Transcoding DVR-MS files for the Zune
Posted by onlydarksets on January 9, 2008
Most of the blog and forum postings out there for converting video for the Zune are for manual conversions. I haven’t found a whole lot of discussion on automatically converting from WMC DVR-MS files to a Zune-compliant format, and I have found next to nothing on converting HD DVR-MS.
First, for manual conversion, there are a few options out there that will create Zune-compliant WMV files (see this clearinghouse list):
- ZuneTVWatcher (discussed here)
- Encode360 (endorsed here)
- jelwood’s mencoder (discuss)
- TMPGEnc Xpress 4.0 (endorsed here and here, and by me for complex, one-off sources)
- Spb Mobile DVD
However, the Zune now supports MP4 and h.264. That opens up the options to any software that supports DVR-MS as an input and either of those codecs as an output. A partial list:
Since I’m looking at solutions that can be automated, it will probably come down to DVRMSToolbox, ZuneTVWatcher, Encode360 (which has a command line), and ffmpeg.