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Status Updates posted by Vitalius

  1. HandBrakeCLI.exe -P -e x265 --encoder-preset slow -q 16.0 --vfr --all-audio -E av_aac -B 128 --normalize-mix 1 --all-subtitles -i $old -o $new -f av_mkv

    Got this here handbrake command, but converting high quality content with it ends up with absolutely terrible audio. 

    Not sure if it's just cuz the AAC codec for Handbrake is bad, because I used --normaliz-mix, or because, somehow, the decoder doesn't know what codec the audio is in so it just says ??? (AAC), implying it doesn't know so it defaults to AAC.


    1. ionbasa


      If you're not 100% sure what the source audio codec is, use MediaInfo.


    2. Tech_Dreamer


      i only use normalization if i'm converting for a phone with a crappy stock earphone otherwise for me its pretty much a no no

    3. Vitalius


      After some help elsewhere, someone mentioned that the AAC codec in Handbrake is largely inadequate. They stopped using a higher quality encoder for political reasons apparently. 

      Switching to audio passthrough, rather than re-encoding, fixed my issue. 

      `HandBrakeCLI.exe -P -e x265 --encoder-preset slow -x strong-intra-smoothing=0:rect=0 -q 16.0 --vfr --all-audio -E copy -B 160 --all-subtitles -i $oldfile -o $newfile -f av_mkv`

      I probably don't need -B 160 now. 

      That makes sense Tech_Dreamer. That's probably what it's for anyway.

      Thanks ionbasa. That will be useful.

  2. Hmm, I'm probably going to spend a lot more time on the Level1Techs forum. It has the features I wish LTT forums had. 

    >Images can be directly pasted into reply boxes from the clipboard
    >no page reloads while scrolling through a thread
    >side-by-side preview of post as you edit it
    >a full html/bbcode editor for replies
    >personal post history of edits, showing you what you changed
    >It's acronym is L1T. It's Lit yo.
    >default theme is a natural balance of light and dark.
    >you can bookmark posts as a user
    >they use > for quotes.
    >reply as a new topic - i.e. "I want to continue this conversation, but in a new topic separate from where it started".


    1. FinestRyeBread
    2. wolfgang


      Sounds interesting. May give it a look at some point.

    3. AnnoyedShelf


      The L1T forums are far better IMO.  They're part of the reason why I haven't been on around here very much anymore.

  3. So, I've installed the new Radeon driver with Chill, ReLive, and such. 

    My Fury X's fan RPMs keep going to max (3,000) even though the GPU is at sub-30 Celsius. 

    Setting the fan's speed to a range from 500 to 1,500 RPM in WattMan works but only temporarily. Around a minute later, it starts slowly working it's way back to 3,000 RPM. 


    1. Vitalius


      Uninstalled driver. Will reinstall the old version later. 

      Don't need it to play Disgaea.

  4. I'm really glad I found out how to do this. I love dark theme things so much. 


  5. My experience with the Steam Controller so far: It's pretty good. Not perfect. Not great. But definitely good. 

    Now... to actually play a game with it.

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    2. valdyrgramr


      PS4 controller has design flaws.

    3. Vitalius


      eh, I prefer dual shock layout. 

      Just wish there was a higher quality controller available with that layout. It's either third party crap-fest, high priced custom made, or PS4 Dualshock.

    4. valdyrgramr


      The DS3 = sturdy, DS4 = cheap junk.

  6. I'm converting a BTRFS drive to a RAID 1 with another drive. I've never done it before and BTRFS is kinda "different".

    >risking over 2TB of data


    I mean, it's just media and backups. Even if I lost it, I'd only know what I lost thanks to the tree I make of my files.

    Still, it'd be very annoying. I don't have another drive to push it all to. 

    >90% complete mirror


  7. Sieg Heil Emperor Trump

    1. AnnoyedShelf


      I have way too many memes for this

    2. Railgun


      Tis a good day for America right now

    3. Tech_Dreamer


      Aww, shucks , i wish it was a Saudi puppet instead

  8. Tried out Gentoo.

    Would not recommend. You basically have to use Arch's wiki if you don't already know how to install the OS because the Gentoo wiki, at least for anyone who intends to do things slightly different, is unusable for that purpose. 

    I'll just stick with Arch I suppose. May try Slackware one day just because.

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    2. BashZeStampeedo


      Sorry, I still don't see it. Why even bother with a source-based distro for installation convenience or to just use a "stock" setup? (That's so pointless I don't even). I wouldn't ever bother with a distro like Arch or Gentoo if I *wasn't* going to customize the kernel, configure options for packages, and so on. Might as well just use a binary distro at that point.


      But I can see being annoyed with Gentoo based on the installation process. Arch has a more streamlined base installer, while Gentoo presumes that you want to do practically everything yourself. It's an apples or oranges comparison, frankly, but I don't think Arch does "better", it just holds your hand a bit more on the presumption that you don't want to customize things as much as makes a source-based distro really shine.

    3. Vitalius


      There are multiple reasons I can think of for using Arch when I don't want to customize things.

      The primary reason is so I can learn so I can eventually customize things. Like, you gotta learn things in steps imo. i.e. first learn how to install the OS yourself. Even if it's automated, you learned more than you knew before. Then start looking into why you'd customize things. Then actually customize them. 

      The only reasons I've found for myself to customize things is so I can use the software I want to use. But I haven't got very far with that.

      Gentoo doesn't really make the first step easy. Part of a distro is learning what's available for it and what it does differently that makes you want to use it over other distros. In the end, it's all Linux, so that is what matters since you could technically get anything on any distro. 

      For example, now I want to use OpenRC in place of SystemD. So I didn't come away from trying Gentoo completely empty handed. But I still need to learn more about it and why I'd want to use one over the other.

      If I can't get into the system to see the benefits of why it does the things it does, I may as well not have bothered trying to use it. 

    4. BashZeStampeedo


      It just seems to me like you could achieve the same learning experiences in any old distro that you'll get from using Arch this way. But then as long as it encourages you in some way, it's better than sticking in a rut, I guess.

  9. I recently watched a ThioJoe video where he mentioned what the new WiFi standard 802.11ad was about. It's a 60 GHz WiFi signal that can't go through anything (basically), but is very fast and has basically no latency. 

    One example he gave was that it might be used for VR, where you don't have a tether, and just have the headset with a battery. Or you could use it for TV without an HDMI cable. 

    Well, there is some credence to the VR statement. I'm watching Valve's Dev Days youtube videos and for the VR section, they specifically stated they had invested in a company that was using a 60 GHz WiFi signal to produce a tetherless head mounted display and they liked what they saw in the demo so far.

    So yeah. It's basically happening. Between that, and their prototype controller that allows gripping for the gripping function (i.e. you grip the controller to grab things in VR), I'm very excited for the future of VR. If you let go of the controller, it doesn't fall out of your hand.

    Just.... all my yes. VR is the future. And even if it feels like it's stagnating atm, their video states that there are 1,000 new VR users every day on Steam with 600 apps (over 100 have made $1,000,000 so far). 

    The future looks bright.

  10. I think I figured it out with blender on Windows. I would minimize the window and when bringing it back to focus, it was not responding. 

    Now, I'm trying leaving it up, just under other windows. I'm thinking my power options or something else (maybe built into windows) is somehow putting the process on hold or something similar due to it being minimized and that is messing blender up for obvious reasons. 


  11. Well, as it turns out, Blender 2.77 is still crashing on me. I just don't even know where to begin now.

    I guess I'll just go back to trying Linux.

    1. valdyrgramr


      Blender is still a thing? o.O  I haven't looked in on it since 2009. xD 

    2. Vitalius


      Yeah, it works pretty well in most cases. I just have a lot of issues with my system in general. 

      I don't exactly blame blender, but I feel like it's partially to blame since (apparently) the developers favor Nvidia.

  12. I really should learn how to troubleshoot software better. Using blender 2.77 doesn't cause crashing during rendering on Windows for me. 2.78a however does cause it.

    It will still take 14.75 days to render my 10 second video. 


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    2. AnnoyedShelf


      Yeah that is true, it's way faster on Linux.

    3. Vitalius



      I'm fine with long times, but 10 seconds equating to 14.75 days is a bit ludicrous. It's just text that moves and a wee bit of lighting. I didn't even 3D model anything except a block that doesn't move. 

      It's fairly confusing to me, but I just attribute it to Windows (Linux blender renders 1/2 the time usually according to benchmarks I've seen), and my system being very broken or beta or experimental or wtv you'd call it.

      Related thing: Turning my render samples down from 2000 to 750 cuts the time down from 14.75 days to 3.82 days. 

      :| My question is: How do people who do this for a hobby and actually model complex animated scenes handle this? I imagine two things they do is use 1080p at 30 FPS, which probably cuts their times down to a few hours, but geez. 

    4. AnnoyedShelf


      You don't really do this as a hobby unless you've got a surplus of hardware lying around.  Otherwise it's impossible.

  13. Using Bash on Windows and it's pretty neat. I'll probably use this a lot.

    1. BashZeStampeedo


      Oh? I'm going to have to start charging them if they're using my likeness for something on Windows now...

    2. Vitalius



      Yeah, you know. I just had a thought. There better be an AMV of Vash's antics to the song "Wanted: Dead or Alive". 

      Windows 10 after the Anniversary Update allows you to install what they call "Ubuntu for Windows" if you have the 64-bit version of Windows. 

      From what I can tell so far, it essentially emulates Ubuntu (though only CLI) on Windows without a need for Hyper-V or other Virtualization software.

      All my drives are just mounted in /mnt/c or /mnt/d for the C:\ and D:\ drives. 

      It's pretty neat. A lot of stuff works by default. i.e. wget, dd, etc. 

      Unfortunately, some commands work in that they exist and run their function, but don't work in that the system is handled weird. i.e. if I do lsblk, I don't get a list of any devices. Like, at all. But it doesn't complain about /sbin/lsblk not existing for example. 

      Weird but cool.

    3. BashZeStampeedo


      It's interesting, at least. I'm hoping they gradually get their terminal and bash working well enough so that I can do basic Linux-style development of my applications, because using Visual Studio just doesn't jive with me.


      PS: yeah, there's surely a bunch of Vash "Dead or Alive" AMVs up on YouTube :)

  14. It's going to take blender 14.58333... days to render a 10 second intro. 

    Hopefully I can get Linux to recognize my GPU so Blender can try using that instead. :c

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    2. Vitalius


      Johners, it seems that updating from 2.77 to 2.78a has broken OpenCL rendering for multiple people. I had just updated from 2.77 to 2.78a too before even trying OpenCL.

      I have the 2.77 package in my pacman cache, so I can downgrade back to it, but pacman doesn't handle downgrades with dependencies for you. So I have to down grade every file that upgraded.

      After doing this, 2.77 successfully opened. Still same issue with OpenCL though.

      I made sure to install opencl-mesa and ocl-icd as well. Still doesn't work.

      Another person has stated that I need the proprietary AMD drivers to do this and not the open source ones. Gonna try that next.

    3. Vitalius


      Aaaand I broke my Arch install by trying to get Xorg to go from version 1.84 to 1.74 because the proprietary AMD drivers don't support >=1.80 versions yet.

      sigh Time to reinstall I guess.

    4. Johners
  15. ... I'm just so frustrated with blender right now. 


    eye twitches

  16. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/3X9h9W


    Feel free to judge me.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($328.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler  ($38.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($134.99 @ B&H) 
    Memory: Kingston FURY 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($155.13 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($166.99 @ Newegg) 
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB Video Card  ($404.98 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX Mini ITX Tower Case  ($68.99 @ NCIX US) 
    Power Supply: Silverstone 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply  ($109.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  (Purchased For $0.00) 
    Monitor: Acer Predator XR341CK 34.0" 75Hz Monitor  ($722.50 @ Newegg) 
    Monitor: Pixio PX277 27.0" 144Hz Monitor  (Purchased For $399.00) 
    Keyboard: Qisan Magicforce Wired Mini Keyboard  (Purchased For $70.00) 
    Mouse: Logitech G502 Wired Optical Mouse  (Purchased For $60.00) 
    Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600 Ohm  Headphones  ($239.00 @ Newegg) 
    Headphones: AKG K553 PRO  Headphones  (Purchased For $120.00) 
    Total: $3019.44
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-21 11:22 EDT-0400


    I want M-ITX. If it doesn't say "Purchased" on the above list, I don't own it yet. The GPU and CPU are placeholders while I wait for Vega and Kaby Lake or wtv Intel is doing.


    I currently have the following build:




    I would have that all set to purchased, but I can't find my original prices for everything. Just the purchased things.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($571.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler  (Purchased For $96.68) 
    Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE/U3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard  (Purchased For $389.99) 
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory  (Purchased For $299.99) 
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($44.39 @ OutletPC) 
    Storage: Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($44.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($94.99 @ Newegg) 
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB Video Card  (Purchased For $693.86) 
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass ATX Mid Tower Case  ($189.99 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 1200W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  (Purchased For $249.99) 
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit  (Purchased For $0.00) 
    Monitor: Pixio PX277 27.0" 144Hz Monitor  (Purchased For $399.00) 
    Total: $3075.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-21 12:33 EDT-0400

    I plan on selling my current system to buy the M-ITX one. Small is best. Get a backpack. Shove my PC and Server in there. And roll. Except for monitor ofc. That goes in it's box/briefcase/wtv. lol

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    2. Vitalius
    3. Techicolors


      so yeah, you can PM me or message when you're ready to sell it 

    4. Vitalius


      Will do man. Thanks.

  17. Huh. I didn't know these were so cheap and "available".

    M.2 Expansion Cards for PCI-e x4. Most people with ATX cases and motherboards have extra PCI-e slots anyway, so why not?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6V84RA8618 < Two M.2 to a single card with SATA port that goes to the motherboard for some reason.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124170 < Same.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAA6W3ZB8306 < Single M.2 with a.... SATA port? lolwat
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZONEZMM <ASUS's M.2 Adapter to PCI-e x4.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JHS6RO8 <Same.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LB8RWUK <Mini version (half height) though I've seen it sell for half that from others.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0199T2XD4 <Same but UK.

    1. valdyrgramr


      ASUS by NETCNA...

    2. Vitalius


      That's the reseller valdy. It's like how you can buy ASUS stuff from Newegg.

    3. valdyrgramr


      Should say "sold by" then.  Sounds like they are stating that they made it.

  18. ASUS is permanently on my black list for hardware.

    I've checked everything I can and for some reason I can't record at 1440p60. CPU isn't maxed out. RAM isn't maxed out. GPU, using it's built-in encoder, is supposed to be able to handle up to 4K at 90 FPS (IDK about that, but this is no where near that). Motherboard is the only other link in the chain and the configuration information for OBS VCE specifically states motherboards can limit recording and cause dropped frames. 

    It's not just that though. I can't have my custom keyboard plugged into any motherboard USB ports. Otherwise, my system simply won't POST. Which is sincerely strange. I have to plug things that do that into a USB 3.0 PCI-e expansion card for it to work fine.

    It's also generally been unstable. I don't overclock. Everything is vanilla. I deeply regret purchasing this board.


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    2. Vitalius


      (3840*2160*30) / (2560*1440*60) = 1.125 Meaning that 2160p30 is 12.5% more pixels than 1440p60. 

      I understand it's not on the listed explicit "things that are supported", but does that mean any odd resolution wouldn't work? Because that'd be dumb. 

      So if I ran 1200p60, it won't work either because it's not explicitly 1080p60? That ... doesn't sound right.

    3. handymanshandle


      I'm not sure. VCE is kinda finicky with it as 720p60 is bitchy at high-ish bitrates on my 7850 but isn't at 1080p30.

      It'd be worth to give it a go.

    4. Vitalius
  19. This is very long, but very informative.


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    2. Vitalius


      IDK Bash, but jobs I've looked at prefer it.


      Look under the table "Job Board Search Results" for relevant info.

      I'd do Cisco stuff, but that's generally more specific even though it gives way to lots of other jobs and I imagine it's more difficult. It just seems like a natural progression to know Network+ then do the Cisco stuff. 

    3. BashZeStampeedo


      Sure, if that's what you're interested in for a career right now, then I'd say go for it. It could be lucrative (though I hear Cisco has been bleeding employees lately).

    4. Vitalius


      That makes sense. Watching this Youtube video, I feel like this shouldn't be one larger cert, but a bunch of smaller ones over specifics like "Authentication Protocols", "media connectors", "Virtual networks", etc etc. They're just glossing over all of it with general definitions and a single example.

      Unrelated: http://www.techcareers.com I didn't know that was a thing. Or this: http://www.simplyhired.com/


      Woo, larger job pool. :D

  20. Can anyone recommend a good place to purchase a course to get a Network+ certification?

  21. Dude. Magicforce keyboard are pretty alright alright.


    These key caps are fly af. That slight bowel shape is niiiiiiiice. I got the Gateron Green switches because I've tried every mainline Cherry MX switch (Red, Black, Blue, and Brown), and these are my favorite so far (they are very similar to Cherry Greens). 

    It's weird you can only buy them from Amazon, Massdrop, or AliExpress. I assume they are a Chinese brand? 

    The regular version of this keyboard looks pretty good to me too. I like the font on the keys:
    Note: that's without the blue LEDs on.


    Just wish they made a non-TKL keyboard. I have a separate numpad, but some people prefer all in one keyboards. 

    The keyboards being $70 is pretty sweet too.

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    2. n0ah1897


      That is beautiful. Are the rounded keys any harder to type with than standard keys?

    3. Vitalius


      It really is beautiful.

      Naw, they are pretty great. Still getting used to the Gateron Green switches, so I blame those for when I don't fully depress a key atm.

    4. valdyrgramr


      Isn't Khali similar to cherry, but cheaper?

  22. I randomly discovered this....


    It autoplayed after this one: 

    Which I got to from a comment in this reddit thread (though I've seen that video before): 

    Oh how funny the internet can be.

    1. Vitalius


      o dang it 


    2. Tech_Dreamer


      yep saw it some while ago , was pretty funny

  23. I think I understand why I don't like the new forums now after having been off for a long while.

    Things feel laggy. Like, when I scroll down, this is what I experience: *scrolls down one tick* -> 0.2 seconds pass -> *page actually scrolls down*

    If the page is still loading, even if the content I'm scrolling to is already loaded, it's more like 0.5-1 seconds pass. I'm using Chromium 52.

    Honestly, little things like that are what get to me. User experience is important. I'd rather not use a website if that website feels unresponsive.

    I'm not gonna leave, but I just thought it'd be something to mention as a legit criticism of why I don't like this place as much anymore.

    1. Show previous comments  1 more
    2. Techicolors


      i think the most recent problems came from the forum reindexing as a mod told me, though that process seems to have concluded.. 


      i'm a bit used to sites being slow for the sake of being slow, but yeah, it is choppy this forum 

    3. valdyrgramr


      I hate when I post something, and then what I just posted is still in the reply box.  <.<

    4. Tech_Dreamer


      it's been off a lot lately with a recent update & i feel like the whole site is turning into mush