Having great conversion successes. Just got the Zune 120 for my wife. Basically I have been able to use DVD-Shrink to get the DVD’s onto one of my hard drives.
I then use NER0 Vision 4 to convert them to mp4 with great results. Open Nero Vision, select Make Movie. Under the list of item, select Browse and Add to Project.
Select the appropriate VOB files of the movie you want to convert. It will import them as ONE video (the first pop-up box asks together or separate, I go together). Play a little of the movie in the preview window, making sure you selected the correct VOB’s bye skipping thru the movie, and looking for the credits at the end. Voila!
Hit EXPORT. For the format chose the following:
Profile Category-Apple iPod
Profile-iPod Video AVC (the one without AVC did not work for me)
Aspect 4:3 (I thought 16:9 might look better, but it does not even on wide screen sources)
Target Size Custom
Resolution 320x240 (If playing vids only on zune) and do not want zune to reconvert it.
299-600 kbits/s works for me (try higher, but on zune i doubt you will see much difference.)
Fast Pass single encoding was fine for me.
Place the finished file in the Zune Sync folder, and hit EXPORT.
These are the parameters that worked for me to view vids on Zune from my DVD’s, or downloaded avi files, divx, etc.
NOTE: Tried a download trial of Nero 9. When I used Nero Vision on that version, I had to change the Audio conversion on it from Media Player 9, to Media Player 10 to avoid severely garbled audio. The audio was garbled on the PC and not just the zune.
BIG SUGGESTION: Do not export an entire movie the first time. Let it export for five minute, then quit it. Go play the test file first. If you like, then go back and EXPORT the whole title.