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The surface has a nice 16:9 screen ideal for watching movies. I plan on using Hulu, Netflix, Xbox video, YouTube, etc for a lot of video on my surface. That being said, we'll also want to take some of our own content. Let's start discussing encoding the best video for the device.

 

(I'm working from DVDs in Video_ts format and unconverted Blu-ray rips.)

 

Let's discuss the following:

 

Program: In the past, I have used Handbrake (www.handbrake.fr) and Windows Media Encoder once or twice. Other thoughts?

 

Resolution: The Surface RT resolution is 1366x768. Can it output higher res via the HDMI cable? Is this the res we should encode in?

 

File Format/Container: I was thinking MP4. Other thoughts?

 

Sound: Probably stereo for the most part.

 

Other categories?

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Dave

Great topic Lux. My 64GB microSD card arrives tomorrow and I was going to put movies on it and never even considered what format and size. I need to take a look at what size my mobile format is.

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Joe_Miner

The surface has a nice 16:9 screen ideal for watching movies. I plan on using Hulu, Netflix, Xbox video, YouTube, etc for a lot of video on my surface. That being said, we'll also want to take some of our own content. Let's start discussing encoding the best video for the device.

 

(I'm working from DVDs in Video_ts format and unconverted Blu-ray rips.)

 

Let's discuss the following:

 

Program: In the past, I have used Handbrake (www.handbrake.fr) and Windows Media Encoder once or twice. Other thoughts?

 

Resolution: The Surface RT resolution is 1366x768. Can it output higher res via the HDMI cable? Is this the res we should encode in?

 

File Format/Container: I was thinking MP4. Other thoughts?

 

Sound: Probably stereo for the most part.

 

Other categories?

 

To convert your own DVD's you might look at a combination of AnyDVD-HD with CloneDVD-Mobile

 

You can roll your own with CloneDVD-Mobile or use one of the many preset file types in final format's like MP4 -- I suspect that they will have an update soon for the Surface to go with their library of presets for iPod, iPad, iPhone, PS, etc.

 

That's what I've used anyway -- along with DVDFab-Blue-Ray-Ripper for BD's to MP4 conversion. I haven't been as impressed with the DVDFab products in comparison with the SlyFox products but both offer free trial periods so you can check them out.

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schoondoggy

I think WMV and MP4 are the only two formats supported currently.

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IndyLux

Can the Surface output 5.1 audio over HDMI?

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schoondoggy

As I expected it does not like .wtv files. Need to convert to mp4.

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IndyLux

I can confirm that M4V files work too. I'll post more on this soon, but converted videos look fantastic on this thing! You can even stream them from your other computers or server.

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jstodola

I was working on this issue over the weekend - trying to get one of the digital copies from a purchased DVD onto my Surface. I searched and found several recommendations on using PavTuve DVD Ripper. I tried the free version and then purchased the full version ($35). PavTube comes with a ton of profiles for different types of devices - everything from iPads to Archos media devices AND includes a profile for the Surface! I tried it and it worked flawlessly - ripped the DVD and converted it to mp4 with the settings for the Surface. It took a little over an hour to rip and convert a 2 hour movie.

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migespy

.avi seem to be hit or miss. Any RT friendly codec packs? Or maybe apps that play nice with .avi? Any RT converters where I can convert directly on Surface?

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