Encoding / Re-Encoding Video (and/or Wiping Audio) Using HANDBRAKE

The program 'HANDBRAKE' is a fantastic tool that can be used to convert larger video files to the mp4 format (saving you potentially significant upload time) and address problems with a video clip's resolution or initial encoding.

It is a free download here: https://handbrake.fr/

This article addresses the current version of Handbrake (version 1.0.3 as of this writing).

WHY SHOULD I RE-ENCODE OR CONVERT MY FILES?

Good question.  Re-encoding your files is a good option to turn to if:

1) you're running into frequent 'encoding failure' notifications after uploading your video

2) the resolutions or file sizes of the footage you wish to upload are huge

3) the type of video file you have is unorthodox or unrecognized

Re-encoding a video can take some time, but depending on the type of video file you have it can also result in an mp4 file MUCH smaller than - and of comparable quality to - the original.  Time spent re-encoding can MORE than pay for itself in upload time and headache saved.

 To re-encode video files ON A MAC:

1) For ease of locating the files you wish to convert in Handbrake, we recommend placing them on the Desktop first, and then opening Handbrake.

2) Press the 'Source' button (in the upper left corner) to locate the video you wish to convert/re-encode:

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3) Navigate through your computer to find the files you wish to convert/re-encode.  You choose one file at a time to convert/re-encode.  If you have more than one file to convert/re-encode, you can build a queue of files that Handbrake will automatically work its way through (see below).   

Press 'Open' to pull the file into Handbrake to convert/re-encode:

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4) After selecting the video file you wish to convert/re-encode, you should check all the settings before pressing the 'Start' button to begin re-encoding.  

The destination location and name of the file are listed on the 'Destination: File" line.

Press the 'Picture' tab in the middle of the screen to view the resolution information.   The resolutions of both the source video as well as the file you'll be creating are listed here.

You can change the output resolution if needed by clicking into the 'Storage Size' fields and entering new values. Those changes will be reflected in the 'Display Size' boxes.

When you're ready to re-encode your video file, click on the 'Start' button in the middle-left of the page.

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If you have other files you want to convert/re-encode, you can 'queue them up' while your first file is running through.  Repeat steps 2-4 above, but instead of pressing 'Start', press the 'Add To Queue' button.

After the files are converted/re-encoded, they're good to upload!

Stripping out the audio track ON A MAC:

On occasion, your video files will be fine but an audio corruption will cause an encoding error.  In these instances, your video can still be used by deleting the audio track and uploading the corruption-free file(s).

1) After opening Handbrake and selecting a Source file (see steps 1 - 3, above), click on the 'Audio' tab in the middle of the screen:

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2) Click on the chevrons associated with the file's audio track:

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3) Select the 'None' option (to set that as the audio that will re-encode with the video file).  This will strip the audio from the video file:

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4) With the 'None' selected as the Audio option, click on the 'Video' tab to be taken back to the Handbrake main page:

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5) If your video settings are ready to go (see "To re-encode video files ON A MAC" section above), press the 'Start' or 'Add To Queue' button to begin re-encoding the video without the audio track.

 

To re-encode video files ON A PC:

1) For ease of locating the files you wish to convert in Handbrake, we recommend placing them on the Desktop first, and then opening Handbrake.

2) Press the 'Open Source' button (in the upper left corner) to locate the video you wish to convert/re-encode:

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3) A tab will open asking if you would like to batch convert multiple files at once, or a single file.  This article will cover single files (so please choose that tab).  Please contact support@vidswap.com if you would like instructions on how to batch convert files.

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4) Navigate through your computer to find the files you wish to convert/re-encode.  You choose one file at a time to convert/re-encode.  If you have more than one file to convert/re-encode, you can build a queue of files that Handbrake will automatically work its way through (see below).  

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5) After selecting the file you wish to convert/re-encode, you should check all the settings before pressing the 'Start Encode' button.  

The destination location and name of the file are listed on the 'Destination: File" line.

The resolution information (of both the old and new video files) can be viewed in the middle of the screen (you can change the output resolution if needed by typing a new setting into the 'width' box).

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If you have other files you want to convert/re-encode, you can 'queue them up' while your first file is running through.  Repeat steps 2-5 above, but instead of pressing 'Start', press the 'Add To Queue' button.

After the files are converted/re-encoded, they're good to upload!

Stripping out the audio track ON A PC:

On occasion, your video files will be fine but an audio corruption will cause an encoding error.  In these instances, your video can still be used if you delete the audio track and upload the corruption-free file(s).

1) After opening Handbrake and selecting a Source file (see steps 1 - 4, above), click on the 'Audio' tab in the middle of the screen:

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2) To wipe the audio track from the video clip, click on either the 'Clear' button or the red "x" on the far right edge of the audio track list:

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3) Review your 'Picture' / resolution settings one more time by clicking on the 'Picture' tab, and press the 'Start' or 'Add To Queue' button to begin re-encoding the video without the audio track.

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