Originally Posted by atreyu
my post re: anamorphic encoding
. The methods I detail there will give you "effective resolutions" of 852x480 for 16:9 NTSC content and 1024x576 for 16:9 PAL content, which will look *much* better on a TV than 640x352 or whatever you wind up with when limiting your encodes to non-anamorphic 640x480.
Thanks but I don't use the software you provided in your link, I use Nero Recode 3. Why? Because the video encoder in Videora is rather old and doesn't get updated very often. I also found that a 1Mbps Nero Recode 3 video comes out looking more like a 1.5Mbps Videora video. I guess that is the difference between paying for software and using something that is free. Videora is a fine free converter but I payed for Nero a while back and they have continued to give me free updates. That and most of my video playback is done using either my Xbox 360 or PS3 both of which provide hardware upscaling. I have tried encoding higher resolution videos and they come out having the same quality as 480p content. I don't know why, I guess the added pixel width doesn't do much in terms of quality when using those two devices to playback digital video files.
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