Thanks for the plug Signals…
Strine word for the day = “DOBBER”. Meaning: A person who volunteers other people for work or tells someone in authority about the wrong things that you have done !!! a
I do use the generic feauture a lot for my encoding and I have a mix of players throughout the house… A Dlink DSM-320, Zensonic Z500, Ziova CS505 and am alpha testing the new Ziova CS615.
Only the CS-615 will play the H264 and as Signals said, this certainly gives the best results but I do encode all my vids so that the lowest common denominator wil play them.
I use a variant of the generic.avi.xvid.audiocopyprofile and always retain the original Dolby Digital5.1 soundtrack and have not had any audio sync problems.
I generally use a resolution of around 720 x 400 as I am in PALLand but your 704 x XXX sounds about right for NTSCLand. I use an 1100 bitrate and two pass encoding.
As an operating procedure, I generally rip the DVD’s to ISO files and then queue up the encode jobs using these ISO’s overnight. Come back in the morning and they are all done.
The seemed to be a limit of 5 queued jobs otherwise FAB would sh1t itself but I haven’t had time to test the new beta.
Hope this helps.