How to Encode in Handbrake Like JoyBell (x265/HEVC)


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JoyBell179.98K Elite Uploader
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I have been getting asked almost daily: "How do you encode?", "What settings do you use exactly". I am surprised and flattered. I will try to write this up here. This will be my settings with screen shots that I use for TV Shows and Movies.

This is not a place to debate whether or not my settings are correct. This is to answer those folks who like my settings and want to know how. Please do not comment or argue about my settings. Thank you.

Be warned. My encodes take a lot of time. They are about doing it well the first time and being done. My settings run at about 16fps on a i7 @ 3.7GHz and 4fps on a i5 @ 2.5GHz. That comes out to 2 hours to encode a 40 minute TV show on the i7.

Software:
Handbrake
https://handbrake.fr/

That's it!
Install Handbrake 0.10.1, and let's get started.

Short Version:
2 pass x265 @ 900kbs Fast setting
HE-AAC 5.1 192kbs

Long Version:
Select your source file, or source directory in Handbrake.

Select the Video Tab
Container --> .mkv or .m4p
Video Codec --> x265
Select Average Bitrate --> 900
Check "2-Pass Encoding"
Preset slider to "Fast"

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Select the Audio Tab
Select your audio track or click "add track" to add more tracks (if you source has more than one), or click "x" to remove tracks.
Codec --> HE-AAC
Bitrate --> 192kbs
Mixdown --> "5.1 Channels"

*For Stereo source, select Mixdown --> "Dolby Pro Logic II" and Bitrate --> 96kbs

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Select the Subtitles Tab
Remove the Subs you don't want from the source.
Or Add the subs you want from external .srt files.
You can get subs from http://subscene.com/

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Select the Picture Tab
It's important to make sure the Auto Cropping hasn't cropped from the left or right sides. If it has select the "custom" and put the left and right fields to 0. The auto crop usually gets the top and bottom crop correct.
Make sure your width matches the source in the size field.

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Presets
I highly recommend saving a preset of these settings.
Click on the Add + button in the Preset pane to the right.
Name it "1080p TV" or something to your liking.

You can click start or "add to queue" and you are on your way.

Last edited by JoyBell, 9 months ago

JoyBell179.98K Elite Uploader
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My High Movie Settings:
2 pass x265 @ 1500kbs Medium setting
HE-AAC 5.1 256kbs

In honest testing I have found no need to go higher for a 1080p movie. Character based movies, I often just use the TV settings. I also sometimes use a "Medium" setting of 1200kbs, which I used for my Fast n Furious encodes.
AkulaClass24.27K Uploader
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12 October 2013
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Thank you for this thread! I've been really interested in HEVC x265 since you started releasing them.
freestuff22958 Uploader
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03 February 2015
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same here although i had already asked you couple of days ago.still its nice to have a copy
dascubadude22.12K Elite Uploader
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11 December 2014
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Thank you, I've downloaded a couple of these by mistake. Time I learn something about it.
minato4u15 Uploader
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19 June 2013
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You...
ElectroZ2170 Uploader
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27 December 2014
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Finally! Thanks! Appreciated pirate
Archangel4647 Uploader
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16 April 2015
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that's one reason I'm not doing 1080ps, taking too much time to encode. Thanks for sharing your methods joy! wish you all the best!!thump_up
DoGRoBB3R8369 Uploader
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14 September 2010
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Thanks for this info I will put it to good usesmile
JoyBell179.98K Elite Uploader
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Here is an example of my 2 pass @ 1200kbs, or my "Medium" setting that I used on Star Trek: Insurrection. I thought it would be important to show some comparable results.
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I made a screen shot compare between my encode and the source which is 9500kbs video:
http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/127030
Torrent page:
Torrent: Star Trek Insurrection 1998 ... x265 HEVC AAC 5.1 Joy)[UTR]

Differences I could spot when really staring are:
Image #1: My shot, Picard's white Jacket looks smoother.
Image #2: My shot, Out of focus background has less dithering.
Image #3: My shot, Picard's shirt looses texture.

Last edited by JoyBell, 1 year ago


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