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HC is a free MPEG2 Encoder. Input can be a d2v project or input using Avisynth. 2 pass VBR encoding. Variable GOP structure dependent of the video content or fixed GOP structure. Scene change detection. Pre-programmed matrices or use your own matrices. Restart possibility to run the second pass again. Bitrate control: average and max bitrate can be set.

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Version:0.27 History
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Size:2.1MB

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0.27 (October 11, 2014)


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Supported operating systems:
Windows


More information and other downloads:
Download HCbatchgui here, it will allow the user to save ini files for use in batch encoding and will automatically generate a batch file and start the encoding process for you.


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
HCenc release 027 10-10-2014

Notes:
- Avisynth version 2.6 is needed
- support for YV12 (4:2:0), YUY2, YV16 (4:2:2) and YV24 (4:4:4) colorspace
- lossless intermediate mode implemented for all colorspaces
- Avisynth script written in logfile

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Alternative to HC:
bbMPEG
TMPGEnc
TMPGEnc Plus
TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works
TotalCode Studio



Guides and How to's:
HC Guide - Read
HCbatchGUI user guide = Batch process video and audio - Read
How to Batch Process with HCEnc - Read
How to capture video and create a PAL DVD from it - Read
How to encode an Avi to dvd ready video and audio Using HCenc and Aften - Read
How to Encode Womble Mpeg Video Wizard projects with HCenc - Read
View all guides with guide description here


Acronyms / Also Known As:
hcbatch,hcenc,hcgui, hc encoder, hcencoder

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Please ignore my previous comment, I have no idea of why the fixed 0.27 build first refused to work but now is working as it should 0_o Encoding to 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 @ 1920x1080 are OK ~~ so far, at least.


Posted October 12, 2014 by . Tool version 0.27.0.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Worse than below. For some "lucky" users, the new beta (2014-10-11) works under XP, but it does not talk to Avisynth anymore :/


Posted October 11, 2014 by . Tool version 0.27 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Version 0.27 beta 1 does not work with Windows XP,
it just returns the error message "HCenc_027 is not a valid Win32 application".



Posted October 08, 2014 by . Tool version 0.27 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Updates are much appreciated.
It seems like the author is braking his head for BD compatibility.
Rated 10 out 10 coz of features plus FREE.
Keep the GooD ShoW RuNNiG.
Thanks!
:)



Posted June 18, 2011 by . Tool version 0.26 beta using OS Other
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just tried HCEnc026_Beta and noticed few thing.
1) Disabling DeadZone to 0 0 by loading custome.ini file is not working.
(Checking other parameters too which loads to fail from custom.ini per HcEnc PDF manual).
2) using some buit-in matrices, do not results in expected luminance and chrominance. as compared to HcEnc 023.

Hope author will look into this.



Posted June 16, 2011 by . Tool version 026beta using OS Other
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My first encodes with 0.26 Beta worked great, but I've also stumbled upon source material where HcEnc encodes peaks at bitrates higher than the stated maximum bitrate. With a maximum bitrate set to 7950kbit/s and average to the same it peaks at slightly above 9000kbit/s. This was on a Pentium 4 I haven't used before, I'm reencoding on my usual computer (AMD X2) now to see if this problem persists.


Posted May 09, 2011 by . Tool version 0.26 Beta using OS WinXP
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Nice and simple to use MPEG2 video encoder.
Request HC025 Author to check (Not pretty sure, if it is a bug or not)
1) Settings 1 ---> Interlacing Option ---> (@) Progressive
Chroma Sampling ---> (@) Progressive
must disable all interlacing options and should not generate output with following headers,
Scan type : Progressive
Scan order : Bottom Field First



Posted November 06, 2010 by . Tool version HC025 using OS Linux
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arguably The best mpeg encoder out there, but does not produce proper interlaced video (that's why I decided to overall score it 9). But again, one of the best mpeg encoders available. Better than most of the ones you pay for. HC Enc and avisynth - a must have mix!


Posted October 19, 2010 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS Vista 64-bit
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Version 0.24 is not a beta anymore :-)

http://hank315.nl/



Posted September 10, 2010 by . Tool version 0.24 using OS WinXP
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Hi.
Now the release doesn't show any problems during WinRAR extraction; Avira Antivir doesn't find any virus. All works fine.
Thankx for the update :)



Posted August 08, 2010 by . Tool version HC Enc 0.24 Beta 05-08-2010 using OS WinXP
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Those are false positives. Hank is using a packer to get the size down and some antivirus are flagging that. He is soon going to release a new update so that antivirus won't raise the flag.

See the conversation here regarding just this subject.
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?p=1422524#post1422524



Posted August 03, 2010 by . Tool version 0.24 beta using OS WinXP
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My Avira gave me the same alert, this never happened before.
I don't know what to do(use it or not), ill do some online scanning too, just to make shore.



Posted August 03, 2010 by . Tool version 0.24 Beta using OS WinXP
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Hi.
I've tried to download and unpack HC Enc 0.24 31-07-2010 release, but during exctact with WinRAR, my Avira Antivir Personal has found two trojans:

[IMG]http://i28.tinypic.com/2zq8rj5.png[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i27.tinypic.com/21181zp.png[/IMG]

I've never seen this problem in previuos versions, then I'm still using the release created on the fourth of April, 2010 which appear 100% cleaned and working.
Could you clean ".exe" files from your latest beta release, please?
Thankx for all.



Posted August 03, 2010 by . Tool version HC enc 0.24 beta 31-07-2010 release using OS WinXP
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simple fast encoder that produces awesome results. uses avisynth as the backend which keeps size down and make pretty much anything a possible source. Enough options to tweak that you won't ever need another mpeg-2 encoder. Take the time to learn avisynth (or cheat and use megui for file processing and import the avs file into hcenc...) and ditch your other mpeg-2 encoders!


Posted April 07, 2010 by . Tool version .24 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
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I owe a "thank's" !,
for this free encoder which gives a proffesional quality, it's fast, it has been updated often, saves me from ..."some time !" with the option "file-size calculation", and it's simple to use.
THANK YOU !!!



Posted March 31, 2010 by . Tool version 023 using OS Vista
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Great Program!
But the actual versions do not have a RESTART function anymore!
Don't know why this great option was eliminated :-(



Posted November 28, 2009 by . Tool version 0.24 using OS WinXP
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Still my favorite mpeg encoder. Gives high quality results. Beta 024 is a great step for new functions like one pass vbr encoding. Can't wait for the final release of 024. Keep up the great work hank315! Your efforts are greatly appreciated!


Posted January 24, 2009 by . Tool version 024 beta using OS Vista
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As it supports the "retro" OS Win98/SE I love it, even though it is slower. HC's quality in Win98/SE is excellent. CCE Basic on WinXP box and HC on Win98 box, no complaints.


Posted January 22, 2009 by . Tool version .23 using OS Win98
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Somewhat slow but great results in quality.


Posted January 22, 2009 by . Tool version 0.23 using OS WinXP
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On 8000 CBR with the slowest/highest quality settings in TMPGEnc, it took about 12 hours for a ~2 hour video. With 8000max bit rate,8000average bit rate, and best quality mode, HCEnc took about 6 hours. That's pretty cool, but I would say that I liked being able to do CBR with TMPGEnc and you can't really do that with HCEnc.


Posted July 29, 2008 by . Tool version 0.23 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Used encoder with DVD-RB Pro in highest quality mode and took only about 8% longer to encode a dvd vs. CCE basic. Can't see any difference in quality. Using DVD-RB Pro it used both my cores and was simultaneously processing 2 instances of video. Excellent.


Posted December 22, 2007 by . Tool version .22 using OS WinXP
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If you do lots of batch encodes you might look at HCbatchGUI. It is a batch gui for HCenc, DGpulldown, and Aften. It will batch encode your video, batch process dgpulldown, and encode your audio to AC3 with Aften. Check out the development thread. http://forum.videohelp.com/topic336128.html

Check the link below for a user guide for HCbatchGUI.



Posted October 04, 2007 by . Tool version 0.21 using OS WinXP
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Guides: http://forum.videohelp.com/topic337887.html


Very good free encoder. Will do very comparable quality to the commercial encoders. Check my guide for help batch processing.


Posted July 03, 2007 by . Tool version .21 using OS WinXP
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Guides: http://forum.videohelp.com/topic332556.html


Great encoder.
Easy to use.
Have just changed d2mp to support-it: great results.



Posted June 04, 2007 by . Tool version 0.21 using OS WinXP
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Very nice program. Gives high quality output, and it's very easy to use. Definitely worth the money (actually, it's free, which makes it even more valuable)!

@FrontierDK: IMHO avi import is redundant. Set up your files with AviSynth and then import the avs. This way you can also import filters for effects if needed.



Posted April 02, 2007 by . Tool version 0.20 using OS WinXP
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Guides: http://www.videohelp.com/guides.php?guideid=818#818 http://www.doom9.org/mpg/hc.htm

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