.10 is released! I've got a huge wish list - I hope I can finish it.

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release):

Version 1.01

- Found and corrected an inconsistency related to the SML_AGLI table that could affect various chapter and searching functions on ILVU sections.

Version 1.00

- Updated the method for one pass encoding prediction for HC encoder. The changes in RC6.0 had a negative impact on the prediction for HC and caused it to require more passes rather than fewer.

- Fixed an error that could cause SCR value to drift over time under some unique circumstances and cause timing irregularities with possible stutter.

- Changed the default value for 32k padding to "off". Also removed the setting from the ISO Options form. While the format is compliant with DVD standards, there are too many 3rd party packages that have trouble reading ISO images with padding. I've decided the benefits are outweighed by the disadvantages. For those purists who wish to enable it anyway -- it can be enabled by adding the line "Enable_32K_Padding=1" in the [Options] area of REBUILDER.INI. The older "Disable_32K_Padding" is now ignored and should be removed.

- Modified HC values to preset GOP size to 12 rather than AUTO for sources that will receive pulldown flags. This is necessary to ensure GOP time length parameters stay within DVD specs.

- Corrected an error that could cause a "Runtime Error 9" during rebuild under certain conditions while processing reencoded ILVU sequences.

- Changed the default state for "Status Logging" to ON.

- Implemented checks to ensure the DVD Volume Label is checked and enforced for maximum length (31 chars).

- Added some updates that will make DVD-RB work more reliably with the output of DVDFab Decrypter.

- Added support for burning ISO images with ImgBurn, Lightning UK's latest burner. Use is automatic, DVD Rebuilder will recognize when ImgBurn is installed and it will be used. DVD Decrypter now becomes the secondary choice for burning.

- Fixed an error in which "Create/Write Project ISO Image" was not properly writing the created image to the blank DVD disc.

- Improved error detection in Write-To-Disc function.

- Enabled a type of "2-Click" mode for those using add-ons following PREPARE. Now you can click REBUILD following a PREPARE and it if ENCODE has not already been performed, it will be automatically executed. It can also be used to RESUME jobs that were stopped during ENCODE.
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Professional Edition Version 1.02

Below is a summary of the changes/updates associated with this version (Pro release):

- Added a new feature under the OPTIONS menu. Now you can select "Audio Track Remapping" and DVD-RB will make changes necessary so that defaults for audio streams can be changed. This is especially useful when DTS is the default and has been removed, or for those who would like the default startup track to be some language other than the original.

- Added "Dynamic Peak Analysis" which determines peak bitrates from the original stream and uses the info to set segment maximum bitrates. This should improve quality by more accurately distributing available bandwidth. It should also eliminate some possible sources for playback stutter.

- Fixed a bug in which attempting to apply filters against a source that would already fit on a DVD-5 could halt the batch job waiting for a user prompt.

- Modified the "Shutdown at One-Click Completion" option under the MODE menu. Now it is "Shutdown at end of REBUILD". This was done in order to allow usage with the "2-click" method introduced in the previous release.

- Added ProCoder under the OPTIONS menu and added the ability to set the quality level.

- Fixed "Error 35601, Element Not Found" error that could occur on oddly formatted sources.

- Changed the Installed default operational mode to "One Click." Earlier versions defaulted to "Three Click" mode.

- Corrected setting in which GOP size of 12 was being forced too liberally when using HC encoder.

- Per request, added a new INI parameter that enables the insertion of text in blanked segments. For example, by adding "BlankText=This Video has been Blanked" to the the "[Options]" are of REBUILDER.INI will insert that text on blanked screens. The text has a limit of 40 characters. By default no text is inserted.

- Added bitrate sanity checks for circumstances in which the calculated bitrate might be greater than the original. This can sometimes happen in Movie-Only modes. An analysis of reports of stutter occurring on certain players has determined it is linked to the reintegration of the original audio stream with higher-that-original bitrates. It is possible to override this check (but it is NOT RECOMMENDED) by adding the hidden flag "OVERRIDE_BITRATE_CHECK=1" to the "[Options]" area of REBUILDER.INI.
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