I have been ripping my DVDs using DVDFab to generic xvid .avi with a resolution of 704x296, 1500kbps bitrate, and 256kb mp3 with volume bumped to 150% (always rips quiet for some reason). I had then been copying the AVI files to my Creative Zen Vision W and playing it back on my tv with the A/V out.
Well I decided I wanted to upgrade to a larger size player. Creative doesn't have their new model out so I got a Zune, knowing I would have to do some conversion.
The thing I liked about the Zune 80gb I got is it supports 720x480 output to TV, which is my main thing. Even the Zen would not support resolutions that high.
I have two issues:
1) Converting existing avi files to mp4 (and is it worth trying to change the resolution to standardize at 720x480 or will I just worsen the quality by stretching)?
2) Ripping new DVD purchases at 720x480 so it A/V outs well.
Does anyone have suggestions on the software I should use? CloneDVD Mobile will output to the right resolution if I select Xbox as the player (can't select Zune and get the right resolution). Handbrake seems to let me specify all the options and rip at my desired output as well.
The final thing I'm confused about is deinterlacing. It is an option in CloneDVD and others. From what I can tell, I should only use it if I'm in a PAL country? I live in US and buy US DVDs. I have not noticed any issues ripping with DVDFab, but I don't know if it does the deinterlacing automatically (I've never messed with the option).
The Zune 80GB says it supports mp4, wmv, and will output at 2500kbps 720x480 to your TV at 30fps. But don't movies run at the standard 23.97fps (NTSC)?
All the software that has Zune specific ripping does it in crappy 320x240 style with no other resolution options. Thats great if you only watch on the Zune, but I use it as a portable player that I hook up to different TVs to watch the movies on.
Thanks for any suggestions or tips!
Basically I want the highest quality 720x480 output I can get so I can watch all my normal def DVDs on my HDTV screen without it looking like crap.