I tried substituting the new x264 encoder and got an error msg. But I didn't try very hard.
I haven't gone down the road with the x264 encoding because, as an example, I took an .mkv that was about 16 GB and produced an .mkv of about 5 GB in size. The quality of the output for this particular one was indistinguishable form the input, but that may have been because the colors were so striking in the source. The color almost had a candied quality to it, it was so saturated. That was using Handbrake 1 pass on my quad core. The run time for the compression was at least 4 1/2 hours.
I'm trying to get away from conversions rather than doing longer more involved ones. That's why I got a WD set top box. Get a video file onto HD and play it, delete when done.
I'm using Quick AVI Creator because sometimes I want a decent quality SD .avi file I can play on the SDTV. If you are interested in this area one place to start may be with the BD Rebuilder. You should be able to pick up insights:http://forum.doom9.o...7353f879e8e&f=75
Also MakeMKV is still in beta. You can use it free as long as it is in beta status. You can pick up some tidbits on that forum also:http://www.makemkv.c...074e6dae06d1ccd43204
I'm not into all the bframe iframe pulldown mumbo jumbo. I just try to learn enough to get what I want done without messing it up so badly I can't salvage any of the intermediate files.
Lately I've been experimenting with just using HCGui with a simple .avs file and DvdAutorGUI to produce very simple DVDs with no menu. HC does seem to produce high quality results for DVD both when upsizing and downsizing the frame size. If I should hit the lottery or for some other reason be all of a sudden owning a flat screen HDTV that's 5 feet wide then maybe I'll have to investigate maximum video quality. But for the stuff I have to play on now, the tools I'm using seem good enough.
edit: btw the author of Quick AVI Creator seems to hang quite a bit on Videohelp.com. He uses the handle Red Wine there. Here's the user comment section for his app:http://www.videohelp...Creator#usercomments
You could try sending a PM on videohelp.com to get some more info. The thing that struck me strange about x264.exe is the file size. All of a sudden it's over 6 MB when the ones distributed with programs I've seen are less than a Meg and a half. I wonder why? At first I thought they messed up and compiled with debug mode left on. But there was a 2nd release over 6 MB. Weird.