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Knowledgebase: Video Editing
HandBrake - Open-Source Video Transcoder

According to Wikipedia “HandBrake is a free and open-source transcoder for digital video files, originally developed in make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier.”

HandBrake is used primarily to convert videos to MP4 format but it also re-encodes video files in a codec that is supported by Keywest Technology media players.  HandBrake can also be used to compress or create segments of large video files. 

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HandBrake is a free application and versions are supplied for Windows, MacOS and Ubuntu.  An article in the HandBrake Documentation states the application is able to:

  • Convert nearly any video to MP4 or MKV
  • Crop and resize video
  • Restore old and low-quality video
  • Remove combing artifacts caused by interlacing and telecine
  • Pass-through audio without conversion for certain audio types
  • Adjust audio volume levels, and dynamic range for certain audio types

To Obtain HandBrake Video Transcoder:

     1. Go to and download the appropriate version of the application.

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     2. Locate the downloaded HandBrake installation package labeled with HandBrake Iconand double-click to begin. 

     Please refer to Downloading and Installing HandBrake for more information about this process.