— As mentioned above, this has a different effect depending on whether you went with Constant Quality, or Average Bitrate. Changing this won’t substantially affect the quality any further (if you wanted higher quality, move the RF slider more to the right).
RF – Sliding to the right (lower numbers) lead to better quality.
Sliding to the left (higher numbers) result in lower quality, but lower filesizes too.
(click for a larger image)Average Bitrate – Using this and a calculator, you can aim for a specific file size given a certain video length.
Helpful if you wanted each of your movies to be exactly 700MB for example.
So Handbrake 0.10 has been out for a while now (and 0.9.9 for even longer), and if you’ve looked through my previous multi-page guide that explained all the advanced settings in 0.9.6, I’ve got some good news: Getting something that amounts to the “best settings” is a whole lot easier in v0.9.9 and v0.10.
The “x264 presets” are now in Handbrake, and 99% of the time, that should mean that you don’t have to dabble in the “x264 Advanced Options Panel”.Unfortunately, that means my total filesize for 4 more episodes similar to the above would now be 1622MB instead of just 1294MB.And at that point, I’d have been better off using Constant Quality with a better RF value.Keep in mind that there are diminishing returns as you get slower.Compared to “veryslow”, the “placebo” setting takes forever and a day.The advantage to Constant Quality is that your videos all tend to look consistent.