A Beginner’s Guide to Video Encoding

By on September 30, 2011
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Handbraking your way to glory!

1- For starters, download Handbrake, which is the tool we will be using for the remainder of this tutorial. Make sure to choose the version corresponding to your operating system. http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

2- I assume that you can install a program without any assistance, so I’m going to skip that part. Once installation is complete, run Handbrake.

3- As you can see already, this is the main Handbrake interface; think of it as your command center from now on.

4- To select the video you’d like to transcode, click on the Source button at the top-left of the window. Select Video File from the drop-down menu.

5- A small window should appear prompting you to locate the video in question.

6- Next, designate an output folder. This is where your converted video will be located upon completion of the transcoding process. Be sure to type a file name for the output file.

7- Now that we’ve gotten to the juice of the process, I’d like you to take note of the Presets pane. AS mentioned earlier, I will be transcoding the video to H.264 (the codec used by iPads, iPods and iPhones), specifically for the iPhone.

There’s no need to panic if you want to convert your video to another format – simply select the appropriate profile, and everything should be the same.
As noted above, simply select a profile, and click on the Start button at the top of the interface.

8- As noted above, simply select a profile, and click on the Start button at the top of the interface.


Once the process is complete, head over to the folder you selected in step 6, and enjoy your newly converted video.

Of course, that’s not all there is to Handbrake, or video encoding in general for that matter. Then why follow this tutorial? Well, think of it as a stepping stone. From here onwards, you can reach places you couldn’t reach before, and that’s basically the reason behind my writing this guide.

Keep playing around with Handbrake until you feel that you’re pretty comfortable with it. Afterwards, move on to something more advanced, such as MeGUI, RipBot264 or StaxRip. Once you master one or all of the above, you’ll be pretty competent at converting and ripping videos. Good luck!

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Aspiring Python developer who one day hopes to launch a start-up. Currently studying engineering at UAEU. Loves reading sci-fi novels, watching good movies, listening to classical music and playing games that are worth the time investment.

  • khaled

    brilliant , thanks alot

    • Anonymous

      Glad you found it useful.

  • http://twitter.com/Rashoxod Rashed AlJabri

    Congratulations on your first Published Tutorial !

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