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GH2 Bundle by Apefos, complete solution for GH2
  • GH2 Bundle by Apefos, complete solution for GH2:

    The End NR4 Stable and Intra Patches,

    denoise profiles and presets for neatvideo4, and denoise target,

    presets for dynamic range grading in adobe premiere

    instructions included in the zip files

    Best size/quality render settings for web (youtube and vimeo): CBR, 12Mbps, keyframe distance 24. If there is lots of motion you can try VBR two pass with 12Mbps target and 16Mbps maximum.

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  • @jhamiis you just need to go to this post (GH2 Bundle 08-27-2017) and after download the patch load the setj in ptools

  • @apefos i just bought my first camera and its the gh2 im trying your hack but i dont know how to install all the patches. can you help me with this? all i know is go to ptool then patch the v11 firmware but i dont know how to put the denoise patch combined with the "the end" patch

  • I did a try to increase the datarate of HBR but the câmera freeze in some situations. I compared the footage in 49mbps and 61mbps but both havê less details in shadow compared to 24p and mjpeg. It seems that the encoding does some kind of noise reduction in HBR because in ISO 2000 it does not show noise. The bad is less details, the good is a clean imagem. Só It does not worth the effort to increase the datarate because it does not change the look.

  • This settings bellow camera is freezing in hbr
  • Panasonic GH2 30p

    GH2 TheEndNR4 Stable Hack
    30p four methods compared
    No Grading

    1 - SH 720p60 inside 30p timeline
    upscaled to FHD with GPUResize plugin (Kaiser + StairStep)
    Good results without significant aliasing using GPUresize
    less resolution compared to the other methods

    2 - MJPEG 30p hacked to Full HD
    Great results without significant aliasing
    More resolution compared to SH
    A little less resolution compared to VMM 80%, 24p and HBR
    Can intercut pretty good with 720p60 upscaled when using SH for slow motion

    3 - Variable Movie Mode (VMM) 80% conformed to 30p
    Excelent fine resolution
    same quality as 24p, 24H or 24L
    A little more aliasing compared to MJPEG
    No sound, need to use sound sync with external recording

    4 - HBR 30p High Bit Rate
    Same resolution as VMM and 24p, 24H and 24L
    Same aliasing as VMM and 24p, 24H and 24L
    A little less details in shadow areas compared to VMM 80%, 24p and MJPEG
    Need to interpret as progressive before put in progressive timeline to avoid aliasing increase
    Some people say HBR is full of heavy and ugly aliasing, but after conform to progressive the problem is solved

  • GH2 TheEndNR4 MJPEG Iso 6400 NeatVideo No Grading:

  • NeatVideo4 DeNoise Presets and Profiles for GH2 MJPEG 30p FullHD Recording Mode (Hacked) iso 5000 and above up to 12800
  • NeatVideo4 DeNoise Presets and Profiles for GH2 MJPEG 30p FullHD Recording Mode (Hacked)
  • @MrZz waiting to read about your conclusions using The End NR4. Thanks.

  • Hey @apefos, finally got around and I'll try NR4 stable today, thanks in advance for all the work that went in there.

  • NeatVideo denoise presets and profiles for Extended Tele Conversion mode, 1080p and 720p:
  • GH2 Bundle 08-27-2017

    New improved neatvideo4 presets and profiles for 1080p24 and also 720p60 without upscale, based on the stable version patch.

    Patches are the latest versions re-uploaded.

    Dynamic range presets, the best ones together.
  • @apefos Thanks for a great collection.

  • The End NR4 Stable and Intra hack patches and GH2 Bundle are celebrating 10K views!!! Thanks.

  • These two patches in this post are special made for PAL. A version with higher datarate gop3 for 25p, and a version with lower datarate gop6 for 25p. Everything is the same as Stable and Intra-MS versions, only changes the gop for 25p.

    The GH2 uses the same gop for 24p and 25p. So when we want 24p to be intra, the 25p become intra also, but it is not desirable because the datarate in 25p is lower than 24p and not enough for intraframe. When we want 24p to be gop3, the 25p become gop3 also, but it is not desirable because the datarate in 25p is lower than 24p and not enough for gop3. So these two patches changes the gop for 25p in an attempt to get a better PAL HBR quality, but the drawback is: 24p gop is not ideal, so use these two patches only if you need 25p HBR.

    In both versions 720p50 is gop5.

    I did not test these patches in the GH2, I just changed the gop, so do your own tests.

    (In The End NR4 topic there is a gop2 pal version, it can be a good sweet spot for 24p and pal in same patch.)
  • Every time I posted a new patch or dr preset there was about 300 views.

    Now The End development is complete, so it is time for donate to PV forum.

    If 300 people donate $5 for PV it will be 1500 to help the website.

    Think about the developing since the beginging, workhorse, boson, gspot, the patch, the end...

    If it is useful for you, please donate to PV and help the comunity

  • I agree. When we are developing we think there is nothing else to do, but suddenly a new idea comes to the mind. This way we could call these patches as Never Ending instead of The End. But now I realy feel there is nothing else to do. So I will keep the name The End.

  • Too many versions of patches with claims of "finally the best patch". Not just your work but other patch threads too! I gave up on new patches over a year ago because there's no major improvement, just a little fine tuning and pixel peeping. The development of Driftwood patches came to an end for similar reasons.

  • It is good to see someone are willing to test. Other patches are full of tests, feedbacks and footage, but here, each time I post something new, there are about 300 views, but no feedbacks...

  • @apefos Well, thank you so very much for sharing with the world and for your kind explanation. Also, congratulations on your success. I will test in the field and provide my feedback for others. Regards.

  • This is a better 30p hbr, stable version, only changes the 30p and 60i for gop6.

    This is the version I am using in my GH2.
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  • Why I called these patches as "The End NR4"?

    When I started hacking my GH2 I perceived there was different patches with different purposes and different levels of stability. So I asked myself: why there is no patch with everything good on it?

    So I started long time ago developing patches in an attempt to get the best, the maximum possible from GH2, to be used in all situations.

    I studied different patches to perceive the benefits from each one, and I got the help from the masters of hack, they teached me important things. I also studied two H264 books, and wikipedia articles about compression and DCT transform. I remember the stress charts on the computer screen...

    After infinite versions and patches names, when I perceived that everything was ok, so I called it "The End" because I saw no reason for use other patches, it was the end of hack for me, the camera could not do more.

    Every settings in PTool was tweaked, including the most dificult things like quantization, gop tables, deblocking and matrix, with careful tests to understand what each setting could do.

    The End is stable, good noise, good texture, good image quality, good for steady shots or movements, night or day, dark or light, detail of flat surfaces, low and high iso, making GH2 useful without denoise at iso 2000 and a top limit at iso 4000 which works perfect for neatvideo denoise.

    The camera was at maximum datarate possible and the data was very well distributed among the I, P and B frames, IP for 720p and IB for 24p. And then a intra version started developing.

    People can say: but there are matrices for more noise, less noise, jumping texture, flat texture... Yes there are, but The End matrices are set at a magical point of maths to get the best from the sensor, the most agreable point between gross and fine, balancing texture, noise and compression. The matrices adjusts the noise and texture but they also need to compress the image, because if they do not compress enough, other compression like quantization and datarate after it would hurt the image.

    The End solved the diagonal rain pulsing pattern calibrating the mathematic in matrix and deblocking. This was a pain in the ass, and nobody knows what to do to solve, including considering it was a problem of decoders.

    NR4 is the best level of denoising adjusted on the matrices.

    There are two versions of The End NR4 because one goes to the camera limits and other goes for perfect stability. And both versions was tweaked and tested for NTSC and PAL.

    Intra frame is All-I for 24p at 120Mbps and 70Mbps gop4 for 720p60. 720p50 is gop 3 and higher datarate. It is perfect stable for intraframe, but 720p60 can use only one or two electronic features at a time: ois, auto focus, auto exposure, idynamic... Also 25p is intraframe because it shares the same gop from 24p, i did not want this, but it is impossible to change.

    Stable version is perfect stable and all camera features can be used simultaneously. It is gop3 for 24p at 96Mbps and gop 6 for 720p at 55Mbps. It is gop5 for 720p50. Excelent quality with perfect stability and a little longer recording times. Here 25p is gop3.

    Spanning was not possible because the high datarate makes the camera stop recording at 4GB, so I focused on image quality and stability, reliable 4GB files, if you do not stop recording, the camera records 4GB and saves the file.

    People who needs HBR 30p or 25p can also trust in The End NR4 patches, because all recording modes was tested and calibrated. I recomend the Stable version for HBR. Considering HBR, probably there are other patches pushing the HBR limits, but The End NR4 goes to the maximum stable point.

    With all respect to the other patches, unless you need spanning, I see no reason tho use them anymore, but patches are a personal-view choice, so everybody is free to try and choose. Whitout the other patches I would never reach these accomplishments, because I used the knowledge and achievements from them. At first moment I used settings from other patches, and after experimenting, reading and getting help to understand each thing I developed my own settings. About spanning I uploaded some attempts in this topic, but they were not tested.

    Enjoy The End NR4 Stable 33356 and The End NR4 Intra-MS 11334, download them here:

    And also remember to download the NeatVideo presets and profiles for perfect denoise, and the Dyanmic Range presets to get a more cinematic image from GH2, see the other posts in this topic.

  • @juanpablo_ayala Last uploaded patches can be "The End" for your never ending problem.

  • Let me just get this straight; your patch is the solution for my never ending problem? Is this what you mean by "Diagonal rain pulsing pattern"?

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  • When developing the Dyanmic Range Presets, the GH2 camera settings was set to:

    Profile: Standard

    Contrast -2

    Sharpness -1

    Saturation -2

    Noise Reduction -2