I am a consultant to Archos and can help with your question. For recording DVDs onto an Archos device correctly -- without any sync issues -- you can do one of the following (in order of preference/ease):
1. DVD Player Recording: Connect the device to the docking pod and record directly from the DVD player or TV in real-time.
2. Windows Media Player 10 Transfer: Use Windows Media Player 10 to create the digital file, and then use WMP 10 to transfer the file to the device. WMP will transcode certain file types to WMV9 which Archos' (newer) devices, including the AV 500, play.
3. MPEG4 Translator Software: Use MPEG4 translator software that came with the device to record DVDs in the correct file format.
Archos devices support the Macrovision protection on DVDs, so you will be able to record the DVD onto the Archos device but not view it out onto another display or transfer to any other device. This is due to the copy protection on the DVDs themselves.
I have an Archos AV500. As you my know, the AV 500 supports DivX and a few other formats for Video. I have used Gordian Knot and Imtoo ripping devices to convert DVDs for playing on the device.
Couple of problems:
1. The audio is occasionally out of sync with the video. This seems particularly true where the video is in "wide screen" vs. "full screen" format.
2. Is there any way to control this or to customize the conversion software to fix it?
Thanks to all.