Originally Posted by poraxan
will it look good (as close to the original AVI) on my 52" flat-screen when I try to view through Windows Media Center?
, if you use Handbrake nothing good will come out of it. You need to get 60p H.264 out of your 60i Dv avi.
I have gone through similar process , with the exception that my media players cannot play DV avi so I was looking for substitute. Storage is not a problem today. I do not know if you realize that 1T WD passport with a carrying case or similar is a very reasonable storage, decent price, and you can leave it at your parents, friend house. Try to look now they get rid of those USB 2.0 (USB 3.0 upgrade), but USB 2.0 is enough for storage anyway and they might be on sale.
You can check out my video samples exactly created for this problem:
EDIT: previous download did not work for US IP adressess I think, this one should be ok,http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VP9916TA
zip containes 4 files files:
-1 minute of original NTSC DV avi (201MB)
-mpeg2 60i DVD compliant file (52.7 MB)
-H.264 60p 640x480 square pixel encoded by x264 with MeGui, 60p created by QTGMC , (33MB)
-avisynth script needed for encoding of that last H.264,