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How to Compress Your Video Using Handbrake
How to Compress Your Video Using Handbrake

HELP! Is your video too big? Read this...

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In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use a popular video compression tool, Handbrake.

Compressing your videos has several benefits, such as reducing file size, making them easier to upload or share, and optimizing playback on different devices. In addition, by minimizing size prior to uploading into AEvent, you are minimizing the amount of storage space you are using in your account.

By the end of this tutorial, you'll have successfully compressed a video using Handbrake. You'll understand how to open a file in Handbrake, apply web optimization, adjust resolution settings, select a destination for the compressed video, and initiate the encoding process.

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Step 1: Open Handbrake and Load the Video File

  • Launch Handbrake on your computer (the process is similar on Windows/Mac).

    • If you don’t already have Handbrake on your computer, you can download it here.

  • Click on the "Open Source" button to select your video file, or simply drag and drop your video file into the Handbrake window.

Step 2: Apply Web Optimization

  • Locate the "Web Optimized" option in Handbrake (the layout may differ slightly on Mac).

  • Enable the "Web Optimized" checkbox to optimize the video for web playback.

Step 3: Adjust Resolution Settings (Optional)

If you want to retain the original resolution, follow these steps.

  • In the "Dimensions" tab, check the resolution values displayed.

  • If the resolution values do not match the original source, adjust them until they match the original source.

Step 4: Select Destination and Naming

  • Choose where you want to save the compressed video by clicking the "Browse" button.

  • Provide a name for the compressed video in the "File Name" field.

Step 5: Start Encoding

  • Once you have set the destination and named the file, click on the "Start Encode" or "Start" button.

  • Handbrake will begin the encoding process, which may take anywhere from 10 minutes to about 45 minutes or even one hour, depending on your computer's speed and the video file's size.

Congratulations! You've successfully compressed your video using Handbrake.

You've learned how to open a video file, apply web optimization, adjust resolution settings if needed, select a destination, and initiate the encoding process. Compressing videos will help you reduce file size, optimize playback, and make sharing or uploading videos much easier.

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