CarScape C-X75 Graphite 2.5K
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File Size: 146.84MB
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CarScape C-X75 Graphite 2.5K

Updated Nov 22, 2017 by ChaNinja


ChaNinja
Comment #1 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 4:16 PM

Apologies for submitting each size separately, I would have preferred to bundle all 3 resolutions into one download but the upload size limitations prevent me from doing so. 

toniostarcevic
Comment #2 Sunday, December 31, 2017 8:10 AM

Thanks for this! Man, I want more Dreams with that quality. They are so extremely raaaaaaare.

I'm absolutely no car enthusiast, but I just needed it because it's done so well. All of your Dreams are outstanding. Sharp and without any artefacts. We need more designers like you!

I'm a hobby graphic designer and I set high standards for myself. There's hardly any work that ever gets finished because of this.

99% of the Dreams that are available just hurt my eyes.
Unrealistic effects, artefacts, grain/noise, banding, bad resolutions, etc.
I've even purchased some professional background loops (stock videos), that are meant to be used for commercial projects, that were ridiculously expensive for using them only for yourself, like 20 or even 30$, just because they were properly done... 

This background would cost a lot more if it would be on a stock video resource page, like Video Hive or Shutterstock.

Like 60$ at least. In 4K rather 100$ or more.
I've seen less professional done ones with that price tag...

toniostarcevic
Comment #3 Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:24 AM

Whoo, but 10% CPU usage for the 2.5 K version on my Workstation/Gaming Rig (Intel 6-Core @3.8 GHz, GTX Titan 6 GB, 32 GB RAM)...
That's quite heavy. Should have taken the HD version... 

toniostarcevic
Comment #4 Monday, January 1, 2018 2:48 PM

Alright, I've found out what's wrong - you've chosen H.264, which performs terrible.

I've converted the video to MPEG-2 with a bitrate of 30 Mbps.

The quality is indistinguishable. The compression artefacts didn't even become notably worse, despite the re-encoding. (what surprised me) The file size increased from 146 MB to 285MB, but the CPU usage dropped from above 10% to 0.5%!
I highly recommend using MPEG2 @30 frames with a bitrate of 20-30 Mbps for future projects. It uses a little more RAM but *a lot* less CPU., while looking identical.


EDIT: Just realized that DreamMaker only supports videos up to 150 MB in size. Too bad. DeskScapes even supports regular video files when putting them into the Dream folder (wmv and mpg), but you're not allowed to upload them here... 
Dream files are also nice because you can double click them to directly load a Dream. So you can make a folder or sub-dock to quickly change them.
I hope Stardock will remove or increase the file size limit for DreamMaker, to be able to make high quality Dreams that are longer than only 10 or 20 seconds... Especially for Dreams with a dark theme you need a much higher bitrate, since compression artefacts and banding are much more visible in dark backgrounds.

Many people have a lot of RAM nowadays. Why you wouldn't enable them to use it?

Besides, you can also make a 150 MB sized Dream that makes the computer unusable becuase of the high CPU usage, if you render it @ 50 or 100 Mbps. But you can also make a 3 GB sized Dream (video) with a bitrate of only 10 or 20 Mbps that doesn't notably affect the performance of the computer at all. The file size limit doesn't make much sense, since it doesn't ensure a good performance anyway. 

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