The Picture Quality Thread

Professor Who

School Idol
I know you guys may find it annoying when I bring it up in the distributors’ threads, so I figured why not make it its own thread.

So here we can discuss the picture (and audio) quality of Blu-ray and DVD releases in the UK and in comparison to their foreign counterparts.
 

Professor Who

School Idol
Code Geass I- Initiation- Anime Limited vs FUNimation
(From Scavenger- who did the comparison; and Lambadelta who did the UK specs; and Pikagreg who did the FUNi specs)

Comparison

Specs (FUNi is bolded);
1080p MPEG-4 AVC
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
26033 kbps/ 34147 kbps AVG
64367 kbps/ 52552 kbps MAX

(AL)

(FUNi; sorry for the picture size, that's just how Pika's image was)

Audio:
AL:
Japanese DTS-HD MA 5.1 16-bit
Japanese LPCM 2.0 16-bit
FUNi:
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 24-bit

Here's my thoughts. The AL one is the clear winner despite some issues. FUNi has the correct brightness as the JP BD, and as you may know, an increased brightness means a higher chance for banding. However, the compressionist on the AL disc has skirted around this and it has less than the FUNi, which has the correct brightness. FUNi has a higher bitrate overall, but it appears they used their normal setup in terms of encoding, with just an increase to bitrate. I'd take the AL over the FUNi despite the brightness issue, simply due to superior compression.
 

NormanicGrav

Yume no Shima Shinen Kōen
AUKN Staff
I'm curious to see the video quality specs for Madman transfers of recent Aniplex titles (e.g. Granblue Fantasy, Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu).
 

thedoctor2016

Soul Reaper
But £60 for AL vs £40. And FUNis are all out now...
And the personally the brightness annoys me more than the banding but I guess thats cause the comparison shows it clearly.
And I don't have my External BD drive on me but Ranbu looked fine and was third of the price so I was happy and now MVM is £10 cheaper than I paid so its fine.
 

Scavenger

Student Council President
I got around to watching FUNi Geass Initiation yesterday and I thought that the encode was satisfactory. Obviously there are imperfections visible in the screenshots, but these weren't very noticeable in motion most of the time. The film grain in some scenes did look a little bit clumpy due to the compression, but nothing what I would consider to be awful or distracting.
 

Professor Who

School Idol
Perfect Blue Remastered

Video:

1080p MPEG-4 AVC
1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
30839 kbps (30.84 mbps)

Audio:
Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz, 16-bit) 2072 kbps
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 256 kbps
English Dolby Digital 5.1 448 kbps




More screencaps (there's spoilers so look at your own discretion)

Source
 

Joshawott

Monsieur Monster
AUKN Staff
So, hope y'all weren't looking forward to good PQ from Manga UK's The Ancient Magus' Bride Part One. Here's a couple of screencaps I took from my DVD review discs:

Magus Bride Banding 1.pngMagus Bride Banding 2.png
In the first image, pay special attention to Ruth's left shoulder. In the second, Elias' face covering.
 
So, hope y'all weren't looking forward to good PQ from Manga UK's The Ancient Magus' Bride Part One. Here's a couple of screencaps I took from my DVD review discs:

In the first image, pay special attention to Ruth's left shoulder. In the second, Elias' face covering.
DVDs are always going to suck for banding, that's just the nature of the beast. I've only ever seen a few DVD releases that I couldn't pick nits with, Aniplex's Servant X Service is one. There are some screencaps of the Blu-ray of Ancient Magus Bride here. They've been converted to jpg and compressed by the site software so aren't truly representative, but do give a better idea.
 

Professor Who

School Idol
Ordered Lupin III Part IV from Discotek today. I have a really good feeling that despite being on half the disc count, it's gonna look much better than the FR/UK version encoded by AL's French branch.
 
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