Produces the best video quality output with a small file size and good speed.
|License||Free (Open source)|
|Good quality/size/speed balance, clean interface, many features, reliable, good presets, community support.|
|Not designed to encode from optical disks directly, no auto-detection tools.|
StaxRip is the editor’s choice for an open-source, portable and powerful video/audio encoding application for Windows. I found it to produce the best quality output, with a small filesize and good speed.
The application provides a user interface to execute and control console apps such as x265, mkvmerge, ffmpeg, etc. and uses scripting based frame servers for video processing.
Although there is no tool to analyze the source, the default settings are fairly good in most cases and the preview window makes it easy to choose the correct settings.
It is easy to set the quality, file size and encoding speed of your output or to trim a video, and there are many tools available from the user interface.
When using StaxRip, it is important to manually detect interlaced, telecine or progressive input, and to choose the settings accordingly. Although it is possible to encode directly from a DVD with this software, it is recommended to copy it to the hard disk drive first before encoding to speed up the process.
A good thing about StaxRip is that it has a lot of resources provided by the communities for help and information about the product.