ENCODING WITH MEGUI
If you’re at all interested in quality video encoding, then there’s a host of solutions offering their services out there. Handbrake.fr is often suggested as a good opensource option, but it appears to be looked down upon by many of those in the know. A better suggestion appears to be MeGUI [ Image 1], which has been developed by the brainiacs on the ancient http://forum.doom9.
org site. MeGUI is open-source licensed GPL v2, it’s still under active development, it supports x.264 and x.265 out of the box, and it automatically updates all the many required components as it ticks along—this means that the first time you encode something, there’s a number of additional waits while it downloads the necessary components. It’s all very slick.
Plenty of handy documentation and guides can be found at https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/MeGUI,
while you’ll be pointed toward https://sourceforge.net/projects/megui for the main download. Just grab it, extract, and you’re ready to go!
Originally developed with DVD ripping in mind, it’s now able to handle Blu-ray files amongst other tricks. We’re not even going to start trying to go into the settings on this bad boy here, but we will point out that it has a one-click mode. Drag and drop a file you want to reencode on to it, and select “One Click.” Then, in the dialog that appears, click “Config” in the “Output” section.
You may want to select “Keep Input Resolution,” otherwise choose a standard 1280 or 1920 width. Use the encoder to select x265, and “Config” to adjust the bitrate and number of passes. OK everything, and when you click “Queue,” off it goes to do its thing!