Is there a way to encode to H.264 with upscale and sharpen?

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  1. ibuxal

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    Now that May 7th update will bring the h.264 playback, I'm seriously considering ditching my HTPC in favor of having just the x360 and my external Lacie USB HDD for the playback - mainly for aesthetical reasons and to simplify my current setup.

    Problem is, I love what FDDShow on my HTPC is doing to lower-res DVD material in terms of upscaling and sharpening and I couldn't settle for plain upscaled experience after using it. So what I want is to encode my DVDs to ready-to-watch 1080p h.264 files with some neat sharpening/enhancement filters applied.

    Can any h.264 encoding program on mac/pc do this for me?
     
  2. RottenFox

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    Nero Recode can do it,as can MainConcept MPEG Pro HD,and Cyberlink PowerEncoder AVC.
    not tried any apart from nero,so it would be up to you.
    trial versions may be available,but again,not sure about that.
    all 3 do it from dvds,or from hard drive,and im sure cyberlink and nero,can also take it from dvi cam footage as well.
    be aware though,that this process can take a long time,pc/cpu/ram dependant.
    i have a mate who tried to encode a whole movie with his 2600amd sempron/it was an average pc...it was still encoding about 2-3 hours later,and not nearly finished.
    i would stick with what you do,just now,and maybe look into encoding..nero does a good job though,but converting to dvd,and letting the xbox 360/tv do the scaling saves a lot of time!:)
     
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    1080p encoding with filters will definitely be slow, but then again I want the best quality over speedy encodes. Besides, I have two Macbooks laying around, so one of them could easily make itself useful and encode the files. ;)

    I'm not quite sure if the programs you suggested can do exactly what I want. In ideal case I would like to have FFDShow filters processing the source image data (upscale to 1080p, add filters) and then feed it to an encoder which packs it to h.264 file for me to watch later. There's just not beating FFDShow when it comes to enhancing SD material.

    But I'll give the Nero a try to see what it does.
     
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    some old macbooks lying around? I guess it will take over a day per movie to encode. Hope you think it's worth it...
     
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    Can't know if you don't try, can you? ;)
     
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    can't compressor do this? don't quote me, but i think it maybe your answer
     
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    hehe no, I like the idea of using some spare kit too.:clap:

    Good luck and keep us posted on how you get on.
     

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