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Legodude522
post Jan 1 2007, 09:19 PM
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This was probably answered somewhere before but whatever. What would you say are the recommended settings for reencoding videos for my SL-C1000 having the highest quality. I'd like to keep it VGA cause it's so beautiful on the Zaurus. Whats the best codec to use on the Zaurus?(probably least processor intensive) File size isn't much of an issue. I have 4gb to play with.

Videos will play better on my Palm T|3 than my Zaurus. Zaurus shows video wonderfully on the screen but playback is slow and sucky with lots of freezing. Cresho's modified Kino2 files helped a lot but not enough.
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post Jan 1 2007, 10:49 PM
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if you run linux then i recomend acidrip, it takes alot of the hard work out of reencoding

basically set your output rez to 640x480, and make sure you crop the input source so that on a normal image you get NO balack around the edges as that can kill the bit rate to encode the moive (thak you doom9.org)

for music i would recomend aac, it just seems to compress much better

pick xvid at up to 1Mbit/s and you should be fine

you will have to experiment with the settings , i personally like to overclock for moive watching but it causes higher power drain (but allows for much better settings

you may want to fiddle with the preproccessing features as i have found that they can do wonders for some DVDs (the SG-1 DVDs have alot of noise in them). you could fiddle with post processing on the Z but you wouldnt get as much out of it, only do it if you have cpu to spare

when it comes down to it there is no magical setting, its down to the individual and the media you record from, eg anime looks good @ 600kbps with the x264 codec but i am not sure if the Z could handel it

stick to xvid and you shoud be fine, if you have time to play consider looking into x264 and aac. last of all go to doom9.org and see what they have in terms of guides
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post Jan 1 2007, 10:54 PM
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Alright thanks. I will be encoding on my Windows box with Vemode. Pretty much all of this is gonna be anime. I normally overclock. I'll try to do some testing tomorrow smile.gif. Can the Zaurus handle AAC files? Cause thats kinda not legal without a license. TCPMP had an AAC plugin for a while but Apple told them to cease and desist with that. sad.gif Some of my videos do have AAC audio.
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post Jan 2 2007, 03:29 AM
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I have found a couple of codecs that will allow me to play AAC+ streams from shoutcast on my Ubuntu box. I think you hit the nail on the head. Use Ogg Vorbis for audio. Open standard and among the best in quality. I like Grip for ripping, but that is a matter of taste and I don't want to open up that can of worms. I am going to be fooling with this also and will come back to this thread with my results. I have acidrip and dvd:rip installed but have not done much with them yet. I am still using DVD Decrypter and Auto Gordian Knot on my last remaining windows box. I wish that there was a similar combo for linux. Good luck.
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post Jan 2 2007, 05:00 AM
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actually i normally use the command line (with zsh), acid rip was the only one i knew of. the stuff i was talking about was i linux setup.

if you want the highest quality encodes on windows and are willing to put a bit of manual handeleing into it then you cant go past virtual dub with the cccp codecs. on avi files its good as you dont need to do any cropping but dvdripping is harder than the gordian stuff. keep in mind i havent touched a windows box for more than web serfing and minesweeper for more than 2 years
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post Sep 7 2007, 07:53 AM
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I've successfully used virtualdub on windows to encode, once the divx codecs were installed.

On another forum someone recommended Handbrake http://handbrake.m0k.org/ for automated ripping and encoding, I might give it a go - the linux app is command line only though.
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post Sep 7 2007, 09:57 AM
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i will be adding that one to my list, the one thing i dont like about using mplayer in a looping script is that you have no control over cropping, this looks like it is simmilar to virtual dub where you can set the settings for each file and pass by hand and delay it as a batch job for latter (THE major selling point for virtual dub IMHO)

if you can always remove the black bars on video streams, it helps compression, even if its only a pixel or two or is just a tinting towards the edge of the screen, as any sudden change in color affects bitrates, plus it makes things look alot nicer

if it dosent fit the asspect ratio of the Z's screen then let your movie player put the black bars back in software, its faster and you get a better image

note: i used to hand encode everything by fiddling with the render options (even between passes, you can get a good speed up by dropping stuff you dont need to do in the first pass), cropping and manual insertion of i-frames instead of letting the software place them every X frames (huge comperssion savings if you know what you are doing)

also note huge speedups gan be gained with virtual dub if you change the order you apply filters, de-telicline should always bee done on first in my opinion but fiddling with filtering before and after you do a resize and rotate can GREATLY effect quality and encode speed
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