Fairuse produced avi files with sound but no video, and TX media app won't accept avi.
I ran FairUseLE on an unprotected DVD I have, following the directions in Lance's thread (http://www.1src.com/?m=show&id=819&page=3
). Choosing a bit rate just over 200, the resulting files were oddly small - 45MB for more than 30 min of video. I could see nothing wrong, so I let it run. The results were avi files (I chose 'split by chapter'), all had sound with no video when played back on the PC.
I have read through this and other threads and others and still find this to be slow going, I have no useable files yet. It seems there are a few basics not explicitly mentioned which it's assumed everyone knows... it's been frustrating.
It <appears> that there are several separate steps in most cases, or is the following not correct?
Get the unique file formats on a DVD translated into something one's PC can read and xfer onto hard drive.
Re-encode and shrink these into another format with lower quality and much smaller size than the DVD standard (mpeg-2?)
Re-encode again if the above step didn't yeild something the handheld software can interpret.
Install one or more video playback programs on the Palm.
Install one or more codecs --- on the Palm or on both the Palm and PC?? How do you insure that the translation and playback programs can see and use the codecs, and that you have the correct codecs for whatever you're doing??
Unclear -- does TCPMP serve as playback software on the handheld, or does it encode/translate? Does it need to be augmented by various codecs?
Also is there a good way to xfer the files without a card reader? The Palm Media app will not allow one to hotsync avi files.
**There has got to be a better way!!** I don't mind buying software if need be, but only if the paid software actually works without fighting with it. From my experience and reading so far I'm not confident that the paid solutions work any better than the freeware, but so far the "free" software is too expensive b/c it is taking hours of unpaid time.
Input from any of the Palm wizards here is much appreciated.