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Handbrake for Windows: How to Use Handbrake and Handbrake Alternative in Windows

by Christine Smith • 2024-01-11 10:26:08 • Proven solutions

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

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Below is the Handbrake tutorial to use Handbrake for Windows: Windows 10, 8, 7 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 backward compatible.

Steps on How to Convert Videos to Other Format with Handbrake for Windows

Handbrake Tutorial Step 1: Select a Video Source.

First things first, download and install Handbrake for Windows. When launching the Handbrake, click the Source button at the top, you'll get three options:

  • 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.

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 the closest preset and start changing from there. As regarding the presets, "Normal" and "High Profile" are good for watching on your computer or TV. "Universal" may be better for your portable devices.

make output settings for Handbrake for Windows

Handbrake Tutorial Step 3: Start converting.

It's time to click the Start Encode button to start converting video to MP4 or MkV. If you have many videos to convert, simply click the Add to Queue button to queue these and start tasks from the "Show 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, Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) could get both of these tasks easily done.

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.

3. Handbrake only supports MKV and MP4, so if you want to convert videos to other formats, you can use Wondershare UniConverter.

Steps on How to Convert Videos to Other Format with Handbrake for Windows Alternative

With Wondershare UniConverter, you can convert videos to more than 1000 formats in batch with less quality loss. And with the GPU Acceleration and Optimization for Multi-core Processor, the conversion speed is much faster than Handbrake. Get to know the detailed steps below.

Step 1 Add files to this Handbrake for Windows alternative.

Download, install, and launch Wondershare UniConverter on your computer. Click the add files icon in Wondershare UniConverter or add dvd files icon in Wondershare UniConverter to add videos from DVD or your local computer, you're allowed to add multiple files here.

make output settings for Handbrake for Windows

Step 2 Select the output format.

Click the drop-down icon beside Output Format: and select a video format and the resolution from the Video or Devices category or you can select an audio format from the Audio category.

make output settings for Handbrake for Windows

Step 3 Convert video to other formats.

You can choose the target destination folder at the bottom-middle of the interface or just use the default path, then click the Start All button to start the conversion.

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If you want to know how to convert DVD to Other Format with Handbrake for Windows Alternative, just move to How to convert DVD to AVI with Handbrake Alternative >> to learn more.

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