I just made M4v files of two different 28-minute video segments, one with MacDVDRipper Pro and the other with Handbrake. MacDVDRipper Pro was set to the default ("High Quality") Rip and Convert settings, while on Handbrake I had the RF set to 17.8. Both of them generated files of approximately the same size -- about 350 MB. MacDVDRipper Pro made it easy to select soft subtitles; with Handbrake I just burned them onto the file, but I suppose there's a way to do soft subs there as well. I was surprised to find that the "reduced file size preset" (which produces a 564x432 image) in MacDVDRipper's video encoding menu gave me an image that looked just as good when "blown up" to fit a 20-inch monitor as the standard 640x480 file size did when played back in QT. The only real difference in video quality was that the Handbrake file displayed noticeable de-interlacing lines, while the MacDVDRipper Pro file looked smoother. Is this a common result? I originally thought I'd need to rip discs in one application and then compress them in another, but I guess not. Any other clear advantages/disadvantages between the two applications?