Constant Quality, Which is better, higher or lower? The quick answers (because that’s what you want right?):
- Does going up or down improve quality on using "Constant Quality" on handbrake: Sliding the slider to the right and decreasing the number reduces compression and increase quality.
- What is the best setting for high quality with "Constant Quality" on handbrake: There really isn’t any need to go with a number lower than 19 you will get larger file sizes but hardly notice the difference.
- What is the best setting for a low file size with decent quality: 22 is your go-to number in "Constant Quality" if you want low file size by ok quality. Use 23 or even 24 if you really need a low file size, 21 if you are looking for the best mix of quality and low files size (i.e. low file size is important, but not your primary goal).
- What setting in Handbrake will help me prepare the file for streaming on the internet? If you are going to stream on the internet, click the option Web Optimised. This will prepare your video so that that it downloads section after section in the right order and can start playing faster.
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Handbrake Constant Quality, Which is better, higher or lower?
Handbrake default setting are great for creating low file sizes with great video quality, but what about constant quality, which is better, higher or lower? i.e. Which way do I drag the slider? To the right with a lower number? Or to the left with a higher number? It’s not clear to new users which Constant Quality setting represents a better quality (higher or lower number?).
Here part one of the answer to your question:
As you move the slider to the right, the number gets lower, but is it better quality (lower compression) or worse? The answer: As you move the slider to the right, the quality increases and the compression decreases. So: Constant Quality, Which is better, higher or lower? a lower number = a better quality video.
What is the best quality?
That’s subjective and hard to answer. Typically around 19 is similar (if not the same) to the compression ration used in a DVD, so it should be good enough for the highest quality most people would want and still get the benefit of decent compression.
Part two Which is better, higher or lower?: What about getting the smallest files sizes with decent quality using Handbrake?
To get a low file size and still have acceptable quality 22 is about the best, you can go to 23 or 24 if you really need a low file size, but the image will start to suffer as you increase the number. Of course, 21 is a pretty good mix of quality and low file size using Handbrake.
Tips for handbraking video to stream on the internet:
Lastly, if you want to know how you should prepare your video for streaming on the internet, simply tick the box "web optimised" and adjust the Constant Quality slider to have a higher number. Experiment to get the lowest file size possible with the right quality for your requirements.
Top Tip. If you are using Handbrake to optimise video for streaming, click the Picture button, lower the resolution and make sure the video is the same aspect ratio (shape) as the place where you are going to put the video on the web. I use 1000 wide by a high with match my header slider for example, and use the cropping feature to shave off the unwanted image (and therefore lower file size).