The HandBrake software that I downloaded for free has been a big help to me in my business for compressing videos, so I thought I’d share it with you all.
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I wanted to share a little tool that I’ve been using, a piece of software that I am really impressed with and use almost daily, and that is – HandBrake.
It is a video encoder and is completely free.
I use it mainly for compressing videos, large video files. You can compress them down to a smaller size, and it doesn’t affect the quality of the video which is wonderful.
So I have this installed on my computer, down here you can see the icon on my docking station. I wanted to demonstrate what you can do with it – it’s very simple so let’s dive right in.
Let me open up the software, here’s the module. I’m going to go ahead and click on the upper left-hand corner called source. I’m going to navigate to the area that I want to choose my video. I’m going to choose workshop1, and I’m going to open it.
So I’ve chosen the title and the source of the video that I would like to compress.
Now what I do is leave all of the settings by default. They have constant quality, the video codec, same as source, variable frame rate, all that – I’m just going to leave it as is because I have found that the results are good.
The RF at 20, constant quality – all that. . . it’s really good output, so I’m just going to leave that alone.
I want to make sure my destination folder is where I want it to be. Now, the name of the source video is called workshop1.mp4. When it’s finished compressing it will go to right here, on the desktop. Well, that’s the same filename, so I’m going to add a “c” because I’m going to indicate by the “c” in the title of the file, that it has been compressed.
So, I’m going to go ahead and click start. You’ll see at the bottom here that it is working – you’ll see a bar where it shows the progress and the estimated time of arrival is 15 minutes and 19 seconds.
It keeps going down showing you the progress of the encoding, the progress of the compression of the video. That’s really cool to know how long it’s going to take. Also, down here on my dock you can see there is a progress bar as well, and it will be a red line coming up as it’s close to finishing.
Here we see that the encoding is almost finished – the bar is almost to the end. Down here on the docking station the red bar indicates as well that it’s just about finished.
Then we can check on the video to see how much it has changed in size. I’m going to show you the original size of the video before I used HandBrake, and then the size of the video after using HandBrake, and then share the quality of the video as well.
Okay, we see that the compression has finished and we get a little message saying put down that cocktail. Your HandBrake queue is done, click Okay.
Then I want to show you the size of the original file, which is right here – I’m going to right-click, and click get info, and we see that the original file was 2.04 GB (gigabytes) that’s a huge recording- that was the original.
Let’s click on it and check the quality. Here is the compressed video, and the quality of the visuals is really nice. The sound is excellent as well. This is fantastic, so it’s a way for you to decrease uploading time to YouTube, and not only that – if you haven’t had a YouTube account for a very long time, your file size uploads are limited. So, it’s a really handy tool.
HandBrake is good for Mac, it’s good for PC, and it’s completely free software that I use almost on a daily basis.
Hope to help. – Carol
P.S. Related video would be: Tools for Recording and Editing Videos – CamStudio and Camtasia