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Harmy's DVD-5 images seem to be getting scarce (checked MySpl and TehP quickly), although I may be looking in the wrong spots, so I authored my own MPEG2 DVD-9's using the AVCHDs and the 14-day trial of TMPGENc Authoring Works 4 (which has limits as to what it can do versus the full version). Settings were mostly stock: no menu, 7500kb/s target bitrate, 8000kb/s max bitrate, 100% picture quality, highest motion search precision.
Anyhow, dunno how the MPEG2 DVD-9's will look, but the reason I did all this is because I'm headed over to a friend's house in a few days who has an outdated home setup (a 36" 4:3 CRT TV, DVD player, Xbox360 and 2.1 stereo speakers) so we can't play the AVCHD's: we'll have to make do.
Full disclosure: My home setup's a LG BD-530 into a HDFury3 into the RGB input on a Pioneer Elite Pro-510HD (1080i rear-projection CRT TV) and an older Pioneer VSX-52TX with 5.1 surround so it's not like I'm in any great shape either...)
I left the audio track as 5.1, hopefully it plays on the stereo speakers okay. Usually 5.1 mixes are forgiving of that, but I know nothing of this homebrew mix. I suppose I could demux the AVCHD's and use the stereo track...
It's possible the XBox360 could handle a higher-res transcode to a format it supports like MP4 or something, but we'd still be dealing with the outdated 4:3 TV set, and I don't believe he has Media Center streaming set up from his PC yet either.
If anyone has any suggestions as to how to optimize the viewing experience on my friend's setup (including additional tweaks to my DVD authoring settings or by using some other utility), I'm all ears. I'm also not all that familiar with the additional options having an XBox360 throws into the mix.