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For 90% of my transcoding tasks, Handbrake is my tool. While it has many limitations not found in ffmpeg, the presets are most often exactly what I needed in the first place, and the built-in preview feature saves me from ever having to repeat a rendering task because of a poor estimation of the final quality. See More
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Although HandBrake is pretty straightforward to use, you can adjust pretty much any aspect of your conversion if necessary. For example, when transcoding video you have the option of adjusting between constant and variable framerate, adjusting average bitrate and constant quality, having 2-pass encoding or not, as well as tinkering with encoder specific options, and many, many, many more options. See More
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