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July 12th, 2008 (v1.28.2)


  • Made numerous changes to make DVD-RB more sensitive to the security environment of Vista.

  • Made changes to make DVD-RB more compatible with some windows emulators.

  • Added support for the HC adaptive quantization (*AQ) function. This setting can improve picture in flat parts. A default value of "2" is used, but can be changed by setting "HC_AQ=n" in the "[Options]" area of REBUILDER.INI. "n" can be any integer value between 0 and 4. "0" disables AQ and "4" results in lower quants. Note: Keep in mind that due to virtualization associated with VISTA, your most current INI may be located in the VISTA VirtualStore. One easy way to get to it (if you are using VISTA), is to create a shortcut on your desktop that points to it.

  • Added a parameter to the HC SETTINGS menu that enables and disables LOGGING when encoding with HC encoder. The log will be written to a file named "HCLOG.TXT" in the working directory.

  • Included HC Encoder v0.23 in the installation packages. This version includes extended features and bug fixes.

  • Added ability to have different 1st and 2nd passes when using MOBILE encoding (see the MOBILE.INI template under the AVCHD beta for an example.

  • Added a "hidden" option called "ImgBurnDest" that, when added to REBUILDER.INI will force the write to a specific drive. This is expecially useful when working on a computer that has more than one writable drive. As an example, to force output to the "F:" drive you would add "ImgBurnDest=F:" to REBUILDER.INI.

  • Modified the TEMPLATE commands so they automatically look in the VirtualStore for templates.

  • Corrected "35601" error that could happen (very rarely) on sources with no audio.

  • Added a parameter to the REBUILDER.INI file so that an alternate AVISYNTH resizing algorithm can be used for certain functions (e.g. converting from 4:3 widescreen to 16:9 anamorphic). The default is "LanczosResize". Example usage: "RESIZE=Spline36Resize" Note: Adding an incorrectly spelled resize parameter will cause your encoding to fail.

  • Other minor and cosmetic changes.

March 27th, 2008 (v1.27.3)


  • Added a "Use *LOSSLESS Parameter" option to the "HC OPTIONS" menu which will add that value (useful for speeding up certain scripts) to the INI files passed to HC encoder. Note: Only works with HC v0.22.1 or greater.

  • Updated the ISO creation module so that now the ISO will be created by ImgBurn rather than MKISOFS if ImgBurn is installed and is of a high enough version to support it.

  • Modified the HC calling module so that encoder priority is set explicitly (based upon the option) in the HC.INI file (HC v0.22 and higher).

  • Corrected so that REDISTRIBUTION doesn't take effect when "MOBILE Only" encoding is selected (it is not used in that situation).

  • Changed the "CORRUPT SOURCE" error message to a warning and removed the annoying popup message. Some rippers remove CELLs as needed from the VOB (usually junk cells related to protection) without removing the reference to the CELLS in the IFO(s).

  • Built a workaround for movie-only PGC selection in discs that have incorrect information in PGC tables.

  • Corrected an error in which the batch shutdown had stopped working since v1.27.0. Note also, that the setting for batch shutdown is also now saved in the INI and will "stick" between runs. Older version required setting it before all batch runs.

  • Corrected an issue related to Vista in which running in "Multiple Encoder Processes" mode could cause HC and other encoders to fail with "Failed to find and run encoder..." This was caused by Vista's "improved" security.

  • Modified loop checks during ILVU extraction in MOBILE encoding so the extraction stops more quickly if "Abort" is selected.

  • Changed the actions for unload queries to make DVD-RB a bit more robust in the event of problems.

  • Added additional checks to ensure CCE paths are correctly configured.

  • Updated the codes so that NICAUDIO.DLL doesn't have to be explicitly called out in the REBUILDER.INI file for use in MOBILE encoding.

  • Other minor and cosmetic changes.

February 24th, 2008 (v1.27.2)


  • Added a new hidden setting called "HC_NOSMP" to the REBUILDER.INI file. Setting "HC_NOSMP=1" (the default setting) disables the use of SMP when multiple instances are used. "HC_NOSMP=0" will allow SMP to run. Generally the default (No SMP) is faster when run with multiple processes, the parameter is provided to let the user make the ultimate choice.

  • Added a "Use *AVSRELOAD Parameter" option to the "HC OPTIONS" menu which will add that value (useful for certain scripts) to the INI files passed to HC encoder.

  • Reversed the v1.27.0 implementation that waits for an encode to complete before extracting. It appears to slow down encodes on some systems. Go figure. You can still enable this feature, however, by adding the hidden option "WAIT_FOR_EXTRACT=1".

  • Corrected an error in which the new matrix types were not being saved in template files.

  • Made adjustments to the sizing mechanism for Movie Only encodes to prevent certain circumstances from resulting in undersizing on seamless branching sources.

  • Updated the SCR insertion routine to handle exceptionally high SCR values.

  • Updated code to make it more compatible with emulation such as running under Linux/WINE.

  • Adjusted build options to correct for a "crash" that was reported by some users on the previous release.

  • Other minor and cosmetic changes

February 15th, 2008 (v1.27.1)


  • Fixed an error in which the path for NicMp4Box.exe was not being automatically detected.

  • Updated routines so that when DVD-RB is running multiple instances of HC Encoder the "*NOSMP" setting is used. This has been tested to show faster processing on DVD-RB -- as it already takes advantage of multiple processors.

  • Update the HC interface so it specifically indicates whether a file should be encoded as "*PROGRESSIVE" or "*INTERLACED".

  • Modified the REDISTRIBUTION and OPV prediction code for HC Encoder. It should now take fewer passes for prediction in most cases.

  • Added a check for illegal characters in VOLUME_ID. This condition could cause a failure to create an ISO image.

  • Updated the "Close DVD-RB at batch completion" function so it "sticks" between runs. Now the setting remains in effect until reset.

  • Wrote code to circumvent a source of "Runtime Error 52" errors during the file copy section or "Buffer Overflow 0003" in the REBUILD phase on certain types of corrupt sources.

  • Made handling of certain sources that fall outside standards more robust.

  • Updated D2V creation routines to assume BT.601 colorimetry where no SEQUENCE_DISPLAY_EXTENSION is present. Added a hidden option called "BT601_DEFAULT=0" to the "[Options]" area of REBUILDER.INI. This option can make DVD-RB assume all unspecified streams to be BT.709 instead. This is mainly for non-DVD sources. The default value is "1" (BT.601 is the assumption).

  • Added an additional filter prefix. When prefixed by "b:" a filter is added only when the source colorimetry is BT.709 (including SMPTE 240M). This enables cases where you wish the output to be converted, for example to BT.601. This option is similar to "c:" but has an opposite effect.

  • Corrected an error in which One Pass Encoding could, under certain rare circumstances, select an incorrect Q/CQ value and as a result over or undersize.

  • Corrected an issue that could slow processing considerably when a combination of encoding and extracting is occurring.

  • Cleaned up a cosmetic glitch in which sometimes the "Overall Progress" bar didn't correctly show status during ENCODE.

  • Fixed an error in which Final_Q could not be calculated with QuEnc or a command line encoder (that supports CQ).

  • Improved the interface for CMDLINE encoding -- now the CQ is passed as a floating point variable for more accurate sizing during one-pass and REDISTRIBUTION.

  • Modified the default values for PFactor and BFactor when running HC Encoder in One Pass CQ mode.

  • Improved the CMDLINE encoder interface so that it now also passes "Closed GOP" (for ILVU) and "Bottom Field First" (for interlaced encoding) information to the encoder.

  • Made some small changes to the QuEnc interface to restore FreeEnc compatibility.

  • Added multiple threading capability to the MOBILE encoding command line. This will speed up processing substantially for those with multiple processors (e.g. dual/quad cores).

  • Added additional checks to for encoders. Prevents encoders from being enabled when they don't really exist.

  • Other minor and cosmetic changes.

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