Handbrake - Is there a way to set a MAX file size?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ethana, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I don't want my converted files to be over 4GB. Is there a setting somewhere to set the max file size?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    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.
  3. macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
    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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