I have a Plex Media Server on my NAS (Synology), to store my media. And I use Infuse (with subscription) on my Apple TV 4k (1080p display) to listen to movies and tv series. I use Handbrake to recode or downsize movies to 1080p. I use the apple tv hevc preset with 1080p size mostly. I save the files in m4v
On some movies, mostly anmiation where there are a lot of the same colors on the picture, the quality is really, but really bad. Lots of compression artefacts. When looking at the PMS status, I see that the movie is playing directly with no transcoding. When I look at the same scene on my computer in VLC (or on the web UI of Plex), the picture is perfect.
You can see attached the same scene from my PC and from the TV.
I’ve tried different codecs like h264 or h265, and it doesn’t make a difference.
Sorry if I was not clear enough. The original file from the BR is like 20-30 gigs. I do not have the place to keep the original files. I process them trough HB to reduce the size and to downsize to 1080p. That file, produced from HandBrake, when played on Infuse is showing those artefacts. Direct play, no transcoding. Smae file played in VLC is perfectly fine.
When I used the original file, then infuse (or is it PMS?) does transcode since my display is 1080p. Then it’s displaying fine.
I will search trough what I have here to see if movies that had a 1080p original size do the same things…
I will do some tests with slightly larger than 1080p.
If the original 4K plays perfectly fine in infuse and the 1080p does not then it’s a problem with your handbrake re-encodes. In this case I’d recommend going to the handbrake forums to se what’s going on.
your video bitrate of 2.5 kb/s for 1080p seems a bit low. For example YouTube recommends 8 kb/s for 1080p
Out of the 10% 3GB file size your video is only 1.7 GB
can you post a screenshot of your Handbrake Video settings screen?
The recommended settings for an x264 video encoding (which is the default on Handbrake) is RF (Rate Factor) 18 to 22 for Standard Definition. For higher definitions, you can play with the Quality bar, 19 to 23 for High Definition, RF 20 to 24 for Full High Definition and 22 to 28 for Ultra High Definition.
And you might consider to update Handbrake. Your version is outdated since 12/2018
Do you need to be able to play the files using the original ATV player? If not, you might want to consider the MKV H.265 1080p30 preset
Just for Test
Can you put the original 30GB file on your NAS and try this one. Just to make sure that its not a problem of the original file. (You can even add it to your Plex Library when its stored on your PC or Mac if you don’t have space.
Can you try the encode to a different resolution? Perhaps 720p or if the source is higher than 1080p use original resolution?