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Hello all,

I am currently attempting to convert my BluRay hard copy of Grimm (Seasons 1-4) to a digital copy, so that I can play it on other devices like my tablet, that don't have a BluRay disc drive. I physically OWN this media, and have not acquired it by illegal means, nor do I intend to SHARE it (illegally). I am more familiar with H.264 format and have already successfully "ripped" all 4 seasons. However, in H.264 format all 4 seasons take up over 250GB and is beyond the storage capacity of many of my devices. Which is why I wish to convert them into H.265(x265) format.

I have read through several forums on what the "optimal" settings are for achieving the best video Quality using a x265 Encoder/Transcoder. However, most of the threads I've read appear to discuss either optimal Film settings, Anime settings, or suggest the use of settings that result in 750MB+ file size(s). For example, here's what I get with a slightly modified version of "Littlepox's" "tune film" settings from Doom9's forum:

Complete name : Grimm.S01E01.1080p.10Bit.x265.mp4
Format : hvc1
Codec ID : hvc1 (iso4/hvc1/iso6)
File size : 795 MiB
Duration : 43 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 2 569 kb/s
Writing application : Hybrid 2016.07.16.1

Video
ID : 1
Format : HEVC
Format/Info : High Efficiency Video Coding
Format profile : @L4.1@High
Codec ID : hvc1
Codec ID/Info : High Efficiency Video Coding
Duration : 43 min
Source duration : 43 min
Bit rate : 2 234 kb/s
Maximum bit rate : 13.5 Mb/s
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:4:4
Bit depth : 10 bits
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.045
Stream size : 691 MiB (87%)
Source stream size : 724 MiB (91%)
Writing library : x265 2.0+4-43ca544799c2:[Windows][GCC 5.4.0][64 bit] 10bit
Encoding settings : wpp / ctu=64 / min-cu-size=8 / max-tu-size=32 / tu-intra-depth=1 / tu-inter-depth=1 / me=2 / subme=3 / merange=50 / no-rect / no-amp / max-merge=4 / temporal-mvp / no-early-skip / rskip / rdpenalty=2 / no-tskip / no-tskip-fast / strong-intra-smoothing / no-lossless / cu-lossless / no-constrained-intra / no-fast-intra / open-gop / no-temporal-layers / interlace=0 / keyint=300 / min-keyint=23 / scenecut=40 / rc-lookahead=40 / lookahead-slices=6 / bframes=6 / bframe-bias=0 / b-adapt=2 / ref=4 / limit-refs=3 / limit-modes / weightp / weightb / aq-mode=1 / qg-size=16 / aq-strength=1.00 / cbqpoffs=4 / crqpoffs=4 / rd=3 / psy-rd=1.85 / rdoq-level=2 / psy-rdoq=5.80 / no-rd-refine / signhide / deblock=-3:-3 / sao / no-sao-non-deblock / b-pyramid / cutree / no-intra-refresh / rc=crf / crf=24.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=51 / qpstep=4 / vbv-maxrate=50000 / vbv-bufsize=50000 / crf-max=0.0 / ipratio=1.10 / pbratio=1.10
Language : English
Color range : Limited
Matrix coefficients : BT.709

Audio
ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 43 min
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 225 kb/s
Maximum bit rate : 245 kb/s
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel(s)_Original : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate : 46.875 FPS (1024 spf)
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 69.5 MiB (9%)
Title : AAC#audio:lang=en@GPAC0.6.2-DEV-rev667
Language : English

My goal is to shave approximately 200MB off the file size to around (550MB), while maintaining a (Video) Bitrate >1500 KB/s and a QP Value ~(22-22.5). I've achieved the above criteria, but, I've got no idea if I did it in the most efficient way possible..




General
Complete name : Grimm.S01E09.1080p.10Bit.X265.mp4
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : iso4 (iso4/hvc1/iso6)
File size : 540 MiB
Duration : 43 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 1 736 kb/s
Writing application : Internet Friendly Media Encoder v6.1 (Pixelaphobia) 64bit

Video
ID : 1
Format : HEVC
Format/Info : High Efficiency Video Coding
Format profile : @L4.1@High
Codec ID : hvc1
Codec ID/Info : High Efficiency Video Coding
Duration : 43 min
Bit rate : 1 512 kb/s
Maximum bit rate : 10.0 Mb/s
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:4:4
Bit depth : 10 bits
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.030
Stream size : 469 MiB (87%)
Title : Video 1
Writing library : x265 1.9+3-548a45bbf223:[Windows][ICC 1600][64 bit] 10bit
Encoding settings : wpp / ctu=64 / min-cu-size=8 / max-tu-size=32 / tu-intra-depth=1 / tu-inter-depth=1 / me=1 / subme=2 / merange=57 / no-rect / no-amp / max-merge=2 / temporal-mvp / no-early-skip / rdpenalty=0 / no-tskip / no-tskip-fast / strong-intra-smoothing / no-lossless / no-cu-lossless / no-constrained-intra / no-fast-intra / open-gop / no-temporal-layers / interlace=0 / keyint=250 / min-keyint=23 / scenecut=40 / rc-lookahead=20 / lookahead-slices=6 / bframes=4 / bframe-bias=0 / b-adapt=2 / ref=3 / limit-refs=3 / no-limit-modes / weightp / no-weightb / aq-mode=1 / qg-size=32 / aq-strength=1.00 / cbqpoffs=6 / crqpoffs=6 / rd=3 / psy-rd=2.00 / rdoq-level=0 / psy-rdoq=0.00 / no-rd-refine / signhide / deblock / sao / no-sao-non-deblock / b-pyramid / cutree / no-intra-refresh / rc=crf / crf=23.4 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=0 / qpmax=51 / qpstep=4 / vbv-maxrate=50000 / vbv-bufsize=50000 / crf-max=0.0 / ipratio=1.40 / pbratio=1.30
Language : English

Audio
ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 43 min
Source duration : 43 min
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 224 kb/s
Maximum bit rate : 245 kb/s
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel(s)_Original : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Side: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
Frame rate : 46.875 FPS (1024 spf)
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 69.8 MiB (13%)
Source stream size : 69.8 MiB (13%)
Title : Audio 1
Language : English
Default : Yes
Alternate group : 1

It seems like I should be able to increase some things and decrease others, to improve the quality. I'm not as experienced with Video Encoding/Transcoding as some of you other guys, so Any advice on what I show raise/lower (or turn off) to help FURTHER improve the Quality would be MUCH appreciated!
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