No more HD from mentos? [Update]

10/15/2011


This came as somewhat of a shocker to us. Just this morning, we noticed a new release from TrollHD (kudoats to DerpySquad). And eeyup, it sure was S2E2 in HD. So I dropped a few bucks, hopped on usenet and snagged the sucker.
I’ve already gotten it encoded and you can get it here, and from what I can tell, it’s visually indistinguishable from the source.

Now I know there’ve been several bros hoo’ve offered to chip in for a usenet subscription, but as of right now I’d still like to play it safe until another raw comes out. I’ve only got a three-day sub right now as it is, so it wasn’t a huge inconvenience for me. If you wanna help out, just drop me a line at spazz at tryhappy dot net and I’ll keep you in the loop when we’re ready to pull the trigger (don’t worry fsLeg, you’re at the top of the list).

10/05/2011


From the horse’s mouth: mentos has told us that TrollHD has discontinued raw production, which obviously explains why he’s down to webrips only. So what that boils down to is that if you’re looking for 1080 quality that isn’t tainted by YouTube, your one source is now The Pony Archive, unless I can find another way of acquiring the raws. :shrug:

anyone wanna pay for a satellite tv subscription for 7 months :v

09/29/2011


If you’re like me, you’ve had mentos’ doc starred, sitting in your Google Docs list waiting for it to update for almost a week. Well that finally happened today, but with some disturbing results.
At the header of the doc reads:

will no longer be doing HDTV rips for S02 (still doing webrips)

I’m not sure if TrollHD has stopped producing or if this is a big “lol nope” from mentos. Either way mentos, I appreciate what you’ve been able to give us thus far as well as your continued effort.

To get onto business: If anyone has any way of getting ahold of the HD transport stream, be it from TrollHD or if you get The Hub in HD, please get in touch with me at spazz at tryhappy dot net
Not to discount The Pony Archive, but I’m confident that I can produce HD rips on par with mentos’.

  • Anonymous

    Here's how you can find the TrollHD rips directly (They still haven't uploaded S2E2. Maybe their recording failed somehow, or, god forbid, they no longer like pony?):
    http://www.nzbclub.com/search.aspx?q=my+little+pony+trollhd

    Download the NZB file, then import it into SuperNZB (you also need your ISP's newsgroup server url). What I don't know is how Mentos converted the TrollHD's 2gig TS files into the smaller MKVs. How does one contact him?

  • Spazz

    ^Right, my problem is that my ISP outsourced and discontinued their newsgroup service, so the only way I can access Usenet now is to pay for it, which is why I'm trying to find someone else that can take care of that end.

  • Anonymous

    What are we going to do now? Mentos did an awesome job, what happened, why did he stop?

  • AngrytigerP

    I needed Mentos' rips for my YT uploads ._.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder why the TrollHD versions weren't uploaded yet.

  • nh4no3

    Meanwhile, nobody cares about my 720p webrips that are a third the size of Mentos'.

    Sometimes I wonder if I should even bother.

  • Anonymous

    Well obviously you should bother now, without Mentos anymore.

  • Anonymous

    720p is good enough for my resolution. :P

  • Anonymous

    nh4no3 – can you post a link to one of your rips? i'd like to check the quality.

  • nh4no3
  • Mason

    I'll pass on those 720p itunes rips releases, nh4no3. I'd much prefer full 1080p HDTV rips, instead.

    mentos was pretty much the only one providing it with smart encodes. now that he's dropped doing HDTV rips, i dont know where to get my 1080p's that are good quality :/

  • plaster

    we all have to make some sacrifices sometimes.

    nh4no3's 720p's are top shelf if you change your mind

  • Mason

    I guess I'll settle for 720p's for now. but once mentos finds a new source for HDTV rips, or if a new guy steps in for 1080p, I'll be heading for those.

  • fsLeg

    I wanna pay for satellite TV subscription. How much does it cost?

  • Anonymous

    so, ok, they are loosing their market when the webrips happened, but, the Other countries of america, cant have acceses to the hub… then… the only way to watch is in the web.

    Stupid bitches dont know about the web tv

  • Anonymous

    Those "anfo" rips are always whitewashed, though.

  • Anonymous

    What happened with TrollHD anyway?

  • Anonymous

    TrollHD's raw .ts of ep 202 is up now. I guess they just missed it when it originally aired, like they did last season.

  • Lethallin

    Sweet! This is so much better than the other upload!

    Thanks for this, I'm updating my youtube playlist with this.

  • Lethallin

    To add: I hope they release episode one and three as well. Troll HD's releases are very clean and nice.

  • Anonymous

    Might as well snag and convert S02E01 for your google doc too, it's not on Mentos's.

  • Spazz

    @Leth @Anon
    They did release episode 1 and mentos did encode it, I included his rip in the doc.

  • Anonymous

    Why nobody knows that in rip must be 23.97fps not 29! Google 3:2 pulldown telecine!

  • Mason

    Fuck yeah. Hopefully things'll pick up.

  • Anonymous

    Hell yeah! Thank you guys!

  • Mason

    hmm, i noticed the picture for ep 2 is slightly squished vertically. kinda like ponyarchives "1080p" of ep1.

  • Spazz

    ^What you're probably seeing is some bad deinterlacing, which I fixed a few hours ago. Redownload it from the new link and see if that makes a difference.
    In any case, they're both in full 1920×1080.

  • Mason

    looks about the same. you sure you re-uploaded ep 2?

  • Spazz

    If you've still got the first one, compare the filesizes, the newer one is smaller (~640MB), and if you've got MediaInfo, use that to compare the differences. The most apparent should be the framerate.
    I know when I compared the two, there were less "jaggies" along smooth lines (look into their eyes). Other than that, I'm not sure what you could mean, unless you could point out some specific characteristic with a screencap.

  • Mason

    I'm mainly referring to the fact that theres a black bar at the top. as if it was mildly squished or cropped. http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/8241/blackbarattop.png

  • Mason

    I'm probably just being too picky.

  • Spazz

    Actually, thanks for pointing that out. When I get home, I'll check to see if that's from the source. If not, I'll investigate what's causing it.
    I'm intrigued if you're only seeing that in ep2 and not ep1, since I used the same encoding options for both.

  • Mason

    i havent actually looked at your encode of ep1. currently have the one from mentos. I might check yours out.

  • Mason

    Yeah, you're encode of ep1 suffers the same blackbar problem.

  • Spazz

    Well this makes things interesting.
    I looked at the raws for both episodes and they _both_ have the black bar at the top.
    So what this means for mine is that the picture is 1:1 with the source.

    As for mentos', I can only _assume_ that the picture is cropped and stretched to fill the frame; I can't really think of any other explanation on the face of it.
    This could possibly explain PA's less-than-HD resolution as well.

    FWIW, I'm waiting on an encoder who really knows what he's doing to give me a second opinion on how mine stack up, so he may have some more insight.

  • Anonymous

    Have you asked Mentos if he will resume doing his encodes, now that TrollHD is (hopefully) back?

  • Mason

    Ah kay. Well, I reckon you did a great job with encodes anyhow, Spazz. Much preferable over the fuzzy youtube ones.