Well, after I built my HTPC, I wanted to sell my BDP-CX960 and rip all of my disks, which is about 400. So, I started ripping my DVD's, and using Handbrake to compress them to about 800MB-1GB files. They look great, have 5.1 audio, and are pretty small. But when it came to Blu-Ray's, I was kinda at a loss. I don't really want to have to have 8-10GB rips, I wanted something more like 2GB for 1080p. Now, most of you will probably find that atrocious, but I have finally gotten it right. If you look at sites like YIFY torrents, they do just that. So, I set off to be able to match the quality of their encodes.
I will attach a zip with Handbrake plists, and you can import my settings right into Handbrake.
Since it's copyrighted, I will not upload any samples from movies, but I will link to a trailer for Iron Man 3 encoded with the settings.
(I personally only use these for my iPad, as I don't think that it is worth watching on a TV)
: To encode like this takes time. With an i7, it takes about 10 hours to encode a 2 1/2 hour movie, but in the end, I consider that well worth it. If you want to make the encodes go a bit faster, you can turn off 2 pass encoding, but it will degrade quality. If you choose to go 720p, it will take a little bit less time.
Okay, now lets talk about how the quality is. As far as quality goes, click here for a 1080p sample, and here for a 720p sample. It is quite acceptable quality for 1080p. I watch these encodes on a 60 or 65" (I can't remember
) TV from about 10 feet away. They look great. They also include 5.1 audio. The problem with most of the small HD encodes you find floating around the internet is that they have horrible audio quality. The quality with these settings is great.
So, what do you think of my settings?
Tiny HD Handbrake Presets 3k .zip file
(I'll have the 1080p trailer uploaded soon!)