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How to compress large video files without losing quality using Handbrake

   

As times have changed so has the Internet. Now with increased speeds people are opting in for more quality. People expect to watch High definition content on the Internet and it poses a problem for the content makers and creators. This is because of the fact that with improvements in video capturing technologies file sizes have gone through the roof. A quality 720p video in raw formats takes over more than 2 GB of space. So what’s the solution to retain video quality and at the same time reduce size? Well the solution is to use such encoding technologies which are lossless or lossy to an extent where the human eye can’t find much difference in the video. One of the ways to compress such large files is to use the utility know as “Handbrake”. So let’s start today’s Inspire2rise guide on how to compress large video files without loosing quality using Handbrake.

How to compress large video files without losing quality: Understanding the basics of Video compression.

Video compression basics work on the fact that human eyes can’t see much difference in terms of colors as much as they can see difference in terms of brightness. So similar looking colors are swapped for one common looking alternative. This is just one component. Apart from this the frame rates are reduced to a bare minimum of 15 FPS or so in order to maintain visible quality but loose some extra data from the file. The container in which the video file is kept also makes a lot of difference in size. Containers like .mov or uncompressed .mp4 are really huge.
But mp4 encoded using H.264 video encoding technologies can be really optimized to a smaller size without much loss in perceived quality.

How to compress large video files without losing quality: How to use Handbrake.

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So follow these steps in order to compress a file in Handbrake.

  1. Firstly go to Handbrake.fr site to download the version of Handbrake suitable for your device!
  2. Now install the software on your device and open it after installation.
  3. You would be greeted by the screen shown below.
    How to compress large video files without losing quality handbrake splash screenThen on this screen select the “Source” option, select your video file and after that choose the container as Mp4 and tick on the option “web optimized”.
  4. Click on Destination and select the destination folder and give a name for the target file.
  5. Once all of this is done click on the “Start” button on top. This will start the video encoding process. Depending upon the file size and container type as well as your computer’s configuration this process can take from few minutes to an hour or even more. But don’t worry usually this process is not too time consuming.

Now once you obtain the file you can check it’s size and original files size for getting a good idea about the compression.

Reading: How to compress large video files without losing quality.

TIPS: You can increase the compression ratio by selecting a lower resolution than that of the original video. You can further increase compression by selecting a lower bit rate for the audio output. Anything in the range of 128 kbps or higher is acceptable for videos. 128 kbps audio is best compromise between quality and size.

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Written by Aditya Nath Jha

Aditya Nath Jha is an Engineer from New Delhi, India. His areas of interest include Gadgets, WordPress, speed optimization & latest technology.
When he is not busy blogging he loves to write poetry, compose his own songs and has a taste for music! Find me on Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Linked in.
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