I am beginning to download my movies to my HDD and I am currently using AnyDVD to De-encrypt and Media Show Espresso to trans-code because of the GPU acceleration it offers. It is the only product i know of that has an allowance for ATI GPU encoding assistance to relieve pressure from the CPU. The problem is that the GPU acceleration is only an option on trans-coding to PS3, IPod, and PSP. The Customize option will allow you to pick other formats but does not seem to support GPU acceleration or offloading. Are there other programs out there that take advantage of GPU encoding. I know Nvidia has Badaboom, but i would like to stick with ATI. Also, would my encoding time improve if i upgraded to a 5770 with more shade processors. I was going to use media portal because it seems so well laid out, but it also seems complicated and i don't believe it works with PS3. In case you are wandering, I am using an HTPC to stream content o the PS3 and i am hoping to match its up-scaling quality. I will also be purchasing a 1920 x 1080p HD monitor and want things to look good there as well. Any help or a possible point in the right direction.