KmPg2 MPEG2 Encoder 1.96 review

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KmPg2 is a very simple to use MPEG2 encoding wizard that allows the user to

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KmPg2 is a very simple to use MPEG2 encoding wizard that allows the user to create high quality DVD compatible MPEG2 streams, without requiring any technical knowledge.

Creating high quality MPEG2 streams involves a lot more than simply feeding the input video to mpeg2enc/transcode/mencoder/etc.

The input video needs to be carefully prepared by pulling it through a chain of stream processing tools like low-pass filters, color correction filters, static and dynamic chroma and luma noise filters, scalers, and so on.

This processing chain needs to be tuned in such a way that all irrelevant data (like noise) is removed before the video enters the encoder. KmPg2 uses the video processing / encoding tools from the MJPEGTools project to achieve this.

KmPg2 features a 'profiler' that enables the user to interactively create custom pre-processing pipelines that are optimised for a specific type of video material. These preprocessing pipelines (profiles) can be stored and used with the actual encoding wizard.

For example, you could create a profile that is designed especially for restoring a single aging VHS tape, or you could create a profile tuned for your digital camcorder and re-use it for every new recording that needs to be encoded.

At this moment KmPg2 accepts only one format of input video: Raw Sony DV video streams. This is the video format that most people use nowadays for high quality video processing and editing. Support for using AVI files for input is expected in future versions.

Here are some key features of "KmPg2 MPEG2 Encoder":
Produces DVD compliant MPEG2 streams
Seperate chroma/luma noise filtering
Low-Pass filtering support
Contrast/Brightness/Saturation correction
White balance correction
Special black-and-white mode
Crop image to Widescreen (16:9) or Panavision (2.35:1)
Output conforms to Rec.601 specifications
Both constant bitrate and variable bitrate encoding
Unsharp masking
Supports progressive and interlaced source material
Support for removing overscan area
Provides feedback to user about average/peak bitrates
Show output on screen while encoding
Generate encoding shell scripts
Generate quick preview-encodings of parts of source video

Kommander >= 1.0 (part of kdewebdev >= 3.3.0)
MJPEG Tools >= 1.7.0
SMIL Utils

What's New in This Release:
Add workaround for Composite Extension problems

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