“HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.” At UW Extended Campus, we use it as tool to fix an array of video incompatibility issues.
Download and Install
To download and install…
- Go to https://handbrake.fr/
- Click the red download button on the homepage
- Save and open DMG file
- Follow install steps and instructions
- After a successful install it should show up in your applications folder
Video Coding Format
A common issue is receiving a video file that cannot be natively played on a Mac operating system or cannot be read by Premiere Pro, After Effects, or Media Encoder. This stems from incompatiable or support for certain coding formats, codecs, and containers. For the purposes of this resource page, we will overly simplify all of these. For a deeper dive and understanding, check out this video: Video Formats, Codecs and Containers (Explained)
There are some common video “types” that will cause you issues.
If you encounter any of these you’ll want to use HandBrake to encode your video to something that is Mac/Adobe friendly.
Variable Frame Rate
A variable frame rate is just what the name implies. The frame rate of a video fluctuates throughout it. Variable frame rates can cause many playback issues, but most commonly it can create audio/video sync issues. For this reason, all variable frame rate videos must be encoded to a constant frame rate and thankfully HandBrake can do this easily. If your video does not have one of the frame rates below than its safe to assume it has a variable frame rate.
Constant Frame Rates
When and How to Check Frame Rate
When and how do you check the frame rate of your video though?
- If the video file is from an outside source or created by software who’s main purpose is not video editing or encoding (Ex: PowerPoint) than you need to check.
- You can check the frame rate by opening it in HandBrake and looking at your video’s source information. We’ll cover this below in a walkthrough of how to use HandBrake.
These instructions cover the very basic need to know steps for using HandBrake for UW Extended Campus projects. If you’d like to know more there are many free resources available via Google or YouTube.
Selecting Your Source
- Open HandBrake
Open Sourcein the upper left corner of the application window
- Navitate to your video file and click
Assess Video Source Information
- Go to the
- Select one of the “Fast” settings. Pick the resolution that most closely matches your source video and always round down
- Next go to the
- Select the closest matching frame rate from the
Framerate fpsdropdown menu
Finally, select an output location for your video by selecting the
Browse button at the bottom of the applicaiton window and then click
Start at the top of the application window to begin your encode.
Published on January 25, 2021 at 1:19:18 pm CST. Last modified on January 26, 2021 at 8:50:11 am CST.