You know what this means right?

Please excuse the lack of flair and breadth I have been sick recently and am not 100%  mentally here

Well this year has gone by in a flash, and unfortunately I was busy last month so instead of March 28th this is being done on April 28th cause you gotta atleast maintain the same day lol.

It’s odd how it seems like just yesterday that I was sitting here writing my first State of the Group Address, I guess you could say a lot has changed over the last year. I have finally begun to get the hang of creating filters in avisynth and I am beginning to understand the mathematical principles that are in play whereas I used to only understand the visual cues and concepts. Despite my increases in understanding and competency I will say that my encode turnout rate has been quiet abyssal. If we discard the PowerPuff Girls Z encodes I didn’t really get much of any series done this year, which as most of you know has been my main issue. However I think I will talk more about that later, for now I am going to go over the staff changes in Dual-Duality

This year I managed to actually not end up losing more people than I gained.

We have had people come and go, people like Goretek who wanted to help us with subs but ultimately ended up disappearing never to be heard from again due to personal circumstances.

Unfortunately Chevy787 also has not been with us for the majority of the past year due to real life concerns, though there is a chance that over the summer he may return and help for a while.

And of course I always like to try and pick up a few newbies along the way, this year it was Obto and Vash.

Obto ended up being too busy with work to actually do any encoding but at least he is still here and talks with us and gives moral support lol

Vash still has promise and I was in the process of teaching him when he became AFK for for oddly long periods of time. He still hangs around in the channel but it seems oddly hard to actually get a hold of him.

Though we did make some good friends this year.

colormeKEVO is the leader and founder of the wonderful ColorMeSubbed you may know them for their excellent subs and insane typesetting (especially in things like Nisemongatari) Kevo has been very nice and helpful to me over the past year and you will all be thanking him for the OP and ED karaoke when I release my 10bit v2 of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki

I also started talking with OZC again this year. He’s a nice guy and has been willing to let me help him with the avisynth scripts on his shows aswell as being a test subject for my filters lol. It has been nice being able to talk with someone about encoding and such. He also is gonna be helping me with audio syncing stuff as Sashamaru doesn’t always have the time to be doing it.

I suppose I should also be thanking Rarely_Upset for both giving me a reason to do Softenni and by actually helping me release it.

And of course I would like to give all of my staff a big hand and thank them for sticking with me and helping even when the going got tough. I would like to thank Sashamaru for being very encouraging and at times helpful especially when it came to releasing things. Sashamaru has been very helpful with his editing on Softenni and for that I thank him. Again I will thank torque for always having random pieces of advice or criticism. His knowledge has been especially helpful when regarding patching and typesetting and other general fansub related stuff. I want to thank EvilLivesHere for continuing to host our site, we are very grateful for his support and services.

Alright so I mentioned before that I haven’t really been getting much of anything released lately. Well for the vast majority of last year I had issues regarding my computer and my internet connection which sorta put me out of action for half of the year. Thankfully that shouldn’t be an issue going forward. Regarding the direction of the group, I want to get more things done. Of course I have been saying this for a while and I will continue to say it until it happens. I think by focusing on not doing too many shows at once I should be able to get more things done. If I had someone who could handle the dealing with the subs for me I know I could get a lot more things release because what often stalls me is having to mess around with subs. One of the few exceptions has been with Softenni, I actually like doing the editing and typesetting and such so this has not been that much of a problem for that show. I have become content with my video quality and filesizes as of late and will of course bring you the best possible quality that I can supply. One of the changes I have made regarding releases is including FLAC more often. If find that as long as the FLAC is not above 100MB or so that it doesn’t impact the filesize too negatively. One fun thing that came into my attention this year has been 16bit filtering. 16bit filtering allows for much more accurate filtering and can be used in conjunction with dithering to avoid and remove banding. Essentially 16bit means that there are 2^16 ie 65536 available colors within the spectrum where as normally you only have 2^8 IE 256. The massive increase in number of shades and precise rounding makes for better overall filtering when used correctly. I won’t make more promises, and I won’t make more unnecessary claims about what I plan to do. Instead I will just try to do what I can and hopefully get things done. After I finish Softenni I have got a good bit of stuff stock piled that just needs release prepping, but I will save that for later.

I may come back and add more to this when I am feeling better and can think straight but until then;

The State of the Group is strong and I hope to show you that in my actions as well as in my words.