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HandBrake: Compressing Video

Encoding a video with HandBrake will always compress the size of the file. If a video file is too large, encode it with HandBrake. Handbrake is available on computers in the Library Design Lab and Wiegand Design Lab, and can be installed onto personal computers. Full Guide: View/Download

To compress a video:
  1. Launch HandBrake. A pop-up will appear.
    • Alternatively, if HandBrake is already open, click “Open Source” to the top-left.
  2. Locate the desired video to be converted.
  3. Click “Open.”

  4. Click the “Format” drop-down and select “.MP4.”
  5. (Optional) Click the “Preset” drop-down and select the desired quality. “Fast 1080p30” is suitable in most cases. A lower quality may be necessary to compress the video to the desired file size.
  6. Rename the file in the “Save As” text field to the bottom-left. Do not delete the file type (“.mp4”).
  7. Click “Browse” to the bottom-right to set the desired storage location.
  8. Click the circular, green “Start” button to the top of the window. The encoding process will begin and the status will appear at the bottom of the window.
If the new video file still isn’t small enough, select a lower quality preset in HandBrake and encode again. Be aware that reducing the quality will affect the way the video looks.

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Keywords:reduce, size, smaller, file   Doc ID:92057
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2019-05-30 13:19 PDTUpdated:2021-04-16 14:27 PDT
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