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  1. Hi… thank you for the guide (“THE secrets of YIFY and high quality and small file sizes…”). I’d like to recode a MKV movie file, The Enigma of Kaspar Houser, that’s now 2,98 GB (3.209.424.331 bytes) long and witch have brazilian portuguese subtitles encapsulated. As Handbrake didn’t find the subtitles by it self, I took it off the MKV with MKVExtract utility, and now the Handbrake found that SRT file. Then, following your instruction, I’ve played “Start”. Well… I have a Celeron dual core processor and 2GB RAM PC, an weak computer but the Handmake informed me that to encode the file it will take… 20 hours! Is that correct? And what you think if I separate video, audio and subtitle file, re-coded with Handbrake ONLY the video file (in that case an AVI file) and when it’s done, the re-join the new video file with the audio and subtitle files with MKVMerge utility creating a new MKV file? Could it be a little faster? The new video file will be syncronized with the old audio and subtitle files? Last, plesa excuse my not-too-good English. Thank you.

    • for the subs, you could either put it in the video file using handbrake, or provide it alongside the video as [videoname].srt
      I wouldn’t recommend encoding the video and audio seperately as there is a risk of desync, but also because audio encoding time is negligible and any additional muxing of the video just costs more time.
      honestly, in my opinion 20 hours isn’t that bad of a wait, but if you really can’t wait that long I would suggest going to the video tab, uncheck “use advanced tab” and set the x264 preset to maybe the “slow” or “slower” preset and the encoding will be sped up a bit with a slight compression loss.
      also, what is the resolution of your source file? if your source is 720p, then even x264’s medium preset will cut file size down to less than 1gb in a considerably snappy amount of time.

      • I’m not sure about resolution, but Mediainfo told me:

        Unique ID : 232347485597071019391554170222327241258 (0xAECC7F7D05DCFB1F859AEEBFAD861A2A)
        Complete name : D:\Meus Filmes\The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser – 1974\The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.mkv
        Format : Matroska
        Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
        File size : 2.99 GiB
        Duration : 1h 45mn
        Overall bit rate : 4 074 Kbps
        Encoded date : UTC 2015-03-08 20:06:30
        Writing application : mkvmerge v7.7.0 (‘Six Voices’) 32bit built on Feb 28 2015 23:23:00
        Writing library : libebml v1.3.1 + libmatroska v1.4.2
        DURATION : 01:42:46.866000000
        NUMBER_OF_FRAMES : 758
        NUMBER_OF_BYTES : 28067
        _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP : mkvmerge v7.7.0 (‘Six Voices’) 32bit built on Feb 28 2015 23:23:00
        _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UT : 2015-03-08 20:06:30

        ID : 2
        Format : AVC
        Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
        Format profile : Main@L3.1
        Format settings, CABAC : No
        Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
        Codec ID : V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC
        Duration : 1h 45mn
        Width : 904 pixels
        Height : 720 pixels
        Display aspect ratio : 1.674
        Frame rate mode : Constant
        Frame rate : 25.000 fps
        Color space : YUV
        Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
        Bit depth : 8 bits
        Scan type : Progressive
        Default : Yes
        Forced : No
        Color primaries : BT.709
        Transfer characteristics : BT.709
        Matrix coefficients : BT.709
        Color range : Limited

        ID : 1
        Format : AAC
        Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
        Format profile : LC
        Codec ID : A_AAC
        Duration : 1h 45mn
        Channel(s) : 2 channels
        Channel positions : Front: L R
        Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
        Compression mode : Lossy
        Language : German
        Default : Yes
        Forced : No

        ID : 3
        Format : UTF-8
        Codec ID : S_TEXT/UTF8
        Codec ID/Info : UTF-8 Plain Text
        Title : Português do Brasil
        Language : Portuguese
        Default : Yes
        Forced : No

        Anyway I’m resigned: I’ll wait the 20 hours this time, but that convinced me to buy a better computer next week, at least a AMD FX-9590 Eight-Core, 4GB RAM. Thank you!

        • about your video resolution, it is defined by the width and height of your video, which is 904×720, thus is 720p. dialing the preset to “slower” or “slow” and the quality to around 27 should do the trick

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