#### I want to start off by thanking the people who made this release possible:
**Enigmo**: Thank you for the R2J Naruto Box Sets ( 1 - 135 ).
**Arian**: Thank you for the R2J Naruto Stage DVDs ( 136 - 220 ).
**Scoped**: Thank you for doing all of the subtitles and helping me QC video for the last 10 months.
**Black Mist**: Thank you for helping me QC video for the past 10 months.
**Ergiman**: Thank you for Syncing all of the English dub and for fixing some of the JP audio.
**Romao**: Thank you with encoding comparisons & help determining correct PAR.
**Nemu**: Thank you for helping translating some of the JP episode titles.
**InoBestGirl**: Thank you for making the banner and sneak peek footer.
**Source**: R2J Naruto DVDs
**Video**: CRF13 ***¹** H264 8Bit ***²** @ 528p ***³** VFR ***⁴** [[Mediainfo](https://pastebin.com/9T1ZPQC3)]
**Japanese DVD Audio**: FLAC ***⁵**
**English DVD Audio**: FLAC ***⁵**
**Subtitles**: English ASS (Sign & Songs + Full English Subtitles)
Best played on MPV or similar!
**Filtering Done listed in no particular order**:
Dot Crawl Removal
Combing Residual Removal
Chroma Bleed reduction
Chroma Noise removal
**Now comes to why** :
***¹** : **"WHY SO BIG? BLOAT!"**
Yeah yeah I hear you, I started this release initially for my **own** viewing and was going to losslessly export it for the quality whore that I am. But then slowly others started helping me and they wanted me to share it with them. Not everyone who helped could download huge lossless 6GB+ files (even tho they wanted to), so I made a compromise of what kind of compression I could accept. __**Remember I never had in mind to share this at first and this release was made for me in mind I did not tailor this to nyaa in any way shape or form**__. Due to the time I spent with this project I did not feel like spending more money, time and effort encoding it twice for nyaa, I'd like to thank Romao for convincing me not to cave in and encode this at a smaller size just for nyaa and stay to the true spirit that started this project.
***²** : **"Why not 10bit!!!!"**
This is an easy answer, Time and Money. Encoding this took well over a week of uninterrupted encoding and used a ton of power and time out of my life, encoding at 8Bit was much faster and I already had the dithering where I wanted and didn't want that to change.
***³** : **"Why 528p!?"**
[What is PAR](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_aspect_ratio) , Naruto has a PAR of 10:11.
The resolution of NTSC DVD is 720x480 with 8:9 PAR. But this PAR does not represent what the original picture is meant to be. The correct PAR is 10:11 when displaying the video digitally rather than using CRTs which has overscan. If not manually resized, most players will display NTSC footage at 720x540, where the 540 pixel height is just 480 * 9/8.
Doing the same with the correct PAR, we get 480*11/10 = 528. To get 4:3 footage, the width is cropped to 704 to remove the black bars that are not visible due to CRT overscan.
***⁴** : **"VFR?"**
Yes Naruto is variable frame rate, all panning shots go well above 23.976 and all openings and endings are around 23 fps ~ 29.976 fps and change rapidly. The best example I could use is checking out NCOP4 of my release which is VFR. Then comparing with a 23.976 release, that shit is seizure inducing at 23.976. That is the best and quickest example I can give you of why naruto is VFR.
***⁵** : **"FLAC? More Bloat?"**
JP Audio: The PCM audio naruto comes with is roughly 260MB - 290MB each, Encoding to FLAC cuts them to around 40 - 50% of their original size without any loss in quality. I see no reason to reduce this further.
ENG Audio: The R1US Naruto DVD's come with ac3 audio, now you must be wondering why we decided to encode it to FLAC, its rather simple. AC3 is a lossy audio format and encoding a lossy format to another lossy format will result in quality loss. But a lossy source to a lossless format will result in the same quality as the source even with sync adjustments done to it.
[Raw VS Filtered](https://slow.pics/c/pZtZl90a)
Please report any and all sub issues to @Scoped#9782 via DM on discord with the episode number and timecode ready.
[Fixed NCOP audio for 2,3 and 4 and NCED audio for 2,3,4 and 5 found here](https://www.mediafire.com/folder/veint8xksjrui/Fixed+NCOP+audio)
**Next up! Shippuuden!**