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Sweet Little DVD Encoding Command...
I love mythtv. Thank heavens for the wonderful, altruistic people who created such a fantastic program.

I also love transcode and mplayer. Equally fantastic programs. Put em' all together and what do you get? An encoded library of your DVDs ready for viewing straight from your hard drive.

Here's some tips I've found out. (actually, I'm writing these down so I don't forget em' next time dvd::rip doesn't play nice with a DVD.)

First do a simple mplayer and then quit. (mplayer file.mpeg)
look for:

VO: [xv] 720x480 => XXXxXXX Planar YV12

e.g. VO: [xv] 720x480 => 854x480 Planar YV12

Use the 2ND XXXxXXX listing in the command below:

transcode -a 0 -i inputfile.mpeg (or .vob) -M 2 -w 2200,250,100 -A -N 0x2000 -y xvid -o outputfile.avi -Z XXXxXXX

e.g. transcode -a 0 -i Hitch.mpeg -M 2 -w 2200,250,100 -A -N 0x2000 -y xvid -o Hitch.avi -Z 854x480

If the "-Z" command is ommitted, the aspect ratio will default to whatever 16:9 is (720x480) or 4:3, which 99 times out of 100, is wrong.

There ya have it!