You missed something Nasty.
LOL had a little chuckle at that.
You are correct, Airheadq, I was wanting to play these in WMP12, and in so doing be able to share them so other people could play them without the hoop jumping of installing codecs.
My friends and I have done a little more research since my post too, and I have found that this is a problem with WMP12 and not with handbrake like I was thinking for some reason. Basically we discovered that the WMP12 H.264 codec is, let me see how can I put this, incomplete, for lack of a term that better describes my current dissappointment. We did some testing and found out that the codec basically doesn't support several of the resolutions our game videos were recorded at. The ones we have found are:
I'm sure there are more, but those are the resolutions we found. Other videos encoded with all the same settings and different resolutions play back just fine. (Also if I use handbrake to change a 1920x1200 to 1920x1080 it will play back fine too.)
So I had resolve that, OK, I will have to install a codec for my H.264 files since Windows again cannot keep up with Apple (I'm embarrassed as a PC user) and they wonder why they can't be as successful capitalizing on the multimedia market out there. Anyway, back to it, I installed ffdshow tryouts then through a little more research found out that Microsoft in their infinite wisdom again, had locked down the codec so I can't even use a different one. There appears to be some programs out there or registry change you can make to change this, but I haven't quite gotten there yet.
Anyone else feel free to chime in but these are my findings so far. Microsoft didn't quite make it to the finish line once again.