Gabriel Sean Farrell on 20 Feb 2008 09:46:36 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] video / audio encoding format

On Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 09:59:43PM -0500, Chad Vogelsong wrote:
> I've been using Handbrake ( to encode all my DVD's 
> into files to share around the house.  I've been using H.264 for video 
> and AAC for audio, mp4 container.  The files play under my Windows & 
> Linux desktops, as well as my MythTV media center.  For non-action 
> movies, I use 1200 bit rate.  For action & high motion, 1500.  Seems to 
> work pretty well.  My file sizes range from 800 MB to 1.7 GB depending 
> on the movie.  I go for quality, with only a little concern for the end 
> file size.
> To get file sizes in that range and to be able to play on widest range 
> of devices & operating systems (wide compatibility)...   What do you 
> think is the best format for video & audio for me to use, and why?
> Video Options:  Mpeg 4, Xvid, H.264
> Audio Options:  AAC, Vorbis, MP3, AC3 (direct copy from DVD)
> Thanks,
> Chad

You might want to see the FAQ at Internet Archive [1].  They have a lot
of experience, though it might be geared toward internet streaming
rather than home viewing.  You might also get some good responses on the
forums there.

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