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what is the best video shrinking/encoding software Answered

what is the best video encoding video shrinking program that you have found and what are the settings you use to encode them? and what size and quality do you get afterwards i have a 50 inch tv and want to play on it but want some decent quality at least 720p if not 1080p since it is a full def tv i use handbrake which encodes well but i want other peopels opinions and options to use instead thanks in advance? ok so some more detail im talking of backing up blu ray movies of mine and putting them on my tv to play and so far i found mediacoder to work well other from handbrake so if anyone has a good preset for blu ray with mediacoder or anyone know of a good program/ setting for that program for big screens such as 32 or bigger screens please let me know



5 years ago

I also use handbrake, the linux version it the best encoder I found.
I like the default H.264 preset but unfortunately both my TV and media player wont play H.264
I use these setting and most videos looks pretty good even on a projector, and it seems to play on most devices even an android tablet.
Codec MPEG-4
frame rate 25(pal film/video)
Bittrate 1500 kbps
2-Pass encoding
turbo first pass
you may have to change the frame rate to NTSC if you live in that part of the word (usa)
just another point you are not going to get High def from a dvd, the most you will get is 720p
have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIS_8ERMhGI
it explains it well (even though he trying to sell you a mac)


5 years ago

A lot depends on the codecs and formats you are using. As someone who makes videos for part of his living, I never compress my videos. (Nor do I delete them... I have over 7 TB of data on my home network... not including backups of which I have three local generational backups). I haven't really played around with the settings that much for compressing video, but the format that I find has one of the best quality/size ratio is .wmv. Please note that .wmv is a windows proprietary format, and also is somewhat unstable, so if you are running any type of event where you need the video to play flawlessly when you hit play; don't use .wmv. In a home setting, .wmv works great.

In terms of programs; I mostly use paid programs, so for free I would have to go with VLC.

Good luck!


5 years ago

Presuming you're shrinking your 42 minute home movies...I find at 720p ~42mins H.264 MKV AAC audio, each file ends up being reasonably 1-1.5GB. If you are getting smaller for HD, you're losing quality or its a very simple video file (lots of solid colours, little motion). Various software will be very similar these days -- so long as its using the same codec.