The Vietnam War: this week's episode is larger than last week's episode
#1
Hello

Using 3.04 on Windows.

I have been downloading The Vietnam War in 3.00 and have had file sizes between 349 and 382mb using a mode of good (hvfhigh1 and hvfhigh2).
I upgraded to 3.04 and downloaded the latest episode with a mode of good (hvfhigh1 & hvfhigh2) but now I'm getting larger file sizes of 449mb.

Any ideas why?

Regards

Below is the information from the PVR recordings, the first one is from the larger file size

get_iplayer Output:


brand The Vietnam War
categories Factual,History,Documentaries
category Factual
channel BBC Four
desc American casualties and enemy body counts mount as marines face North Vietnamese ambushes.
desclong American casualties and enemy body counts mount as marines face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery south of the DMZ and army units chase an elusive enemy in the Central Highlands. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
descmedium Series telling the story of the war. American casualties and enemy body counts mount as marines face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes.
descshort American casualties and enemy body counts mount as marines face North Vietnamese ambushes.
dir D:\iPlayer Recordings
dldate 2017-10-10
dltime 20:32:17
duration 3300
durations audiodescribed: 3300
durations original: 3300
episode 5. This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
episodenum 5
episodeshort This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
expires in 29 days 2 hours (2017-11-08T21:55:00+00:00)
ext EXT
filename D:\iPlayer Recordings\The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_5._This_Is_What_We_Do_July_1967-December_1967_b097ts0b_original.mp4
filepart D:\iPlayer Recordings\The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_5._This_Is_What_We_Do_July_1967-December_1967_b097ts0b_original.partial.EXT
fileprefix The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_5._This_Is_What_We_Do_July_1967-December_1967_b097ts0b_original
firstbcast 2017-10-09T22:00:00+01:00
firstbcastdate 2017-10-09
firstbcastrel 0 days 22 hours ago
index 918
longname The Vietnam War: Series 1
mode hvfxhigh1
modes audiodescribed: dvfxsd1,dvfxsd2,dvflow1,dvflow2,hvfxsd1,hvfxsd2,hvfxsd3,hvfhigh1,hvfhigh2,hvfhigh3,hvfxhigh1,hvfxhigh2,hvfxhigh3,hvfstd1,hvfstd2,hvfstd3,hvflow1,hvflow2,hvflow3
modes original: dvfhd1,dvfhd2,dvfsd1,dvfsd2,dvfxsd1,dvfxsd2,dvfhigh1,dvfhigh2,dvfxhigh1,dvfxhigh2,dvflow1,dvflow2,hlshd1,hlsvhigh1,hvfhd1,hvfhd2,hvfhd3,hvfsd1,hvfsd2,hvfsd3,hvfxsd1,hvfxsd2,hvfxsd3,hvfhigh1,hvfhigh2,hvfhigh3,hvfxhigh1,hvfxhigh2,hvfxhigh3,hvfstd1,hvfstd2,hvfstd3,hvflow1,hvflow2,hvflow3,subtitles1,subtitles2,subtitles3
modesizes audiodescribed: dvfxsd1=607MiB,dvfxsd2=607MiB,dvflow1=166MiB,dvflow2=166MiB,hvfxsd1=722MiB,hvfxsd2=722MiB,hvfxsd3=722MiB,hvfhigh1=708MiB,hvfhigh2=708MiB,hvfhigh3=708MiB,hvfxhigh1=399MiB,hvfxhigh2=399MiB,hvfxhigh3=399MiB,hvfstd1=340MiB,hvfstd2=340MiB,hvfstd3=340MiB,hvflow1=236MiB,hvflow2=236MiB,hvflow3=236MiB [estimated sizes only]
modesizes original: dvfhd1=1921MiB,dvfhd2=1921MiB,dvfsd1=1065MiB,dvfsd2=1065MiB,dvfxsd1=608MiB,dvfxsd2=608MiB,dvfhigh1=595MiB,dvfhigh2=595MiB,dvfxhigh1=313MiB,dvfxhigh2=313MiB,dvflow1=166MiB,dvflow2=166MiB,hlshd1=938MiB,hlsvhigh1=589MiB,hvfhd1=2248MiB,hvfhd2=2248MiB,hvfhd3=2248MiB,hvfsd1=1306MiB,hvfsd2=1306MiB,hvfsd3=1306MiB,hvfxsd1=803MiB,hvfxsd2=803MiB,hvfxsd3=803MiB,hvfhigh1=788MiB,hvfhigh2=788MiB,hvfhigh3=788MiB,hvfxhigh1=478MiB,hvfxhigh2=478MiB,hvfxhigh3=478MiB,hvfstd1=421MiB,hvfstd2=421MiB,hvfstd3=421MiB,hvflow1=316MiB,hvflow2=316MiB,hvflow3=316MiB,subtitles1=84KiB,subtitles2=84KiB,subtitles3=84KiB [estimated sizes only]
name The Vietnam War: Series 1
nameshort The Vietnam War
pid b097ts0b
player http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b097ts0b
runtime 55
senum s01e05
series Series 1
seriesnum 1
thumbfile D:\iPlayer Recordings\The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_5._This_Is_What_We_Do_July_1967-December_1967_b097ts0b_original.jpg
thumbnail http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/192x108/p05j1mf4.jpg
timeadded 0 days 1 hours ago (2017-10-10T18:32:17+00:00)
title The Vietnam War: Series 1: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)
type tv
verpids audiodescribed: p05jj9gq
verpids original: b097tr4c
version original
versions audiodescribed,original
web http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096k8kx
And this is from the smaller file size.

get_iplayer Output:


brand The Vietnam War
categories Factual,History,Documentaries
category Factual
channel BBC Four
desc Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
desclong Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South, while Saigon struggles to 'pacify the countryside'. As an anti-war movement builds back home, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and marines discover that the war they are being asked to fight in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers' war.
descmedium Series telling the story of the Vietnam War. Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South.
descshort Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
dir D:\iPlayer Recordings
dldate 2017-10-04
dltime 19:58:44
duration 3300
durations audiodescribed: 3300
durations editorial: 3300
durations editorial2: 3300
episode 4. Doubt (January 1966-June 1967)
episodenum 4
episodeshort Doubt (January 1966-June 1967)
expires in 22 days 2 hours (2017-11-01T22:55:00+00:00)
ext EXT
filename D:\iPlayer Recordings\The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_4._Doubt_January_1966-June_1967_b096v3f2_editorial.mp4
filepart D:\iPlayer Recordings\The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_4._Doubt_January_1966-June_1967_b096v3f2_editorial.partial.EXT
fileprefix The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_4._Doubt_January_1966-June_1967_b096v3f2_editorial
firstbcast 2017-10-02T22:55:00+01:00
firstbcastdate 2017-10-02
firstbcastrel 7 days 22 hours ago
index 894
longname The Vietnam War: Series 1
mode hvfxhigh1
modes audiodescribed: dvfxsd1,dvfxsd2,dvflow1,dvflow2,hvfxsd1,hvfxsd2,hvfxsd3,hvfhigh1,hvfhigh2,hvfhigh3,hvfxhigh1,hvfxhigh2,hvfxhigh3,hvfstd1,hvfstd2,hvfstd3,hvflow1,hvflow2,hvflow3
modes editorial: dvfhd1,dvfhd2,dvfsd1,dvfsd2,dvfxsd1,dvfxsd2,dvfhigh1,dvfhigh2,dvfxhigh1,dvfxhigh2,dvflow1,dvflow2,hlshd1,hlsvhigh1,hvfhd1,hvfhd2,hvfhd3,hvfsd1,hvfsd2,hvfsd3,hvfxsd1,hvfxsd2,hvfxsd3,hvfhigh1,hvfhigh2,hvfhigh3,hvfxhigh1,hvfxhigh2,hvfxhigh3,hvfstd1,hvfstd2,hvfstd3,hvflow1,hvflow2,hvflow3,subtitles1,subtitles2,subtitles3
modes editorial2: dvfxsd1,dvfxsd2,dvflow1,dvflow2,hvfxsd1,hvfxsd2,hvfxsd3,hvfhigh1,hvfhigh2,hvfhigh3,hvfxhigh1,hvfxhigh2,hvfxhigh3,hvfstd1,hvfstd2,hvfstd3,hvflow1,hvflow2,hvflow3
modesizes audiodescribed: dvfxsd1=656MiB,dvfxsd2=656MiB,dvflow1=179MiB,dvflow2=179MiB,hvfxsd1=722MiB,hvfxsd2=722MiB,hvfxsd3=722MiB,hvfhigh1=708MiB,hvfhigh2=708MiB,hvfhigh3=708MiB,hvfxhigh1=399MiB,hvfxhigh2=399MiB,hvfxhigh3=399MiB,hvfstd1=340MiB,hvfstd2=340MiB,hvfstd3=340MiB,hvflow1=236MiB,hvflow2=236MiB,hvflow3=236MiB [estimated sizes only]
modesizes editorial: dvfhd1=2075MiB,dvfhd2=2075MiB,dvfsd1=1151MiB,dvfsd2=1151MiB,dvfxsd1=656MiB,dvfxsd2=656MiB,dvfhigh1=643MiB,dvfhigh2=643MiB,dvfxhigh1=338MiB,dvfxhigh2=338MiB,dvflow1=179MiB,dvflow2=179MiB,hlshd1=945MiB,hlsvhigh1=589MiB,hvfhd1=2248MiB,hvfhd2=2248MiB,hvfhd3=2248MiB,hvfsd1=1306MiB,hvfsd2=1306MiB,hvfsd3=1306MiB,hvfxsd1=803MiB,hvfxsd2=803MiB,hvfxsd3=803MiB,hvfhigh1=788MiB,hvfhigh2=788MiB,hvfhigh3=788MiB,hvfxhigh1=478MiB,hvfxhigh2=478MiB,hvfxhigh3=478MiB,hvfstd1=421MiB,hvfstd2=421MiB,hvfstd3=421MiB,hvflow1=316MiB,hvflow2=316MiB,hvflow3=316MiB,subtitles1=91KiB,subtitles2=91KiB,subtitles3=91KiB [estimated sizes only]
modesizes editorial2: dvfxsd1=656MiB,dvfxsd2=656MiB,dvflow1=179MiB,dvflow2=179MiB,hvfxsd1=722MiB,hvfxsd2=722MiB,hvfxsd3=722MiB,hvfhigh1=708MiB,hvfhigh2=708MiB,hvfhigh3=708MiB,hvfxhigh1=399MiB,hvfxhigh2=399MiB,hvfxhigh3=399MiB,hvfstd1=340MiB,hvfstd2=340MiB,hvfstd3=340MiB,hvflow1=236MiB,hvflow2=236MiB,hvflow3=236MiB [estimated sizes only]
name The Vietnam War: Series 1
nameshort The Vietnam War
pid b096v3f2
player http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b096v3f2
runtime 55
senum s01e04
series Series 1
seriesnum 1
thumbfile D:\iPlayer Recordings\The_Vietnam_War_Series_1_-_4._Doubt_January_1966-June_1967_b096v3f2_editorial.jpg
thumbnail http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/192x108/p05h9j4r.jpg
timeadded 6 days 2 hours ago (2017-10-04T17:58:44+00:00)
title The Vietnam War: Series 1: Doubt (January 1966-June 1967)
type tv
verpids audiodescribed: p05hx025
verpids editorial: b099b5wh
verpids editorial2: p05hx025
version editorial
versions audiodescribed,editorial,editorial2
web http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096k8kx
#2
That isn't going to help you. You need to look at the output from get_iplayer during the actual download so see which streams you accessed, and you need to look at the properties of the downloaded files: actual bitrate and duration. You say you are downloading hvfhigh streams, but that isn't possible. The output you posted says otherwise, and the downloads would be much larger than 449 MB. Even with that, there is no guarantee that streams are the same from episode to episode, even if they have the same recording mode designation by get_iplayer. Also keep in mind that the streams on offer may change with time if the BBC reposts an edited version of a programme.
#3
Don't forget that the later version of GiP will try and get the higher quality audio too and the higher bit rate will result in larger files. You can use the lower bit rate with the option --no-hq-audio.
#4
You would only get the higher audio bit rate if available, and my guess is that it wasn't at the time. I have seen that happen with other programmes. EDIT: The "editorial2" version is also the version with audio description, so not relevant here after all. Audio described programmes usually don't have 320k audio.
#5
Thank you for your replies.
Sorry the mode was hvfxhigh not hvfhigh as I had previously stated.


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