The Smooth Video Project - Watch anime and other videos in full 60 FPS!

  • Backlash 11-10-2016, 11:33 AM (Edited 11-10-2016, 11:35 AM)
    If you're a gamer like me, you know that nothing beats the feel of having a smooth sixty frames per second while you're playing. Sadly however, film and other broadcast media haven't been so quick to adopt this golden standard. Part of this is to reduce necessary storage space: Whereas video games are rendered on the spot, an entire episode of Archer rendered at sixty FPS would take half a disk just to store. To say nothing about the costs of animating each frame; which are kept at a bare minimum in Japanese animation.

    Most people don't care, but us discerning individuals would crave that extra little bit of smoothness. Fortunately, for those of us with a beefy enough processor, a team of Russian developers has created something that's right up our collective alley: Enter, the Smooth Video Project.

    What's the Smooth Video Project (SVP)?

    The Smooth Video Project is a software tool that makes all videos play at 60 Frames Per Second. The version I'm using is compatible with MPC-HC (32-bit), which also allows you to run the Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) to enhance your videos.

    How does it work?

    It does this by running each frame of a normal video through a gamut of image-processing algorithms, and inserting extra frames between those already featured in the native media.

    That sounds complicated...

    It is. Thankfully however, setup is easy-peasy.

    What's the catch? How much does it cost?

    There's a paid version if you really want the extra features, but the free version supports MPC-HC, which is essentially the last word in desktop media players.

    Does it work with live-action films?

    SVP was made specifically to work with animation, but it does an okay job with action movies.

    Alright, I'm interested. Let's see what it can do.

    I mean, don't take my word for it; check out the official video released by the team!

    In case you're still not spotting it, pay close attention during panning shots and rapid camera movements.


    Sweet deal! Now how do I install it?

    Just head over to the Downloads page on the SVP-Team site, and get the version that's right for you. For the smoothest procedure, you'll want to remove all installations of Media Player Classic from your system; it's already bundled with SVP.

    Once you've done that, this guy has an excellent video tutorial on how to install it on Windows. (Don't worry about the streaming video portion. IMO, KissAnime blows Crunchyroll outta the water anyways.) Sadly I can't speak for Linux/Mac users, but the SVP team does have resources for those operating systems on their Downloads page.

    One easy mistake I made while starting up for the first time was not running both the SVP Manager and MPC-HC as an Administrator. If you do that, you should be good as gold.

    Anyhoo, that's pretty much it. I've gotta say though: It really does bring the medium to life; especially in action series with rapid camera movements and liberal use of CGI. Everything seems much more natural and fluid, which is quite a feat considering that most anime move at anywhere from 24 to 12 frames per second. Hope you guys like! :D
  • floattube 11-10-2016, 12:14 PM
    Might put this in my HTPC, this seems pretty sweet.
  • Turquoise 11-10-2016, 06:26 PM
    But why even make this when the human eye can only see at 24 frames per second?
  • Loko 11-11-2016, 12:53 PM (Edited 11-11-2016, 12:59 PM)
    I never knew I needed this until now. I might even buy the Pro version if this turns out to be that great.

    Edit: A tad disappointed that only the Pro version supports my mpv-based player, but I can make do.
  • malmon 11-11-2016, 01:06 PM
    I don't really like it for anime, but it's pretty great otherwise.
  • tn5421 11-12-2016, 02:18 AM
    (11-10-2016, 06:26 PM)Turquoise Wrote: But why even make this when the human eye can only see at 24 frames per second?


    That's a filthy lie. The human eye can distinguish between 60, 120, and 144 frames per second.
  • Backlash 11-12-2016, 11:07 AM
    (11-12-2016, 02:18 AM)tn5421 Wrote:
    (11-10-2016, 06:26 PM)Turquoise Wrote: But why even make this when the human eye can only see at 24 frames per second?


    That's a filthy lie.  The human eye can distinguish between 60, 120, and 144 frames per second.


    Is of jöke.
  • All in One 11-12-2016, 07:06 PM
    I was a bit skeptical of how good 60 fps would be in anime until I loaded up DAICON IV for a trial run and damn did it look nice. However the installers in the guy's videos were different from mine so I think I might've erred somehwere during the installation process since some videos work perfectly fine but others jerk and sputter like a run-down car.
  • Loko 11-12-2016, 09:37 PM
    (11-12-2016, 07:06 PM)All in One Wrote: I was a bit skeptical of how good 60 fps would be in anime until I loaded up DAICON IV for a trial run and damn did it look nice. However the installers in the guy's videos were different from mine so I think I might've erred somehwere during the installation process since some videos work perfectly fine but others jerk and sputter like a run-down car.


    He did show the ffdshow screen that you might have missed via a screenshot.
  • Maid 11-13-2016, 05:56 AM
    o god i have never been this excited in my life
  • Maid 11-13-2016, 07:22 AM (Edited 11-13-2016, 07:36 AM)
    I am getting  D:\Programs\SVP\MPC-HC\mpc-hc.exe (Process exited prematurely)
    what do i do?



    edit: and is it okay if i use VLC?
  • Loko 11-13-2016, 10:53 AM
    (11-13-2016, 07:22 AM)Maid Wrote: I am getting  D:\Programs\SVP\MPC-HC\mpc-hc.exe (Process exited prematurely)
    what do i do?



    edit: and is it okay if i use VLC?


    I'm sure that VLC is supported. Just look through the documentation for the VLC player.
  • Maid 11-13-2016, 11:43 AM
    (11-13-2016, 10:53 AM)Lokorfi Wrote:
    (11-13-2016, 07:22 AM)Maid Wrote: I am getting  D:\Programs\SVP\MPC-HC\mpc-hc.exe (Process exited prematurely)
    what do i do?



    edit: and is it okay if i use VLC?


    I'm sure that VLC is supported. Just look through the documentation for the VLC player.

    you need to have the pro version to be able to use VLC
    doesnt matter anyways because a restart solved it lol

    thanks tho
  • Loko 11-13-2016, 12:00 PM
    (11-13-2016, 11:43 AM)Maid Wrote:
    (11-13-2016, 10:53 AM)Lokorfi Wrote:
    (11-13-2016, 07:22 AM)Maid Wrote: I am getting  D:\Programs\SVP\MPC-HC\mpc-hc.exe (Process exited prematurely)
    what do i do?



    edit: and is it okay if i use VLC?


    I'm sure that VLC is supported. Just look through the documentation for the VLC player.

    you need to have the pro version to be able to use VLC
    doesnt matter anyways because a restart solved it lol

    thanks tho


    Alright, glad to see you fixed it! :)
  • floattube 11-27-2016, 10:24 PM
    I've been using this for about a week and it's pretty nice. The only thing that I can't stand is the artifacting. If you use the older version this isn't a problem, though.
  • Loko 11-28-2016, 02:32 PM
    (11-27-2016, 10:24 PM)floattube Wrote: I've been using this for about a week and it's pretty nice. The only thing that I can't stand is the artifacting. If you use the older version this isn't a problem, though.


    I think you can control the amount of artifacts in the Control Panel. You'd sacrifice some of the speed though I think.
  • floattube 11-28-2016, 09:19 PM
    (11-28-2016, 02:32 PM)Lokorfi Wrote:
    (11-27-2016, 10:24 PM)floattube Wrote: I've been using this for about a week and it's pretty nice. The only thing that I can't stand is the artifacting. If you use the older version this isn't a problem, though.


    I think you can control the amount of artifacts in the Control Panel. You'd sacrifice some of the speed though I think.


    There is a setting that lowers artifacts specifically for anime.
  • Loko 01-19-2017, 09:13 PM
    Just wanted to let y'all know I basically did the same thing (I think) by following this http://wiki.bakabt.me/index.php/Hi10P

    and then going into Edit madVR Settings > rendering > smooth motion

    and then enable it to always.
  • floattube 01-19-2017, 09:19 PM
    (01-19-2017, 09:13 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: Just wanted to let y'all know I basically did the same thing (I think) by following this http://wiki.bakabt.me/index.php/Hi10P

    and then going into Edit madVR Settings > rendering > smooth motion

    and then enable it to always.


    Oh shit really? If so, I won't have to have my computer boot to Windows instead of Kodi.
  • Clickbait 01-19-2017, 09:44 PM
    fake 60fps, ew.
  • floattube 01-19-2017, 10:05 PM
    (01-19-2017, 09:44 PM)Clickbait Wrote: fake 60fps, ew.


    I mean, it looks pretty good to me.
  • Steph 01-20-2017, 10:59 AM
    (01-19-2017, 09:13 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: Just wanted to let y'all know I basically did the same thing (I think) by following this http://wiki.bakabt.me/index.php/Hi10P

    and then going into Edit madVR Settings > rendering > smooth motion

    and then enable it to always.


    I don't think that's the same thing...
  • Loko 01-20-2017, 02:31 PM
    (01-20-2017, 10:59 AM)RX14 Wrote:
    (01-19-2017, 09:13 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: Just wanted to let y'all know I basically did the same thing (I think) by following this http://wiki.bakabt.me/index.php/Hi10P

    and then going into Edit madVR Settings > rendering > smooth motion

    and then enable it to always.


    I don't think that's the same thing...


    Aw.

    Well time to download it then : ^(
  • floattube 01-20-2017, 05:45 PM
    (01-20-2017, 02:31 PM)Lokorfi Wrote:
    (01-20-2017, 10:59 AM)RX14 Wrote:
    (01-19-2017, 09:13 PM)Lokorfi Wrote: Just wanted to let y'all know I basically did the same thing (I think) by following this http://wiki.bakabt.me/index.php/Hi10P

    and then going into Edit madVR Settings > rendering > smooth motion

    and then enable it to always.


    I don't think that's the same thing...


    Aw.

    Well time to download it then : ^(


    Yeah, it doesn't look as good as SVP does. I did notice a slight difference though.

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The Smooth Video Project - Watch anime and other videos in full 60 FPS!