Best 4K Settings for Plex Handbrake

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whyuserwhy@yahoo.com
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Best 4K Settings for Plex Handbrake

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I have been trying to shrink files as small as possibly while maintaining the quality. I need the files to play properly through Plex. I notice some people are getting 6GB 4K files. What should I be expecting as a general file size that typically retains the quality.

x265 Nevc is what I have been using with Constant Quality set to 24 and the files are 16-17gb.

If i start raising it up to 25, 26, 27 am I going to lose a lot of quality?
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Re: Best 4K Settings for Plex Handbrake

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In reverse order:
If i start raising it up to 25, 26, 27 am I going to lose a lot of quality
Probably not, but your eyes are the only thing that matters.
What should I be expecting as a general file size that typically retains the quality.
There is no answer to that question. Could be anything: Time, settings, complexity, all different!
I have been trying to shrink files as small as possibly while maintaining the quality. I need the files to play properly through Plex.
I think you are asking a question about your network, not the Plex server. Again, we can't answer that for you.
Good luck!
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Re: Best 4K Settings for Plex Handbrake

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Hardware encodes like NVENC are low efficiency (quality for size), and generally regarded as throw-away here. If you want quality with a small size, you should use a software encoder like x264/x265.
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Re: Best 4K Settings for Plex Handbrake

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Agree on the disadvantages of hardware encoders. You should be using x265 for 4K, not NVENC.
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