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Question about resolution for device

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:38 am
by weirdbeardmt
Sorry if this so obviously n00b (gah) but would like some clarification. According to the Anamorphic guide in the wiki, DVD resolution (PAL) is 720 * 576 - it doesn't mention units but I assume it means pixels.

I've just ordered a new Archos 605: ... al&lang=en which boasts a 800 * 480 screen - i make the ratio 1.6:1 - and I'm looking at Handbrake to encode some of my DVDs to put on it.

So should I set the output size of the video to match 800 * 480? The video will only be used on the Archos, so I figure I don't need Anamorphic (maybe I've misunderstood all that, though) and obviously stereo sound is fine.

But somehow upscaling the width of the original doesn't seem right. In fact will it even let me do that...?

Anyway, tips on how to set HB for best use with the Archos up would be much appreciated. Many thanks.

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:26 pm
by hawkman
There's no point upscaling. Anamorphic doesn't do that - as I'm sure you realise - the width really is 720px, it just displays wider to match the increased vertical resolution.

You'll have to wait till you get your player to see if it supports anamorphic content, I suppose. If not, simply encoding at 720px wide - with Keep Aspect Ratio, not anamorphic - is probably your best bet.

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:39 pm
by jbrjake
Considering that PAL anamorphic displays at 1024*576, there isn't any point to using it with a device that has an 800*480 display regardless of whether or not it supports anamorphic.

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:55 pm
by hawkman
Well, you'd get a marginally clearer picture on the device - but the real bonus would be that the rips would look better for watching on the computer, too. The safest - and most storage-friendly - way to encode would indeed be without anamorphic, though.