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Re-encode a video file using Handbrake (Windows)


  1. Download and install Handbrake

  2. Open Handbrake program.

    Select the Tools menu and then select Options from the drop-down menu.

  3. Select Output Files from the Preferences list to view the default path for output files. To change the default path, select the Browse button next to the Default Path field.

  4. To keep things simple, select Desktop. If you would like to save your files elsewhere, select the appropriate folder. Once a location has been selected, click the Select Folder button.

  5. Select "Always use MP4" from the MP4 File Extension drop-down menu.
    Select the Close button. 

  6. Select Source then Open File from the drop-down menu.

    Navigate to the location of the file you wish to convert, select the file, and select Open.

  7. Select Picture Tab to edit the picture settings.
    Select Loose from the Anamorphic drop-down menu.
    Select 16 Modulus drop-down menu.

  8. Select the Video tab to edit the video settings.
    Click the Constant Framerate radio button.
    Click the Avg Bitrate (kbps) radio button.
    Enter 600 in the Avg Bitrate (kbps) field.
    To achieve the best quality, check the 2-Pass Encoding box.

  9. Select the Audio tab to edit the audio settings.
    Select Mono from the Mixdown drop-down menu.
    Select 64 from the Bitrate drop-down menu.

  10. All set, you are ready to encode. Select Start

  11. When the file is encoding, the status message will be displayed at the bottom of the Handbrake window.

  12. When encoding has finished, the Queue Finished status message will be displayed.

  13. For additional information on Handbrake software, please refer to the HandBrake Guide

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