Hi, I am new on here but have actually trolled around the forums for a while. You all look like a friendly helpful bunch ;-) Okay here we go, I installed xvid on my pc and ripped a futurama episode to try my hand at making my own dvd up with menu and the rest of it. I (think), I set xvid to pass 1 QUALITY (mpeg3 41k stereo for the sound)and set it to 100 or at least thats what i thought. The first episode of futurama came out at around 400meg (720*576) and was pretty loss less on quality, I was pretty chuffed with this size and quality. I later did this with a sopranos episode which came out at 1.2gig, again i was happy with that, just about lossless and a size i was happy with. However, I recently had to do a reinstall and am stumped as to the correct settings to be used for xvid to retain good quality but not go overboard on size. I decided to give an episode of the sopranos a go. I extracted the vob and reinserted the audio in virtualdub and started the encode with xvid pass1 quality 100, mp3 audio again. Low and behold the quality is perfect but now the file size is 8gig!!!! Does anyone have any idea whats going on. Or how I can encode a soprano's episode (around 50mins of video time) with xvid to be around 1.2gig again? Thanks in advance.