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HandBrake is an open source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.

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Handbrake: Is it useful to use Fast 480p30 for 480 mkv videos, or can I stick with Fast 1080p30?

I'm fairly new to using Handbrake, and the numerous configurations are a bit confusing. I've looked in the documentation and on the forums, and I've done some tests myself, and noticed that with Fast ...
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Roku Media Player app shows title as "Stereo"

When converting videos using handbrake, and then playing them with Roku Media Player app, the title shows as either Stereo or Surround, even though the filename appears as the correct title of the ...
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Why is Handbrake forcing down the frame size of my video?

Summary: I have an old movie that I downloaded from YouTube some years ago, saved as an flv. I want to extract a 13-minute clip from it. To do that, I used ffmpeg to convert it to mp4 so I could load ...
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Why does Handbrake on Mac have subtitle options not available on Windows, and what do they do?

The most recent version of Handbrake (1.7.3) has two subtitle burn-in options on Mac that are missing on Windows: "DVD Subtitles" and "Blu-ray Subtitles". The screenshots in the ...
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Transmission and available disk space

I used Transmission to get a file which was part of a set of large files. Before opening the torrent, I checked the disk space : df -h /dev/sda5 Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/...
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Copying files makes Handbrake faster on a mac?

I'm seeing something extremely odd. Handbrake on my mac is being throttled to ≈60% CPU usage. I've been trying to figure out why for a while with no luck. Now for the odd part -- When I'm actively ...
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ffmpeg printing unknown glyph between characters on utf-8 subtitle

FFmpeg is printing unknown glyphs between some two characters but the weird thing is it's not replacing a character that doesn't exist in the font, it's just printing a new unknown glygh and I can't ...
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Handbrake - automatically keep aspect ratio when downscaling?

How can I in Handbrake 1.6 automatically keep the aspect ratio when downscaling a clip? I found this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwiVjJwVawo and as you can see there used to be a ...
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HandbrakeCLI auto conversion

I need to have this script read for files in C:/unc but then output the converted file in C:/enc for /R C:\unc %%F in (*.mkv) do ( "C:\Program Files\HandBrake\HandBrakeCLI.exe" --preset-...
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Translate Handbrake preset into FFMPEG preset

Is there a good way to translate the following Handbrake preset code into a FFMPEG preset? I've not found any reliable sources for how to configure the preset for FFMPEG. { "PresetList": [ { ...
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Convert 16:9 video to 9:16 with letterbox in Handbrake

I have a video in 16:9 format that I will be uploading to Instagram live via onestream.live that is getting cropped by Instagram because it's in horizontal format, not vertical. How can I use ...
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Ffmpeg producing worse result than Handbrake using x265 with identical settings

I'm trying to replicate Handbrake settings with ffmpeg, because I'd like to add some metadata and some other things with ffmpeg that Handbrake can not do. What I've done seems to be close, the ...
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How to use HandbrakeCLI GPU encoding?

I tried HandBrakeCLI -i file1.mkv -o output.mp4 -e nvenc_h264 --encopts="gpu=1" where gpu=1 means my nVidia 3070. It'd stop about 2 seconds after it prints: 03:11:13 encavcodecInit: H.265 (...
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Handbrake CPU usage goes to 100% when I plug in charger

My laptop specs: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11300H @ 3.10GHz 3.11 GHz + Iris Xe Graphics + 8GB RAM + 512GB NVMe SSD Normal cpu usage for handbrake stays between 20-30 % of cpu when on battery. But ...
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Simplify scritps in ffmpeg

This is my first post, so apologie in advance. I normally use HandBrake to encode to 265 all my files, but the problem is not passthrough for subs, those change to ssa (from srt). This format is a ...
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Handbrake videos displayed letterboxed, how to avoid?

I have encoded a DVD with HandBrake as mkv with one of the GENERAL (720p) presets. When I play this on my SONY TV (with the TV's function to play video files) it is shown letterboxed (black bar on top/...
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Handbrake & FFMpeg Encoding Performance: M1 vs M1 Pro (older M1 is faster) - Why?

The older and slower M1 MacMini is 2 to 2.5x faster currently on the same tasks using the latest and same versions of HandBrake or FFmpeg (with M1 patch for VideoToolBox) as compared to the M1 Pro ...
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How to slow down a video without slowing down the audio?

I have a security camera that records a 1 min video and compresses it to 40 seconds. The audio is ok. How do I slow down the video from 1.5x to 1.0x without altering the audio?
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When transcoding DVD contents, should I keep the 29.97 framerate?

I'm using handbrake to transcode (the main stream of) a DVD into a x265+AAC file, using the handbrake application. The source material has a frame rate of 29.97 fps. My question: When transcoding, ...
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Using Handbrake CLI .to get dvd tv episodes

What does the 0 2>&1 >/dev/null below mean? rawout=$(HandBrakeCLI -i /dev/dvd -t 0 2>&1 >/dev/null) also below, count=$(echo $rawout | grep -Eao "\\+ title [0-9]+:" | wc ...
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Why isn't my CPU being fully utilised for large video conversion/rendering tasks?

I bought a 24-core processor (AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX) for CPU-intensive workloads like converting large media files and rendering video effects. But it generally uses only 35-55% of the total ...
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How to make a three times smaller video from a large video as fast as possible with Handbrake?

I have a good quality black and white old movie in MKV format of 11GB. My intention is to keep the original and to create smaller versions for practical reasons when watching on various devices that ...
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How to leave the audio track as-is and just re-encode the video when using HandBrake?

I want to encode an MKV video to MP4 in HandBrake, but whenever I do this, the resulting video is fine but the audio is horrible - tons of scritchy high pitched artifacts. How to I tell Handbrake (the ...
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How to make old 4:3 video content into 16:9 with crop/zoom and slight stretch?

I have old video cam footage in 4:3 format that I'd like to have play better on modern 16:9 screens, specifically I'd like to: Crop/"Zoom" the video "a little" (cutting a tiny bit,...
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Split MKV in chunks smaller than 4 GB?

I need to use a device formatted in FAT32 to store/share movies (Using my routers filesharing feature. Unfortunately, my router doesn't support ExFat, only FAT32.). FAT32 has a limit for how big files ...
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How can I (re-)import the exported queue into Handbrake?

I had a queue in Handbrake, it was pointing at files on my D-drive in the NEW Movies folder. Now I want to make it point at video files on my E-drive, in the Old Videos folder. I exported the queue ...
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handbrake failing to encode an flv file

using fast270p30 preset for mp4 activity log: XPC: Service did report an error [11:09:08] macgui: Error domain: NSCocoaErrorDomain [11:09:08] macgui: Error code: 4097 [11:09:08] macgui: Error ...
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How to slow down a video and its audio by 20% using FFMPEG or HandBrakeCLI?

I am trying to slow down a video+audio a little bit, using this FFMpeg command: ffmpeg.exe -i video.mp4 -filter_complex "[0:v]yadif,framerate=30,setpts=1.2*PTS[v];[0:a]atempo=0.8[a]" -map "[v]" -map "...
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Handbrake ps1 script using all my computers memory

I've been recently using a powershell script for handbrake, encoding mkv's to smaller mp4's and have been doing it successfully for several months. For some reason though, when I run the script after ...
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Handbrake: 'Your destination directory is low on diskspace'

In Handbrake v1.2.2 (2019022300) on a Windows 10 laptop I get the following error when the destination directory is set to my C: drive which has 100Gb+ of free space: "Your destination directory is ...
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Handbrake encodes forever

I'm trying to encode a movie (there are four different movies on the disk, two on each side of a DVD) and about half way through Handbrake gets stuck, and encodes forever. If I stop it and skip ...
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1280x800 video screen capture converting to 720x480 mp4

When doing a PC full screen video capture with ZD Soft Screen Recorder with a 1280x800 PC display and then converting to 720x480 mp4, does it make a noticeable difference using HD or a lesser ...
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I can't change the resolution on handbrake

I want to resize a video from 708x1080 to 640x1136 but the resolution won't go above 1080 https://i.imgur.com/KUbGrUE.mp4
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Hindi matra misplaced in subtitles burned with ffmpeg

When trying to burn in subtitles, I get incorrectly shaped subs, when the text should have actually read कहानियों के बारे में The command was ffmpeg -i ~/in.mp4 -y -vf subtitles=~/hindi.srt:...
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Is it possible for a video segment to be encoded at a higher bitrate than the video segment in the source file?

I am currently experimenting with video compression on Handbrake and I would like to know if suppose a video segment in the source file is around 11000 kb/s, is it possible for it to be somehow ...
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Handbrake’s stereo downmixing of an MKV 5.1 audio track results in “Center” being right channel and practically nothing is the left channel

So I have successfully used Handbrake (version 1.1.2) to convert many large MKV files into smaller, iOS and macOS compatible video files I can play on my iPhone and MacBook Air for a while without ...
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Why is the FPS in Handbrake's status bar so low relative to the FPS of the output video?

I'm using Handbrake to re-encode an MKV video with the goal of shaving a hundred or so megabytes off it to keep it under FAT32's 4.2GB file size limit. During encode, Handbrake's status bar shows a ...
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Issue with SRT file on Handbrake

I keep having this odd issue with Handbrake. Every time I burn in Captions, it skips the first one. So when I export the movie, all captions appear except the first one. I have seen others reporting ...
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How Handbrake calculates width in "1080p30" preset

I have a video: Resolution: 1920*1080 PAR: 65536/65536 Rotation: 90° In Fast 1080p30 preset, The default value for Anamorphic option is Automatic and Modules 2. What I'm curious about is the ...
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Getting an “ignoring title (too short)” error when using Handbrake to convert multiple files

I am trying to use Handbrake to convert multiple videos files to mp4. I have turned on "Automatic File Naming", set the default path and changed thhe file format to {source}. Adding an entire folder ...
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Handbrake batch convert script assistance to set output extension specified by the official presets

With the help of numerous discussions on SE network and other places I finally managed to a working script that works well except the Matroska presets. I understand the problem is the script itself, ...
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How to set output video file size in Handbrake 1.1.1?

There used to be an option in older versions of HandBrake to set a target file size for the video file it outputs. However, it seems that option is no longer there in the UI. Does anybody have any ...
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I received a large .asf surveillance video file and it's jumpy, as though it's regularly missing a frame. Any hope for salvaging it?

The problem exists when I try to play the original 3.5 gigabyte asf file, and I have converted it to mp4 at least a dozen times, experimenting with various Handbrake settings relating to frame rate (...
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DVD to MKV conversion remains incomplete

I have a DVD with a menu, multiple VOB files, one audio and one subtitle track. It is a DVD of a TV show, so has about 9 separate episodes accessible from a menu, and is about 3 hours 20 mins long. ...
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How to output vertical video in Handbrake 1.1.0?

I have a vertical video recorded on an iPhone (one of the rare cases where it makes sense) that I am trying to convert to save storage space. The original is stored as 1920x1080, I assume with some ...
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How to output videos over 1920 pixels wide in Handbrake?

I have rendered a raw AVI from a 3D software that is in the cinemascope 2048 x 858 pixels resolution. Handbrake CAN output that size in the end result using anamorphic distortion, but if I turn ...
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Convert BluRay iso to mkv or mp4 without changing resolution? (e.g. using Handbrake)

I've got a .iso file of a BluRay movie, and I want to convert that to a single .mp4 or .mkv file. After searching around I came across this answer to a similar question. But when I use the given ...
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Handbrake batch converting with CLI assistance

Using the GUI tool ALWAYS crashes for me so I've come up with a command to convert my files to my needs. It takes a preset that I created in the GUI and converts the file. I have many videos that I ...
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Blu-Ray backup -> MP4 with optional subtitles?

I have a number of BluRay discs which I have backed up to my Windows 10 Pro 64 computer using MakeMKV, resulting in folders with BDMV, CERTIFICATE, and MAKEMKV subfolders. I want to re-encode and ...
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Incorrect DVD rip timing

The problem using handbrake on Ubuntu. VLC playing the DVD is shown on the left, the same player playing the rip is shown on the right. The rip is "faster" than the DVD. I am trying to create a DVD ...
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