HandBrake Update's effect on file size?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jersey10, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. jersey10 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004
    Yesterday, I updated Handbrake to the latest version. After initially having problems because I didn't have VLC installed, I got everything working. But I have a question.

    When I use the AppleTV preset, an hour television show now comes back with a file size of about 700MB. Previously, under the prior version of Handbrake, using the AppleTV preset on an hour television show would give me a file size of about 1.1GB. My questions:

    (1) does the smaller file size in the new version of Handbrake mean that my picture quality is not going to be quite as good?

    (2) if so, how would I best go about adjusting the AppleTV settings in Handbrake so that I ended up with a larger file size and better picture?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. wrkngclasshero macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2008
    Columbia, MD
    Assuming you went from 0.9.2 to 0.9.3 the new apple TV preset uses constant Quailty encoding, which can result in better picture quality with smaller file sizes.

    You can adjust the slide from 59% to a higher value, but it seems the consensus is that 62% is the max at which you will actually see a quality increase.

    I use the universal setting and the picture quality is fantastic, and the documentation states that the apple TV setting should be equivilant (if not a bit better).

    Regarding the picture quality, give the show a watch, if you aren't satisfied, adjust the quality slider.

    Hope this answers your questions
  3. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    I was using the iPod HiRes Option in 0.9.2 with the 1500 avg bit rate (I play the same movies on ATV and iPhone). I found the new settings created smaller sizes and the quality was not as good. I went back to using 1500 avg bit rate in 0.9.3 and my file sizes are about the same and the quality is about the same. It may have to do with the movie you are encoding but in my case I could definitely see a difference with my testing.
  4. macrazee macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2009
    I do not care for the new AppleTV Preset. The CQ thing sucks, IMHO.

    I manually adjust that profile to 2-pass encoding, 2500kbps bitrate, and I keep the AAC and AC3 (passthru) audio tracks. (Actually I use the Universal preset, as I like to be able to watch on all devices.)

    Keep in mind you can still access the 0.9.2 presets in 0.9.3, just look for 'Legacy' and they're all in there still.
  5. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    You're wasting bits, IMHO of course.

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