Encode High Quality Movies and Videos Using Handbrake
Getting and Installing Handbrake
Get a latest version of Handbrake from here. It supports Windows, Mac and as well as linux. The steps provided here are tested in Linuxmint 13. It may vary depends upon your distribution. Once downloaded, you’ll be asked to install the program. Follow the directions on your screen and you’re done.
The main window should look like this:
Click “Source” button in the top left corner, Select the videos which you want to encode.
Select the destination where you want to save the encoded video and choose the output format of your choice such as .mp4 or .mkv.
In the “Summary” section you will see the video details like video dimensions, frame rate, Aspect ratio and codecs.
Now choose the preferred “presets” in the right corner. If you are a beginner and don’t know to select which preset, just select “Normal” preset. This is the handbrake default preset. Every settings will be changed automatically after you selected a preset. I strongly suggest you do not change any settings until you’re familiar with Handbrake presets.
- Click the “Video” tab, select the video encoder. If you want to play the videos in your mobile or ipad choose “mpeg-4” in the “video encode” dropdown box. Select the frame rate and bit rate or leave the defaults.
- Click the “Audio” tab and select the encoder, bit rate etc.
Go to “Subtitles” tab and select the subtitle for your videos if you have one. Select whether the subtitle should be hardcoded or softcoded.
Click “Advanced” tab, change the values as per you need or just leave them as it is. Here, I have given some advanced string settings which are taken from the Handbrake website. Just copy and paste them in the “Current x264 Advanced Option String” column box.
Click the “Picture Settings tab and set dimensions that supports your device.