I know people ask "why convert HD to SD if you have an HDTV?" Because I have a SD XviD player (philips dvp5140) and my wife won't let me hook up my gaming PC to the TV in the bedroom because of heat and noise issues. I've been experimenting with trying to make very high quality XviD encodes, but have yet to achieve a bitrate I'm happy with. My method for getting good looking xvid's on my HDTV has been to set the resolution to 720x576 and use AR resize to get the proper DAR. I've used plenty of encoders and guis. Nothing seems to get the bitrates I'm looking for(3000+kbps). I've been using MEncode with a few different GUI's, but the highest bitrates I've been able to consistently get are about 1500kbps, sometimes I'm lucky enough to get 2100 (which is wierd since I'll get that with a source that had a lower bitrate than the sources I've been getting 1500kbps encodes at.) I used to use super for encoding things to my mp3 player, but that gives you no real control over the Kbps. The documentation for super even says that the kbps control that they give you sucks, and 90% of the time it's way off. I've used AutoGK, which is nice, but it doesn't have anamorphic ability. I've used handbrake, which has loose anamorphic, but that only let's you set the width and not the height. I find this to be like the resize setting of AutoGK. I was under the impression that Handbrake had the ability to do a better job with anamorphic, so I was disappointed to say the least. I have tried MEgui, but I get so many argument errors it's not even funny. I'll figure out how to fix one thing, and then another error comes up. I would really like to figure out how to use MEgui, or even write my own avs scripts, but the documentation out there is a pain to figure out. The other issue I have with it is that at the end of the day I wind up with 50 new programs I need to download and figure out how to use, and I still can't get anywhere with it. My favorite thing so far has been MEwig. It seems to give me the most control, it's simple, and I love MEncoder. I just still can't get the bitrates I'm after. I've been using 720p sources (h.246 encodes@about 4000-6000kbs), so is my problem that I should be using better sources, something like 1080p with extremely high bitrates? I probably should just stick to dvds using progressive scan, but I'm thinking that if xvid is more efficient than mpeg-2, than xvid at the same resolution as a DVD with a DVD like bitrate, should be able to look better than the DVD. On the other hand I'm thinking that the dvd was probably made from much better source material than most HD material anyway, so it's probably a fruitless effort on my behalf. I'll probably waste a lot of time trying to do something that can't be done, but I'm determined to try. I would go into more detail about the settings I'm using for my encodes, but my laptop is about to die. I'll get to my desktop so i can proof read this and see if I can add anything to make more sense for you guys. Thanks ahead for any replies.