I ran a few movies through this. I think it is fantastic, easy to use, and fast. I compiled the same movie a few different ways, and it seems to me to set the CQ to 2.0 gives you the most reasonable size file, fastest compile, and best looking results. I tried setting it to 1/3 of a CD, then ran it through as CQ 2.0, and found the CQ was faster, smaller file, and very slightly better results. Files usually seem to be around 1.2 - 1.4GB, including AC3 Passthrough, which is my preference. I like to retain the 5 channel Dolby. I don't like the subtitle functionality. The output of the external subtitle is not usable by most software. If this program output a .srt file, it would be the mac daddy of all programs. For now, I can't find a way to convert the .sup to a .srt, and I have to restort to downloading subtitles from the internet. It's very disappointing. The other settings I use: Xvid, 720 width, CQ 2.0, and AC3 Passthrough. I'll have to try the CQ 1.5 and 2.5 and see what happens. My guess 1.5 is better for high action, 2.5 better for drama with the smaller size. I'm happy with 1.2GB files though, and I think the AC3 is usually 300-500MB anyway, so how small can the movie possibly be? With a terabyte drive, who cares?
Review by itabb
Jun 24, 2011 Version: 3.5.0
OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10
Value for money: 10/10