Getting Started with HandBrake: PC

What is HandBrake?

Handbrake is a free, open source program that allows the user to capture the whole or selected chapters of a video file, or DVD, and store the files on a computer. The instructor can use the captured clips in a variety of ways, including the posting the video online for students to view. In this particular section, the tutorial will focus on converting WMV or AVI file formats to MP4.

* The following link is for obtaining and installing HandBrake. If you are in the Sandbox, the program has already been installed.*

In order to use HandBrake to create or convert video files, you will need to download and install the HandBrake program. Use the following link to download HandBrake:

Using HandBrake to Convert Movie Files

*First, save the video file to the computer desktop. Save the file as a name you will remember.*

Open HandBrake by double click the HandBrake icon on the desktop.

The HandBrake window will appear.

Click the Source tab in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Under the drop down menu, drag the mouse to Video file and click.

Another window will appear.Locate the video file. The most common types of video files are AVI and WMV. After selecting the file, click Open.

The HandBrake window will re-appear. The file will scan. After it has been scanned, two important steps will take place.

  1. Click the Browse button on the right hand side of the window. This will open up a finder window to select where the converted file will appear. After selection, the file’s position will appear under the Destination heading.
  2. Click the Web Optimized box. This is the ONLY box that should be checked

Click the Start tab in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. HandBrake will open a DOS window and your scan will begin. Once scanning has finished, Encoding Finished will appear on the bottom left-hand side of the screen.