This time I was surprised how much Handbrake changes stuff. However, I have never been one to argue with the results, because they are always gorgeous. The decombing and deinterlacing filters are what really sold me on using it, since so far it’s taken all but a few of my DVDs and managed them just fine. That had been a major pain in my side with all DVD rippers for years.
I’m thinking of putting together a small libav to x264 comparison for flags, and then adding the x264 command lines for all the presets as well. If anyone thinks of anything similar they’d like to see, let me know.