Originally Posted by Q
It could have something to do with the engine down- and then up-scaling the movies like I described. That causes all kinds of delays and other stuff like minimizing or even CTD.
With the movies at 640x272, there's a minimum of that kind of thing going on and, consequently, they just work better.
That's what I suspected. I might just use the 640x272 cutscenes, then. Hopefully, that conversion takes less time than the 1080p conversion, which is still going on right now as it finishes up the last six or so cutscenes -- I built my computer in July, but it's not designed for video conversion.