Hey, thanks so much for the excellent guide and even more so for your always taking the time patiently to help all of us NEWBS!
I have spent the last couple of hours searching and reading until my eyes are ready to fall out, and I cannot really find a lot of detailed information about these. I read the Hidden Opts text file, but it does not contain all of the choices.
I DID finally stumble across Jobbs’ FAQ where I found out that I can choose AUTO_BIAS=n when I DO set it to ‘Automatic’ in order to slant the program more toward ‘Quality’ if I wish to do so. Do you think that that really can help somewhat even with the ‘Automatic settings’? Like you, I feel that the program DOES indeed choose the faster option almost all the time, so I set it to ‘3’ to help that out a little. I notice that you said that you pretty much set your settings to ‘HIGH QUALITY’ and 1 pass CRF encoding and just leave it there. Sounds good to me; I should give that a try.
Usually, if the BD main movie file is no larger than about 28 Gigs, I just set it on ‘Automatic’, especially if it is NOT a visually intensive film. Interestingly, I just did an encode for the BD ‘ALMOST FAMOUS’ which is pretty big, around 42 Gigs with the main movie being about 36 Gigs, and yet, the program on ‘Automatic’ only did one pass using the ‘Fast’ setting at ABR!??? It took about 4 1/2 hours with my system running W8 with an AMD quad overclocked to 4.2 with 8 Gigs of RAM. Seems kind of a bit on the ‘light’ side, wouldn’t you say? That is the fastest that it has ever done that large of a BD; interestingly I just did another film recently about the same size, but FAR more visually intensive and it did a 2 pass and took several more hours, but it looked great!
Now, some of the other options sound intriguing to me and I have come across references to them, but no detailed elaboration. For example, I almost always use the program simply to shrink BDs down to BD-25s. Sometimes I make compilations of DVDs, but I don’t need any more information right now for that. One option that looks interesting that IS mentioned in the Hidden Opts txt file is the B-Pyramid option. Now, from what I read, it SOUNDS like with Blu-rays you CAN use the ‘Strict’ setting as opposed to ‘None’; shouldn’t that also help somewhat with the quality of the encode? The default is ‘Off’ I believe. Also, isn’t there an ‘ENCODE_QUALITY’ option, or is that identical with the ‘AUTO_BIAS’?
Are there any other little tweaks in the Hidden Options that you could recommend strictly for Blu-ray encoding? Like you, I want the highest quality to fit on a BD-25, and I DO always want to keep the HD audio. I normally use a ‘Fast Encode on the Extras’ too.
If there are any other suggestions that I could use to increase the quality or performance of the program using the Hidden Options, PLEASE, I would very much appreciate it!