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HandBrake takes videos you already have and makes new ones that work on your mobile phone, tablet, TV media player, game console, computer, or web browser—nearly anything that supports modern video formats.
This quick start guide assumes you have already downloaded and installed HandBrake. If you do not already have HandBrake, please see Downloading and installing HandBrake.
Let’s get started.
Launch HandBrake by quickly clicking twice (double-clicking) on the cocktail & pineapple icon. Depending on your system settings, a single click may suffice.
Open your existing video
HandBrake calls the video you already have the
Open Source button on the toolbar to browse your files for a video to open. You may also drag your
Source video onto HandBrake’s main window.
Select a title
Sources may contain more than one video clip, or a collection of
Titles. Use HandBrake’s
Title control to select which video clip you want to use.
Sources have only one
Title. Blu-ray and DVD
Sources often have multiple
Select a preset
HandBrake provides a number of settings
Presets to make your new video work well with your playback devices and software. For instance, if you have a Playstation 4, you may wish to select the
Playstation 1080p30 Surround preset under
Fast 1080p30 preset is often a good choice because it’s fast and compatible with most devices.
Presets can affect compatibility (whether your video will work with your devices and software) and encoding time. Learn more about Selecting a preset.
Select a destination
Destination is where your new video will go. You can select the
Browse... button to choose a different location and name, or type it directly in the box.
Please take special care to note your destination. Otherwise, you won’t be able to find your new video. You can move it later if you desire.
Start the encode
Start button on the toolbar to make your new video.
HandBrake will report its progress while it’s working and alert you when it’s finished. Then you will have a new video file at the
Destination you specified.
Congratulations! You just encoded your first video using HandBrake. It’s now ready to watch on your devices.