I have a couple of TV Shows in MP4 format that are roughly 1.9 GB in size. There 1920 x 1080 pixels. It runs at 44 mins and 51 seconds. I use handbrake to downsize the TV shows to 720p. But, handbrake output the size to 720 x 406 instead I thought would be 720x480. Anyhow, I experimented with quality and noticed an improvement from my previous 1280 x 720 p. I been trying to eye what is the best. My overall goal is to keep a good quality without having to keep 1.9 GB for each show. I have about 3 seasons with at least 15 episodes. I plan on getting a bigger hard drive but, that is not going to happen right now. So I was thinking what is the best way to mathimatically do this. Some shows on SD quality run around 350-500 MB depending on length of show. Probs a 20-40 mins show.
For my TV series they all run at 44 minutes all @1920 x 1080. Very excellent details with that typical grainy mess blu-rays have. Not sure why its there but, im sure ya'll know what i'm talking about. Anyways, I tried to go for a 350 MB target size with a 720p. I tried custom dimensions of 1280 x 720 and 720 x 406. It looked fairly OK but, I kept seeing motion blocks in some scenes. I only notice this on my 55" HDTV. On smaller screens like my laptop 15" I can't tell at all. So i'm kinda confused what I should do. Should I go for 500 MB? I been converting for days and just asking for some advice. Thanks.
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go online , goto FRY's electronics, or Best Buy, New Egg
and buy a new external drive to replace the one that is near full
To Me..it makes no sense to record in Hi-Def and then reduce it to 720*406 (its 406 because 720*480 is NOT 16:9)
I don't do MKV, but if you convert to 1280*720 using h264 an MP4 container you can probably get them down to 500~700 MB
personally i prefer to keep my PVR recordings in hi-def mts recordings directly from the PVR
you can't reduce resolution and detail and NOT get blocking and artifacts
unless you want to pay thousands of $$ for a license for industrial encoders used by the studios for DVD and bluray
"720 x 406 instead I thought would be 720x480" are DVD resolution 480P.
720P is 1280x720 (or 1280 x something depending on the AR).Google is your Friend