You have a Uconnect Theater in the Touring L? I thought they didn't have that as an option. Or is this the single overhead DVD player? My presets were made for the seat-back monitors. I don't know how optimized they are for the overhead since I don't have one. The things I figured out about it I've encapsulated in the handbrake preset. Mostly that it prefers H.264 in either an MKV or MP4 container, and previously couldn't handle the main profile, so it had to use baseline, but that got fixed in a software update, so the main profile is good now. And the output resolution can't exceed 1280x720 or the file won't even be listed. I found the settings I used in my preset pretty acceptable on the screens, although there's still some choppiness that I can't get rid of despite codec or encoding settings. These are good enough. I keep around higher quality versions if I want to watch them on a TV.
There's not a way I know of to tell when it's done indexing, but at some point after using a new drive or changing the contents on it, things were slower, and then shortly afterward sped up. I made the assumption it was indexing.
I believe this is a 2019 Touring L...would be great if it said anywhere. I wasn't very involved in the purchase as my wife got it as a company car (family business) so I didn't ask hardly any questions. It does indeed have the two monitors in the seat-backs.
I encoded another three movies to test with (one at 2500K 2-pass, one at 1500K 2-pass, one at 1500K 1-pass). I can definitely tell a difference in the response of the system in terms of beginning playback after selecting a movie from the file browser when using these three files. Reducing the bit rate helped. I noticed a little macro-blocking in the 1500K files...but then again after 20 years of creating files I am fairly good at noticing things that perhaps most people would not. I think it would pass for most people without issue. I'm going to go ahead and mass-encode my library over night. I'll use your preset, the only changes I'm making based on my testing are as follows:
ēSource files are .m4v and will output as .m4v (they've been working beautifully in all my tests)
ēVideo > Quality will be set to Average Bitrate 2000 kbps, 2-pass
I think this encoding recipe (at least for this vehicle) will provide the system the ability to switch playback between files quickly while still providing passable visual results. I'll post my thoughts/results this weekend when I can test the mass encodes.
My source files had artwork and metadata already embedded...that said, I notice the uConnect interface cuts off the top third and the bottom third of the movie poster. I haven't tried your recommended settings for this, does your artwork get cut off too or does it display the full poster?
Thanks so much!