How to encode your videos to H.264 MP4

Are you having a hard time viewing your videos online? Did it ever cross your mind that perhaps your videos are not properly encoded for web playback? Here’s Handbrake, a utility I’ve been using personally that will convert your MP4, MOV or M4V files to an H.264 Mp4 movie. I can assure you, this works the wonders.

You just need to download the software from the link below. Choose the correct version for your operating system. After downloading just install and run the program on your desktop.

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Before you start working on your video, make HandBrake save the output video file in MP4. Go to Tools then Options, locate Output Files and change it to MP4.¬†Here’s the output settings tested that works well with most video hosting sites. The container is MP4 File, Web Optimized must be checked and the Video Codec is H.264 (x264)

You can also play around with the bitrate as it directly affects the video quality. The higher the value, the better it looks. Keep in mind that the video will be viewed online and higher quality eats more bandwidth thus requires faster internet connection speed on the customer side. An average bitrate of 1500 kbps should look and play fine for most computers and internet connection.

You can also use this tool for changing the video dimension and height/width cropping if needed. Settings found under the Picture tab.

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