I am wondering if there are any plans for AV1 codec support for future releases. AV1 is supposed to be the future and the latest 40 series RTX cards support AV1 encoding now. I figure it is only a matter of time for many software developers to add it as conversion option. I am going to try and do some scripting to start using it with mcebuddy doing only commercial removal and renaming. I find FFMPEG works much better with NVidia cards, so going to see what I can do with it.
There may be ways to get transcoding to AV1 by doing some technical work, but if you’re into it, the basic outline is to manually replace the Handbrake and FFMPEG tools built into MCEBuddy and the conversion profiles defined in the file “C:\Program Files\MCEBuddy2x\config\profles.conf”. If you’re not a technical person comfortable with trying to do that, then I’d recommend doing as Goose suggested - upvote and wait for it to get developed in a future version of MCEBuddy.
After replacing Handbrake and/or FFMPEG, you can define a new AV1 profile by setting the options to pass to the new versions of Handbrake and FFMPEG you replace. Then you would just pick your new custom profile in your conversion task setups.
As an example, this is what the built-in profile for “HEVC MKV” looks like in my profiles.conf file. Obviously the specific options for a new profile you define for “[AV1 MKV]” (for example) would be different, but it shows how you can pass the specific options to the new Handbrake or FFMPEG to use the new AV1 codecs. Specifically, FFMPEG’s “-vcodec” option and Handbrake’s “-e” option.
Description=HEVC in MKV (H.265/AC3) conversion. Creates a smaller file (50% smaller than H.264) with comparable quality but very slow.
ffmpeg-video=-ss 0 -tag:v hvc1 -vf yadif=0:-1:1,hqdn3d -vcodec libx265 -preset medium -crf 26 -map 0:v -sn
ffmpeg-audio=-acodec ac3 -ab 160k -map 0:a
ffmpeg-audioac3=-acodec ac3 -ab 256k -map 0:a
handbrake-general=--decomb --loose-anamorphic --verbose=2
handbrake-video=--start-at duration:0 -e x265 --encoder-preset medium -q 26
handbrake-audio=-E ffac3 -R auto -B 160 -D 0 -a 1,2,3,4,5
handbrake-audioac3=-E ffac3 -R auto -B 256 -D 0 -a 1,2,3,4,5