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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
Very good presets. They provide a very thought out balance between quality, file size and processing time. But in case you would like to tweak said balance a bit, the options that are most likely you want are physically bigger than rarely useful options, and are well explained in tooltips. See More
Maxim Kamalov's Experience
Using 1:1, no more pauses and stuttering on FF and RW. Takes files with poor indexing, like wmv, mpeg, etc., and places them in mp4 and mkv; or take a damaged mkv or mp4 and simply pass it into a new one with a rebuilt index. No more stuttering. See More