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Uji Ninja

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  1. Hi, I own a Acer Spin 11 Chromebook that will soon be turned into a media player. I'm covered video-wise, thanks to a cheap hub with all the video outs that I need. Main problem is audio, since my only audio out is currently the headphone jack. I wish to be able to plug the Chromebook to my old but trusty sound system, preferably digitally. Anyone could recommend a not-too-expensive-thanks USB-C hub or adapter that : offers a TOSLINK out is known to have zero issue with a Chromebook Thanks!
  2. Most computers in my budget have a 1660 or 1660ti, and both use Turing if I recall correctly the data sheet from Nvidia's website. I think Turing is also the only one to allow B-frames for hevc compression, though I quite sincerely have no clue whether or not it would make any difference in my situation. Something more interesting for streamers, maybe? There's also another solution, another thing I thought about (and posted a message about yesterday), which would be a Mac Mini and the VideoToolbox T2 chip (plus maybe QuickSync). But one article online said that your Handbrake encoding may fail depending on the options you select. Not even sure I would be able to use the decomb filter... actually, now that I think about it: can you decomb when using Handbrake and Nvenc?
  3. I'm afraid HDCP will be a real pain in the a*s to work around and bypass... That would also make it more difficult to just queue a few videos to convert, and let technology do its job at night while I'm sleeping. Actually, "best" solution would be to finally get TV HDD recorders that use h265 for HD recording. But here, it's MPEG-2 or h264 for HD recording, no other choice as far as I know. H265 is for 4K recording only, if my Japanese got it right https://panasonic.jp/diga/p-db/DMR-4W400_spec.html
  4. That's what I thought too. But I keep on finding articles/YouTube videos claiming that GPU encoding is (much) worse quality-wise, and produces much larger files, than CPU encoding. Granted, considering my actual setting, I haven't been able to do any testing here. And what a pixel peeper standing 30cm away from his screen calls "bad quality" may be totally fine with me sitting 2.5m away from the TV screen. The only hardware encoding I've been able to do was with an old HP laptop with a I7-3610QM and Intel QuickSync h264. It's fast, but quality is indeed less good and files are definitely bigger. It gives rather good results for animation though. I don't bother using CPU encoding anymore when working with anime from NHK or DLife.
  5. Hi, I often record documentaries and dramas on my HDD/BD recorder, but its on-the-fly h264 compression is lacking (and produce quite huge files). So far, my best solution was to record a higher quality MPEG-2 file, rip the Blu-Ray, and compress the file to x264 using Handbrake. My computer is old, to say the least, so the whole process is very time consuming, usually 4 to 6 hours for each hour of video on the x264 medium setting. I'm not even trying hevc/x265, I think it would kill the computer. I will buy or build a new computer, and was wondering if you guys could recommend a processor for video encoding. A few things to know : I'm in Japan. Most of the stuff I record is 1920x1080 / 59.94i. A few shows are "HD light", 1440x1080 / 59.94i. However, I'm thinking to maybe upgrade my cable TV set-up + HDD recorder next year and record some stuff in 4K. Obviously, I'll still use the MPEG-2 recordings as a source. I will use hevc x265 to save some space. I always use the Decomb filter in Handbrake. I'm not necessarily looking forward to super high-speed encoding (or else I would use the GPU and call it a day). Real-time encoding would be fine, as most of the shows I record are 30 to 60 minutes long. Considering my budget and what's available on the Japanese market, choice would certainly be between a Ryzen 2600 / 3600 / 2700 / 3700 (or their X variant), or a I7-9700/9700F/9700K. What would be the best choice for my situation? Thanks!
  6. Hi, I was reading this article https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/04/09/apples-t2-chip-makes-a-giant-difference-in-video-encoding-for-most-users about using Handbrake + VideoToolkit (T2/QuickSync) for high-speed hevc transcoding. This part got me slightly worried Does anyone happen to know what parameters can or cannot be changed? eg: Is itstill possible to use the Decomb filter? Thanks
  7. Hi, I just noticed that the new MSI Prestige laptops come with the Nvidia studio drivers pre-installed. It doesn't seem to be the case with the older P65 Creator series (obviously). Does anyone know if it's possible to install the studio drivers on a P65 Creator? It should be, knock on wood, but better safe than sorry and ask for confirmation. Thanks!
  8. This is a thing I've asked myself many times: can you get an external PCI enclosure, mount a graphic card in it, and plug the whole stuff to your motherboard through a PCI extension cable? I used to use ProTools back in the days, and I had an external PCI chassis to accommodate the extension cards. I'm wondering if something like this also works for graphic cards.
  9. Too be fair, my first computer was a Amstrad CPC 464. The Atari came later, and its Midi ports were even sent. But I'm waaaaay off topic here...
  10. So, were you Atari ST or Amiga? It may end up in a rack roughly similar as this one https://www.skbcases.com/music/products/proddetail.php?f=&id=1107&o=&offset=&c=80&s=80 and I'm quite worried about the air flow. The rack-sized guitar pre-amp and fx processors that used to be racked didn't need that much room too breathe. Or it may end up on something like this https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/nitori-net/8050776.html?sc_i=shp_pc_catelist_itemlist_shsrg_title size is roughly the same, but mine has no side panel door, and the back is wide open, no panel there.
  11. Thanks. I remember many (most) computers used to be horizontal in my youth. I was just wondering, as PCs got more powerful, if there was a problem with air intake or something. Glad to see it doesn't seem to be the case. Larry
  12. HI, so I'm still exploring the PC cases jungle, and some Silverstone cases recently caught my attention (such as the GD-10 among others). Form factor would suit me, and the horizontal design is something I'd prefer over the usual vertical/tower design. Basically, the case would fit perfectly either my small wooden wheeled TV stand, or a 6U rackmount I own and currently don't use. While I don't want to discuss the pros and cons of any case in peculiar, I was wondering if there's any big disadvantage in using a horizontal case instead of a vertical one? Thanks, Larry
  13. Isn't the DA2 a bit "tight" for powerful components? I think there's a video on YouTube of a guy fitting a 3900X inside, and temperature gets slightly above 90c. I'd probably end up frying something sooner or later when doing video rendering/compression. I may limit myself to a Ryzen 5 2600 or a Ryzen 7 2700 if I go with that case, with maybe a shorter graphic card, such as the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 AERO ITX 6G OC or ASUS PH-RTX2060-6G (though I'm not sure it would improve the airflow). Too bad I can't find a suitable egpu solution so far. It would be so much easier (for me) to simply have the gpu out of the DA2. As for tempered glass, I'll probably put the computer on some stand cart to move it between two rooms (and let it rest in a closet when not in use). I'm a bit worried a side glass panel might be trouble waiting to happen when moving the tower around.
  14. Thanks but, please, don’t waste too much of your time. I’d probably find how-to videos on YouTube if I get stuck. It’s also a problem of getting plenty of results for cases that are obviously for gamers with LEDs all over the place (not for me), or cases that are really way too bland, like huge all black towers. Basically, I like brushed aluminum style, and would go for one above the rest if I could find one that suits my needs. I wish most cases were as easy to deal with as the old cheese-grater MacPro, if you see what I mean. By the way, I’m not necessarily interested in vertical only towers. An horizontal case could be ok. I have quite a few music equipment in racks, so a rackable case isn’t something I’d run away from at first sight.
  15. So, I checked some of the cases online (a retail store not far from my place) The Define R6 looks nice https://www.dospara.co.jp/5shopping/detail_parts.php?bg=1&br=72&sbr=79&ic=456561&mkr=2332&lf=0 The Enthoo Luxe 2 looks ok too, though I’d prefer a case with no glass panel, and the price gets very close to my limit https://www.dospara.co.jp/5shopping/detail_parts.php?bg=1&br=72&sbr=79&ic=462439&mkr=2542&lf=0 The CoolerMaster Silencio 600 caught my eyes, though I’m not sure how easy/difficult such a case would be https://www.dospara.co.jp/5shopping/detail_parts.php?bg=1&br=72&sbr=79&ic=461993&lf=0 I like this Raijintek https://www.dospara.co.jp/5shopping/detail_parts.php?bg=1&br=72&sbr=448&ic=437586&lf=0 but I’ve been told they are not easy cases, and I’m a afraid it would be a bit too small for what I want to put inside. I’m not looking for anything fancy, so the less LED stuff the better. I’d buy a Streacom DA2 right away if the price was a bit lower, and if the “how to build” videos I watched on YouTube didn’t make it look a tad too difficult to my taste. Thanks for your time and advices, Larry