Hi, I have been searching for a calculator to find this answer for 2 days now and I have found almost nothing that can guide me to the answer for this problem. Every one I have tried gives me an "acceptable quality" not best or highest bitrate before any higher will not show any more improvement in quality.
I have a lot of hi8 tapes that I have digitized to uncompressed and want to put as many as possible in AVC/h.264 720x480 4:3 29.97i on a 50GB blu ray with DVD Architect 7 but the problem is that I want to make it the most efficient as possible with the highest quality in h.264 that it can show, without diminishing returns on extra bitrate to waste space on a 50GB blu ray. I have about 40-50 files I want to fit but I don't want to encode in a higher bitrate if I don't have to, but can't afford to go overboard just to be safe (like 10Mb/s).
Is there a "perfect" bitrate for h.264 in 720x480 4:3 (640x480 essentially) for 29.97i?
Is there a calculator you can point me to that can calculate this? Highest quality bitrate right up until any more bitrate won't show any more improvement in quality?