Handbrake Question

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Josephkyles, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    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.
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    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...
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    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.
  4. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    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

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