[FFmpeg-user] h265 output bigger than h264 input, how to level the both quality to make h265 smaller than h264

pehache pehache.7 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 11:12:36 EET 2023

Le 06/01/2023 à 14:30, Ricardo Henrique a écrit :
> Hello FFMpeg team, well I'm using FFMpeg to change the encode from h264 to h265 and works fine for most of files, but some files has the output file (h265) bigger than input file (h264), what is the reason for this to happen? I know that there is a process to transcode h264 to raw (or close) then encode to h265 (right?), so I imagine that the h265 output in this case has a much higher visual quality (bitrate, ...) than the input h264 right? Is there a way to "level" the video quality of the h264 input file with the h265 output file so that the output file is not larger than the input file?
> I'm using FFMpeg like that:
> for %%a in (*.mkv, *.mp4) do (
>      ffmpeg -i "%%a" -map 0 -c:a copy -c:s copy -c:v libx265 -vtag hvc1 -crf 18 -preset medium -tune animation "Out\%%~na.mkv"
> )

Compression artefacts accumulate after each compression: whatever you 
are doing, you can't get a better quality at the end than the quality of 
the h264 file. At best you will get (almost) the same quality, and there 
are good chances that you get a lower one.

Just keep you h264 files and spare your time...

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