Blu-Ray Rip Is HUGE! How to Reduce with Best Quality Outcome?

Hi all,

I haven't bothered to rip a disc in years. An older friend bought a BRD of a movie she liked but only has a DVD player. So, I said I'd see if I could just rip it to a file for her.

Well, with the two "extras" videos on it, it came to 40GB+ ! I was shocked. Anyway, she has a 43" Hisense TV and wants to play it from it's USB (it has 2 & 3). I'm trying to get it down to less than 32GB, as that's the largest I have that I can give to her.

I had a look at Handbrake info and my head is spinning. I'm hoping that someone here can tell me the simplest, best settings in either Handbrake or some other freebie to do this:

40GB+ (has built-in subtitles for English) MKV —>

want reduced to less than 32GB retaining decent quality.

Thanks all!



  • +6 votes

    32GB rip on a 43" TV haha

    If you already have an MKV file, just use Handbrake, Video, Quality, either choose a constant quality (17-24) or average bitrate (use math for 32GB).

    Also: H264 for 1080p and H265 for 4K (if you don't want to waste time, just use NVENC instead of CPU encoding).

    • +1 vote

      I can easily tell the difference between 4K & 1080p content on my 43" Samsung Frame. I'm a perfectionist though, most people I know aren't especially fussed with the difference, regardless of TV size.


      I remember now why I hated ripping. I understand frames per sec., but that's about all.

      If it's a certain preset (30fps), as in this photo example, then what changes/how does the slider reduce quality?

      I looked up NVENC. I don't have a NVIDIA card.


        Leave the "Preset" in the default position (Fast).

        Just select constant quality and change the slider to something like RF22 for a Blu-Ray source and RF19 for a DVD source.

        For video codec, x265 will create a smaller file (around half the size for the same quality, on average) but takes around 4 to 5 hours for a 1.5 hour movie. It may be better to just leave it at x264.

        In the Filter tab, check if Deinterlace is set to "Decomb". If it is, and your source isn't interlaced (meaning it isn't an old TV show which shows horizontal comb-like lines when you play it back), then turn it to off.

        If your source has a directors commentary or foreign language track that you want to keep, or subtitles that you want to keep, then in the Audio and Subtitles tabs, click on "Add Track" and then "Select all remaining tracks".

        That's mostly it. You don't really need to change any of the other settings.

  • +26 votes

    Just download the torrent

    • +1 vote

      Exactly! Any 720p .mp4 rip that is more than 1GB but less than 3GB will be perfect for an average person on a 43incher.


      It's a very specific opera and players/singers. I tried that first. ;)


        I’m on a few private trackers that has some really obscure torrent, what’s the name of it and I’ll see if it’s on there

  • -2 votes

    Just get a bigger hard disc drive, they are getting cheaper now

  • +1 vote

    Just buy a Blu ray player

  • -1 vote

    Just buy the DVD.


      She already has the Bluray. My question was how to reduce the file size.


        She already has the Bluray.

        I had a client who bought a bluray player that didn't have composite outputs. He was still using a CRT TV. This was ~2015.

        I told him he needed a new TV, or a different player. He throws away receipts though, so couldn't return the player. After much moaning about having to buy a new TV, about 2 weeks later I took him TV shopping.

        We bought a 46" TV, and a new basic entertainment unit, and then he tells me he's given his player to his Mum, and wants a new one.

        The new one had composite outputs on it …


    Just MakeMKV

    Edit: Actually, does MakeMKV encode or just mux?


    Have you even checked that she can play .mkv…? Not every TV's software will do it, and can need specialised media players


      That's why I linked the TV. "Says" it can play MKV. Won't know until I get it back to her.


        When you rip it I think you'll want to use MP3 for the audio codec. Whenever I try and play a bluray remux/encode directly on a TV from USB at a friends place it's issues playing the audio track that get me, I think because mine usually have DTS-HD audio tracks.


    My rips can be like 70GB. You do notice the difference between standard scene rips, certain shots in a movie especially.

  • -1 vote

    Just stream it. “¯\_(ツ)_/¯“


      or aquire a "backup" online.


    Years ago I used StaxRIP as it was easier to use by default over handbreak, but if you wanted you could configure allot more features than handbrake if you used the filters and transforms and changed the config for the tools.

  • +1 vote

    Just a thought but is it worth just finding a blu-ray player? Or an Xbox one? Given it's a 4K TV, it would look better and I'm sure it wouldn't be the last blu-ray she'd buy if she had the chance

    $75 for the cheapest blu-ray player ($99 or so for brand names), or I'm sure ~$100-150 would get you a used xbox one