Brian, go to the following link...halfway down.
As for your new computer, the more cores it has, the happier DVD Catalyst (and you ) will be. On average, a Dual Core will get you a Droid-optimized video made from a DVD in about half the playtime of the movie, a quad-core will rip a 2 hour DVD in about half an hour.
I just wanted to make a note that if you play a bad video that the Droid cant play, every video after that will be choppy. You will have to turn the phone completely off and restart it to fix the problem.
Also, I spent all day yesterday converting Ace Ventura into all different kind of formats using Handbrake and Super. The only H264 format that worked every time was the one using Super. Every H264 format I tried in Handbrake would not work. (I tried both the old and new Handbrake.) But if you use FF-mpeg format in Handbrake it works great (and the file is still small.) My Duo Quad computer converts the movie in Handbrake in 19 minutes on Win7, 18 minutes in XP. Super took 39 minutes, but I must say, the Super conversion was much better. The video was about the same, but the sound matched the video perfectly, not so with Handbrake which lagged behind rather annoyingly.
Im trying something else right now. The Ace Ventura disc has 4:3 video on one side and the other side is 16:9 widescreen. But both are 720x480. I am converting both formats in Handbrake right now to MP4 720x480 to see if there is a difference when played on the droid. (Im doing the FF-Mpeg format.) After I might try just switching the format to H264 without changing anything else to see if it will work)
I'm jealous though. I'm stuck with a Dell E1705 laptop with a (upgraded) Core 2 Duo chip in it. I get decent speeds, but especially for "testing purposes" I would love to have a bigger rig.
Check this out,
A clip of dvdcat on a dual quad xeon. The version is one without the boosterpack, so not super-threaded over all the cores, but still it was the first time he actually heard all his fans kick in.
The profile used is similar to the Droid HQ one, same format/bitrates, only 800x480 resolution.
Well I finished the two conversions. (then went to an anniversary lunch) But the only difference between converting the 720x480 widescreen DVD to 720x480 MP4, and the 720x480 full screen DVD to 720x480 MP4 is that the image is the same size on the droid, but the widescreen has everything looking tall and skinny. So if you are converting widescreen video you need to change the with to 848x480, but if your converting full screen just leave it 720x480 or everything looks fat. (strange thing though, on one conversion the audio was out of sync, but on the Wide screen it was ok)