QUOTE(Tommo @ Oct 6 2006, 04:29 PM)
Hi, can someone please recommend a FREE program to convert..... At the moment I really can't afford to purchase the genuine version.
Tommo, I've just been loading DVDs into my AV 500 as usual without problems. I use DVD Decrypter
to make a file of the movie and then PocketDivXEncoder_0.3.60
to encode for my Archos. This is an excellent program; I find that even if I increase the video and audio quality to 199 and 9 the files don’t take up that much space. I also find that audio level + 25 and brightness level + 12 work well on my two AV 500s. Click on Advanced Options in PocketDivXEncoder and you can choose settings for your device (Archos AV500).
I chose to "Upgrade to Lathe" and pay for this, but it was a mistake. I find PocketDivXEncoder does the job perfectly and is less of a problem than Lathe which seems to be the same program in a different skin.
Once I have made these -Archos.wmv files I copy them to my 'feature film' file on the Archos and a backup on an external 2.5 drive and then delete the whole process from my desktop as it uses a lot of space.
This way I have a copy of the films ready to load from my external drive as wanted, and keep the films on the Archos down to 4 or 5 at a time.
I have found it possible to defrag the AV500’s and while I see that it isn’t recommended, I haven’t had a problem yet.
Hope this helps