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Compress video files without losing much quality using HandBrake

Have you ever got frustrated because of the big sizes of video files that Adobe programs or any other editing programs generated on your Mac or Windows PC? Well, you can now compress the videos that you want by using a free program called HandBrake.

What is HandBrake?

HandBrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files, originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions. In this guide, we’ll have a look at how we can use HandBrake to compress video files having a large size.

FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO COMPRESS VIDEO SIZE WITHOUT LOSING OUT ON QUALITY

STEP 1

Go to https://handbrake.fr/ on your preferred web-browser and click on the download button as shown below. This will download the setup file of HandBrake.

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STEP 2

After downloading the setup file of HandBrake. Open the setup file and go through the installation process.

 

STEP 3

When done with the installation procedure, open the Handbrake program by either double-clicking the desktop shortcut or searching the Start menu.

 

STEP 4

Once the application is opened, drag and drop the video file on to the program that you want to compress. Or you can even click on the File button under the Source Selection title and browse through the folders and select the desired video. You can even select a specific folder containing multiple videos for compressing multiple videos at once.

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STEP 5

After importing the video, a window will pop up. Click on the Presets button and choose a desired preset. Here I am selecting the Fast 1080p 30 preset as the video that I imported is having a resolution of 1080p.

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STEP 6

Now go to the Video section and change the Framerate (FPS) with respect to the video which has been imported. In my case, I am changing the fps to 29.97.

Now change the Quality according to your convenience. By default, the quality will be set at 22.

Rest all, keep it the way it is.

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STEP 7

Now go to the Audio section and change the bitrate to 320, just to have a good quality audio. By default, the bitrate will be 160.

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STEP 8

Set the destination path and give a new name to the video file by clicking on the Browse button as shown in the screenshot below.

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STEP 9

Once done with that, click on the Start Encode button to start encoding the video.

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Wait till the video gets encoded and that’s it. Now you have successfully encoded the video and hence compressed the size of the video by at least 50%.

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