Talk:VLC HowTo/Play on Zune

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this produces a file with tawdry quality, can anyone give some hints as to how to make it better?

you can increase the bitrate of the video (vb=2048 is a really nice one). - Jebrew


The only problem with the sample script is that it still requires a re-encoding by the Zune software. Does anyone have a script that does not require re-encoding? If it requires installation of more codecs or anything, I'm okay with that. It's just cumbersome to have to rip a dvd, then transcode with VLC, then transcode again using the Zune software. I'd like to eliminate as many of those steps as possible while still allowing me to take a few movies with me on those long flights. - Jebrew

My Transcoding Script

I wrote a script for the Zune v2 (4/8/80G) that can play mp4's. Works like a charm and no second transcoding by the Zune software. Check out my blog post. If someone thinks it's worthwhile I can put it up on the main article page.

Note that you can simplify the command line in your script a bit (well, it's still using the same options but it's shorter)
--intf=dummy --sout=#transcode{width=320,vcodec=h264,vb=768,venc=x264{level=13,bframes=0,cabac,qp=0,8x8dct},acodec=mp4a,ab=128,channels=2,threads=%NUMBER_OF_PROCESSORS%}:standard{mux=mp4,dst="%OUTDIR%\!targ!.mp4",access=file} vlc:quit
Dionoea 14:30, 17 January 2008 (CET)