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Best Quality Movie File for Streamers Using Handbrake?

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Hello,

I have tried to do a lot of research and can't come up with an exact answer to my question.

I have a lot of movies and TV shows on my Win8 PC/server, and they are all in VIDEO_TS format (Vob files.)

I'd like to convert those to something that will be playable on a media streamer (I have an AppleTV and a WDLive) in mp4. I'm trying to figure out what the best settings are for Handbrake. I see a lot of settings, but they don't seem to be what I'm looking for. I read a lot about people taking hours to convert the movies and mine never take more than 40 mins.

Also, my file sizes are somewhere between 1GB and 2GB from a 4GB movie.

I don't want to sacrifice a ton of quality, but I understand that any conversion will decrease quality a little.

Anyone have any advice/help with settings?


Thanks!
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If the source is DVD then 1 or 2 GB per movie seems OK for AVC, but don't get hung up on size. Just pick a number between 16 and 20 and go for 'Constant Quality'. Don't ask me which number between 16 and 20 though. Instead do some test encodes and decide for yourself.
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At the most basic level High profile preset and RF18 will generally give you the best output for image quality in Handbrake.

However for compatibility with the AppleTV 2 or 3 it's preset may have to be used, you can still apply RF18 in the video tab and if you have a nightly build of Handbrake they have at long last exposed some of the x264 tuning settings with presets for flim, animation, noisy source material which also helps the conversion process.
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At the most basic level High profile preset and RF18 will generally give you the best output for image quality in Handbrake.

After some experimentation that is what I settled on for DVD as well: "High Quality", q=18.

The High Quality preset includes deinterlacing and decombing parameters that are important for DVD. Not so for Blu-ray, where I use Normal preset and q=20.

Another Handbrake + DVD trick: it will recover the old closed caption subtitles that are invisible to most DVD and Blu-ray players. It converts them to SRT text subtitles in the MKV container. (I haven't tried MP4).

Note that Handbrake will sometimes produce 23.976hz and sometimes 60hz video from DVD. If it can detect film cadence it will do the inverse 3:2 pulldown, but of course that's not possible on all DVDs.

I suspect there is a parameter to override that but I let the program decide.

-Bill
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Originally Posted by Alx330 View Post

At the most basic level High profile preset and RF18 will generally give you the best output for image quality in Handbrake.

However for compatibility with the AppleTV 2 or 3 it's preset may have to be used, you can still apply RF18 in the video tab and if you have a nightly build of Handbrake they have at long last exposed some of the x264 tuning settings with presets for flim, animation, noisy source material which also helps the conversion process.

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I also use the Handbrake High Profile with RF18 for my DVD AppleTV 3 encodes, but it works on all devices including my WDTV Live. I turn off Decomb in the picture settings if the source video is progressive (most major movies are). I use the same profile for Bluray, but use RF22. That results in a 5GB file on average but ranges from 2.5GB to 7GB depending on the movie. I typically encode one AAC stereo track and one AC3 track for compatibility with Apple devices.

Tim
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