How to reduce Handbrake file size?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Dodgeroo, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Hi all, new ATV2 owner, started to convert some DVD's using Handbrake.

    Can anyone advise how to get the file size down? The original video_ts folder is 6 gb in size. Once Handbrake has done its job, the resulting movie file is 11gb! I could understand it being the same, or even slightly less, but not nearly double!

    I am using the straight Apple TV preset.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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    Sep 7, 2008
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  3. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2007
    Something is definitely wrong, the resulting file should be typically around 2GB although it does depend on the type of movie to some extent. I'm guessing you have some unusual settings.

    Update your presets by going to the menu Presets then Update Built-in Presets. You should also check for updates to the program itself by clicking in the menu Handbrake then Check for updates...

    Once you've done that try reselecting the Apple TV preset and encode the movie again. Don't touch any of the settings, especially to do with "Quality" or "Bit rate" as these can have a big effect even for an apparently small change.

    Let us know how you get on and if you need any more help.

  4. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Don't use quality == 100%.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Cheers, I'll try those suggestions. If I get no joy, I'll post a screen of my settings.

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