Amagami SS (17)

Alrighty, we are finally getting this shit out. Sorry for all the delays, but we’re working on getting a “more-available” Xbox 360 so that we don’t have to wait until the weekend to test all this shit.

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[Announcement] Playback on the PC

So, I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten this comment, but I’d like to address it now:

“I can’t hear the sound”

First off, if you can’t hear the sound, then tell us if it’s on the PS3, Xbox 360, and/or PC. We release for the PS3 and Xbox 360, so you shouldn’t be playing anything on your PC.

If you want a PC release, you should go to Thor or Coal Girls and pick up their release. Their releases are designed to work with the CCCP and take advantage of all the extras you get with the MKV format, such as soft subs, ordered chapters, and VFR.

Second off, our release may not work with your PC if you do not have the correct media codecs, media demuxers, and media players installed and configured properly. You need to have the correct codecs, demuxers, and media players in order to play our content on your PC. Also, about those media players we’re talkin’ about (e.g. Media Player Classic): yeah, you need to set them up to use your system’s codecs and demuxers—as in, you gotta go into the “Preferences”  menu and configure it to use external codecs and demuxers. We’d also like to mention that, NO, the CCCP does not work with our media! You need to use FFDShow Tryouts’s latest beta (Beta 7) along with the latest version of the Haali Media Splitter in order to demux our media properly—specifically, our MP4 media files with AC3 streams.

Now, if one of our releases genuinely does not have an audio track or cannot be played on the PS3 or Xbox 360, then please leave us a comment telling us so. We don’t want to stuff your feedback, but asking us irrelevant questions about our media is beyond the scope of this group.

Now, the question is, how do you know if one of our releases has an audio track? Use mediainfo to find out. If you find that our media lacks an audio track or if our media does not play back on the PS3 and/or Xbox 360, then drop us a comment.

One last thing: If you want to know if your system is actually set up to playback our content, then use GraphStudio and map out your filter chain. Then check your media player’s settings to see if it actually uses the correct filter chain.

If your filter chain isn’t set up to use third-party codecs, then watch this tutorial. This is usually only a problem for Windows 7 users.

[Announcement] Xbox 360 Support | Aria Dropped | Samurai Girls Picked Up | How To’s

Xbox 360 Support

The Good News First

N LogN E.G. is very happy to announce Xbox 360 support.

Starting this weekend, you will be able to play (most of) our new releases on an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3. We will not be distributing two different files—we will encode our media so that it works on both systems.

Furthermore, our releases will be tagged differently, to indicate Xbox 360 support. Our new file tags will follow the following format:

[N LogN EG] <Anime Title> [X264 PS3 XBOX <VIDEO MODE> <SOUND CODEC>] [CRC32 HASH]

Any file tagged with the “XBOX” tag should work on your Xbox 360.

Caveats

Ahhhh, so there really is no free lunch in this world—or cake for that matter. OK, so here are a few things you need to keep in mind, now that we’re offering Xbox 360 support:

  • Our Release Schedule Will Be Pushed Back: Due to the nature of how we acquired our Xbox 360, we’re going to have to release most of our videos on MONDAYS, instead on their respective days. So, this has nothing to do with our ability to encode the media, just our ability to test the media. We may ask for Xbox 360 testers in the future if our workload begins to get out of control.
  • Xbox 360 Support Will Be Limited: We don’t have constant access to an Xbox 360, which means we can’t answer everybody’s questions about our releases when it comes to Xbox 360 playback. Our Playstation 3 encodes don’t suffer as much because the entire N LogN staff has a Playstation 3, so we can troubleshoot those encodes more quickly. Everyone in N LogN is a tester, in a sense.
  • We Are Still Working Out The Kinks: I hope this doesn’t need to be said, but we’re still working out Xbox 360 support. If you have feedback about our media, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. We may miss something, so if you find a mistake, let us know.

I think that about covers the big stuff. I’ll keep you guys updated.

Now, for bad news.

Aria Dropped

We’re sorry folks, but due to the lack of interest, progress, and video quality, we’ve decided to just completely drop this series. We started testing the first season and found that the video quality is just terrible. We’re gonna let this one go. There’s probably no hope for the other seasons either, but I’ll keep them on the wish list, just in case Strike ever decides to finish that off.

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls Picked Up

Alright, even though we said we weren’t going to pick up any more shows this season, Strike volunteered to do this series. So, we’re going to be encoding this series for the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360.

How To Do X?

Alright, this is something I thought I addressed before, but it appears that people haven’t gotten the message. From the FAQ:

Q: How do you encode media for the Playstation 3? Can you write a tutorial?
A: Refer to this.

Please take the time to read about how to encode media for the Playstation 3 elsewhere. We are not going to write a tutorial for you. Ever. There’s plenty of material out on the web to tell you how to do that. Now, we also modify subtitle scripts, and that may take a little bit more digging, but it’s really not that hard (hint).

To Aru Majutsu no Index II (2)

Well, we knew this was coming.

I am pretty disappointed in the visual quality of this series. Now, I know that JC Staff’s artistic style is usually very flat, minimal, and unencumbered, but for the first two minutes, no one in the background is even moving. It’s like the studio just decided to be lazy and not animate anything in the background.

Anyways, that’s the end of my rant.

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Edit: Why is this in a folder? Well, that’s cause I fucked up the first submission to Nyaa and I have managed to make submitting the original torrent impossible. This doesn’t really change anything, you just get a SHA256 checksum and the episode. Don’t mind.