Handbrake is a free and open-source video transcoder program that will convert video files from one format to another. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Handbrake was first released in 2003 as a DVD ripping tool. It was originally developed by Eric Petit and was based on the open-source libraries of other projects. Handbrake evolved into a more versatile tool. In 2006, the project was taken over by a team of developers who continued to update and improve the program.
Handbrake is like a grandfather program spawning a number of transcoding programs which are based on Handbrake. Here are some of the most popular offspring:
VidCoder is a Windows-based program that is based on Handbrake. It allows users to convert video files into a variety of different formats and also includes a range of advanced features for customizing the output file. I use this program a lot in my video transfer business.
RipBot264 is another Windows program that is based on Handbrake. It allows you to convert video files into a variety of different formats. It also includes advanced features for customizing the output file.
FFmpeg is a command-line tool that can be used to convert video files from one format to another. It is based on a number of different open-source tools, including Handbrake. Unlike the others, FFmpeg is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
How To Use Handbrake
Download and install Handbrake from https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php the official website. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the program on your computer.
When the installation is complete, launch Handbrake.
Click the “Open Source” button in Handbrake to find and select or drag the video file you want to convert. It will automatically detect the file’s information including the resolution. You can leave it on the default which is Fast 1080p 30.
In the “Output Settings” section, choose the output format you want to convert the video to such as MP4, MKV, or AVI.
You can adjust the video settings from the “Video” tab. Change the resolution, frame rate, and other settings as you wish. Be sure to click the constant frame rate option because the peak frame rate is variable and is known to cause issues.
Go to the Video tab and set the codec to H.264 and use the one that’s first in the list. For frame rate choose 30. Go to the audio tab and select AAC.
Click the “Preview” button to see what it will look like.
When you’ve made all the necessary choices, click the “Start Encode.” The time it takes for conversion will depend on the length and size of your video file.
When it is done, the converted file will be saved to the location you specified in the “Destination” section.