I am very happy with my Handbrake settings for my final encodes but I have a video that needs to be edited first. I intend to use Vegas Pro to do this but the default encoding settings create terribly large files. I know I can experiment and find a closer bitrate to my Handbrake settings but I'd like to avoid this for simplicity. Can I still make a final encode with Handbrake without losing quality if I first encode at or above source?
Edit: My question is slightly different, I wanted to know about encoding first to a higher or equal to source bitrate and then re-encoding to a final bitrate. Based on my answer I got, it seems that unless you encode to lossless, some quality will always be lost.