Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Rizelmine 21 - Why don't we *all* have a seat over there?
It's Christmas at the Iwaki house, and Rizel and Tomonori are alone, confined, and being subjected to all kinds of stimulating stimuli. Despite the post's title, I don't believe the kind of relationship depicted here is wrong, but I had to complete the running gag I had in mind. Of course, since this is the fourth-to-last episode, various forces are sure to prevent the expected outcome from happening so early.
Batch (Nyaa) || Batch (BakaBT)
And now it's time for a little bit of "Adventures in 10-bit h264 on an old POS PC."
With the 10-bit transition extending into some SD releases nowadays, I figured it was finally time to update things. So I tried the old standby, CCCP, only to hit a barrier in its requirement of Windows XP Service Pack 3. Unfortunately, my attempt to update to SP3 back in November '09 resulted in my system becoming completely inoperable, to the point where I had to use System Restore to undo it. So CCCP will have to remain at 10-10-10 for now. Fortunately, salvation came in the form of the first media player I ever installed for anime playback: VLC. I'd had an older version of that useful screenshot-taking software for awhile, but 2.0 took a lot of the fail out of "FaiLC." I tested it with Chihiro's 480p version (hardsubbed karaoke, softsubbed dialogue/signs) of AmagamiSS+, and lo and behold, the segment linking worked, and the 10-bit video played correctly. The only downside was that my CPU usage hovered between 50-75% (no other major applications running), comparable to what I see on those occasions when I play 8-bit 720p with hardsubbed karaoke/signs.
So at the suggestion of a bakabt user, I may try mplayer2 to see if it's less resource-intensive. But at least 10-bit is no longer completely unwatchable, and that's what counts.