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Jan 28, 2007, 11:36 AM
IU've been ripping my DVDs to my iMac using Handbrake. I've been setting the Ave Bit rate to 2500. Is this a good setting? Or, should I use the constant quality menu? Also, Mpeg4 or H.264? I'm looking for best quality for the smallest file size, but quality is first in my mind.

Jan 28, 2007, 11:39 AM
H.264 beats MPEG4. But it will take about twice as long to encode.

I'm no feinschmecker but I'm usually more than happy with a bitrate at about 1200-1300 on movies... so I guess H.264@2500 should be excellent...

Jan 28, 2007, 12:04 PM
I've found this formula to be pretty good for top quality without oversized files:

Use H.264 and 2-Pass

Resolution x .005 = Bit Rate

for 4:3 -- 640 x 480 x .005 = 1536 kbps
for 16:9 -- 720 x 304 x .005 = 1094 kbps

If you think this is too big, you can lower the constant from .005 down to about .0045 and not notice much of a difference in quality. For sound, I generally use 160 kbps. If it's a low quality documentary I lower it to 128. If it's very music intensive, like a high quality music video, I'll use 192.

Jan 28, 2007, 02:23 PM
lately i've been using MPEG4 with bit rate of 1800. turns out nice and the files aren't too big

i also do a 2-pass encode