i m struggling with the best settings for Handbrake, i m starting from a 720p .MKV, which i would like to hardsub (.srt) to MP4.
my goal is to keep at least as possible the same video/audio quality and spend like 30 minutes for processing (original filesize is 1.5gbyte, destination can be 1.6-1.7).
can you tell me which are the best settings for Handbrake?
(in the end you can see mediainfo of the original video)
- for hardsubbing it's better to use mp4 or .mkv format?
- which presets should i choose? (fast 720p30 is ok in this case?)
- Summary/ Align A/V Start (yes or no) - Web Optimized?
- Dimensions/ (source is 720x480, so i keep as it is?)
- Filters/ (everythings to OFF since video is Progressive, it is correct? when should i use Deinterlace+Decomb)
- Video/ Video Codec -> h264? Frame rate: Costant framerate+same as source? (what about 2-pass and Turbo first pass)
Quality, RF=18 (or it's better to set AVG bit rate?)
Optimise Video: Fast? Tune:None? Profile: High@L3.1 (same as mediainfo original?)
- Audio/ i can see Handbrake always set it to AAC@160 kbit/s, i guess putting 192 kbit/s should be fine to size/quality, or it's better to use MP3?
- Subtitle, select burn in (the easiest setting part)
thanks for any help, please keep at mind initial request which is to just hardsub a video, keeping the same video quality "at least as possible".
Any Help is appreciate, Thanks.
ORIGINAL VIDEO MEDIAINFO
ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L3.1
Format settings : CABAC / 4 Ref Frames
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, Reference frames : 4 frames
Codec ID : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
Duration : 1 h 20 min
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 3 699 kb/s
Nominal bit rate : 6 000 kb/s
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.167
Stream size : 2.07 GiB (85%)
Default : Yes
Forced : No
Color range : Limited
Color primaries : BT.709
Transfer characteristics : BT.709
Matrix coefficients : BT.709
ID : 2
Format : E-AC-3
Format/Info : Enhanced AC-3
Commercial name : Dolby Digital Plus
Codec ID : A_EAC3
Duration : 1 h 20 min
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 640 kb/s
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel layout : L R C LFE Ls Rs
Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate : 31.250 FPS (1536 SPF)
Compression mode : Lossy
Delay relative to video : 16 ms
Stream size : 367 MiB (15%)
Language : English
Service kind : Complete Main
Default : Yes
Forced : No
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As a general rule of thumb, x264's "very slow" preset is considered "mastering" quality and CFR15 is considered visually transparent to the source. If playback is only going to be on a pc then this is what I would use with Handbrake, though I doubt you will be able to process a 90 minute 720p file in 30 minutes (3x encoding speed), but I don't know what kind of system you have.
Honestly I think you're wasting your time, it's obvious from mediainfo specs that this is a video downloaded from a torrent and probably a poor encode in comparison to the original, I see no reason to waste anymore time with it.
Take it from someone that spent years torrenting like a madman, get yourself a Netflix or Hulu subscription, they're very cheap and you're going to get much higher quality than what you will find via most torrents and you can legally share the Netflix subscription with up to 5 people, meaning you and a buddy or 2 can split the cost of the subscription for a couple of bucks a month.
Stop wasting your time with the crap you're doing.
Thanks to jagabo, for really precious and detailed "step by step" intructions (looks like you are a pro senior on this forum).
Btw i am trying with these new directives and i hope to get a better result.
Thanks to sophisticles as well, for ur time, despite i may argue about extra content you added on this topic.
Since you actually don't know what i need to do with this video, you may consider to hold your judgment, btw i have active subscription of both prime video and netflix (for the records).
Have a nice days guys, thanks again.
Torrenting content may seem to be a complete waste for video converting enthusiasts but it's not always that black and white. Many (likely most) enthusiasts have all the common subs, own quite a bit of the content on various media, etc, but sometimes we're just lazy and choose to collect some titles from a simple click before we're leaving on a trip.
If you're familiar with the settings and how to spot a good quality encode, it is not hard to get files you're quite content with. It may not be as perfect as mastering it yourself through trial and error to get everything spot perfect, but often enough for many people. For example I have purchased a huge amount of Anime collections many years ago that I've personally encoded to various high quality formats, but through the years encoding technology has continued to get better and better and rather than go back to stacks of DVD's in my storage boxes, if a certain group has the same collection I legally own but with a new encode using settings that I personally would've chosen anyways, this is a lazy way to save a lot of time redoing it. I've replaced some of my archives doing things like this and when I travel and want a portable copy I just run my own custom profile to make another small file size set.
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