Preset for encoding video for Pioneer AVH-X4800BS car stereo

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Apparatus Films
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Preset for encoding video for Pioneer AVH-X4800BS car stereo

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Handbrake Preset Pioneer - ... vh-x4800bs
Owner's Manual - ... 070616.pdf

This Handbrake(1.3.3) preset was developed to encode video for my Pioneer AVH-X4800BS car stereo. The encode will probably play on other models and brand too, try it out.

1- Open Handbrake
2- presets—> import

Before starting the encode, select your preferred audio track and subtitles. If the source already has an AAC stereo mix, then selecting “AAC passthru” works.

The AVH-X4800BS, when playing mp4 from USB, only supports stereo sound. So mix down surround sound sources.

The AVH-X4800BS, when playing mp4 from USB, does not support subtitle tracks. But Handbrake can burn-in subtitles.

The AVH-X4800BS, when playing mp4 from USB, does not support chapters. So disable chapters.


I bought a used car. The previous owner had installed a Pioneer AVH-X4800BS car stereo. Its a double DIN head unit with a DVD player, 7" screen, and USB2.

I got the DVD player working, then decided to try playing movies from a USB flash drive. I took some DVD rips I already had, copied them to a thumb drive, and tried em out. No luck.

So, I got the Pioneer AVH-X4800BS user's manual and found the video specs it supports...
Format: MPEG-4/H.264
Compatible video codec: MPEG-4 (Simple Profile)/H.264 (Base Line Profile)
Compatible audio codec: AAC/Linear PCM (LPCM) MP3 Maximum resolution: 640 pixels x 360 pixels
Maximum Frame rate: 30 fps
Maximum file size: 2 GB
Maximum playback time: 150 minutes
**Files may not be able to be played back depending on the bit rate.
That last part about the bit rate is the most important element to playability. Through trial and error, I learned that the Pioneer AVH-X4800BS struggles playing mp4 video with bit rates over 500k. So, you won't be playing DVD quality video from a flash drive with this unit. I suspect that Pioneer did not want to disclose the bit rate spec because it is so low.

Anyways, here are my settings...

640 x 360
anamorphic - auto
cropping - auto

encoder - H.264(x264)
framerate - same as source
constant framerate
constant quality - 30
encoder options preset - medium
tune - none
profile - baseline
level - auto

codec - AAC (CoreAudio)
mixdown - stereo
samplerate - auto
bitrate - 128
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