Happy Otter Scripts for Vegas Pro

wwaag wrote on 11/30/2018, 9:52 PM

Now available for public beta testing--Happy Otter Scripts (HOS), a set of tools for users of Vegas Pro.   The aim of HOS is to create a bridge from Vegas to open source tools for rendering and filtering.

A few of its features:
--supports Vegas Pro versions 12-16
--dockable dedicated toolbars
--direct video rendering using x264 and x265 encoders
--support for QuickSync, NVENC, and VCE
--command line access to most encoder features for advanced users
--support for audio encoding using Frauenhofer and Nero codecs
--easy access to Avisynth and VirtualDub filters including:
    -resizing and uprezzing to HD and UHD with choice of resizer
    -temporal noise filtering using motion vector techniques
    -frame rate changes using motion vector tools
    -slow motion Fx (up to 10x) using motion vector techniques
    -fisheye removal for wide angle video sources such as GoPro
    -high quality deinterlacing using QTGMC
    -image stabilization using the venerable Deshaker
--apply filters to events, loop region, regions or entire project
--frame accurate video trimming for long-GOP formats such as mp4, m2ts, etc.
--dedicated audio trim and render
--GPU-assisted proxy creation and rapid switching between original and proxy
--media rewrapping and transcoding of formats not easily imported into Vegas
--non-destructive editing of graphic and audio timeline events using external editors
--prerender Fx with choice of codecs, how added to timeline, and immediate split-screen preview

Details, demonstrations and a free download are available at: https://tools4vegas.com/

Current version. 1.0.2.53

Change log: https://tools4vegas.com/wp-content/uploads/HappyOtter-Change-Log.pdf

And finally, a shout-out to early alpha testers including: Nick, Guillaume, John, Graham, Marco, Joelson, Michael, and Dustin who have provided invaluable feedback and encouragement.  Many thanks to each of you.

Comments

karma17 wrote on 12/1/2018, 12:49 AM

Thanks for posting this. I'll definitely check it out.

karma17 wrote on 12/1/2018, 1:47 AM

I hope you will be making some tutorials on how to use it too!

zdogg wrote on 12/1/2018, 1:59 PM

Got it, thanks, game changer is right.

wwaag wrote on 12/1/2018, 4:29 PM

@karma17

"I hope you will be making some tutorials on how to use it too!"

Have a look at the 12 demos on the website. There is also a detailed help file.

Musicvid wrote on 12/1/2018, 7:46 PM

Well, it looks like you have bridged a gap that has defined a big part of the last fifteen years of my life.

The beta won't vaporize after a period of time, will it?

wwaag wrote on 12/1/2018, 8:41 PM

@Musicvid

"The beta won't vaporize after a period of time, will it?"

I was asked a similar question on the CC forum and here was my reply.

At the moment, the answer is "I don't know". It all depends upon how much demand there seems to be and whether there are significant problems uncovered during testing. Assuming there aren't too many problems and there is a reasonable demand, then licenses would be made available for purchase. If lots of problems emerge, the beta period would probably be extended. Sorry I can't give a more definitive answer.

Musicvid wrote on 12/1/2018, 8:47 PM

That's fair. I can't wait to check it out!

karma17 wrote on 12/2/2018, 4:14 AM

Never mind, Music Vid already asked the question I was going to ask. I do like the concept of being able to access so many other programs so easily.

walter-i. wrote on 12/2/2018, 6:43 AM

I do like the concept of being able to access so many other programs so easily.

+5
Walter

Marco. wrote on 12/2/2018, 6:50 AM

Glad to see this toolset is going public now. Be sure this one is a way, way better render solution than my former Vegas2Handbrake workflow which unfortunately was filled with several kinds of stumbling blocks such as cumbersome installation process and limited handling possibilities.
Also the Happy Otter Scripts toolset is much more than just a renderer due to the way it integrates ffmpeg, Avisynth and VirtualDub.

Thanks a lot, wwag, for spending so much time for developing and improving your Happy Otter Scripts toolset!!!

Eagle Six wrote on 12/2/2018, 10:49 AM

So far after installing the Happy Otter Scripts (HOS), I downloaded your tutorials for Slow Motion and Stabilization. My comparisons are far from scientific just a one after the other or side-by-side viewing and first impressions.

I compared the slow motion between ProDad ReSpeedr, Twixtor and HOS. My impression was that HOS was better than ReSpeedr and almost as good as Twixtor.

I compared the stabilization between Sony Vegas Stabilize (I think that is version 1 or 2 of Mercalli), Magix Vegas Video Stabilization, Mercalli 4 Vegas Plugin, and HOS. My impression was that HOS was far better to use than Sony Vegas Stabilization (no surprise there), far better than Magix Video Stabilizer, and as good as Mercalli 4 Vegas Plugin.

I rendered comparison samples in HOS by simply fallowing the step and settings as in the tutorials, and pretty much the default setting in the other Sony, Magix, Twixtor and ProDad tools. Using the HOS stabilizer I did need to apply a slight amount of cropping to eliminate a very slight black border left after processing, but the results was I had more viewing area left than any of the others, a small price to pay for avoiding the deep cropping from Sony or Magix stabiliation and even a small increase in viewing area compared the the Mercalli 4 Plugin.

Next I interested in the rendering options. At this point I hope the interest and further development will bring these tools to the market. Great job Wayne, Thank You.

System Specs......
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D ATX Mid Tower
Asus X99-A II LGA 2011-v3, Intel X99 SATA 6 Gb/s USB 3.1/3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-6800K 15M Broadwell-E, 6 core 3.4 GHz LGA 2011-v3 (overclocked 20%)
64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200
Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
MSI Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 8GB Video Card
Corsair RMx Series RM750X 740W 80 Plus Gold power pack
Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 boot drive
Corsair Neutron XT 2.5 480GB SATA III SSD - video work drive
Western Digitial 1TB 7200 RPM SATA - video work drive
Western Digital Black 6TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Bb/s 128MB Cache 3.5 data drive

Bluray Disc burner drive
2x 1080p monitors
Microsoft Window 10 Pro
DaVinci Resolve 15.3 Studio
SVP13, MVP15, MVP16, SMSP13, MVMS15, MVMSP15, MVMSP16

Joelson-Forte wrote on 12/2/2018, 12:29 PM

The slow motion of Happy Otter Scripts (HOS) is much better than the native slow motion of Vegas.

In the test I did I obtained results similar to Twixtor Pro.

Joelson-Forte wrote on 12/2/2018, 12:54 PM

How to install Happy Otter Scripts (HOS) and important configurations for Frameserver and VirtualDub.

Joelson-Forte wrote on 12/2/2018, 2:51 PM

How to create new scripts and icons in Happy Otter Scripts (HOS)

The original script files can be found in C: \ ProgramData \ HappyOtterScripts

 

john_dennis wrote on 12/2/2018, 2:58 PM

The gold standard is slow motion derived from high frame rate capture.

I used media shot at 120 fps to generate a comparison of Happy Otter results to the results from having real frames. In Vegas Pro 14, I decimated the 120 FPS source to 30 FPS by rendering in a 30p project to a lossless codec with no resample set. Here is the comparison of the two methods used to make the video one fourth of normal speed:

   

 

Eagle Six wrote on 12/2/2018, 4:38 PM

John, Thank You for the time to post the 120 fps comparison. I think it looks pretty good. Out of the 1019 frames of your clip comparison I counted 12 frames that were off from the original that can be caught with the attentive naked eye, 268, 520, 521, 652, 656, 660, 784, 944, 948, 949, 952, 956. There are a few other frames off, but not by very much. And, the water reflections and shadows add challenges to adding accurate frames.

System Specs......
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D ATX Mid Tower
Asus X99-A II LGA 2011-v3, Intel X99 SATA 6 Gb/s USB 3.1/3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-6800K 15M Broadwell-E, 6 core 3.4 GHz LGA 2011-v3 (overclocked 20%)
64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200
Corsair Hydro Series H110i GTX 280mm Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
MSI Radeon R9 390 DirectX 12 8GB Video Card
Corsair RMx Series RM750X 740W 80 Plus Gold power pack
Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 boot drive
Corsair Neutron XT 2.5 480GB SATA III SSD - video work drive
Western Digitial 1TB 7200 RPM SATA - video work drive
Western Digital Black 6TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Bb/s 128MB Cache 3.5 data drive

Bluray Disc burner drive
2x 1080p monitors
Microsoft Window 10 Pro
DaVinci Resolve 15.3 Studio
SVP13, MVP15, MVP16, SMSP13, MVMS15, MVMSP15, MVMSP16

Joelson-Forte wrote on 12/2/2018, 5:55 PM

Test of comparation between Vegas native slow motion, HappyOtter slow motion and Twixtor slow motion

in a video recorded at 60p. The slow motion is 1/4 of the original speed.

 

lan-mLMC wrote on 12/2/2018, 6:20 PM

SOS! When I apply for downloading,it show me "Server error. Form not sent." Please help me.

wwaag wrote on 12/2/2018, 6:26 PM

SOS!

Try it now. The website was in admin mode.

lan-mLMC wrote on 12/2/2018, 6:50 PM

SOS!

Try it now. The website was in admin mode.

It still show me "Server error. Form not sent." 

wwaag wrote on 12/2/2018, 8:38 PM

It still show me "Server error. Form not sent." 

Quite honestly, I have no idea why it didn't work for you since I have received about 10 successful download notifications since you wrote this including one that I just generated for myself.

Try this. Go to the tools4vegas website and send an email using the contact form just to make sure that the email part is working correctly.

lan-mLMC wrote on 12/2/2018, 9:02 PM

It still show me "Server error. Form not sent." 

Quite honestly, I have no idea why it didn't work for you since I have received about 10 successful download notifications since you wrote this including one that I just generated for myself.

Try this. Go to the tools4vegas website and send an email using the contact form just to make sure that the email part is working correctly.

It maybe because I use VPN for captcha. My original network can't reach the captcha.

lan-mLMC wrote on 12/2/2018, 9:05 PM

It still show me "Server error. Form not sent." 

Quite honestly, I have no idea why it didn't work for you since I have received about 10 successful download notifications since you wrote this including one that I just generated for myself.

Try this. Go to the tools4vegas website and send an email using the contact form just to make sure that the email part is working correctly.

I send an email using the contact form just now and my mailbox has receive it.