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Handbrake for Windows: Use Handbrake in Windows

Handbrake is a multiplatform and open source video transcoder (DVD  video converter), available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows, and totally free. With Handbrake, you can transcode any DVD, video to MP4(M4V) or MKV file format with MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora encoded.

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Below is the Handbrake tutorial to use Handbrake for Windows: Window 7, Vista, XP and 2000 are supported.

You may additionally install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. And do note that this must be installed even if .NET version 4 is installed because version 4 is not backwards compatible.

Handbrake Tutorial Step 1: Select a DVD/Video Source

First things first, download and install Handbrake for Windows. When launch the Handbrake, click the "Source" button on top, you got three options:

  • Video File: Use this option to convert a video file, for example, from WMV to MKV.
  • Folder: Use this option to select a DVD / Blu-ray Video_ts folder on your hard disk.
  • DVD Drive Option: Only available if HandBrake detects a DVD movie in your drive.

Select a source and once imported, you got a list of Titles on the source, and then select the one you wish to encode. The main movie usually has the longest duration.

Handbrake Tutorial Step 2: Make Output Settings

The first thing is to select the output destination. Simply click the "Browse" button and choose a folder on your hard disk.

Secondly, choose a preset from the preset list on the right. Even you want to customize the parameters, you are recommended to choose a closest preset and start changing from there. As regarding to the presets, "Normal" and "High Profile" are good for watching on your computer or TV. "Universal" may be better for your portable devices.

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Handbrake Tutorial Step 3: Start converting

It's time to click "Start" button to start converting video from DVD or just converting video. If you have many videos to convert, simply click "Add to Queue" button to queue these and start task from the "Encode Queue" dialog.

Handbrake for Windows Tips:

1.Handbrake cannot at present convert all videos purchased from iTunes or found on DVD or Blu-Ray discs. If you fail to convert them, Video Converter could get both of these tasks easily done.

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2.The encoding time will be a few minutes to many hours depending on the length of the video, the hardware in your PC and the settings in your Handbrake.

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CF542
The framerate trick here may not work on all versions of Handbrake. I solved a lip sync issue by simply choosing "Constant Framerate" instead of the default "Peak Framerate" under the Video tab. Current version 0.9.9.5470 for Windows.
Christine_Smith
hello, as for technical questions, please contact Handbrake Support Team. Thanks!
ray
I have used handbreak on my vids and it seemed to work just fine but, when I put them on my website it seems that it plays the whole video in a buffering state before it can be watched it takes as long as the video is to process. My clients are complaining and asking for there money back.. Do you know what might be causing this... and a quick fix..?? Thank you...
Christine_Smith
Hello, if you can't use Handbrake, please try Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. This software supports almost any video format, and has an easy to use interface. Besides, it is more versatile and advanced than Handbrake.
hari
hiiiiiii i have download Handbrake then its asking dotNetF 4 ihave also downloaded it but ite not installing on my computer with firewall error.....flz help.....
AlejandroGallet
Hit the "Video" tab under "Output Settings." Choose the "Framerate (FPS)" drop-down menu and select a different frame rate for your video. Fixing an issue like this will require some trial-and-error work. Click "Preview" option to view a preview of your video file as it will be outputted using the current settings. If the audio & video syncing issue is fixed, you can proceed with the encode using HandBrake. If the problem is not fixed, choose a different frame rate from the drop-down menu and try again.
Tom601
Will handbrake sync the audio to the video?
AlejandroGallet
Yeah, it always happens like this. Why not try Wondershare Video Converter? It works so powerfully and easily.
Carlos
Using 0.9.9 Handbrake in windows, after I select start, the time remaining counter never starts. It stays at zero.
AlejandroGallet
Try to re-install it. Good luck.
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