Our settings aim for the best quality available on the market given the available hardware. The file sizes are a bit large, but for most of the world, the increased quality will be more than enough to produce videos that are totally invisible with most current hardware.
Please note that the video quality ratings given here are purely subjective, and the quality ratings are adjusted by comparing the original source video with a transcoded version produced using the exact same settings. They are not tested to any significant extent, and the quality can vary depending on whether the source video has been re-encoded to a different bitrate.
For most people, the differences in quality will be in the eye of the beholder. You may certainly notice it, but what you're seeing is in no way objectively better or worse. The only time that the quality must be judged as significantly better is when there's no compression artifacts in the source video. Otherwise, the choice is up to the viewer.
Again, there are no significant differences between video files stored on a solid state drive or Hard drive. It's really not worth debating which has better video quality, because it's difficult to measure and has minimal overall impact. The only real advantage of one storage format is that SSDs readily allow multiple files to be encoded in parallel, while most hard disk drives and flash drive can only encode one file at a time. Beyond those differences, both work equally well.
We've tested both ways: using the actual hard drive, and using a Solid State Drive. Over the results are very similar, with the advantage of the Solid State Live mainly being a convenience and significantly better performance for transcoding multiple video files. It can be noted that the larger file sizes mean that higher-end SSDs (e.g., 256 GB) are significantly better than lower-class SSDs (128 GB or less). d2c66b5586