Dreamcast Movie Creator

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  1. nopinky

    nopinky Newly Registered

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    Hello,
    I've been looking everywhere to find the Dreamcast Movie Creator software- I need to convert some videos to SFD for a fan translation project I'm working on. I read that someone here had it, would it be possible for me to get a link to it? The only version I can find is in russian, and... all the text shows up as question marks, despite me installing the russian language pack. I tried downloading the Katana SDK, but the movie creator wouldn't install for me. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
    ~nopinky
     
  2. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2049

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    You're looking for sfdmux.exe, an sfd is mpeg-1 video with adx audio multiplexed with this tool.

    Tip: Kvcd quantization matrix works for the video and does a great job at reducing the file size.
     
  3. TerdFerguson

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    The only place i've been able to find is here, download SFD Tool Pack 1.0
    http://www.dc-swat.ru/page/download/

    I have the english exe. I'll message it to you

    Edit: Try the dc-swat package first
    Edit 2: You need TMPGEnc to split the video into mpeg-1 video (m1v file) and .wav audio then use the movie creator to multiplex them both into an SFD
     
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  4. TerdFerguson

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    In your opinion, what's the best resolution and longest length you could get an SFD under 4mb? For DreamPipe I can only have 96x96 at an absolute max of 2:25, even then there's glitching around 2:20. I'd like to put together a (legal) zip with a batch file that can turn an avi file into an SFD so people can easier submit videos. Or less time I have to spend downloading/converting/splitting/multiplexing the videos that're submitted

    Can you link the quantization matrix tool?
     
  5. -=FamilyGuy=-

    -=FamilyGuy=- Site Supporter 2049

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    Here's a script I wrote a while ago. The size will depend on the bitrate and your eyes should be the judges of what bitrate is sufficient for a specific scene. It's much more automated than the procedure you described, only adx -> sfa has to be done manually via gui.

    http://pastebin.com/FpzV5cZ7

    (The script is pasted twice, only keep one)
     
  6. nopinky

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    When I try to install the Standalone from SFDtools, all it does is extract some files to a temporary folder. One of those files is called setup.exe, but it does nothing, not even under compatibility mode for windows 98/ME. I'm using Windows 10, 64 bit.
     
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    Just hunt for sfdmux.exe and sfdmux.dll, the GUI is very unproductive anyways if you wanna do more than one encoding.
     
  8. nopinky

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    Gotcha, will do. Any ideas where to find them? I can only find megaupload links.
    EDIT: Never mind, I found it in a "Complete dreamcast collection" torrent.
     
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  9. americandad

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    Here's something I found that might of use.
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    .proudly presents:
    
               apP : Dreamcast Video Disc Suite v1.0 RE-PACK
         releasedD : january 2007
          filenamE : dvdv10_repack.part1.rar
        cdS / rarS : 1 cd / 6 rars
          platforM : win32
    
    
    .release notes:
    
        this "suite" has been re-packed for you convinience
        by [unknown]. things should be much easier now.
        original nfo included. i've also re-done the images.
        the original ones were butt-ugly (no offense override).
        these are butt-ugly too but not as much.
        psd's are included.
        oh and i removed alcohol 120, if you downloaded this
        you probably already have it (duh). plus new versions
        come out all the time..
      
        but..
    
        here's 2 download links to a full & cracked version:
            (don't let the filename confuse you)
    x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x
    
    
    .quote of the year
    
    
        following is a quote from the original nfo:
    
    
    After much reasearch and practice, I believe I have found the true
    potential of the Dreamcast video rendering abilites through the
    Mpeg Sofdec.  This release contains every program required to make
    a Dreamcast Video Disc, (DcVD) or Kompression Dreamcast Video Disc.
    
    DcVD's are intended to max out the QUALITY of video the Dreamcast
    is capable of, with approxamately 36 minutes per 80 min cd-r.
    
    kDcVD's are intended to maximize the RUNNING TIME of video while
    still producing high quality video.  Thanks to the "Notch" quantize
    matrix, up to 120 minutes of video can fit on 1 80 min cd-r.
    "Notch" quantize matrix copyright Karl Wagner.
    
    
    Install all programs in directory \Dreamcast Video Disc Suite v1.0\Programs\
    
    **Sega Dreamcast Movie Creater must be installed and ran in Windows 98 compatability mode**
    
    *Also make sure all necessary CODECS are installed (not provided)*
                                                                    
        === Creating a DcVD or kDcVD is essentially a 4 Phase process ===
    
        << Phase 1: Video and Audio Encoding. >>
         1.) Run TMPGEnc 3.0 XPress.
         2.) "Set Source" open the video file you wish to encode.
         3.) "Set Output" open the necessary template included.
             a.) Audio must be output seperately from video.
             Use the template \Dreamcast Video Disc Suite v1.0\Template\Wave Audio
           b.} Video output, either DcVD or kDcVD template in the \Template\ folder.
                ** For optimal size, avg. bitrate will need to be adjusted manually**
         4.) "Encode"
           a.) Encode .wav audio, with above template.
           b.) Encode .m1v video, with above template.
    
        << Phase 2: Video and Audio Multiplexing. >>
         1.) Run Sega Dreamcast Movie Creator ( in Win98 compatability mode ).
         2.) "Material Files" Open your .m1v video, and your .wav audio.
               ==> Make sure 'use identical files' is OFF.
             3.) "Output Files" Set output to .sfd (Sofdec Data).
           a.) For DcVD, set audio to 44.1khz Stereo 396kbps ( CD Quality )
           b.) For kDcVD, set audio to 22khz Mono 99kbps ( TV Quality )
         4.) Click "Start Encoding."
           ---When multiplexing is finished, name your video "BUMPER.sfd"---
    
        << Phase 3: Selfboot Image Creation >>
         1.) Copy the contents of \Programs\Phase III - Selfboot Image Creation\data              
               into \chankast\ExoBoot\data ( your installed directory ).
         2.) Place your BUMPER.sfd into  \chankast\ExoBoot\data\movie
         3.) Run Exoboot
         4.) "Mode 3: Data to CD Image" continue...
             5.) Doubble click the "data" folder
             6.) "Step 1: Create image from data files"
         7.) Enter "GameName" eg. DOA_kDcVD
         8.) Click "Continue".
                 Exoboot may promt to create IP.bin, chose 'y' and enter 1ST_READ.BIN
          --- When Exoboot is done, you will have a selfboot image to burn --
    
        << Phase 4: CD Image Burning >>
          1.) Run Alcohol 120%
          2.) "Image Burning Wizzard" Open your DcVD.cdi click 'Next'
              3.) Set speed to no more than 8x, and burn! (Overburn up to 805mb tested)
    
    
    
    .shouting out
    
        override for all his great work
        me for repacking (thus making it slightly easier) his work
        go to underground-gamer.com if you want to contact override
     
  10. -=FamilyGuy=-

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    There's also this little pack I made, which is much more convivial for batches: http://www.mediafire.com/download/clcvhtdvtjhhv7y/SFD_Pack_3.rar

    You might want to use the bat file I posted earlier in a pastebin if there's an error with the notch matrix, I don't remember if this is the last version.

    I never made a proper release of that script because it's inefficient and ugly and there's still a (single) manual step, but I don't feel like working on it anymore and it seems there's an interest in making SFDs, so I release it as is, no warranty whatsoever.

    Trivia: It was first developped because of a SFD discussion in the chatbox in 2012, I then cleaned it mostly. People making releases with "kvcd matrixes sfd videos" in the last 3 years most likely used that pack.
     
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