How to Edit a Video With HandBrake

By Theodora Pennypacker

HandBrake is an open-source application for transcoding -- or converting -- digital video from one format to another. In addition to being free to download and install, the program is available in versions for Mac OS X, Windows, Ubuntu and Fedora operating systems. While HandBrake's primary purpose is to rip unprotected DVDs and convert digital media files, it can also be used to make edits to video. HandBrake can crop pixels, change viewing dimensions and add filters to any video that is imported into the application.

Step 1

Launch HandBrake. Select the "File" option in the "Source" section. Click the "Browse" button and search for the input video in the file selection window. Select the item and click "Open" to import the media into the program. (Note that HandBrake cannot import encrypted, copy-protected video from a DVD.)

Step 2

Click the "Browse" button in the "Destination" section. Select a storage location for the output video. Click "OK."

Step 3

Customize encoding parameters in the "Output Settings" section. Open the "Encoder" pull-down menu to select a specific video codec for the output video. Open the "Audio Encoder" pull-down menu to select a specific audio codec for the output audio.

Step 4

Click the "Picture Settings" tab to edit the output video. Resize the output video by entering specific dimensions in the "Width/Height" fields; if you want to change the width or height but keep the existing proportions, check the "Keep Aspect Ratio" box. Alternatively, you can crop the output video by deleting pixels from the left, right, top or bottom sides. Check the appropriate boxes to add anamorphic, detelecine, VFR and deblock filters.

Step 5

Click "Start" to encode the output video. A confirmation message will display when the edited media has been exported to its selected storage location.

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