I'm using DVD Decrypter + Handbrake to rip and encode my DVD collection onto a file server. I decided to go the H.264 coded route, as it outputs a better picture. The videos look and play great on my laptop, etc using the default 360 preset for the encode. However, when I play them on my 360 they stutter. A two hour movie encodes to around 1.2GB, so I don't think it's my bitrate that the 360 can't keep up with.
Any advice or suggestions on how to combat this stuttering would be greatly appreciated.
Try hardwiring both devices if thats the case and see if the stuttering stops. When my file server was wireless, I also experienced some stuttering.
The bitrate is probably not what is causing the issue. What encoder are you using? I'm not sure what h.264 encoder Handbrake uses. It is probably x264 though. Make sure you are using the latest version of Handbrake.
I know that they just put out a new version on Nov 23 that updated their build of x264. Quote from the handbrake site:
They suggest using the new version (.94) and "General" preset.
Side note the AppleTV preset plays back on the 360 no problems (up to and including 1280x720)