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Old 07-03-2008, 02:40 PM
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What do you mean by terrible? Too low, out of sync, static sounding, etc.? Make sure that the source files' audio is good first. Can you post the settings you are using? Make sure it is using the MP3 codec, 128kbs for bitrate, and try a sample rate of 44100 first. If it is an AVI file, try running GSpot on it and make sure you are using the same settings in AVC as what you see on the source file in GSpot.
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Thanks. The sound is just really distorted. The files are avi's and the sound quality on the original is fine. The only option for audio codec appears to be WMA 9.2.

The audio settings are MPEG4, object type: main, encode: CBR, MP3 volume: default, audio quality: default.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:44 PM
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Are you using Any Video Converter? The only time WMA can be used is when you are converting to a WMV file and WMA is used for the audio codec, so how are you making an AVI file? If you are making an AVI file, MP3 should used for the audio codec.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:56 PM
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I'm very new to this world of conversion.. I just converted an .avi file with AVC to the recommended profile of:

WMV V9, 320x240, 768 bitrate, and Basic A/V Sync. The video I converted was 30 minutes long, and 230 MB.

The process took almost 14 minutes. Is this considered fast/slow? Would just converting to AVI be the better option? I just want feedback as to whether or not I'm getting an average performance.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:12 PM
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The process took almost 14 minutes. Is this considered fast/slow?
That is pretty good.

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Would just converting to AVI be the better option?
The Zen seems to be better at WMV playback. The Zen seems to suffer from progressive A/V sync issues on larger, longer runtime AVI encoded files.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:41 PM
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Thanks for the feedback, especially the part about zen being better at wmv playback...

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Thanks for the feedback, especially the part about zen being better at wmv playback...
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:11 PM
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Bobby, could you answer this question for me:

I converted a video using AVC. When I sync it with WMP11, it still goes through a conversion process that takes a good 5-10 minutes. Is this supposed to happen? I thought I already made the necessary conversion process using AVC. Shouldn't WMP11 just copy the file directly?
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Is this supposed to happen?
WMP likes to convert all video files to WMV files regardless of the format (even if it is already in a compatible format for the Zen). It would most likely be best to disable monitoring/syncing of video files in WMP since you are using a different program for encoding and then just use Windows Explorer for drag-and-drop support for transferring your video files to the Zen.

To set WMP to not sync automatically within the device sync settings:

Open WMP, select Tools from the menu bar -> Devices tab -> right click on the device and select Change Sync Settings -> Uncheck the Sync device automatically check box

To adjust or disable what folders WMP monitors for syncing:

Open WMP, select Tools from the menu bar -> Library tab -> Monitor Folders button (disable the monitoring of the videos folder)
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:07 PM
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Default Zen profile for AVC

You can modify/add a profile to Any Video Converter. Open the profiles.xml and add the below listed text. Some casual knowledge of XML does help...

I suggest just copy & past just ABOVE the LAST LINE of the file which reads:
</profiles>

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        <profile name="avi" target_device="Creative Zen AVI" file_ext="avi" desc="Creative Zen Video (*.avi)" folder="AVI">
        <params>
            <video>
                <codec name="Video Codec" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">xvid</value>
                </codec>
                <size name="Video Size" visible="1" editable="1">
                    <value default="1">320x240</value>
                    <value>320X180</value>
                </size>
                <bitrate name="Video Bitrate" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" visible="1">        <!-- editable defaults to false -->
                    <value>300</value>
                    <value>500</value>
                    <value default="1">750</value>
                    <value>900</value>
                </bitrate>
                <framerate name="Video Framerate" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">29.970</value>
                    <value>25</value>
                    <value>15</value>
                    <value>12</value>
                    <value>10</value>
                </framerate>
            </video>
            <audio>
                <codec name="Audio Codec" visible="1">
                    <value>mp3</value>
                </codec>
                <bitrate name="Audio Bitrate" editable="1" validchar="0123456789." visible="1">        <!-- editable defaults to false -->
                    <value>96</value>
                    <value>112</value>
                    <value default="1">128</value>
                    <value>192</value>
                    <value>224</value>
                    <value>256</value>
                    <value>320</value>
                </bitrate>
                <samplerate name="Sample Rate" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">44100</value>
                </samplerate>
                <channel name="Audio Channel" visible="1">
                    <value>2</value>
                    <value>1</value>
                </channel>
                <disable_stream name="Disable Audio" visible="0">
                    <value>No</value>
                    <value>Yes</value>
                </disable_stream>
                <av_sync name="A/V Sync" desc="A_V_SYNC_DESC" visible="1">
                    <value>Default</value>
                    <value default="1">Basic</value>
                </av_sync>
            </audio>
        </params>
        <commands>
            <command type="transcode" name="mencoder"/>        <!-- default output: avi -->
        </commands>
    </profile>
Now when you start AVC, you can just select the Creative Zen profile, and select just a FEW of the needed options rather than change everything to suit!

The defaults are setup so that really, the ONLY thing you NEED to change is going to be resolution (320X240 for 4:3 *or* 320X180 for 16:9) and the bitrate of the VIDEO. 500kb/s will usually provide very good results, so that is the default. A max of 1mb/s is outlined in the Zen Developer's PDF.

The location of the profiles.xml file will be found at:
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C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Any Video Converter
Modifying the one out of the PROGRAMS directory will NOT take effect.

More information on AVC coming very soon... this one (which uses Mencoder engine) really appears to be *THE ONE* to generate seekable XviD/MP3 AVIs which have PERFECT SYNC. (As far as I can tell).

I am converting two DVDs right now, and I will post back with more results, and a tutorial on that soon!

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Old 09-13-2008, 10:29 AM
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Here is the profile to add for WMV video:

Code:
        <profile name="wmv" target_device="Creative Zen WMV" file_ext="wmv" desc="Creative Zen Video (*.wmv)" folder="Zen WMV">
        <params>
            <video>
                <codec name="Video Codec" desc="Zen requires Video codec WMV V9" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">WMV V9</value>
                </codec>
                <size name="Video Size" desc="320X240 for 4:3 or 320X180 for 16:9" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" visible="1" editmask="ddd ddd" edittpl="___x___">
                    <value default="1">320x240</value>
                    <value>320x180</value>
                </size>
                <bitrate name="Video Bitrate" desc="600 should yield a good video" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" maxchar="4" visible="1">        <!-- editable defaults to false -->
                    <value>300</value>
                    <value>400</value>
                    <value>500</value>
                    <value default="1">600</value>
                    <value>700</value>
                </bitrate>
                <framerate name="Video Framerate" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">29.970</value>
                    <value>25</value>
                    <value>15</value>
                    <value>12</value>
                    <value>10</value>
                </framerate>
            </video>
            <audio>
                <codec name="Audio Codec" desc="Zen requires audio codec WMA 9.2" visible="1" readonly="1">
                    <value>WMA 9.2</value>
                </codec>
                <av_sync name="A/V Sync" desc="A_V_SYNC_DESC" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">Default</value>
                    <value>Basic</value>
                </av_sync>
            </audio>
        </params>
        <commands>
            <command type="transcode" name="mencoder"/>
        </commands>
    </profile>
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Hhello Angry Bear. Welcome.

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I've just found this forum after many hours of searching for a good video converter for my films. Just a quick note to say thanks to all the contributors because I'm a total novice with the MP3/MP4 scene. I've had my Creative Zen 16gb for about three months, but couldn't find a decent video converter. I was willing to buy one, when BobbyRS suggested the Any Video Converter, which is not only fast, is able to convert all types of files, but it's also free!

I just wanted to ask though, I have film files in the RM format - are these considered to be poor or good quality videos because I'm finding that the audio/video is out of sync - even though I have tried to set the AVC to Default and Basic. I've looked at the threads, and tried to find an answer, but can't seem to find it. I'm not sure whether getting another video converter, or upgrading to AVC professional would resolve my synching problem.

Any suggestions, or pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated. If my query is already on a thread, please accept my apologies!
I guess it doesn't matter as to the quality of the video files since their A/V sync is off. Is the A/V sync off when played back on the computer? For other ideas as to which convertion programs to use, check out the Video sub-forum. You may have better luck there.
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I guess it doesn't matter as to the quality of the video files since their A/V sync is off. Is the A/V sync off when played back on the computer? For other ideas as to which convertion programs to use, check out the Video sub-forum. You may have better luck there.
The A/V sync is fine when I play it on the PC, so beginning to think it's the converter? As a Noob, I noticed that the Any Video Converter shows that my vieo to be converted is 25PFS, but my Creative player is set at 30PFS.....could this be a reason why the A/V is out of sync?
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Yeah, play around with the settings. I would set the fps to what the source is. I would also test it out by converting the video to WMV. If you can't get them to work, I would suggest trying another conversion software like iRiverter, Super, etc....
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How do you alter the PFS on on AVC? I'm not even sure that this is possible on the free version?
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It is the Video Framerate.

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BobbyRS....where is the Video Framerate on AVC so that I can change the settings to 25PFS?
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It is the Video Framerate.
It is listed within the other settings you can manually change for the output file on the bottom right. If you source is 30, then set the output file to 30 as well. Just keep it matched to what ever the source file framerate is.
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It is listed within the other settings you can manually change for the output file on the bottom right. If you source is 30, then set the output file to 30 as well. Just keep it matched to what ever the source file framerate is.
I'm converting the file to a WMV file, and that option to change the PFS rate is not available...or am I missing something? Sorry for troubling you BobbyRS!
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Here is the profile to add for WMV video:

Code:
        <profile name="wmv" target_device="Creative Zen WMV" file_ext="wmv" desc="Creative Zen Video (*.wmv)" folder="Zen WMV">
        <params>
            <video>
                <codec name="Video Codec" desc="Zen requires Video codec WMV V9" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">WMV V9</value>
                </codec>
                <size name="Video Size" desc="320X240 for 4:3 or 320X180 for 16:9" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" visible="1" editmask="ddd ddd" edittpl="___x___">
                    <value default="1">320x240</value>
                    <value>320x180</value>
                </size>
                <bitrate name="Video Bitrate" desc="600 should yield a good video" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" maxchar="4" visible="1">        <!-- editable defaults to false -->
                    <value>300</value>
                    <value>400</value>
                    <value>500</value>
                    <value default="1">600</value>
                    <value>700</value>
                </bitrate>
                <framerate name="Video Framerate" editable="1" validchar="0123456789" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">29.970</value>
                    <value>25</value>
                    <value>15</value>
                    <value>12</value>
                    <value>10</value>
                </framerate>
            </video>
            <audio>
                <codec name="Audio Codec" desc="Zen requires audio codec WMA 9.2" visible="1" readonly="1">
                    <value>WMA 9.2</value>
                </codec>
                <av_sync name="A/V Sync" desc="A_V_SYNC_DESC" visible="1">
                    <value default="1">Default</value>
                    <value>Basic</value>
                </av_sync>
            </audio>
        </params>
        <commands>
            <command type="transcode" name="mencoder"/>
        </commands>
    </profile>
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RobertTango...I'm a complete and utter techno-phobe...finding the forum was hard enough! Can you tell me how to paste the WMV settings into the profile? I've tried to follow your instructions, but I can't seem to paste the new settings! Help!!!
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