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I use Handbrake to transcode some of my MPEG-2 Transport Stream videos, but I'm not pleased with the resulting quality, even if set high bitrates.

So my idea is to simply remove unwanted audio tracks and subtitles, and keep the rest as it is. The video should ideally not be re-encoded.

Is this possible with Handbrake and if yes, what are the required settings for that?

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You are transcoding from an MPEG 2 Transport Stream? What are you transcoding to? I believe you have a different problem than the solution you're asking for, but I'll try to help nontheless. – slhck Jan 27 '12 at 18:34
I transcoded to h264 in an mkv container, but it was extremely blocky when streamed to my xbox and PS3. Streaming the original m2ts was smooth and high-quality, but the files are a bit too large for storage. So I want just to remove unused languages and subtitles to make them smaller without loosing any quality. – Sebastian P.R. Gingter Jan 27 '12 at 18:47
Okay, so basically remux the Transport Stream to just remove some audio and subtitles, but keep the video? – slhck Jan 27 '12 at 18:47
that sounds like what I'm after, yes :) – Sebastian P.R. Gingter Jan 27 '12 at 18:50
Ok, so the simple answer is: It's not possible with Handbrake. Yes, you can probably remove subtitles and languages — it works with MKV, it might work with MPEG-2 TS —, but you can not do a direct stream copy of the video. Handbrake will always try and re-encode. – slhck Jan 27 '12 at 19:35

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