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The problem, I can't seem to add any of the video's I convert to the Zune Software to sync them with the Hardware.

I have enccoded them in several different formats of .mp4 and tried .m4v but, the software that was encoding them didn't work (cough* handbrake*cough).

So, I then downloaded MediaCoder, still, nothing. I don't know whats going on. Could someone give me some insight or help on how the files need to be encoded. It would be a huge benefit if MS would just unlock the firmware/device to let other programs use it.

Thanks, REP for everyone that posts helpful information.
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i know with my iphone the bitrate had to be under 1000kbs for it to copy to the hardware, now itunes would still play it if it was over 1000kbs but it wouldnt transfer it.
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The bit rate is currently under 1000 kbps, not sure if that is the issue or not. Will try lowering it and see if that helps any.
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The bit rate is currently under 1000 kbps, not sure if that is the issue or not. Will try lowering it and see if that helps any.
yeah i was just letting you know that there maybe some limit like that, that needs to be changed
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Does anyone have any good ideas on what or how to convert videos in MediaCoder? I got it to play .wmv, but the file output was terrible.
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try this program Free Zune Video Converter http://www.pazera-software.com/produ...deo-converter/
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To get video in to your Zune. You open up the Zune software. With the software open where the movie is at. Then in the software you drag the movie to the icon that is at the bottom that looks like the Zune then it will sync.

I use CloneDVD Mobile to convert dvd to mp4. It's not free but you get a 21 day trial.
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Get Super to encode the files. Then get MediaInfo so that you can see the stats on the files you're trying to convert. (both programs are free)

1. Open Super and select the Zune .mp4 preset from the menu. (make sure H.264 and AAC are selected for audio and video respectively)

2. Drag the files you want to convert into the pane at the bottom.

3. Now if you only want it for viewing on the Zune select 320x240 res., but if you want it for watching on the TV out select 720x480 res.

4. Now open MediaInfo and drag a file into it. Look at the info it gives you, select the same aspect ratio (or closest to) either 4:3, or 16:9 (preferably one of those two, just pick whichever is closest to the source) And set the framerate to the same as the source, unless it's over 30fps (shouldn't be though), then you can bring it down to 30.

5. If your vid bitrate is over 720kbps, then bring it down to 720. If it's under that, just round it off to the closest option.

6. If your audio bitrate is over 96kbps, then bring it down to 96. If under that, round it off again.
Select 44100khz for the audio, and make sure 2channels is selected.
Ensure that DirectShow Decode is selected at the upper right, and in the options box beneath that Hi-Quality Recode is checked, and 48K audio is unchecked. Then click on the button that says Other Options in that box and in the box that opens at the bottom where it says 'adjust encode volume' move it up to +10dba.

7. Now hit encode active files and wait. (It'll take a long time)

After they're done they'll be in "C:\\Program Files (x86)\\eRightSoft\\Super\\Output"

If you selected 720x480 res, the file sizes won't be much smaller than the source files. I just found that these settings preserve most of the quality.

Just copy them from there to the folder you want them in, then open Zune software and drag them into the Videos pane.

Connect your Zune, and if you have auto syncing enabled (or select them, right click and hit 'sync to ....') it'll just transfer them, no conversion required.

Hope that helps!

(I just got my Zune yesterday morning for Christmas, and spent the whole day and part of the night trying out different settings. This is what I came up with to be the best all around IMHO)
Edited by 31337 - 12/26/08 at 12:16pm
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Yeah, I finally got it working. It still pisses me off that they can't make correct software.
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Glad it helped you out It would be nice if the software was better, but hey it's Microsoft what else would you expect from them? I only use it to transfer anyway, I do everything else in other programs (ripping, listening, tagging, converting, organizing).
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