1. Depends on the movie. Interstellar? 4K because it was made for the big screen. Good Will Hunting? 1080p because you could watch it on an iPod and still get the message.

  2. 100% this. And funnily enough, Interstellar is the exact and only movie I have in true massive file size quality @ around 70GB for 4K and around 40GB for 1080p Blu-ray.

  3. I have loads of storage (well, loads as in enough for me) and I still encode my library. I don't like having massive media streams beaming across my network. There's no need for it. Especially since it'll have to be transcoded live for viewing because x, y, or z.

  4. Use the TRaSH guides to set it up so you only download h265 content in 4K from trusted (good reputation for quality) sources. You'll save a lot of space.

  5. I haven't heard of TRaSH but I've been downloading the h.265 4ks for a while now and I love them. All of my blu-ray 4k movies are under 15gb and there's no noticeable difference in quality when I watch them, even in 7.1+atmos (although in my defense, I don't have an hdr-capable TV so I download non-hdr versions)

  6. 4K remux all the way babee (otherwise highest available quality). Would consider encodes if they could had proper DV and HDR10+ but I want that dynamic metadata (I am aware there are tools but RPU isn't the same as RPU+EL and the HDR10+ tool doesn't pull the scenes in proper order and gives a bad JSON)

  7. I've played around with re-encoding my 4k blu rays but there isn't much I can do to save space that feels worth the time and quality loss. HEVC is already so efficient, and AV1 is slow and none of my devices have hardware decoders for it.

  8. Keep in mind that while trend will change ,up until now most "4k blu ray release" are movies shot in 4k (or even 1080), but then downscaled to 1080p to do all the editing and most notably CGI, and then upscaled for the release

  9. Yep highest quality available, ideally 4K HDR remux. I used to have all full size dvd images and thought that was overkill. Now, 10+ years later, that "HuGe" collection of 500+ dvds is less than 3tb and I keep it around cause it's literally half the size of just my current MCU collection.

  10. The best quality possible. With occasional exceptions I go for 4K remux > 1080p remux > 4K WEB-DL > 1080p WEB-DL.

  11. Haha. You made me look. My Big Bang Theory folder is 797.52GB. My highest single show is Game of Thrones at 2.31TB (and S08E03 is still visually atrocious, such a shame).

  12. Obviously not. I only bite full ham when there's some action or sceneries to be had. Which is a lot of cases tbf. With series, well those just take up a lottt of space considered you're prolly never going to rewatch them in your life

  13. I only have up to 1080p content. I recently went through a project of getting the vast majority of any lower resolution content up to 1080p, which was enough to increase my library by 10TB, so I'm hesitant to bother with 4K any time soon.

  14. I had to look. My only show that's 4k is S2 of The Demon Girl Next Door. I don't even know why I have that other than it's got Monica Rial as a VA. Maybe I'll move it up the watchlist to see what it's about.

  15. I have seen a few times being mentioned, that the masters are usually produced in 720p anyways. No clue if it still holds true.

  16. Generally 720p or 1080p if I can help it. Might be a little stuck in the past but anything above that starts to feel excessive.

  17. Same. 720p for me, but I’m old enough to remember before VCRs, so my expectations haven’t been fully upscaled.

  18. I get any content I want in the best workable quality. So about 1/4th of my video collection is 4k

  19. 4k. Disk space is cheap compared to the CPU to transcode it offline. Also not all 4k/2k is superior to 1080p if mastered or encoded poorly. High bitrate 1080p will be better than meh bitrate 4k even at h.265 encodings.

  20. Really no need until you get a setup that will benefit from it. Most TVs have decent upscaling from 1080p and with a small/medium tv you’ll never know the difference.

  21. My fellow frugal hoarder. It ain't much, but I threw you an upvote. I am all 720p and still always running out of disk. Hopefully someday I can be a baller with 12x18tb drives to convert 5k movies to 1080p+

  22. I remember migrating from floppies to cd's... So much storage. Now I've migrated from dvd's back to hard drives. What a timeline it is lol. Most everything i hoard is 720.

  23. Why do people refer to what I assume is 1440p as '2K?' It makes no sense. If anything 1080p is '2K.' shorthand for 1440p already exists it's called QHD.

  24. Wait until people find out that 3840x2160 is called UHD and 4K is actually 4096x2160, manufacturers just started calling their UHD-TVs "4K".

  25. I personally encode all my 4K remuxed content to h.265. Saves a lot of space, but no quality. Next to that I usually make a 1080p SDR version that's h.264 and around 8-10GB per hour.

  26. 4K and x265? It sometimes helps a lot, but many x265 files are very poorly compressed. Still huge. But should not have to be. I would say a good 3-5GB 4K x265 has better visual quality than a good 3-5GB 1080p release.

  27. Hardware encoding will always have a worse quality/bitrate ratio than software encoding so that won't save you. The real solution is to just get more storage so you can download the ~50GB remux. Till then just download the 3-5GB 4K x265, no need to encode it yourself.

  28. Both but that is primarily because a lot of content is not available in 4K. There is also some content that imo is not worth the storage space 4K requires. This is mostly background noise TV content things that my wife or I will put on while cooking.

  29. I've upgraded maybe 10% of my collection to 4K. My storage is not enough to have everything in 4K and honestly a lot of stuff does not look any better to my eyes and with my equipment. If it looks tangibly better to someone elses eyes then go for it.

  30. Since I got a tape drive, I download whatever I want in whatever resolution I want. At ~$5.50/TB, I can just dump my hoard to tape if I want to save anything for later. It's easy and cheap.

  31. i have both 4k remuxes and 1080p copies of everything. it would be cheaper to just get a dedicated video card for transcode than eat up the extra storage....

  32. Never do hardware encoding. It's not worth it. Stick to software, takes longer but you get to enjoy a high quality encode for the rest of your life instead of wishing you'd have done it differently every time you watch it...

  33. At this point I only do 4K downloads if available because if I am committing 2 hours of my life to watching a movie I want it to be the best quality I can. I'm also watching on a 77" LG OLED. Hard drives are cheap.

  34. I have a media tank of 8x10TB in SHR2 and the 4k remux films have eaten the lot. It's next level hoarding. LOTR came in over 100GB+ a piece, like Blade Runner.

  35. The size of files still amazes me. 660gb for all the Halloween movies in 4k remux. 500gb+ for the entirety of Breaking Bad in remux.

  36. They should be the same thing because 1080p resolution is 2K x 1K and 4K resolution is 4K x 2K, but weirdos say "2k" when they mean 1440p

  37. I'm starting to now that I just upgraded my old 1080p SDR 1000-lumen projector to a new 4k HDR10+ 2700-lumen projector. I have a collection of 1080p SDR remuxes but am now starting to collect 4k HDR remuxes. Gig internet suddenly doesn't feel fast enough anymore lol and I definitely need to expand/redo my storage infrastructure.

  38. I started hoarding both before I had a 4K monitor or TV, because I knew I was going to get them in the future and I still hoard both. It really is a sickness, but I love it.

  39. For "new" stuff, I'm ballparking 3800 TV seasons in 1080p x265, a good 400 4k x265 movie rips, and 37,000+ 1080p x265 movies. I have probably 40TB of old x264 rips from before rarbg switched over to x265. When I missed out in DivX;) back in the day, I swore I'd be ready next time..

  40. Starwars and stuff like that I like ill go 4k about 80 gigs a film. Otherwise I slowly have been upgrading my 1k to 4k HDR by a few titles a week aiming for around 20gigs a title.

  41. Just like when i went from SD to HD/FullHD I slowly migrate away replacing stuff as I go, I still have some SD stuff but yeah, slowly updating and acquiring anything new in 4K is the least painful way for me. It also means I don't have to massively expand my storage but just do it as the need arises.

  42. 4K isn't a meaningful improvement over 1080p unless your TV is HUGE (even by today's standards) and/or you sit WAY too close to it.

  43. I just get what I can, most of what I have so far is 480p. Doesn’t bother me a bit. I don’t need to see the sweat coming out of an actors pores or every individual leaf on a tree. There’s no internet available at my house and I am just happy to be able to watch cool stuff.

  44. This is going to depend of the movie, the way it was filmed, the type of release and the bluray vendor.

  45. It has one. Depending on your version, Google trash guides and learn the ways of custom formats and preferences

  46. I'll get a 4K release only if the 4K is a better master than the initial bluray was. For the vast majority of recently released movies, 1080p already looks very good, so i settle for that. For something older, i'll go for the 4K if it's an upgrade over the previous master (but will still get the 1080p if a new bluray with the same new master comes with the 4K release).

  47. Where do you guys download 4k stuff from? Usually whenever I torrent stuff it is mostly 720p or 1080p. I am speaking with regards to both tv series and movies.

  48. I hoard a few TV shows in 360p. I hoard a few important YouTube videos in full quality, the rest, including a few YouTube channel backups in 360p.

  49. I have a relatively small collection of 4K videos but for the most part I'm running 720p. It's easier to get 720p files than it is to explain how to change the Plex streaming settings in the client.

  50. I can't tell the difference between 4K HDR and 1080p SDR on a 75" TV, so 1080p h265 SDR for almost everything (SD for my wife's trashy shows since she doesn't even look at the tv when they're playing)

  51. I'm with you. 1080p, with some content 2k. I re-encode everything and upscale is so good on most my devices I'm hard pressed to notice a difference.

  52. I blew it and downloaded a lot of 720 content like a bozo. Wish I would have went for higher quality. Now I’m scared to download

  53. I had a lot of 4k content, got rid of them. 4k is a diminishing return. Many x265 videos just looked horrible. So 4k + x265 = poor value. This was an opinion formed on a 65 inch 4k TV, I think with smaller monitors, 4k would be even more diminished in the return on investment (storage).

  54. 4k is fake news, who cares? it's decent for like, high resolution text rendering, but other than that I don't give af about that many pixels in my videos.

  55. Longer answer—4k remux for both BD and 4k and I don’t care if I have the movie already in one format or another. I get both.

  56. 4k for movies I really like. Sometimes for TV shows too depending on how many episodes there are. Also, some movies are more reliant on visuals than others. Like I'm not gonna get "The Man from Earth" in 4k, but definitely "Dune".

  57. Once I move from the current tiny 4TB to 10+TB drives I’ll see but for now I’m doing 1080 cuz space. Most of the stuff just isn’t worth it either imho.

  58. Mostly 1080p because Nvidia shield AI upscale to 4k is seriously impressive. But I get 4k for movies that deserve it or I really love.

  59. I'm not set up for any encoding for remote clients and can't support 4K outbound, just locally, so I have everything available 1080p. I just grab 4K on stuff I personally care about more, in duplicate effectively.

  60. 4k mostly for newer movies (last 10 years or so) and 1080p for older stuff or movies that I don’t care as much about. I don’t bother with 4k for TV series, and a lot of them are only in 1080p anyway.

  61. I already can't see the difference. And my eyes aren't going to get any better so I'm not going to waste additional space if I don't get any utility out of it.

  62. Mostly 1080p, but sometimes when I really like something I get it in 4K HDR 10bit YUV444, and remux it in H.265 (if not already) for maximum efficiency so they end up about the same size as the same in H.264, as I don't have that much vault space.

  63. I hoard 4k remuxes despite having a 1080p TV and actually watching on an iPad Air 2. Intel QSV can transcode at least 2 such streams on the fly which is enough for me.

  64. I've been buying 4k UHD Blu-ray's since they first arrived on the market, and I've been ripping them ever since MakeMKV got support for it. (And then re-rip the Dolby Vision movies when support was added)

  65. The difference I saw on my 4k TV was not worth having four times more hard drive space (and four times the time spent when I move the files or copy them to a friend), and re-obtaining versions for my ~3000 movies.

  66. I'm going through ripping all my Blurays now, currently keeping everything original until i run out of space.

  67. Depends on how much I care about the content. If it's like seriously loved content, I'll probably do 4k HDR Atmos, etc. Otherwise, a good chunk is either 720p or 1080p. Trash shows my SO wants to watch are 720p obviously lol.

  68. i used to download only 1080p (even though my tv is 4k) but now i upgraded my monitors from 1080p to 1440p and if there is a 4k copy available, thats all im downloading from now on.

  69. Mostly 1080 unless it's a heavy on the visuals movie like Into the Spiderverse or something like that, then it's 4k HDR all the way. If it's an absolute all time I favorite I get a physical bluray and rip it myself for pure uncompressed perfection.

  70. With x265 I've been slowly converting the big actiony movies across to 4K with minimal filesize increases over the 1080p x264 versions. Not bothering for the majority though.

  71. I default to 1080p but if the content was actually mastered at 4k I grab the 4k variant a lot of content that is advertised as 4k but has CG has 2k or 1080 CG scenes that they then simply upscale to 4k. Personally I'm not spending extra storage just to keep potentially poorly upscaled 1080p. That being said I sometimes make exceptions one way or the other depending on the specific piece of content

  72. Neither. I go for 480p which looks fine to my (old) eyes. I remember broadcast TV in the 60's and 490p looks soooo much better :-)

  73. I started with 4K at the perfect time, encoding and storage were both very cheap and reliable. Never looked back.

  74. Pretty much just 1080p unless its something that greatly benefits from being 4k like nature videos or something im really into.

  75. I’ve converted most of my collection. Over to 4k if it matters - 25 years of South Park or 35 years of simpsons don’t warrant the jump from 1080p

  76. Usually no. I usually hoard lower quality content so I can hoard more of it. If it's something I'm watching for the first time, 1080p or 4k is fine because then I can delete it after I'm done.

  77. If I like the movie enough (as in multiple rewatch value), I will download a 4K Remux. I don’t bother with 4K other than UHD Remux’s.

  78. After reading all the comments, I feel like an outsider. I started getting everyting at 4k, but the file size is 25-35 GB per movie. I'm thinking I'll look into this h265 stuff though. 99% of what I have doesn't get watched more than once.

  79. At a relatively ‘normal’ low level of compression; say 8gb for a 1080p movie and 25gb for a 4k movie, I can really honestly barely tell the difference on a lower level mid range tv.

  80. I try to "archive" my favorite shows and movies in the best quality I can. Anything that's a genuine classic or worth watching more than once is worth having in high quality. There are also many older movies being remastered in 4K. Lawrence of Arabia in 4K looks like it was filmed yesterday. Truly stunning.

  81. I always hoard the absolute highest quality I can find, no matter what it is. For the truly monstrous high bitrate stuff I end up creating a Plex optimized version so it streams properly, but I still want the stupid high end stuff.

  82. All I want to do is go to the charity stores and buy and rip all the cheap dvds and you guys are making me feel bad because they won't be 1080p minimum

  83. Both. I save the 1080p SDR and the 4K HDR, since it's basically impossible to convert between them properly with automated tools.

  84. This is for YouTube specifically, but I always download 1080p and then later on redownload as highest quality, if anything better than 1080p is available.

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