Thanks for the confirmation, Dreamliner. I didn’t know for sure if the profile didn’t exist, of if I was just a bonehead in not finding it. Glad to hear I did my homework alright.
My computers are not the latest and greatest, but they do ok. With that in mind, here are some tests I ran yesterday:
I ripped a 73 minute movie from DVD to the Archos 605 profile (720X480, 2-Pass High Quality, 2GB Target Size, AVI) in about 140 minutes. This was after an Archos tech support guy told me there is a 2GB file size limit I need to adhere to. The actual result was a file that was 2.7GB. I won’t know until I buy my Archos 7 if it will work or not. There was no audio synch problem anywhere in the resulting file.
My second test was with a movie 2 hours, 35 minutes long, in Widescreen format. I wanted to try another option to make use of the full 800 wide screen. I ripped the movie from my DVD onto my hard drive using DVDFab 5. Then I tried using Nero 9 to export it as WMV, in 800 wide resolution. The ETA was 28 hours. It’s still running, and I don’t even know if the end product will look right on the Archos 7. So far, this is NOT going to be an option. Looks like nothing can compare to the speed of DVDFab 5.
Also, the Archos tech told me that the Archos 7 will only play mpeg-4 and WMV videos, straight out of the box. To watch other movies you have to purchase the $20 codec add-on. Can you confirm or refute this, Dreamliner? I’d love to hear the truth from someone who actually owns one of these babies.
Lastly, there is the subject of remuneration. Personally, my time is worth money. So is everyone else’s, including Ting. If I were Ting, I’d focus my time on where I can actually make some money. With that in mind, I’d be happy to shoot $10-20 Ting’s way for a good, solid Archos 7 profile. Anyone else up for that? If there are enough of us willing to do so, it might be worth it for Ting to focus on that. It would save me tons of time, and I wouldn’t have to screw around with trying to make things work. I have about 80 movies that I would want to rip to take with me on trips, and I just don’t have the time to mess around with half-baked solutions.
Perhaps Ting should hit up Archos for $$ as well because, as of now, I don’t plan to purchase one unless he does make a good Archos 7 profile.