after two hours I am still at the same point I was when I started. I don't want to start an argument just want to put opinions all in the same place with as little garbage as possible. I will then try and go through and sum up the most common ones and give a best of the best. The main tools I am interested in are, DVD Shrink, Nero Recode 2 and DVD RB/ CCE combo. If you have otheres that is fine as well. So here are the questions... Which transcoder offers the best picture quality? Which transcoder offers the best quality to speed ratio? Which transcoder is the easiest to use? This is a thread that asks your opinion but if you have facts (or links thereof) please post those to. Also, please include versions of the tools you are using as that is VERY important.