I've never had problems with Handbrake, always felt it ripped a movie (even on two-pass) within a couple of hours... I've never paid attention but I could rip 2-3 movies while I was at work for 8 hours. I use two-pass and I've noticed that the first pass is anywhere from 30-50fps using the turbo pass option but the second pass drops to a crawl (as the subject says 7-8fps). I don't know for sure, but to the best of my knowledge it was never THAT slow. A few weeks ago, I dropped my mbp (it fell out of my bag onto my driveway). It still works, but seems to over-heat/freeze/have the display turn off randomly (but often). I'm not sure if this would be related to causing the slow but, but figured it was worth mentioning. I've attached a screens shot, please forgive the fact it's legally blonde 2, I swear it's for my girlfriend. I use the Apple TV preset and tweak it a little bit but nothing major is changed. I do notice that the 'large file size' option is checked, could that cause the problem? I currently (and always have) ripped from a USB drive, saving the file back onto that USB drive so I can't imagine that is the problem since that hasn't changed. Any thoughts?