How do I encode with Handbrake?

Today, I will write a simple tutorial how to use Handbrake. I believe most of you should know this better than I am. This guide is for they who don't know how to encode, we will start with the easiest one, Handbrake.

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. See also some informations on wikipedia.

Reasons you’ll love HandBrake:
- Convert video from nearly any format
- Free and Open Source
- Multi-Platform (Windows, Mac and Linux)

Built-in Device Presets
Get started with HandBrake in seconds by choosing a profile optimised for your device, or choose a universal profile for standard or high quality conversions. Simple, easy, fast. For those that want more choice, tweak many basic and advanced options to improve your encodes.

Supported Input Sources:
Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.

Most of HandBrake's source code is covered by the GNU General Public License, version 2. A copy of which is included with every release in the COPYING file. Portions are covered under BSD 3 Clause.

HandBrake uses a lot of (L)GPL or BSD licensed libraries: A list of these is available here. Thank their authors!

How to encode
After download the file, proceed open and select files will encoded. Suggestion: If you are going to encode and make sure the video result good, choose the highest quality raw source!

Click Source > Open File.
Select single file.

Choose destination folder by clicking 'browse'.

Select output format, MP4 or MKV. If you are going to make the video playable via browser, which is stream video, make sure you mark Web Optimized.

Still in the same window, select video resolution.

Known good resolution are :
> 1280 x 720 which is 1280 (TV HD)
> 1024 x 576 which is 1024 (DVD)
> 848 x 480 which is 848 (TV SD)
> 640 x 360 which is 640 (crap mobile resolution)

You might also change quality video setting:

This might an advance settings. The thing you should aware is x264 preset section, h.264 profile section and Quality section. If you want to encode high quality anime video, make sure you choose Constant Quality with minimum crf should be 19 or 20.

The best setting to encode video is with veryslow x264 preset and with High h264 profile with minimum 4.0 h264 level. But I recommend to use 5.0 h264 level setting.

Next part, encode audio.

It is good to keep the audio bitrate high as possible, example 160 or 192.

Automatically load subtitle when available.

Use import to add subtitle from external video or click add to adding subtitle that already on video.

And then, you are redy to encode the videos! Click start!
Let me know if anything happened, feel free to comment this post :) I might not understand fully about Handbrake, but letsee if I could do something to you.

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