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In Handbrake there is an option to optimize video files for the web so that they play better online. Does mencoder have an option like that? I'm wondering if I should convert a file using handbrake after using mencoder to add subtitles, but am worried about further loss of video quality.

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I would go with a mov container instead of an avi as you can stream that without any magic and play without downloading the whole thing. AVI is funny about needing the last bit first...

ffmpeg -i your.avi -acodec copy -vcodec copy output.mov

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i go back and forth between ffmpeg and mencoder for different bits of functionality – RobotHumans Jan 1 '11 at 6:31
    
I want to upload to youtube. Would mp4 be a better format? I noticed that when I download videos from youtube they are in mp4 format. Or maybe it doesn't matter because youtube re-encodes the video anyway? – tony_sid Jan 1 '11 at 7:00
    
they re-encode anyway....check their faq, they have preferred encodings...same with vimeo, they have preferred encodings as well. – RobotHumans Jan 1 '11 at 7:42
    
So when they re-encode, does that automatically make it web optimized? Or is it still better to web optimize the video before uploading it to them? – tony_sid Jan 1 '11 at 17:34
    
i would look at their faq to see recommended encoding options...web optimized usually just means lower resolution or frame rate, but with streaming in HD now, not so much – RobotHumans Jan 1 '11 at 19:13

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