sixties keith wrote:i use the ffmpeg method and i cant stress enough how good it is.
the length of the encode generally is affected by the computer specs your using but for me its basically real time ie 1 minute of video takes about 1 minute to encode.
saying that the changes are great. i used the method to watch a nice 720 rip of the latest ufc on fox and it looked great.
Sadly the ones Buzz posted played but not smoothly as I'd like.
According to this matrix, I might have better luck with 960x540 (aka HRHD)
http://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/wiki/XBMC_F ... esolutions
I know that a PAL DVD appears nice and crisp so I tried to convert my 720p mp4 to PAL DVD using this:
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ffmpeg -threads 2 -i movie.720p.BluRay.x264.mp4 -f dvd -target pal-dvd movie.mpg -aspect 16:9
It was a pretty nice sharp picture as the source encoding was a good hi-def rip. The Xbox played this smoothly and it was fairly quick to convert (20 mins, dual-core CPU) but the downsides were:
* aspect ratio was not handled by XBMC correctly, it was 1:2.35 I think. Might have been my ffmpeg settings.
* could not seek anywhere into the file
* resultant transcode was 3G in size (versus 1G for source file). Again might be my ffmpeg settings.
I could spend sometime into optimizing the ffmpeg settings but I think Buzz is right, hi-def and Xbox don't go well together. I think DVD is as far as I would push it. HRHD might be a possibility but I am sure this would push the CPU and the fan noise would be more prominent.