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Old Dec 24, 2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Handbrake - Is there a way to set a MAX file size?

I don't want my converted files to be over 4GB. Is there a setting somewhere to set the max file size?
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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There used to be but not anymore. I usually set the slider to 23 and that gives me a file between two and five gig.
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 12:00 AM   #3
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There is actually but it involves some math.

Change the settings from Constant Quality to Variable bit rate. If you are doing this, I would strongly recommend you do a 2-pass encode as well, which will double your encoding time, but give you a much better encode. You can also set turbo first pass if you like which has a very small degrade of quality and shortens your first pass by about 50%. If you are looking to have every encode less than 4GB I would say a bit rate around 3500 should get you between 2GB-4GB encodes depending on the length of the movie.
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