strange handbreak question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rdsii64, May 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    I was experimenting with handbreak today and tried setting the constant quality seting to 100%. what I ended up with was a file that quicktime couldn't play. VLC couldn't play it either. When I tried a second time leaving the constant quality setting at 60%, everything wast just fine. could someone explain why this is.

  2. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    Here. Go higher than 60% and you'll quickly see your file size increase dramatically with hardly a significant improvement in quality. The fine developers of HB set the :apple:TV preset at that level probably as the best compromise of quality and file size but of course, your idea of best quality may vary.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    playing with 100 percent

    That is an interesting read, I get the general gist that using 100% constant quality isn't really necessary. However it never really explained why when I tried 100 constant quality, I got a file that quick time could not read.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    Frankly impossible to say without more detailed information, but I'd guess that the size probably exceeded 4GB and the 64-bit MP4 option was not enabled.
  6. macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2002
    middle earth
    H264 "Constant quality" of 100% amounts to H264 lossless. Quicktime cannot currently deal with H264 lossless. You can however, build a version of mplayer that can.

    We were investigating both VC1 lossless and H264 lossless for medical image delivery to the browser. Unfortunately, there are no standard browser plugins that can deal with those formats (you have to roll your own).

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