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Old 18th October 2009, 23:07   #1  |  Link
tijgert
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Compression of black bars in AVC, does it take a lot of space?

I've been experimenting with different encode settings. The original goal was to see for myself the quality difference (if any) at medium bitrates. By mistake I have made one version of 'The Patriot' (2:55hours) with the black bars cropped (17Gigs) and one version without cropping (19Gigs).

I'm having a hell of a lot of trouble actually seeing any difference in both encodes, but that *may* be because the moving part of the movies have roughly the same bitrates while the black bars eat up those 2 extra gigs. I don't really know.

What I'm actually asking you folks here is about the compressability of the black bars; Can anyone give me a reasonable conclusion of how cropping black bars affects movie quality when encoding at the same bitrate? (do they compress down to near nothing or are they hungry for bits?)

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