As a casual user not a professional or heavy user, I loved handbrake as was among the best I used so far. I recently tested XMedia Recode 18.104.22.168 and quite impress with it so far. Couple of things to say about difference I found between latest XMedia Recode and nightly build HandBrake svn 5026.
For a 350mb avi movie using same settings for both encoders, XMedia Recode took just 7 mins to get it into 160mb mkv while handbrake took 15 mins to get to 155mb. But there is slight quality difference, handbrake uses Constant Quality RF 22.5 while XMedia Recode needs Constant Quality RF 25 to achieve the target filesize I wanted that was 150-160mb range. If based on target filesize Handbrake has superior quality but if based on encode speed XMedia Recode is way faster.
Faster encoding than Handbrake
Bigger filesize than Handbrake
XMedia Recode 3.1 on 12 May 2012, reviewed by: jack
Be careful installing the newest version 22.214.171.124.
Norton Security had an alert: one of the integrated DLLs (libfaad.dll) is containing malware (Suspicious.Cloud.7.F)
You should check by your virus-scan before installing - maybe, it is only a FALSE alert.
XMedia Recode 126.96.36.199 on 19 June 2011, reviewed by: amirbahalegharn
well,"xmedia recode" overall it is a good choice but how about using/comparing it with some other best converters/encoders (Although my prefferred ones are handbrake & xmedia recode because of availability h264 options)
2-format factory (freeware)
3-mediavatar(better conversation speed/quality than the followed affiliate ones)/imtoo/xilisoft) - some other choice of the same category is aimersoft-4videosoft(shareware(s))
7-total video converter (shareware/freeware)
8-pepsky all in one (shareware)
9-quick media converter (freeware)
10-iWisoft Free Video Converter (freeware)
for a full pack converter/encoder , choose mediacoder but it has a heavy GUI which makes it a-no-choice for many users .
for video fixing(avi/divx/rm(vb)/wmv/asf) , choose video-fixer (A discontinued shareware project but you will be able to find registered one around the internet)
XMedia Recode 188.8.131.52 on 10 May 2011, reviewed by: William Wright