Would love a write up of your method. Did you use H.264? If so, do your videos play smoothly in the Pacifica. Any time I’ve used H.264 I’ve not been able to get videos to play smoothly in the Pacifica (they almost look a bit choppy). Using the older standard MPEG4 compression they play smoothly, but video files are much larger and don’t look as sharp.
Yes, it looks like MCEBuddy uses FFmpeg to convert and it says it's using H.264. As for quality? Well, have only done animated kids shows, and they seem ok so far. We haven't watched one 100% of the way through in the car yet though... Mostly just 15 - 20 minute segments. I haven't tried any real movies with lots of action / adventure to see how they fare. I may have to do that tonight and see if I can sneak out in the car for a while to check one out.
Note, I do have the paid version of MCEBuddy, and I don't think it's much different than the free version other than faster Comskip (commercial skipping) and possibly the Graphics Card acceleration. There may be other differences, so I apologize if my screen shots differ from the free copy.
Note 2: Typing this up while kids running around. Apologize for any typos or missed stuff. If something doesn't look complete, let me know and will try to clean it up.
Here we go....
Install MCEBuddy. ( Can download here: MCEBuddy - Home
) Don't worry about installing ffdshow or the haali splitter, and don't install the optional commercial skipping program. (Unless you want to, of course.)
Create a "source" directory and a "output" directory on your PC. While this isn't 100% necessary (you can point to your library of ALL files as source, for example), I go this route as I share these in my home network, and then my wife can throw a video into the source directory, and just check the output directory later for when it is done, and she can grab the file and load it on a USB stick, etc...
3) Configure MCEBuddy
I created some that are uniquely named "UConnect ToConvert" and "UConnect Converted"
Launch MCEBuddy and go into the settings. You will see a screen similar to my attached "Settings Overview" image. The setup is two parts. The "Monitor Location" and the "Conversion Tasks".
4) Start MCEBuddy Monitoring
3A) Configure Monitor Location
Click on "Add" under Monitor Locations and configure it to point to your source folder ("UConnect ToConvert" in my instance). You can refer to the MonitorFolderSetup and the -Expert Settings images. Tweak as desired. Since I have a safe source of the original files, I delete files after conversion (expert settings), but you definitely don't have to do that. Click on "Ok" on screens as necessary to finish them and complete the Monitor Location task.
3B) Configure Conversion Task
Click on "Add" under the Conversion Tasks. Please refer to UConnect conversion task screen shot for more details. Note the "Profile" is what conversion will be ran. As you can see, I chose the MP4 Normal task for this. There are other profiles, but this one seems to work so far. Destination is, of course, your output directory. Set Ad Remover to "None" as we don't need that for this process. Click the "Monitor Locations" button and choose your source folder monitor location there. Not really necessary if you only have one monitor location though... I set the "Max Width" to 1280 as well.
Next, click on "Expert Settings". Here is where you can enable hardware acceleration. Again, I am not sure if this is in the free version, so you can skip this if it isn't there. Also, I set a work directory up as well, but not needed if you don't care what drive it uses for temporary files.
Click on "Ok" as necessary to close out your windows and save the conversion task.
Click on the "Start" button in the main form. This will start the program monitoring your source directory.
5) Try it out!
Copy a file into the source directory and wait.... MCEBuddy by default waits 1 minute for a new file to begin processing (can adjust in the monitoring location settings if desired, but I figure there must be a good reason for it so I leave it alone). If you are impatient, you can also click the "Rescan" button after copying is complete to kick it off a bit earlier.
Once it does it's thing, you should see that MCEBuddy is done, and your converted file is in your output directory.
Put it on your favorite storage medium and give it a go. Hopefully it works for you too!