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Video Transcoding Instructions
Video Transcoding Instructions
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Written by Kat
Updated over a week ago

“What is transcoding?” you may ask, particularly if you’re new to the world of digital and online video. Transcoding is a key task in an adaptive streaming workflow for video. It converts an encoded digital file or set of files into an altered set of digital files that better meet the needs of your hardware or your audience. It is particularly important for ensuring your content can be viewed on the widest possible range of devices. We'll give you a step-by-step on how to transcode to a H.264-encoded MP4 file!

  1. Download Handbrake from

  2. Click the “Open Source” button in Handbrake and select the video file

  3. In the Summary tab select Format: MP4

  4. Check the “Web Optimized” checkbox

  5. Go to the Video tab and ensure that Video Encoder is “H.264 (x264)”

  6. Go to the Audio tab and in the audio track, in the Codec column, select Codec “AAC (CoreAudio)”

  7. At the bottom, change the output file name to something that is different than the input name

  8. Click “Browse…” to make sure you are saving your output video in the desired directory

  9. Click the Start button on top. This might take a while. Make sure your computer doesn’t go to sleep during this and that you don’t run other computer-intensive tasks like playing a video game during this time.

  10. The uploaded file is now web-optimized and compatible with iPhone Safari and Android Chrome in-browser playback

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