Every time I think I've got Handbrake settings figured out it throws me for a loop. I just want to get some other users' opinions on this. For almost all films on DVD, I use the Universal preset and leave it at that. No problems with either quality or file size. However, with some sports and concert DVDs, I notice that the bitrate can spike up to well over 5000kbps with this setting. The file size can be 1.25 gigs for a half-hour MMA fight. I go back and re-encode the video with the same settings, except I change the constant quality setting to an average bitrate of 3000kbps and the file size drops dramatically (like, by about 500mb) and I notice no drop in quality. With Avatar, I encoded the mkv ripped from Blu-Ray with Handbrake. I forced the filesize to be under 4GB, and the resulting movie looks pretty good. I re-encoded it with the same settings, except this time did not choose a target filesize or bitrate but let the CQ do its thing. The file is around 2.5 GB larger and again, I notice little to no improvement in quality. I've noticed a sweet-spot of around 3000kbps. To complicate things on DVD.... I've noticed that I see little to no difference in 4:3 content encoded at 640x480 or anamorphically at 720x480... sometimes the same video encoded with the same settings ave for resolution will yield file nearly identical in file size (literally within 1mb of each other). Any suggestions/thoughts on this would be appreciated.