Handbrake file size issue

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by LGShepherd, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. LGShepherd macrumors regular

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    Hi MR,

    I have searched the net, but can't come up with anything.

    I am currently ripping my DVD collection to use with my new Apple TV 2, but when ripping TV shows (I set a queue using the Apple TV preset) and when they have finished encoding then the episodes all are different in size. An example of this is the last rip I have done which included 4 episodes of Lost. The four file sizes were 594MB, 960MB, 717MB and 584MB. When I use 'Get Info' then they all have the same aspect ratio, soundtrack and everything

    Is there something happening that should or am I just thinking too much into this? I know all the file sizes will be slightly different, but 200MB to 400MB is a really big difference.

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Some episodes (of the same series) will compress better than others. That is all you are seeing. This is normal.
     
  3. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Yes, he's right. Well, assuming you are using Handbrake's default settings, ie. CF. That will vary the sizes depending on the content. Don't worry about it.
     
  4. LGShepherd thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. roidy macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with everyone that different episodes compress better or worse than others, but after encoding hundreds of TV episodes I've never seen a difference of 400MB in the same series before. The biggest difference I've ever seen is about 150MB, 200MB at the most.

    The 594MB, 717MB and 584MB episodes are about the differences I'd expect to see but the 960MB one seems a bit too high. Did the 960MB episode have a longer run time than the others? Did you use a different CQ value than the others?
     
  6. LGShepherd thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am not overly sure what CQ value is, but I just use the standard Apple TV 2 preset on Handbrake. Some files have up to 4 sound files on if the episode has a directors commentary and I understand that can cause the difference, but the episodes with the big file size difference (250MB+) have the same sound files.

    The ratio is the same, when I open them in QuickTime then the window is the same size and the same preset was used.

    There doesn't seem to be any difference in quality either.
     
  7. dynaflash macrumors 68020

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