The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) EXTENDED 1080p AV1 OPUS 5.1-UH
  • Category
    : Movies
  • Type
    : HD
  • Language
    : English
  • Total size
    : 15.70 GB
  • Date uploaded
    : 12 Aug ,2023

Description: Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167260/
Languages: English

LOTR 1080p Encoder Notes: Total encoding time for the trilogy was 89h 26m on an i9-12900k. Three Bluray remuxs were used totaling 178GB. The file size was reduced to 37GB for over 12 hours of content. SVT-AV1 Mode 3 was used, which favours quality over encoding speed. The bitrates of the video streams are 6200kbps, 6400kbps and 8300kbps respectively. These are 20 year old sources. A higher bitrate (file size) was required. LOTR 2001 had to be re-encoded three times. Careful analysis of screenshots showed the bitrate was too low. LOTR 2003 required an even higher bitrate (due to more fast paced scenes) to ensure smooth motion.

Original Series: The original (instead of remastered) series was used for 1080p, due to complaints about colour issues. The grass looked like dead sod, after analysis of screenshots around the watermill. This problem is resolved with the upcoming 2160p HDR10 release, if your display supports HDR. Otherwise, the recommended solution is the original series for 1080p.

Five Star Movies: These are 5 star movies with a 9/10 IMDB user rating and above a 90% metascore from review critics. Studio don't make old movies like these anymore. This trilogy a hidden gem.

Distribution Note: This trilogy will be distributed with 16MB piece sizes, to make it easier to seed. The uploader will be launching with 20 upload slots per torrent at two gigabits. This is what that speed can handle. Please seed back generously. Most of the initial bandwidth will come from the swarm. Torrents will be serviced by the uploader one at a time for each IP address. Simply keep the torrents running. Older torrent clients like uTorrent may have trouble connecting to libtorrent rakshasa. If you're getting slow speeds or no transfer, restart the torrent or wait for more seeders.


UserHEVC encodes AV1 movies. Razor high video quality. Reasonable file size.

UserHEVC recommends a 30.6GB video stream on x264 or 22.9GB on x265, to match 15.3GB video quality on AV1.

Code: ===================== General =====================
Complete name : LOTR.The.Return.Of.The.King.2003.Bluray.1080p.AV1.OPUS.5.1-UH.mkv
Format : Matroska
Formatversion : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 15.7 GB
Duration (ms) : 4h 23mn
Overall bit rate : 8 544 Kbps
Encoded date : UTC 2023-08-11 17:34:49
Writing application : mkvmerge v78.0 ('Running') 64-bit
Writing library : libebml v1.4.4 + libmatroska v1.7.1 / Lavf60.3.100

===================== Video =====================
Id : 1
Format : V_AV1
Codec Id : V_AV1
Duration (ms) : 4h 23mn
Bit rate : 8 296 Kbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 796 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 2.40:1
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 23.976 (24000/1001) fps
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.226
Stream size : 15.3 GB (97%)
Default : Yes
Forced : No

===================== Audio =====================
Id : 2
Format : Opus
Codec Id : A_OPUS
Duration (ms) : 4h 23mn
Bit rate : 246 Kbps
Channel(s) : 6 channels
Channel positions : Front: L C R, Rear: L R, LFE
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Frame rate : 50.000 fps (960 spf)
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 464 MB (3%)
Language : English
Default : Yes
Forced : No

A message from UserHEVC:
“I encode videos to solve a problem, not to create one.” - UserHEVC

I started encoding videos to strive to do better. My Computer Science background helps to make better choices. File size is a problem, which is why video codecs (such as AVC, HEVC and AV1) compress bits of information. The choices we make to configure video codecs, impact us more than we know.

Please seed, it's a respect thing:
It's recommended to seed for at least a 1:1 ratio or 24 hours. Otherwise, the uploader's work goes to waste. The torrent will not propagate as effectively and there will be less seeders retained long term. If you have a slow connection – it's fine. Staying on the torrent for 24 hours has a tremendous impact!

Still think the file size is too high? Here's an example of blocking artifacts. These will occur at a smaller scale, bellow 7GB on x264.
A 15GB AV1 movie is up to 4 times more efficient at video compression. It's required for a 4 hour movie that is 20 years old!