I have been waiting for a Roku home media application since Roku first came out, and I am, as of today, an official subscriber to RoksBox. This is not a simple program to write, and I am impressed and grateful. I'm now knee deep into transcoding all my .mpg files to .m4v, so I can watch on my Roku Boxes.
Couple of questions:
1. Bitrate settings: I am using handbrake settings suggested a couple of posts up by the person who spent "12 hours" looking for optimal settings. In spite of suggestions by others that I could lower the bitrate to 1500/1600 without a loss of perceived quality, I am keeping it at 2500, because: everything I have read on handbrake forum suggests that optimal DVD quality is achieved at @ 4000, and all my mpg files (basically .vob passthrough) seem to be at 4000. Some people on this thread seem to be using 4000, which I thought would choke a Roku stream, but it seems it can be gotten around. So, at the risk of repeating a question that has been asked a LOT: if I am most interested in preserving quality, and not concerned at all about file size, what bitrate should I use? Handbrake forum says any constant quality setting higher than 59% is imperceptible to the viewer. I'm looking for the equivalent number using average bitrate settings. 1500? 2500? 4000?
2. It seems to me that my wireless G connection is slightly faster than my ethernet connection-- images on the catalogue, for example, take longer to load via ethernet, and the movie takes longer to load. This is not a problem at all, since both work fine, but it defies logic. Any thoughts about why this might be so?
For the record, and for others who are working their way through the slightly complicated initial setup:
I am using directory structure to view my files, because no matter what I did, the PVD .xml file was producing a "404 cannot load" error, even though the .xml itself loaded fine. Because the directory structure loads faster than the xml, it ended up not being worth my time to troubleshoot PVD, although it is a very cool program.
BE CAREFUL about the size of your .jpg movie images. Mine were all ~50kb, as suggested, and it took a long time to load my directory. I started downloading thumbnail images (all ~10k) and it's quite snappy now.