I'm just setting up a whole new CPU test bench suite and I want to know what codecs/transcoding/software people prefer to use. I'm looking for a mix of professional and free applications. The only pre-requisites are 1: threaded - it must scale with SMT and CPU cores. 2: Offers a start-stop time (log file for example) so I can easily time it. 3: Simple. I have 750 tests to run, so one/two click is a big, big bonus. Currently I have AutoMKV down because it's highly threaded and does VOB to x.264 which is highly appropriate. I've got Sony Vegas Platinum 8 - professional software that encodes HD video including audio - also has a time stamp. I'm looking at Cyberlink PowerDirector (easy to get hold of), TMPEG, something DivX?, Adobe Premiere (harder to get hold of Adobe stuff). I'll be getting some HD-cam footage for encoding too. I'm just after opinions of what most people use their systems for and what the most valued encode/transcode you'd like to see tested in the future. Cheers.