The original AAC128 is being tossed. The replacement DD640 is converted from an LD PCM track and is far superior. I've learned that the hardware players do indeed have limitations that can definitely cause the problem I'm seeing, it's necessary to use a BD/AVCHD compatible profile and I don't see how to select one on Handbrake, the right pane options are all for file playing devices. I've clicked on the Advanced Settings and see nothing that gives any hints, so I've been using the settings I mentioned above, High Profile, Constant Quantization 16, Fast, Film. I'm currently giving Hybrid a try, it allows you to explicitly restrict the profile. It's appearing constant quantization is incompatible (at least at lower levels) whereas likely the constant rate mode could work.
I realize information that's gone is gone, but as I said, I've been able to achieve modest picture improvement with SDVD, and so I'm at least wanting to do an A B comparison and see if I can achieve a little of the same with this file. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work -- I just know this file is awfully small for a near three hour film and if I can reasonably do anything to help its picture I'm willing to give it a shot. I'm thinking these programs at lower quantization levels are able to do a little upscaling and chances are do a better job than the on-the-fly player or TV upscalers (they don't create detail either). Still, not that I know, just an impression from SDVD. The sticking point is I need the player to be able to play it so I can evaluate it on my TV screen, PC monitor is too small.
Last edited by TrevorS; 08-10-2014 at 06:33 PM.