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#283535 - 12/23/09 11:18 AM Re: Video on portable devices [Re: ClubNeon]
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Loc: Rochester, NY
I believe someone told me that if you go to and search for a pice of FREE software named Handbrake, you can convert video (using a nice drop down menu of presets for specific players) and port it to your Zune.

Looking around on the Handbrake page will get you a link to several guides to show how the software works.

#283726 - 12/24/09 06:34 PM Re: Video on portable devices [Re: Ray3]
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I just started using handbrake for my son's iPod conversions. I wouldn't be much help to any one, other than to say it works very well.


#283738 - 12/24/09 06:57 PM Re: Video on portable devices [Re: jakewash]
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Handbrake is very slick. I use it often.
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#283803 - 12/25/09 12:21 PM Re: Video on portable devices [Re: pmbuko]
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Thanks again, guys. With the holidays in full swing, I haven't taken time to work through the process yet, but do appreciate the help. I knew I could count on you, even when I post to the wrong forum.

What I'm really looking for is fresh content. Most of my wife's viewing is fresh TV series rather than RE-viewing movies or anything else, so my initial stumbling block is acquiring (non-DRM?) files efficiently.

D*TV was developing something a few years ago that they have abandoned; I think it was called directv2go. With a Lyra player, it would have allowed transfer of DVR'd content to a portable device. I understand that Dish DOES have something like this, but I'm unwilling to switch providers at this time.
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#283825 - 12/25/09 02:55 PM Re: Video on portable devices [Re: tomtuttle]
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If you go to torrents, you can get every show you desire at about 350 progressive lines for XviD files, and 720p MKV with H.264 and AC3 sound.
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