Unlike other users, I haven't experienced any stability issues. As a longtime Version 5 user, I've tried the other versions in the past few years, but 5 was the best of them. But 5 is starting to show some signs of aging -- problems decoding TS files, fo instance.
Yes, it is no longer freeware, but it's only $14 US. I figure since I've been using it for free for years and years, it's a small price to pay. I haven't tried version 8, but have been using version 7 for a few weeks.
First off, any mention of "simple to use" should be ignored. It's the most confusing interface I've come across in many years. Combine that with the fact that there is no user guide nor support makes it a trial-and-error learning curve. I've finally found a method to consistenly get good results, but I don't mess around with subtitles -- I use SRT files and make MKV files after Xvid4PSP has rendered it.
As far as rendering, I find it is faster than 5 -- actually it is faster than a lot of other apps I've used, but I have a very fast machine so maybe it can use the extra CPUs more efficiently.
It's way better than version 5 displaying a realtime preview and selecting partial sections to render or cutting and pasting, and keeping you apprised of the encoding process. And you can access difffeent menus while it's encoding, a nice feature. But I haven't found a way to batch-process, like Version 5's Enqueue feature. Maybe it's just hiding.
I only do pretty simple renders with it, like converting MKV or TS or MPEG 2 formats to MP4, and for that it works fine for me. The support issue has existed since the beginning of time, so that's not unexpected, just disappointing. But a simple guide pointing out the different functions of the main interface would be good.
Review by 7.0.488
Jul 11, 2019 Version: 7.0.488
OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 1/10
Value for money: 4/10