File Size

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brown945
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File Size

Post by brown945 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:48 pm

Description of problem or question:
Hello. I've been using Handbrake with MakeMKV to digitize my bluray collection. I have noticed that after using handbrake to encode the mkv files some the movies are between 3 and 9 gigs. 4 gigs is too much for my hard drive set up. Is there a way to ensure the movies are encoded to less than 4 gigs without losing quality? Thanks.



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HandBrake version (e.g., 1.0.0):
Version 1.2.2


Operating system and version (e.g., Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Windows 10 Creators Update):
Macbook Pro Early 2015



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rollin_eng
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Re: File Size

Post by rollin_eng » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:02 pm

Could you please post your HB logs, instructions can be found here:

https://handbrake.fr/docs/en/latest/hel ... y-log.html

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JohnAStebbins
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Re: File Size

Post by JohnAStebbins » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:55 pm

Is there a way to ensure the movies are encoded to less than 4 gigs without losing quality
A log would tell us if you are doing anything ill advised that is causing larger than required file sizes. But the more general answer to your question is no. Transcoding always results in loss of quality. The smaller the file size, the more quality you are going to lose.

Ensuring video is less than some specified size is really a separate question. HandBrake doesn't have a uniform way to keep the file below a specific size. You would have to use the average bitrate option (ABR) on the video pane and calculate the required bitrate using the duration of the video and the output size you require.

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Re: File Size

Post by musicvid » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:04 pm

If 4 GB is too big for your destination drive to handle, you need to reformat to NTFS.

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