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Old 26th July 2010, 22:08   #16
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For video, I use Handbrake which is free open-source and newbie-friendly.
For audio, I use Audacity or BonkEnc.
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I'm trying to sync subtitles using subtitle workshop. The problem I'm facing is that even though the first and last sub is displayed at the correct time of the conversation, almost every other sub in between is out of sync. So basically it progressively changes the timing and is not consistent. If the first sub was 4 seconds slow and the last sub is also 4 seconds slow, then there are many free ware that can help sync this kind of issue. From what I read, SW is one of the few that can correct subs that are not, hmmm, evenly out of sync.

Anyone done this before? Any help to get a manual on how to use SW would also be appreciated.
Did you ensure that the video and subtitles had the same FPS before using first-and-last line sync in SW.? If not, you are bound to face these sort of syncing issues.
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Old 17th February 2013, 16:44   #17
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Started this thread because I could not find a parallel thread on this subject.

Purpose is to share the best Codecs, converter tools you use for your music / media.

I use "K-lite Codec Pack" on Windows - Freeware
Once installed plays almost any format thrown to it.

Converters.
Looking for any tool free/paid tool that can re-encode mp4 videos.
Eg: the videos that I take on my sony xPeria phone are very bulky in terms of file size. Want to find out if there is any tool that does a good job of making the video file size smaller without compromise in output quality.

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Old 17th February 2013, 17:04   #18
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Handbrake is good. Works well for both MAC and Windows. Its a freeware.
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Old 17th February 2013, 18:10   #19
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Check this, DVDVideoSoft - convert any video to any format. I use it to convert any video to MPEG2, so that our TV can play.
Site: http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/
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Old 17th February 2013, 18:39   #20
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Allok video converter is another good option with support for a multitude of formats. It's no freeware but available on P2P.
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Old 17th February 2013, 20:27   #21
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For free and open source, MediaCoder with tons of option.

The most idiot-proof converter(and free)- Miro converter

Paid and easy to use- AVS Video converter

'nuf said!
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Old 17th February 2013, 21:06   #22
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Ok. Here goes.

Standalone player: The best ones i have seen so far:
- Media player classic Home Cinema
- VLC

Media Centers:
- XBMC - This one in particular is very good. Plays almost anything including ISOs. Has a lot of options like sub-title advancement etc. And it is free
- Windows Media Center

DVD ripper:
Magic DVD ripper - Tried a lot of other rippers. This one does it with very little or no distortion with the original quality. It is slow though.

Video converters:
- AVS Video converter
- Total video converter

Audio editing:
- Audacity
- Nero Audio converter (Forgot the actual name of the application)
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So what's the best video player for windows. I am using KM player. It plays almost everything except RM files. Don't want too many players to install on my system.
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So what's the best video player for windows. I am using KM player. It plays almost everything except RM files. Don't want too many players to install on my system.
I used to play all my videos with VLC, until I found Daum Potplayer.
Coming to video converters, I have tried few and I feel DVDVideoSoft offers the best compromise on size & quality on conversion. Conversion is quite fast.
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For Video player - I use Alshow from Altools. It's a shareware, but works with full functionality and occassional registration reminder. The best part is, it comes with most of the codecs included and those it doesn't has, it automatically finds and prompts to install if connected to Internet.

As for the converter - Handbrake is good and free.
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For playback - I use *only* the following:

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (for playback)
LAV Filters (for decoding)
madVR (for presentation)

No spyware, no unwanted bloat of ffdshow unlike codec packs. Decoding happens using intel quicksync hardware on my HTPC's core i3 cpu. Presentation/Rendering is done by madVR with jinc/AR chroma, luma scaling on a dedicated Radeon 6570 GPU.

This is as bloat free, low memory footprint, high quality as possible for video playback on a computer. For BD content, it locks at 23.976 fps almost perfectly with a frame drop every 5-6 hours which basically means no lost frames during actual playback.

I compared this setup recently with an oppo bd93 with a spears and munsil test bluray and I prefer the image quality of the computer - it has more accurate color.

As for ripping blurays, I use makemkv and leave the audio and video at maximum possible quality. For transcoding, nothing beats handbrake, especially now that it has OpenCL acceleration.

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@Everyone thanks for the responses.

I tried Handbrake found it pretty good.

As for other existing software I use found the following good
Audio Editing - Audacity
Video Playback - Media Player Classic
DVD Rip + Compression - DVD Shrink (This was an old time favorite, not used much these days)
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Super Video Convertor, this convertor gets my vote for being free and able to support a variety of formats
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I am facing a peculiar problem off late with VLC player. If I play a high-res movie on my laptop, it freezes every 7 minutes. It takes a bit of time to get smooth again. For now what I do is, pause the movie for 10 seconds every 7 minutes and resume playing. It works well. But is there any fix for this issue? It seems to happen with every movie. My laptop has nvidia display card. Could that be causing the problem?
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I am facing a peculiar problem off late with VLC player......Could that be causing the problem?
Use piriform speccy or any software like msi afterburner to check the temperatures of your card. Display cards/CPUs underclock when temperatures rise beyond a set threshold. If not, try updating your display drivers and install a good codec pack. Klite codec pack is one of the best.
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