What bit rate do you guys use?

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I personally use 1500 because I am pressing for space and I am doing mostly older movies ATM. When I get that terabyte external I will be bumping it to 2100 or 2500. How about the rest of you what do you use?
     
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    I usually use around 2000 and that quality is pretty good.
     
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    I stick with the Handbrake preset of 2500 and am very pleased with the results.
     
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    2500.
     
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    3000, but not really needed.
     
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    I use CRF set to 64%.
     
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    Handbrake :apple:TV preset, i.e.: 2500.

    It's excellente.
     
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    For my own stuff:

    700

    Okay, before the thread bashing starts. I watch my own DVD rips on my iPhone and my :apple:TV upstairs on my 17" WS LCD panel, small screens so no need for high quality.

    For my big screen I use the actual DVD (or HD DVD or Blu-ray).
     
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    Bit Rate

    I am currently using 2000 and the quality of movies is pretty good and size of file is reasonable.

    For those of you using 2500, have you not experienced jitter at that bit rate?
     
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    I generally use a bitrate of 1536 with some extra x264 options in Handbrake. Basically, I optimized the iPod setting so I could get the best quality for my AppleTV and for compatibility with my iPods/iPhones.
     
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    I received jitter with the AppleTV preset prior to the release of Handbrake 0.9.0. Since then, the AppleTV preset (but with two-pass) has produced nothing but smooth video for me at 2500.
     
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    Jitter? No jitter. Using latest Handbrake, though. Seems smooth as a DVD.
     
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    I used 2500 with two-pass. But for my favorite movies, or ones like 300 or Matrix etc that have really good/cool visuals I'll use 3000
     
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    No Jitter for me either. I was messing with quality one day and was encoding at 5000k to see if I could notice a difference and still no jitter on Mac or ATV. FYI, I couldn't tell any big diff between 2000 and 5000 on a 40" LCD.
     
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    For space I use 1500 for movies and 1200 for TV episodes. Quality is just fine on a 26" Samsung. Unfortunately I used to watch all my movies on a 12" Powerbook and most of my movies were ripped at 576px wide and 800 data rate. These are real nasty on an Apple TV. One day I will get around to re-encoding hundreds of DVDs, one day...
     
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    So far 1500 is more than enough for my :apple:TV on my 36" CRT, and I also encode my favorites in 480xWhatever at 512kbps for my iPod touch.

    So yes I have duplicates in my library, but I'd rather have an extra 350-450MB file on my 1TB drive than 1.5GB-2.0GB files on my iPod touch. :eek:

    Not to mention that being at native iPod touch resolution probably means a better picture quality and less battery power wasted on real-time resizing. :D
     
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    Bit Rate & Jitter

    For those of you that are not experiencing jitter with the ATV presets on Handbarake, are you streaming or watching movies from the ATV harddrive
     
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    Streaming over 802.11n

    Previously streaming over 802.11g

    No jitters. Unless I have too much coffee.
     
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    How well does your apple TV work on you CRT does the menu look bad or is it ok?
     
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    I know this is for apple TV but my question is relating to converting dvd rips for use on ipod and playing on large tvs through the tv output cable for ipod. Is it feasible to encode using the apple tv setting considering I'm storing these files on an ipod or will they end up too large in file size?
     
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    I don't think it will let you transfer the files. At least on my iPhone iTunes gives an error that file will not be transferred since iPhone doesn't the file (due to high bitrate and res).
     
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    It doesn't work too well actually. My TV does have component inputs, it does support 480p (and even 1080i), but it doesn't have a letterboxing mode. So I encode the stuff for the :apple:TV/36" CRT with the wrong aspect ratio. Why am I doing that? Well, since the :apple:TV outputs everything in anamorphic, I need to encode in "reverse-anamorphic" to end up with the right aspect ratio on my TV. I can't do anything about the interface though, and the menus all look "taller", but apart from that everything works fine.

    I'm hoping the "take 2" update will add a "TV type" setting, allowing those with 4:3 sets with component inputs but no letterboxing mode, to properly use the :apple:TV. I mean, they can output in 480i but don't have a 4:3 TV mode? I know all the marketing says "on your widescreen TV" but still...
     
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    I must be the wierd one here

    I only encode 2pass @ 1000kbs so I can use the iPod, iPhone and :apple:TV.

    I watch the aTv on a 52" plasma and it's just great, no noise and no complaints from the wife :)

    The blacks are black and the sound is great. I've pondered jumping up to 1500 but don't really see the need.
     

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