I have been editing digital media for 7 years, and I have tried free and paid4 software, and I disagree that Nero’s is not the best BUT, it is for 2 reasons. First, Nero is patent holding on the AAC HE, and that increases the room left for video, and second, unless you plan on using DivX or XVid with Matroska format, you will always lose in comparison to size AND quality. Now, in all fairness, there have been some programs that can utilize one’s hard/software better than others, therefore, rendering quicker, better results[pertaining to time], and given the right optimal settings, better video quality as well, but as should be expected, you will be granted certain limitations. Anybody looking for a time vs. quality outcome should definitely invest in Nero. You can’t get more bang for your buck, not to mention they have been cutting edge technology [ORIGINAL] pioneers for around a decade. The German software engineers at Ahead definitely know what they’re doing. IN ALL FAIRNESS, so do the Japanese…look into MediaEncoder…but not TMPGEnc. MediaEncoder is freeware with MANY options, more so than Nero as far as meticulous settings. People with experience know oerall, it is ALWAYS trial and error, until you find what works, and what is best. The best, by the way, will only be the best until something better comes around.