well i've been using gordian knott for a while now(10+movies) and i noticed some stuff i wanted to share and see what everyone thinks. usually when im encoding movies i aim for the movies to be about 700-800kbit/sec bitrate to get some decent qualities what i found kind of weird is that when im doing that, i also try to hit the 1/6th dvd mark of about 750megs per movie. What i found weird was for some movies which are short(80 to 100 minutes) the quality was worse than for some movies that are longer (2+ hours). Even though they are close in average bitrate there is a noticeable difference in quality. I would like to point out that i do go above that 1/6th mark on some of them to get the "close to 700-800kbit/sec mark. Another thing that i noticed was some movies you download off of the internet are much better quality than the ones i encode at the same size. Is this because they are using more passes than me? I am currently using 2 pass xvid/divx would going more passes help in quality increase at the same size(target 750meg) if so how do i hit more passes with GK? there is a section on nth pass but i don't know how to set it up.