This may be a newb question but it is something I’ve been meaning to ask. Now that the AVC/h264/x264 codec has arrived and flourished why do I still see people using xvid to rip SD DVD’s? I realize that the best (if not only) option when ripping from an HD source is x264 and I thought that would ring true for standard def content as well. Yet I still see new DVD rip releases using xvid.
If I wanted to convert a DVD to an .avi file is there a down side to using x264 (2-pass) compared to xvid?