Hello forum, So, I've decided to take the plunge and encode all my DVDs (roughly 500 of them) to .m4v using Handbrake. My friend gave me a preset a h264 string (copy and pasted below), and I've tried it out on a couple of movies. They take about an hour and a half or more to encode (depending on whether there's a deinterlace or other correctional filter on), but when I try them using the tv2 setting, the encode time drops to about 1/3 of the other preset. My question to the forum, in particular those who are more video savy than I (I'm guilty of just letting my DVD player do all the thinking for me ), is whether this string is worth the extra time, or if I'm better off using the tv2 preset like everyone else seems to default to. I'll be viewing the movies on my iMac, my friends' ps3s from time to time, and an iphone 4. If I need view the videos on other devices, then I'll re-encode using an appropriate preset. Here's the string: Code: ref=5:mixed-refs=1:bframes=16:bime=1:weightb=1:direct=spatial:b-pyramid=strict:me=umh:subq=9:analyse=all:8x8dct=0:trellis=2:nr=150:no-fast-pskip=1:merange=32:no-dct-decimate=1:b-adapt=2:deblock=-3,3 As far as I can tell visually on the movie and TV episodes I encoded last night, there's not really a difference on the iMac when I have them stretched to fullscreen. I'm more or less worried about blocking that might result, since I had issues with that in the older presets of HB. Any advice/input is appreciated. Thanks!