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Previewing your settings
Video encoding requires a lot of computer resources and can take awhile to complete.
Preview feature allows you to perform a test run on a small portion of your
Source, so you can see what your new video will look like without encoding all of it.
Opening the Preview window
At the top of HandBrake’s main window, you’ll see a toolbar with various buttons.
Preview button to open the
Adjusting Preview settings
Move your mouse cursor over the
Preview window, and some controls will appear.
Set the starting position by dragging the
Position control left or right, and choose how many seconds of video you want to encode using the
Starting a Preview encode
When you’re satisfied with your starting position and duration, select
Live Preview and be patient. HandBrake will report its progress while it works.
Preview is ready, the controls are updated to let you play, pause, and rewind your video. You can also adjust the audio volume, and in some cases, choose which audio track plays.
To create a new
Preview, select the
╳ button to start over.
When you’re finished previewing your work, you may close the