Convert videos to MP4 with HandBrake


Why might you need to convert your videos to MP4 format? 

  • If you have created videos using an iPhone, or iPad, they will be in MOV format. This is not a web compatible format, You can’t embed MOV videos in your ePortfolio, you must first convert them to MP4 format.
    • A workaround is to upload the MOV videos to YouTube, or Microsoft Stream, then embed in your ePortfolio (this way YouTube or Stream does the conversion for you).
  • If you have used a camcorder from the AV store, you may end up with an MTS file (on an SD memory card). This format is also not web compliant. Again you must convert the MTS to an MP4.

We recommend the H.264 MP4 format for video on the web because the majority of web browsers and devices support it. For large videos, or when you need a finer degree of control over the video quality, link your content directly from OneDrive.

Download and install HandBrake

(This is installed on the Mac computers and the PC’s in the library and Atrium)

  1. Go to https://handbrake.fr.
  2. Download the HandBrake software (available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Ubuntu) and install it.
  3. Open HandBrake:

The HandBrake interface varies depending on your operating system

Choose a source video

  1. Select the Open Source button at the top left.
  2. Browse to the video you wish to convert.
  3. In the Destination field, specify the file name and folder to save the converted video to.

Specify the picture settings

The following stages are not essential, if you select MP4 as the desired format, you can usually just click “Start Encode”. The following settings may be useful if you experience any issues.

  1. If it’s not already visible, go to the Picture tab to set the dimensions of the output video and any cropping. We recommend limiting your video to a maximum of 1080px wide for use in Sitebuilder. Note that with automatic cropping on, HandBrake aggressively attempts to remove black borders from around the video, which may cause issues with subtitles.
  2. If your source video is already interlaced, change the Deinterlace drop-down list to Off. This can help prevent the video looking jagged during movement.
  3. The following settings work reliably for videos embedded to your ePortfolio page and for mobile devices:
Parameter Value
Width 720
Anamorphic None
Modulus 16
Cropping Custom (0, 0, 0, 0)
Video Filters All off
Video Codec H.263 (x.264)
Framerate (FPS) Same as source
  Constant Framerate
Quality Avg Bitrate: 1500kbps
Reference Frames 2
Maximum B-Frames 0
CABAC Entropy Coding unchecked
8×8 transform unchecked
Weighted P-Frames checked
No DCT-Decimate unchecked
Partition type Default (Most)
Trellis Off
Motion Estimation method Uneven Multi Hexagon
Subpixel ME & Mode Decision 6: RD in I/P-frames
Motion Estimation Range Default (16)
Deblocking Default (0)
  Default (0)
Adaptive Quantization Strength Centred
Psychovisual Rate Distortion Centred
Container MP4 file

Convert the video

  1. When you have finished specifying the settings, select the Start button.
  2. Depending on the size of the video, converting it to a new file can take some time.
  3. Once your converted video is ready in the destination folder, upload it to your ePortfolio on the student Portal.