Top Settings http://www.personal-view.com/talks/categories/hack-top-settings/feed.rss Tue, 19 Sep 17 16:29:30 -0600 Top Settings en-CA GH2 Bundle by Apefos, complete solution for GH2 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15015/gh2-bundle-by-apefos-complete-solution-for-gh2 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:17:51 -0600 apefos 15015@/talks/discussions GH2 Bundle by Apefos, complete solution for GH2:

The End NR4 Stable and Intra Patches,

denoise profiles and presets for neatvideo4, and denoise target,

presets for dynamic range grading in adobe premiere

instructions included in the zip files

Best size/quality render settings for web (youtube and vimeo): CBR, 12Mbps, keyframe distance 24. If there is lots of motion you can try VBR two pass with 12Mbps target and 16Mbps maximum.

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GH2 Settings Vault, most popular settings in one place, quite old http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/953/gh2-settings-vault-most-popular-settings-in-one-place-quite-old Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:11:16 -0600 Brian202020 953@/talks/discussions Any attempt to post here opinion or question will be prosecuted :-)



I looked and couldn't seem to find a nice, neat, and simple thread with only ini patch files people are using. I decided to start one. I strongly suggest we not make this a debate on which patch is better, just a place for people to post their patches with maybe a brief explanation of what is in the patch, which version of ptools you used, which SD card you are using, and maybe whether or not it spans to multiple clips without crashing or stopping. I'd like to see every post in this thread with a patch attached, no debates, no stand alone thank you's, no jibber jabber, just patches; you can do all those other things on another thread. I also strongly suggest everyone gives credit to the people who originally made the patch (if they know who) in their post.

Posting the same ini files as others are welcome. This thread is not only a vault for GH2 patches, but also a good gauge to see what setting people are using a lot.

I'd also like to thank @Vitaliy and everyone testing and making this all possible.

The patch I am currently using is the @cbrandin 66Mbps AQ2 AVCHD Patch coupled with the @LPowell 100mbps Low Light MJPEG 1080p Patch. I used ptool v3.62d to make it and I am using the Sandisk Extreme 32GB 30MB/s class 10 SDHC card with no problems in AVCHD 24L or 24H as well as MJPEG mode. I haven't tested other modes yet.

UPDATE 1/30/12:
I am now currently using @LPowell's Flow-Motion patch with 2fps timelapser MJPEG settings. I made it with pool v3.63d. All my tests done so far seem very stable with the Sandisk Extreme 32GB 30MB/s class 10 card.]]>
SANITY X - High Bitrate Version of Sanity http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/8764/sanity-x-high-bitrate-version-of-sanity Wed, 13 Nov 2013 01:20:49 -0700 Ralph_B 8764@/talks/discussions Here is Sanity X, a new high bit rate version of Sanity. Sanity X tops out at 100M, but like earlier versions of Sanity, it only uses as much bit rate as necessary to reach it's quality level (which in this case is damn near ultimate). If there is not much movement or noise in the scene, the bit rate will drop down considerably, but the quality will not.

And the best news of all, Sanity 5.1 is still available in this patch. What I've done is move the 24H setting of Sanity 5.1 into the 24L slot of Sanity X. So, you can have both at the touch of a menu setting.

The other shooting modes, 1080i and 720p are unchanged from Sanity 5.1.

Spanning works in Sanity X if you use a fast card. It has been successfully tested with 64GB Sandisk 95MB/s and 64GB Sandisk 80 MB/s cards. Ordinary class 10 will not work for spanning, although they will probably work fine for shooting. Spanning continues to work with class 10 cards in 1080i and 720p since they are unchanged. Spanning with class 10 cards also works in HBR mode if you use a third party manual lens.

So, what exactly do you get with the higher bit rate? At first glance, it will be hard to see a difference between Sanity X and Sanity 5.1. That's how good 5.1 is. But if you look closely, there is just a tiny bit more finer detail in Sanity X. Also, if you lift the shadows in grading, you will see more detail in the range just above black. Is it worth it? Maybe, maybe not. That's for you to decide. But it's real easy to shoot comparisons - just flip between 24H and 24L.

NOTE: Please download the file marked Sanity X Correct.zip. The first two files are faulty posts.

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GH2 Flow Motion v2 - 100 Mbps Fast Action Performance - Series 2 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5758/gh2-flow-motion-v2-100-mbps-fast-action-performance-series-2 Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:17:38 -0700 LPowell 5758@/talks/discussions GH2 Flow Motion v2.02

  • Reliable 100Mbps peak performance in AVCHD 24H, HBR, FSH, SH, and MJPEG HD.

  • Exclusive 140Mbps turbo mode boosts peak bitrate to handle 80% Slow-Motion 24H mode.

  • Records reliably with Class 10 30MB/s cards, with 60Mbps file-spanning in 24L, FH, and H modes.

  • 95MB/sec SD cards support file-spanning in all video modes (except NTSC HBR 30p and FSH 60i).

  • Full support for all NTSC and PAL video modes and options, including ETC zoom mode.

  • In-camera playback of all AVCHD video files. (MJPEG HD videos not playable in-camera.)

  • Failsafe operation with any lens, in any video mode, under any type of shooting conditions.

  • Consumer-friendly auto-exposure features fully supported in 60Mbps 24L, FH, and H modes.

  • Fast Action 3-Frame GOP performance with B-frames visibly indistinguishable from I-frames.

  • Optimal motion picture quality consistently maintained in underexposed low-light conditions.

Flow Motion v2 is the culmination of over three months of investigation into the core encoding parameters of the Panasonic GH2 AVCHD encoder. The goal of this project has been to produce a unified patch that combines failsafe reliability with consistent, high quality performance across the entire range of video modes and options provided by the GH2. These criteria include not only still-frame image quality, but frame-to-frame motion picture continuity as well, evaluated perceptually at 24, 25, 30, 50, and 60 frames per second. Rather than simply maximizing the encoder's peak bitrate, Flow Motion v2 is fine-tuned to produce optimal motion picture quality with minimal degradation from undesirable aliasing and digitizing artifacts. The result is an unmistakable improvement in video quality with no significant drawbacks, using Class 10 30MB/sec SD cards and virtually any lens compatible with the GH2.

Functional Limitations of Stock GH2 Video Firmware

Although it offers a wide variety of video modes and options, the GH2's stock firmware is restricted in both functionality and video bitrate. Thanks to the dedication of Vitaliy Kiselev, many of these limitations can be overcome through the custom firmware settings provided by PTool v3.65d. Flow Motion v2 is an integrated set of patches that enable the following extended features:

  • Selection among all supported interface languages.

  • Access to both PAL 25/50p and NTSC 30/60p frame rates.

  • Extended low-light exposure settings up to ISO 12800.

  • Removal of 30-minute recording restrictions in EU locales.

  • Enlargement of MJPEG videos to 1080p FHD frame size.

  • Pasadena Pulse Audio Patch V2 B2, thanks to Per Lichtman.

Image Quality Shortcomings of Stock GH2 Video Firmware

The GH2's stock firmware limits its AVCHD encoder to a peak bitrate of 24Mbps in 24H and HBR modes, and to 17Mbps in FSH and SH modes. In addition, it uses long-GOP recording sequences of 12-30 frames that produce only about two keyframes (I-frames) per second. Flow Motion v2 boosts the AVCHD encoder's peak bitrate to 100Mbps in all video modes and uses a short 3-frame GOP in all 1080p video modes (and a 6-frame GOP in 720p modes), that produce 8-10 keyframes per second. These improvements enable Flow Motion v2 to capture highly detailed, fast moving images with far more fidelity than the stock firmware's restricted bandwidth can accommodate.

At a deeper level of operation, the GH2's AVCHD encoder uses built-in Quantization Tables designed to compress the video data as efficiently and compactly as possible. When shooting highly detailed subjects, quantization often produces undesirable rectangular artifacts ("macroblocking") which are then filtered by built-in Deblocking Tables. Unfortunately, the tables used by the stock GH2 firmware sacrifice image quality in favor of compression efficiency, producing consumer-grade results. In a further reduction of image quality, highly compressed P and B-frames are encoded with coarser quantization tables than I-frames, degrading frame-to-frame consistency within each GOP.

Flow Motion v2 replaces the GH2's Quantization and Deblocking Tables with custom matrices, hand-tuned for each video mode, that are crafted to minimize macroblocking and digitization artifacts. This enables the encoder to make full use of its available bitrate to encode genuine image details rather than wasting bits attempting to correct macroblock encoding flaws. In addition, Flow Motion v2 applies equal levels of quantization to all types of frames, producing P and B-frames that are visually indistinguishable from I-frames.

Below is an example of the digitization artifacts produced by the GH2's stock firmware, compared to results produced by Flow Motion v2. On the top is a 200% crop of a 24H mode frame grab from the unhacked GH2 AVCHD encoder. You can clearly see jagged macroblock encoding artifacts due to the stock firmware's inadequate bitrate. Below it is the same stream of water shot with Flow Motion v2 in 24H mode:

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Support for GH2 Auto-Exposure Features

Flow Motion v2 works reliably with the GH2's consumer-friendly auto-exposure features in both 24p and HBR video modes. However, in 720p SH video mode, auto-exposure operation may cause recordings to fail sporatically and the camera may need to be restarted. To avoid this pitfall, I recommend using Flow Motion's 60Mbps 1080i FH and 720p H video modes when using any combination of the following features:

  • P, A, or S exposure modes or when shooting in iA mode.
  • Auto-ISO mode.
  • iDynamic auto-contrast mode.
  • i.Resolution mode.
  • Motorized zoom lens operation.

I've tested and confirmed these features to work reliably at 60Mbps in 1080i FH and 720p H video modes. The 60Mbps FH and H video modes also support 4GB file-spanning on 30MB/sec Class 10 SD cards, and produce excellent motion picture quality that is just a notch more compressed than Flow Motion's 100Mbps FSH and SH video modes.

Flow Motion v2.02 Patch Settings File

This zipped INI file can be used to apply complete patch settings to firmware loaded into PTool 3.65d. To use, unzip the INI file into the same folder as the PTool application. Launch PTool and load the firmware v1.1 binary file for GH2. The settings contained in the Flow Motion v2.0 INI file will automatically be installed in the "F" button at the bottom of the PTool main window.

Note that with the following PTool Settings File, you may at any time re-install the original Panasonic GH2 v1.1 firmware into the camera. You may also copy each patched or original firmware file to separate SD cards, and use them to quickly switch between patches as often as you like.

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Driftwood Cluster X series 3:│moon T7│ЅріzZ T6│Nebula T7│Drewnet T9│ http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7580/driftwood-cluster-x-series-3moon-t7%D0%85r%D1%96zz-t6nebula-t7drewnet-t9 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:27:25 -0600 driftwood 7580@/talks/discussions A 'cluster' of different GOPs (Group of Pictures) forms the basis of the Cluster X series - to boldly see how far we can push each GOP factor in terms of superb looking artifact free Intra & prediction based Longer GOP (> 3) out of the panasonic cameras - where a natural scale of compression and consumed bitrate begins to appear according to its GOP size.

What's so good about all these new Cluster X settings? In simple terms, after looking at the rate control, quantisation and scaling matrices found in the GH3, Nikon D800 and Canon 5DMKIII I decided upon a radical approach to find out if the GH2 was capable of getting near their very low QP values (which range from predominantly 1 to 30 depending on the detail and luminance of the subject).

What I found was (and this had me concerned before) was that Panasonic's implementation / or ptools labelling!) of rate control using the GH2's quantisation parameter isn't too clear. I needed a way of having a minumum Quant and a desired maximum quant. Strangely with Initial Quantizer = 30, Quantizer for 1080 modes = 3 (+-2 can offer a QP of 1 !) and Quantizer for 720 modes = 30 I could sortof achieve this!!!!

With 720 using B frames (switched on in the 720 encoder 1 settings as = 3) Quantizer for 720 modes seems to work as a highest Quantisation setting (high is worse, low quant is best) together with Initial Quant of 30 (don't worry about such a high starting value here - after the first frame it settles straight back to lowest achievable (best) for the scene. Subsequently, Quantizer for 1080 modes = 3 gives me my lowest desired (best quant) for each opt 24p, 1080i, HBR and 720 modes.

This quantizer rate control now seems to work as in newer High Profile Level 5 (5.1) cameras such as the 5DMKIII and Nikon D800 (and seemingly the GH3) and when matched with a new softer looking matrix - as analysed on the Canon 5DMKIII (with adjustments) - brings a degree of softening to the over sharpe Pany lenses.

I'm also sure that 1080i/FSH?HBR modes work better with half the coded picture buffer size of 720p modes (indeed I switched off 720 Bottom setting (the buffer amount as in automatically works it out) whilst offering a fairly low buffer in bitrate settings in 'patches for testers'.

In summary, the range of QP will be (certianly in 1080p24 modes) from 1 to 30 - often staying very low (less than 10) all round. I believe (although only tested by myself) that the result offers extremely good looking 720p modes (probably the best ever), certainly superior 24p with Intra & Long GOP, and great looking HBR/FSH and iA mode control (though further strenuous tests may well be required). High dynamic functions work it seems too.

All the new Cluster X series settings for each GOP attached below have been tested on the notoriously sharp Pany OIS lenses. Give me feedback.

Its as simple as A, B, C, D, E, F ! Each .ini setting in ptools for Cluster X Series will equate to setA ('DREWnet' 12/15 GOP), setB ('Nebula' 6 GOP), setC ('Spizz' 3 GOP), setD ('Moon' 1 GOP/3 GOP). Any updates will stay on these sets.

"Cluster X Series isn't for pussies!" Driftwood 2013

If you enjoy these settings please don't forget to donate to personal-view by clicking on the link above. Gratitude and thanks to Vitaliy Kiselev.

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GF3 Stable Settings topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2713/gf3-stable-settings-topic Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:02:36 -0600 Tomaso 2713@/talks/discussions I have used PTool to “upgrade” my GH2 since the first version supporting GH2 came out. My favorite settings have been cbrandin 44 and 66, and they still works, but actually I have found that simple “settings for end users” in current PTool also works very well for settings that is not as extreme as many of the “expert” tester and developers settings like @cbrandin, @driftwood, @LPowell and others.

I have found a gap between stock and extreme settings in the forums for us interested in an enhanced GF3. In current version of PTool 3.65d @vitaliy_kiselev in the background of the tool have built in the experience from the testing by the core team so when we end users are using “settings for end users” a lot happens in the background. I have tested a number of different settings only using “settings for end users” with bit rates spanning between 24 and 66 mbits and stock GOP’s of 12/15 as well as 6 and 3. When doing this I have adopted cbrandin’s method of using a multiple of stock bitrates.

With this Topic I encourage people like me to discuss and disclose basic settings in between stock and “extreme”. I start to include three different settings, one stock GOP, one GOP6 and one GOP3.

My Standard GOP caled Nature and my GOP 6 GOP 6 you now find bellow:

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Driftwood Cluster X Series 4:│Moon T8│Spizz T7 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10978/driftwood-cluster-x-series-4moon-t8spizz-t7 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:28:29 -0600 driftwood 10978@/talks/discussions Yes, Ive been away... Apologies for this delay.

DRIFTWOOD 'moon T8' - 23.976p/29.97p/ 59.94p After interpreting some of the GH4 stuff in mp4 files AVCHD, and fine tuning the matrices, lowering the GOP Related stuff (to achieve more power in non death chart situations and subsequent higher bitrates) this setting should achieve better IQ with a stronger matrix to knock out any artefacting that people may be suffering with moon T7 on HBR/50p/60p modes.

Subsequently, you get a finer low frequency matrix that strives to knock out artefacting at the expense of QP and higher bitrates.

Ive settled on a QP rate control centre point of Q14 and the matrix adapted from the GH4 and improved has been tweaked to the max. However, its untested outside of me and needs your input.

Let me know how you get on.

Peak bitrates for all modes means only the best SD cards should be used. I doubt this will work in iA modes and iDynamic.

140Mbps to 148Mbps Intra 24p 52Mbps to 68Mbps 720p Upto 88+Mbps FSH/HBR

This is a TEST and report back setting!


Just Released: 5th Aug 2014 - Driftwood Spizz T7 - The Comfortable Setting!

101 Mbps Max 23.97fps(24p) 50Mbps Min-80Mbps Max 25p/30p 50Mbps Min-77Mbps Max 50p/60p

Very good IQ. Check it.

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GF2 Stable Settings http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2321/gf2-stable-settings Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:44:51 -0700 stonebat 2321@/talks/discussions Let's start from a scratch as GF2 seems different from GF1.

I just did 2x on some basic settings, AQ4, and default GOP 15. The video bitrate was set up 32Mbps, and the result was 33Mbps.

Hopefully we can start polishing it.

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GH1 Bundle by Apefos, complete solution for GH1 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15067/gh1-bundle-by-apefos-complete-solution-for-gh1 Tue, 10 May 2016 16:14:06 -0600 apefos 15067@/talks/discussions GH1 Bundle by Apefos, complete solution for GH1

no diagonal rain patch - stable and good quality, denoise presets and profiles for neatvideo4, denoise target, dynamic range grading for adobe premiere, jpg with grading parameters

instructions included in the zip files

to extract 24p from the wrapped 60i use this free software: https://handbrake.fr/ , it can configure and save parameters and can do batch processing.

Enjoy!

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GH1 apefos patches http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13082/gh1-apefos-patches Sun, 31 May 2015 13:33:56 -0600 apefos 13082@/talks/discussions GH1 apefos patches: custom matrix and qp for 1080 and 720, matrix design is customized for GH1 from The End NR4 GH2 patches

setE = 24p 60p, FHD/SH 32Mbps (36Mbps Overall), H 28Mbps, L 24Mbps (24p wrapped in 60i needs pulldown in post production)

setF = 24p 60p, FHD/SH 32Mbps (34Mbps Overall), H 28Mbps, L 24Mbps (24p wrapped in 60i needs pulldown in post production)

(setE and SetF is improved for 24p and 60p but also works for 25p inside 50i and for 50p)

setI = 25p 50p, FHD/SH 32Mbps (36Mbps Overall), H 28Mbps, L 24Mbps (25p is native)

setJ = 25p 50p, FHD/SH 32Mbps (34Mbps Overall), H 28Mbps, L 24Mbps (25p is native)

(setI and setJ can have bug in 24p, but can work good for 25p, 50p and 60p)

Overall is the datarate peak, considering 34 and 36, one of them will be more stable, please try both

Put user.ini, patches, ptool and firmware in same folder to create the hacked firmwares

Enjoy

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GH2 High Quality GOP3 Settings, Series 2: 'AN' Valkyrie, GOLGOP3-13, GOP3ZILLA, Duke, natural :-) http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5385/gh2-high-quality-gop3-settings-series-2-an-valkyrie-golgop3-13-gop3zilla-duke-natural- Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:17:19 -0700 bkmcwd 5385@/talks/discussions The meanings of my account name "bkmcwd" are "Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy's." LOL Please do not mistake! :-)

Because my English is poor, there may be many unclear things, but I do my best in some questions to answer enduringly.


Series1: http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2960/an-valkyrie-golgop3-13-gop3zilla-natural-freeze-less-reliable-all-round-gop3-settings-/p1


[The common feature of my settings]

For example, if some setting tries to use low qp with the frame size limited like Intra, many level lines of the high qp macroblocks will also appear in each frame pictures. Although it is unclear for appearance in looking with eyes, it means that the codec is not committing this correctly. I am making the settings which can use the lowest possible qp appropriately, avoiding this isuue by using the biggest possible I-frames. On the high detailed scene, if the minimum qp is too low, the range of qp will spread and, as a result, many of these level lines of the high qp macroblocks will appear.

Therefore, in my settings, on the high detailed scene, it has adjusted so that the minimum qp may become high appropriately. On the other hand, it has adjusted so that the lowest possible qp can be positively used under the lowlight. I think that 3GOP can realize this all-round performance with the motion. Therefore, when using my settings as only for lowlight, you may feel thing insufficient only a few, although sufficient dark place performance is still given. However, also in a bright scene, the codec hardly wavers with my settings. This is the point that especially I am scrupulous.

And

My top priority is "recording does not stop by any means in any situations."

*The issue which the high bitrate hacked GH2 cannot often span more over 4GB is not contained in this.

In order to adjust so that recording may not stop in a high stress scene, you have to test supposing the stress beyond it. I have spent many hours also on the torture test for it.

*The purpose tested with this screen is the check of durability or reliability to the last. About image quality, it cannot check at all by this test.

I understand that this test exceeds the stress assumed practically. However, in the settings which cannot clear this test, the Risk of Freezing Camera momentarily practically is large.

Moreover, although the issue of "freezing the moment a focus suits" is recognized in many other GH2 settings, about it, it cannot necessarily solve only by this test. I have also solved this issue now by the test which repeats focusing for several minutes.

I aim at the setting not freezing.

If my settings may become unstable with SanDisk 95MB/s SDXC, please give me feedback.

*The spanning is possible perfectly in 24p with SanDisk 95MB/s SDXC.

These features are common in almost all my settings.

REMEMBER: IF YOU USE THESE SETTINGS PLEASE MAKE A DONATION ABOVE TO VITALIY KISELEV FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK IN MAKING THIS HAPPEN. THESE SETTINGS ARE TOTALLY DEDICATED TO HIM. THERE ARE MANY QUIET USERS OUT THERE WHO HAVE NEVER BOTHERED OFFERING ANYTHING. PLEASE, PLEASE HELP TO KEEP THESE HACKS GOING. NO MORE DONATIONS = NO MORE SETTINGS. IF YOU HAVE MADE A SMALL CONTRIBUTION IN THE PAST, NOW IS THE TIME TO DONATE AGAIN. Thank you, bkmcwd

Again, special thanks to @driftwood, @cbrandin, and of course @Vitaliy_Kiselev! :-)

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The End NR4 - Stable - High - Intra - GH2 Patches - 03/28/2015 - by Apefos http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12684/the-end-nr4-stable-high-intra-gh2-patches-03282015-by-apefos Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:34:51 -0600 apefos 12684@/talks/discussions The End NR4 - Stable - High - Intra

Final Work by Apefos as of 03/28/2015

Best noise reduction matrix. All tweaks from previous apefos patches.

Solves the Diagonal Rain Pulsing Pattern.

stable and high versions are GOP3 for 24p, HBR PAL, HBR NTSC and 720p50. GOP4 for 720p60. 720p is I and P frames. Other modes are I and B frames.

intra version is GOP1 for 24p and HBR PAL (only I frames - intra), GOP3 for HBR NTSC and 720p50. GOP4 for 720p60. All GOP3 recording modes are I and P frames.

stable: auto electronic features works. In Pal all recording modes are stable. In NTSC the H and FH can be more stable than SH and FSH, but the SH and FSH are better quality. Tip: try using only one or two auto electronic features in SH and FSH in NTSC. Auto electronic features are: Auto Exposure, Auto Focus, OIS image stabilization, iDynamic, iResolution, Noise Reduction. Example: using OIS and idynamic and disable other features in SH NTSC is good idea. If using all features enabled at same time in 720p or 1080i, use the H and FH recording modes. 1080p24 24H and 24L both works ok.

high: higher datarate but auto electronic features can stop recording in 720p and HBR (try only one feature at a time, example: only OIS)

intra: auto electronic features can stop recording in HBR and 720p (try only one feature at a time, example: only OIS)

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GH2 Audio Hacks http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/1152/gh2-audio-hacks Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:32:40 -0600 thepalalias 1152@/talks/discussions @aenima for testing that!

In the 30 minutes or so I spent searching for others' information on the audio hacks, I didn't find much so I'm starting a new thread.

I'm still parsing through data from 12 hours of testing the hacks myself, but I wanted to invite everyone else to post their data too. I'll be posting ideal settings for using the hack to set levels appropriate for interviewing using the onboard mic or the 3 gain settings on a Rode Video Mic Pro shortly with plans to update with settings for another Sony lavalier mic within a week or so.

All the best,
Per Lichtman
VP/Music and Creative, Beyond Belief Music Corporation
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Driftwood Settings: Series 6 - COMP Apocalypse Now, Cluster v6, GalaXian GX1, Sedna, Canis, etc... http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3945/driftwood-settings-series-6-comp-apocalypse-now-cluster-v6-galaxian-gx1-sedna-canis-etc... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:30:56 -0600 driftwood 3945@/talks/discussions Driftwood GH2 & GFx Settings

*** THIS IS A CONTINUATION THREAD FROM SERIES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 WHICH CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW - ALL EARLIER DRIFTWOOD SETTINGS CAN BE FOUND & DOWNLOADED ON THESE LINKS ON PAGE 1***

Series 1 Link

Series 2 Link

Series 3 Link

Series 4 Link

Series 5 Link

The old Intra VY Canis Majoris Link


ALL Settings require Panasonic firmware v1.11 & ptools 3.64D '200212' OR 3.65d required). Settings for GH2 & GFx Lumix cameras.


DRIFTWOOD NEWS

21/12/2012 NEW Driftwood Canis Majoris Day AM GOP1 with 720p 50 at GOP3 and 720p60 at GOP6 - Featuring the 'mid freq' matrix See below under Canis Majoris settings to download.

17-07-2012 NEW Driftwood 'Apocalypse Now' GOP1 and Long GOP variations - More news soon Featuring Chris 'cbrandin' Brandin matrices


CREDITS

These settings are dedicated to VK @Vitaliy_Kiselev (master in control) and Chris Brandin @cbrandin (thee font of information).

IF YOU LIKE THESE SETTINGS PLEASE PAYPAL DONATE (ABOVE) TO VITALIY FOR HIS BRIILLIANT & TIRELESS WORK ON GIVING US THE HACK.


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Driftwood - Experimental Series 2: Low Rider, Cluster v8, V9, Intravenus II, GH3onaGH2, AN, Boom http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4828/driftwood-experimental-series-2-low-rider-cluster-v8-v9-intravenus-ii-gh3onagh2-an-boom Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:13:32 -0600 driftwood 4828@/talks/discussions Driftwood GH2 & GFx Settings

*** THIS IS A CONTINUATION THREAD FROM SERIES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 WHICH CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW - ALL EARLIER DRIFTWOOD SETTINGS CAN BE FOUND & DOWNLOADED ON THESE LINKS ON PAGE 1 OF THEIR RESPECTIVE THREADS***

EXPERIMENTAL SERIES 1 - Apocalypse Now Series & Boom! Also the place to find Cluster v7 settings with cbrandin 444 matrix and sharp variation.

Series 1 Link

Series 2 Link

Series 3 Link

Series 4 Link

Series 5 Link

The old Intra VY Canis Majoris Link


ALL Settings require Panasonic firmware v1.11 & ptools 3.64D '200212' OR 3.65d required). Settings for GH2 & GFx Lumix cameras.


DRIFTWOOD NEWS

11-01-2013 NEW Cluster v8 'DREWnet' 'cbrandin Cinema Smooth' setting 12/15 GOP released. See below.

12-01-2013 NEW Cluster v9 'DREWnet' 'Boom 4444 matrix' setting 12/15 GOP released. See below.

PLUS New Cluster X in trial amongst the thread. Nebula versions (6 GOP) of all three Cluster 12/15 settings will appear here soon.

CREDITS

These settings are dedicated to VK @Vitaliy_Kiselev (master in control) and Chris Brandin @cbrandin (thee font of information).

IF YOU LIKE THESE SETTINGS PLEASE PAYPAL DONATE (ABOVE) TO VITALIY FOR HIS BRIILLIANT & TIRELESS WORK ON GIVING US THE HACK.


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WorkHorse http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11079/workhorse Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:27:17 -0600 apefos 11079@/talks/discussions WorkHorse patch for GH2 hack, the result of developing after my three previous threads here in the Top Settings (check last posts to download the final versions):

This is the best thing I loaded to my GH2. Stable, reliable and excelent image quality in all modes, works for cards with 24/30/36/45MBps constant write speed or above depending on the version loaded. Best option is to use 45MBps cards and above, which I used for the tests.

setg is the recomended version, safe and great quality. seth and seti are for lower speed cards, but does not have same quality of setg. setj has more aggressive settings for even better quality.

four versions: (use setg if you have proper card, it is safe and avoids all mosquito noise and texture mud in the high bitrate modes)

setg: for cards with constant write speed 36MBps and above, I frames compression = 3

seth: for cards with constant write speed 24MBps and above, I frames compression = 4

seti: for cards with constant write speed 30MBps and above, I frames compression = 3.5

setj: for cards with constant write speed 45MBps and above, I frames compression = 2.5

The base is FlowMotion 2.02 from LPowell because he did a great careful job to tweak the quantization, matrices and tables and get perfect image quality in all modes with quiet camera or camera movements.

The modifications are in datarate and gop to make it completely stable and reliable without stop recording in all modes. For best image quality use the 24H, SH, FSH and HBR. The 24L, H, FH does not have the same quality and are for save memory space and for you to try in lower speed cards if needed.

The bitrate is very well distributed among the I, B and P frames giving a fluid random texture and noise in all modes and isos, The gops and datarate are well balanced to each other with the benefits from the quantization, matrices and tables from FM202.

In the setg 24H, SH, FSH and HBR, the texture is beautiful, noise is homogene, no macroblocking, no mosquito noise, no texture mud. Great use of the 8 bit codec in dark areas, excelent high iso performance which cleans ok with neatvideo and with a small amount of film grain you cannot tell it was shoot in high iso. Optimal results for blu-ray output and big screen projection.

720p 60p upscaled to 1080p works great for slow motion, just use your skill to denoise, sharp and upscale it. Apply film grain to your taste. If you like the feel of the original noise, just keep it, or just remove a little bit of chroma noise keeping the luma noise, and no need film grain.

No stop recording in all tests with setg. tested with green grass under sun and shadow and also tested in all modes with the four Stray's colour death charts. Tests done with 6400 iso which is very difficult to the hack to handle and it worked ok. Tests also done in the end of card space (3 minutes left) and no stop recording also. Sandisk 32GB SDHC 45MBps was used.

The audio has Pasadena settings, from FM202.

Spanning was not tested with this patch. Also it needs transcoding with 5DtoRGB free software before editing to avoid the diagonal pattern (rain). It is clean after converted to Apple ProRes. I Converted to the LT version with great results and smaller fle sizes.

If somebody wants to test spanning I recomend to use the lower bitrate modes and tweak the TOP and BOTTOM datarate limits in the advanced settings for testers in PTool.

Enjoy!

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How to get Maximum dynamic range in 4K Mode FZ1000?? http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13897/how-to-get-maximum-dynamic-range-in-4k-mode-fz1000 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:20:49 -0600 Maya 13897@/talks/discussions I Own a Fz1000 for a while now.. it gets lots of noise above iso 800.. it over exposes the video and its hard to get maximum flatness in 4K mode.. slow motion mode is a kill.. it actually kills the video..slow motion in fz1000 is not usable.. any idea how to get low noise 4k video with a very maximized dynamic range??

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"The End" - Patch for GH2 Hack http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12645/the-end-patch-for-gh2-hack Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:45:37 -0600 apefos 12645@/talks/discussions "The End" - Patch for GH2 Hack

This is the final patch from Apefos. Read the developing history in post below.

Works for PAL and NTSC

It has all achievements from previous Apefos patches: WorkHorse, Boson, GSpot, DCT, Apefos Settings, The Patch, Denoise (see Top Settings section of P-V to read about these other patches with discussions).

Solves the Diagonal Rain Pulsing Pattern problem.

Matrix desing with fallback finetuned for isos 6400 and below, in custom design for each recording mode. Improved for best image quality considering the noise, details and texture minimizing artifacts, banding, moiré, aliasing, flickering. Also improved for denoise in Luma and Chroma channels for delivery a clean image, but preserving the texture. Deblocking matrix improved for removing macroblocking.

For flickering free images use isos from 160 to 2000. Some isos can be better than others, some isos can increase noise or flickering, some reports says that isos 320 and 2500 are no good even with other patches, so do your tests about isos behavior in your GH2.

Careful tweak in all settings of the ini file in PTool tester section for best stability and image quality with extensive tests since 2013 year resulted on this patch. These settings working together makes the datarate enough for great quality.

Datarates are in the maximum limit for stable work with the auto electronic features and native lenses: 24H = 96Mbps, 24L = 76Mbps, SH = 76Mbps, H = 60Mbps (the results in recorded videos are different from the datarate typed on the ini file)

Best gop configuration for the available datarate: 24p = gop 3, hbr = gop 3, 720p50 = gop 3, 720p 60 = gop 4 The frame rate perceiving is similar in all areas of the image, similar to intraframe gop1 patches due to the finetunings (read post below).

In Pal all recording modes are stable.

In NTSC the H and FH can be more stable than SH and FSH, but the SH and FSH are better quality. Tip: try using only one or two auto electronic features in SH and FSH in NTSC. Auto electronic features are: Auto Exposure, Auto Focus, OIS image stabilization, iDynamic, iResolution, Noise Reduction. Example: using OIS and idynamic and disable other features in SH NTSC is good idea. If using all features enabled at same time in 720p or 1080i, use the H and FH recording modes. 1080p24 24H and 24L both works ok.

The camera never freezes, no battery pull needed.

Works very good for neatvideo denoise using temporal noise reduction "1" and spatial luma noise reduction "30". In neatvideo, set the noise area in a more fine noise on the screen instead of on a gross noise area when denoising high isos. Chroma reduction in "100" with a +50 in first sliders also is good for high isos.

Stress tests was done in the 45MBps Sandisk card, but it can work in slower cards also (30MBps).

Added a second zip file with The End High Datarate version, for the datarate freaks. For use with manual lenses, avoid native lenses for more stability. Auto electronic features does not work in 720p, 1080i and HBR, avoid them. H and FH can be more stable than SH and FSH. In 24p the native lenses and the features can work, try both 24H and 24L. Datarates are: 24H = 104Mbps, 24L = 96Mbps, SH = 96Mbps, H = 88Mbps. Same gop as the stable version. If it cannot handle the recording it will stop recording and go back to stand by mode, the camera will not freeze, no need battery pull.

All the settings in the patch was finetuned to work good with the standard default stable datarate version and the image is ok. I do not know if it would worth changing firmware just to increase datarate. Maybe a datarate increase can change the balance of I/P/B frames size and improve just the I frames quality and makes the texture pulsing, more noticeable in slowmotion. Do your tests. Or just use the default version which is ok, improved for good slowmotion. (for more details read next posts below). In my tests I saw no significant benefits using the high datarate version for 720p60 NTSC in high iso 2000, it just improves I frames quality a little and introduces more pulsing due to generate higher difference from I and P quality, when doing slow motion this creates pulsing, the datarate increase is not enough to change the textures of the P frames in 720p. About 24p, it is already good datarate in the default version using the 24H record mode so there is no need to use the high version for 24p. Also, PAL lands are less frames in HBR and 720p so the camera can record more data per frame making the default version very good for PAL. Even the HBR mode which is a challenge for patches is looking pretty good in the default version. People likes comparisons, so the two versions are here for tests. My final option is to keep "The End" in camera and no more firmware change. I do not see significant reasons to use the high datarate version, maybe for HBR in NTSC mostly (read posts below).

Enjoy

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Driftwood ClusterX series 2:│moon│ЅріzZ│nebula│drewnet│Slipstream │Redshift http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6429/driftwood-clusterx-series-2moon%D0%85r%D1%96zznebuladrewnetslipstream-redshift Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:03:08 -0600 driftwood 6429@/talks/discussions Cluster X Settings - Series 2

After receiving over a thousand replies in the last 8 weeks in the previous thread we continue the series here from the following link:-

http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5806/cluster-x-series-1

Whats it all about? Achieving the best looking overall pictures around - throughtout the popular GOPs. The great thing about Cluster X developments is you can mix and match some of the settings to combine into your favourite setting (e.g. GOP1 for 24p and 25p/FSH, GOP 6 For 1080i60/30p and 12/15 for 720p etc...). Slipstream settings do this for you (mixed and matched and with spanning capabilities where we can plus 80% modes on H & iA mode support).

This has been a tough (and still ongoing) challenge, each setting (and ptools patch change) takes an age to check & measure. Its exhausting work - even with 4 cameras on the go. The measuring to check Quantisation, frame sizes and stability adapting one change at a time is pretty debilitating on mental energy. I hope people appreciate waiting for each setting to appear.

All the new Cluster X series settings for each GOP attached below have been tested on the notorious 14-140 Pany sharp lens. Give me feedback.

Its as simple as A, B, C, D, E, F ! Each .ini setting in ptools for Cluster X Series will equate to setA ('DREWnet' 12/15 GOP), setB ('Nebula' 6 GOP), setC ('Spizz' 3 GOP), setD ('Moon' 1 GOP/3 GOP), setE (Slipstream 1) & setF (Slipstream 2) setG (Slipstream 3) and finally setH (Redshift). Any updates will stay on these sets.

"Bitrate is King. Who needs hi powered scaling matrices when enough Bitrate (if you have it) can drive the quantisation..." Quote from my conversation with Dark Shikari - X264 dev 2012

If you enjoy these settings please don't forget to donate to personal-view by clicking on the link above. Gratitude and thanks to Vitaliy Kiselev.

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SANITY 4 and 5.1 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2642/sanity-4-and-5.1 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 04:34:13 -0600 Ralph_B 2642@/talks/discussions I'm starting a new thread because this is something really special.

Here is the new version of Sanity for firmware 1.1. What makes this special is:

Picture Quality - across-the-board, no-compromise, high quality images in all modes: 24P, HBR, 1080i and 720p. And all at very modest bitrates. There are improvements in all modes. 720p is especially notable because I have successfully got B-frames working in it, and it makes a huge difference.

Stability - I hate write errors - hate em', hate em', hate em'. Sanity 4 is rock stable. I use Sandisk 30M Class 10 cards and have not had any write errors in any mode, including ETC. Of course, your milage may vary, but I hope not.

Spanning - Sanity now spans in 24L, FH, SH & H mode.

Two versions - Because of HBR mode, I was forced to make two versions of Sanity 4, one for NTSC and one for PAL.

Samples - I've uploaded a zip file containing four raw MTS files, which show the same scene in 24P, HBR-30P, 1080i60 and 720p60. The shutter speed was set to 1/2000 sec, to really torture the codec. Even if you're a confirmed intra-junkie, you owe it to yourself to check this out. You just might be amazed.

[url]http://www.sendspace.com/file/9j72rc[/url]

NOTE: When downloading from Sendspace, click the button that says "Click here to start download from sendspace". Do not click anything else.


SANITY 4.1 UPDATE - March 27, 2012

Here is an update for SANITY with vastly improved stability for the PAL version. This sucker is STABLE. In fact, so stable that I was able to raise the data rate in FSH/SH mode to 36M. So, there's better picture quality, too.

I've also updated the NTSC version, although there was nothing wrong with version 4.0. I simply applied some of the things I learned from the PAL version, to make it even more stable. Call it preventative maintenence.

Again, what SANITY is about is top picture quality is ALL shooting modes with reasonable data rates and 100% reliability.


SANITY 5 UPDATE - April 14, 2012

Here is a new version of Sanity with some major changes. First, it fixes a problem with a subtle pulsing in the shadows in HBR mode. But more importantly, in the process of fixing the pulsing, I discovered a way to create monster size I frames, while still keeping the bitrate low. In 24P, we're talking about I frames approaching the one million mark with certain subject material. And this applies to 24L, as well! For 24H I had to lower the bitrate from 66M to 38M, and yet the image quality is the same (and maybe better). I applied this technique to all modes; 24P, 1080i, 720P and HBR.

Sanity 5 is unified for NTSC and PAL - there is only one version.

Spanning works with 24L, FH, SH & H modes. When spanning, do not go above ISO 5000 and do not use ETC. Spanning works in HBR mode with third party manual lenses. Do not go above ISO 3200. Spanning does not work reliably in HBR mode when using Panasonic lenses.


SANITY 5.1 UPDATE - December 29, 2012

SANITY 5.1 fixes a problem of the image severly breaking up and prevents it from occuring. I strongly recommend SANITY 5 users install the update.

SANITY 5.1 works reliably in all shooting modes - 24H, 24L, FSH, FH, SH, H, HBR, ETC in all modes, and all variable frame rates.

I did extensive spanning tests of SANITY 5.1 and it's the same as SANITY 5 with one addition - ETC spans when shooting in 24L mode. Here are the patch notes for spanning:

Spanning works in 24L, FH, SH & H modes. When spanning, do not go above ISO 5000. Spanning works with ETC in 24L mode. Do not go above ISO 3200. Spanning does not work with ETC in any other mode. Spanning works in HBR mode with third party manual lenses. Do not go above ISO 3200. Spanning does not work reliably in HBR mode when using lenses with electrical contacts.

Enjoy, and good shooting!

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"THE PATCH" - for GH2 Hack - Developed by APEFOS http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12559/the-patch-for-gh2-hack-developed-by-apefos Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:31:58 -0600 apefos 12559@/talks/discussions "THE PATCH" - for GH2 Hack - Developed by APEFOS

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"Denoise" Patches - for GH2 Hack - Experimental http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12609/denoise-patches-for-gh2-hack-experimental Sun, 15 Mar 2015 02:32:58 -0600 apefos 12609@/talks/discussions This is experimental.

Maybe increasing the DC number and keeping same or similar numbers in the matrix can deliver a denoised image more video look, which would be useful to save denoise time in post production and to be good for web upload (web upload likes clean images due to low datarate).

first matrix idea:

024 024 024 024

024 024 024 024

024 024 024 024

024 024 024 024

any number repeat can be tested: 12, 16, 18, 20, 24, 28, 32 or 36 in all positions for Luma ( I am thinking about to try multiples of 4 or 6 which are good dc numbers for the matrix I found in "The Patch" topic.

I think deblocking tables can be low, because quantization in main matrix is already high in first digits (near dc number). I am thinking to try 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 in all positions for intra and inter.

I think there is no need for fallback, also due to high quantization near dc number. Or fallback can be implemented same way the patch did, to allow iso increase using the fallback for it.

first patch: matrix = 24, no fallback, deblocking = 1, based on "the patch" ini file, experimental

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The APEFOS Settings http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11805/the-apefos-settings Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:13:28 -0700 apefos 11805@/talks/discussions The APEFOS Patch:

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GH2 Cake v2.3: reliability and spanning in 720p, HBR, 24p, and VMM at 2-2.5x stock bit rates http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2123/gh2-cake-v2.3-reliability-and-spanning-in-720p-hbr-24p-and-vmm-at-2-2.5x-stock-bit-rates Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:50:34 -0700 balazer 2123@/talks/discussions I am starting this topic to discuss ways to achieve constant quality encoding with variable bit rates. This idea can be applied to GOPs of different lengths.

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GSpot, make your GH2 multi-orgasmic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11304/gspot-make-your-gh2-multi-orgasmic Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:55:22 -0600 apefos 11304@/talks/discussions GSpot Patch for GH2 Hack

First Goal: to find the best balance in datarate and IPP frames size inside the GOP3 for 720p50 PAL and 720p60 NTSC to make it inside the datarate and frames configuration which holds good details and good noise, grain and textures at same time.

Second Goal: to find the best balance in Scalling Tables with Fallback Tables with good noise and textures in low light and good details in low iso good light also.

Under development - no new versions in this first post.

previous history:

http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11079/workhorse

http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11199/boson

http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7355/quality-reliability-extended-time-24h128mbps-24l48mbps-sh48mbps-h40mbps-gop3152430

http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11069/apefos-top-settings-6-patches-for-gh2-hack

http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10650/720p-60p-gh2-hack-an-attempt-to-improve-the-quality-stability-and-reliability.

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Quality + Reliability + Extended Time: 24H=128Mbps, 24L=48Mbps, SH=48Mbps, H=40Mbps, GOP=3/15/24/30 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7355/quality-reliability-extended-time-24h128mbps-24l48mbps-sh48mbps-h40mbps-gop3152430 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:51:43 -0600 apefos 7355@/talks/discussions I started to play around with ptools 3.65d in an attempt to develop a stable/reliable and good quality settings for GH2. In these RAW times I thought more than 40 or 48Mbps bitrate would be good for grading and highlight/shadows improvement in post. But I would like to keep things in a practical way for daily use, good recording time and no firmware changing.

In a previous topic of mine I found GOP3 solved the diagonal pattern aka rain problem when playing files on computer, so I started the tests with GOP3 for all recording options.

First test was with 128Mbps vs 64Mbps in 1080p 24p. I started with these values due to be similar to Cineform "High"datarate and also due to the recording time. With the camera on tripod indoors, at 3200 iso, in a detailed scene, both recordings showed a file with something about 56Mbps, so the AVCHD codec was not needing more than this. So I decided to keep these settings 24H = 128Mbps and 24L = 64Mbps, both GOP 3.

Then I started to strees the codec: I went outdoors and did some recordings with lots of camera movements and also indoors in detailed cenarios in high iso with lots of movement. Also shoots with camera steady to compare.

I found the bitrate increased, and the maximum I found in the files was something about 114Mbps, so even in more complex situations with movement and detailed images the AVCHD codec did not need more than 114Mbps to do it with GOP3 even if it had 128Mbps to use. It was just not using all available bitrate, maybe due to 1080p 24p GOP3 does not need more than this. GOP3 is very good quality because there is always a I frame besides each B frame, and B frames size increases when there is camera movement.

In my study reading the topics about Ptools patches here in P-V, I read something that said: if you have enough bitrate you do not need to worry about quantization. maybe because there will be enough bitrate for everything. so I started to think: if the codec was not using all the 128Mbps even in complex situations, and GOP3 being good quality, why should I use GOP 1 and why worry about quantization? So I did nothing about this in Ptools. I decided to keep myself in GOP 3 and 128Mbps maximum.

Also, I found the difference recording 24L = 64Mbps and 24H = 128Mbps both GOP3 was almost unoticeable. I just saw very little difference, just found by pixel peeper people in a pursuing behavior, when I paused the playback in a high camera movement shooting foliage. Without pausing it I could not tell the difference. And when the camera was steady, there was no difference to perceive because the codec was not stressed.

My conclusion is: for a daily use, 64Mbps GOP3 will be the best option because it gives one hour of footage in 32GB SDHC cards and it is great quality. With the camera on tripod, indoors at 3200 iso, I could see some difference in small letters on a bootle in a image comparison between 64Mbps and 40Mbps video. I can read that small words better with 64MBps.

I could not see difference in this same scene (camera on tripod, high iso, detailed scenario) when comparing 128Mbps to 64Mbps. The 128Mbps GOP3 gives half hour in 32GB cards and can be used in scenes with lots of details and movement together, the only situation it is really needed.

To compare things, the Cineform codec in HIGH setting uses a maximum of something between 120Mbps and 180Mbps when transcoding mts files to avi intra. Remember it is 10 bit 422, so it needs 1,67x more bitrate than 8 bit 420. It is something like 160Mbps in Cineform is similar to 96Mbps in AVCHD. And when you render in VirtualDub using the same Cineform HIGH settings it keeps around 70Mbps, so the 128/64Mbps GOP3 in GH2 hack is pretty equivalent to Cineform quality.

Now let's move to the 720p 60p tests:

I used 128Mbps for SH and 64Mbps for H, and started to play with GOP.

I used the GOP suggested in Ptools and some others, starting with GOP3 and than 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24, 30...

I only could get some amount of footage with the default GOP 30. the others always stop recording, and when they records some time, if you move the camera fast in foliage it stops. So I perceived the GOP 30 was the most stable for 720p 60p with 128/64Mbps, but there was recording stop after some small time or when camera moves fast.

Then I started to lower the bitrate to find the reliable settings. When I reached 48Mbps GOP30 for 720p 60p things worked flawless. No recording stops and great image quality. I found even in high movement and high detail scenes the bitrate was never more than 42,66Mbps. If you do some simple maths you will perceive the 48 to 42,66 ratio for 720p 60p is the same of 40 to 35.55 ratio, so 48Mbps GOP30 for 720p 60p and 40Mbps GOP24 for 720p 50p probably will be the sweet spot. See:

60 / 50 = 1,2

48 / 40 = 1,2

42,66 / 35,55 = 1,2

So, after all these tests my finds for best quality/reliability/recording time balance are:

24H = 128Mbps GOP3

24L = 64Mbps GOP3

SH = 48Mbps GOP30 for 60p and GOP24 for 50p

H = 40Mbps GOP30 for 60p and GOP24 for 50p

(The B or P frames size increases when there is camera movement and quality is good).

Auto Quantizer off for all (box not checked)

I enableb high iso up to 12800 and that's all.

(Nothing changed in the red "patches for testers" section)

I got no diagonal pattern (rain) yet, but needs to shoot more tests in different situations to be completely sure.

Let me know what do you all think, please test it and compare to other settings before saying things...

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Apefos Top Settings - 6 Patches for GH2 Hack http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11069/apefos-top-settings-6-patches-for-gh2-hack Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:21:25 -0600 apefos 11069@/talks/discussions These are my 6 Patches with the best settings I found for GH2.

All tested with GH2 + Sandisk SDHC 32GB 45MBps card

I did not test spanning because I do not need it.

seta = modified FlowMotion 2.02 with high datarate for both 1080p 24p and 720p 60p, gop3 for 1080p 24p and default Panasonic gops for other modes, long gop for 720p is more stable than short gops. avoids the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in 1080p 24p, the other modes needs transcoding with 5DtoRGB free software before editing to avoid the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in dark low light. (best choice, workhorse)

setb = modified FlowMotion 2.02 with high datarate for 1080p 24p and mid datarate for 720p 60p, gop3 for 1080p 24p and default Panasonic gops for other modes, long gop for 720p is more stable than short gops. avoids the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in 1080p 24p, the other modes needs transcoding with 5DtoRGB free software before editing to avoid the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in dark low light. (for low speed cards)

setc = modified FlowMotion 2.02 with mid datarate for both 1080p 24p and 720p 60p, gop3 for 1080p 24p and default Panasonic gops for other modes, long gop for 720p is more stable than short gops. avoids the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in 1080p 24p, the other modes needs transcoding with 5DtoRGB free software before editing to avoid the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in dark low light. (for low speed cards)

setd = modified FlowMotion 2.02 with high datarate for both 1080p 24p and 720p 60p, gop3 for 1080p 24p and gop9 for other modes, avoids the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in 1080p 24p, the other modes needs transcoding with 5DtoRGB free software before editing to avoid the diagonal pattern (rain) noise, more noticeable than in the previous patches in this list. (highest quality for 720p)

sete = conservative settings with just datarate and gop changing, high datarate for 1080p 24p and mid datarate for 720p 60p, gop3 for 1080p 24p and default Panasonic gops for other modes, avoids the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in all modes.

setf = conservative settings with just datarate and gop changing, mid datarate for both 1080p 24p and 720p 60p, gop3 for 1080p 24p and default Panasonic gops for other modes, avoids the diagonal pattern (rain) noise in all modes. (for low speed cards)

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720p 60p GH2 hack: an attempt to improve the quality, stability and reliability. http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10650/720p-60p-gh2-hack-an-attempt-to-improve-the-quality-stability-and-reliability. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:03:43 -0600 apefos 10650@/talks/discussions I am trying to improve the quality of 720p 60p in GH2.

I did some research in the forum about PTools settings but I did not find the answers I need...

What happens is:

Only GOP which works good for 720p 60p are GOP 30 and GOP 3, all other GOP gives diagonal pattern (rain) in computer monitor. But the GOP 3 in 720p always stops recording and it seems the card is not the problem, I am using Sandisk 45mbps and other people says the Sandisk 95mbps also stops recording in 720p hacks... The GOP 6, 12 and 15 works for some shoots, but they are unstable (sometimes stops recording) and gives diagonal pattern (rain) in computer monitor. GOP 3 stops recording all the time, no matter the bitrate (I tested GOP 3 from 40 to 200mbps). So GOP 30 is the only option.

Problem is: when using the GOP 30 the camera encoder always keeps the bitrate very low when the camera is quiet, when there is no motion in the image, and this gives lots of macroblocking and texture lost in low light. Even when I set the bitrate to 48mbps or 64mbps in PTools the camera does not record 48mbps or 64mbps, StreamParser shows only around 23mbps... (for static low light shoots)

The auto quantizer all to motion or all to details did not make any difference. So I did some try to change settings in TESTER options of PTools. I fount the TOP and BOTTOM bitrate limits and I enabled it with 48000 and 42000 for top and bottom 720p, but this makes no effects in encoding, bitrate is still very low for static shots no matter the bitrate I type in PTools...

Only thing I found to make the bitrate encoding keep high is the GOP 3, but camera stops recording in all 720p shoots, the GOP 3 just works for 1080p.

So I am wondering if there is a way to keep the bitrate high using GOP 30 in 720p...

Any suggestion welcome, thanks.

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How do I know if hack is loaded? http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9868/how-do-i-know-if-hack-is-loaded Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:12:32 -0600 arsharif4620 9868@/talks/discussions Is there a way to find out how many mbps my camera gh2 is recording at?

Thanks

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Best Settings for TZ10 need help please http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7498/best-settings-for-tz10-need-help-please Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:14:06 -0600 boyka 7498@/talks/discussions hello I'm new here, I have a TZ10 and I was wondering if it was possible someone post the best configuration for AVCHD Movie? Or Maybe someone can share some pictures, with all the best settings/changes to apply in pTool for TZ10?

I'm a bit noob when it comes to shooting video, but if it is possible to improve it and liked someone help me to choose the best settings for that.

By the way, I already have pTool 3.66d, and the original firmware (TZ10_V12) I'm just waiting for some tips from someone more knowledgeable for the the best changes to make! AC3 compression is worth it?

Excuse my english I'm Portuguese...

PS: By the way, can someone share an optimal settings for shooting please?

I'm a little disappointed with my photos, they are too grainy with iA mode...

Sorry if i create a new topic in wrong section.

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