I have 2 mkv files of the same movie, both 1920x1080.
The specs of the first are:
Bit depth: 10 bits
Format Profile: High 10@L5.1
The specs of the second:
Bit Depth: 8bits
Format Profile: High@L4.1
Which one you think has the best quality?
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The one made by someone who knew what they were doing. Or the one that plays on your intended player.
I would think essentially they should be "identical" to most people. However the bit depth is the difference since the first one is 10bit and the second is 8bit.
I really don't understand all the tech behind the two. My lamen understanding of it is that it has a higher color palette and therefore would be "richer" in detail than the 8bit version. Though the bitrate is the same so the 8bit shouldn't be terribly inferior in that sense.
Originally Posted by jagabo
There may be newer, high end specialty models that specifically play 10bit h264 files. However that is not the norm.
Also you may have problems playing the 10bit file on tablets too - unless its pretty powerful and you can play heavy files in software mode - though some players do have an option for playing 10bit files, but that is probably hit or miss.Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
If both are 1920x1080, I would prefer video with bigger size, if format is same.
You mean mkv format?
you have written both are mkv, so yes of course, as far as i think go for the one with higher bitrate.. which means first one with 14.7Mbps
Its the bitrate and resolution that decide the size and as far as I know bitrate plays the major factor, and more data per second is definitely better - and its for sure, the video with high quality will have higher bitrate. (No offense - throw some light on this, if you have any example to justify your statement)
And you plan to play the video on your PS3, Xbox 360, Blu-ray player, etc. -- the 10 bit video won't work. So regardless of which is the better quality you'll need the 8 bit video (and even that might not play depending on what settings were used -- 1080p with 11 ReFrames won't play on many players).
The 10 bit video potentially has better quality. But you won't know until you've viewed both.
Here's a document of the dozens of x264 settings. Many of them will effect the quality of the resulting video.
Last edited by jagabo; 4th Sep 2013 at 13:09.