HandBrake Batch Convert Tutorial – How to Batch Convert Videos Using HandBrake (1.2.2)

[Latest Updated: August 8, 2019 by Donna Peng to HandBrake Resources]

HandBake Batch Convert Tutorial

The hassel-free guide to batch process video conversion with HandBrake on computer.

HandBrake is widely used to convert videos and rip DVDs on Windows, Mac and Linux. But batch video conversion isn't supported by HandBrake until the release of HandBrake 0.9.5. In the old days, HandBrake users have to load and convert videos one by one. It's really troublesome. Today, we'll show you how to batch convert videos with HandBrake in detail. Your can also try this way to batch convert your GoPro videos.

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Tutorial to Batch Convert/Encode Videos Using HandBrake

HandBrake 0.9.5 or above version is available to scan multiple files at once, but not including multiple VIDEO_TS folders or image files. You're only allowed to convert a batch of video files with certain HandBrake versions. Before batching video conversion, please make sure you are running on HandBrake 0.9.5 or later.

Step 1. Launch HandBrake, click "Tools-> Preferences".
Then, please navigate to "Output Files" and click "Browse" to choose a folder for saving output profiles. After finishing, please click "Close" to go back to main window. If you don't do as instructed, you will get error message "You must turn on automatic file naming in preferences before you can add to queue" when you try to batch convert.

Choose Preferences

Step 2. Click "Open Source-> Folder (Batch Scan)" to load a batch of video files, maybe your GoPro videos, from a single folder.
That is to say, you should put all videos ready for converting in one folder in advance.

Step 3. Choose output presets after file scanning.
HandBrake already provides some presets for you. Certainly, you are also allowed to set specific output presets manually.

Step 4. Hit "Add to Queue-> Add All" to add multiple files to the queue for batch converting on HandBrake.

Add Batch Files to Queue

Step 5. When you click "Show Queue", you'll notice that there are how many jobs pending for batch conversion. In this step, you can set "When Done", edit certain job or remove a video. If everything is ok, just click "Start" button to begin processing HandBrake batch video converting.

Check Queue and Start Batch Conversion

However, you may also encounter some troubles while using HandBrake to convert (GoPro) videos in batches, say, unknown errors while adding to queue, sudden crash while in operation, badly slow video conversion or cannot open the files converted by HandBrake, etc. If you are still struggling with HandBrake a lot, you'd better choose a HandBrake alternative which will not let you Google answers to questions like "how to batch convert", "how to built iPhone presets", "how to fix HandBrake errors" etc.

"If I load a folder with 2 or more files to do a batch convert, the program will close/crash, when I start the conversion...Batch convert crashes the program. This started about a month ago, and every update has the same result."

"As you've discovered, using the queue for large batch jobs it not convenient."

"I can't use the queue function at all, so it's just not that the error appears. Any other ideas how to fix this? I would be glad if I didn't have to convert my movies one by one."

Well, new problem comes out in recent. Chrome, one of the most commonly used browsers, will cause slow hevc encoding even a crash of HandBrake. Chrome locks VideoToolBox, the framework empowering HandBrake and much other video software to get access to hardware-based encoders and decoders when working with video. If HandBrake is unable to invoke this framework, it can only givesa super slow batch video conversion with high CPU usage.

FYI: iPhone presets on HandBrake, build HandBrake preset for iPad, HandBrake settings for Android, Add iPad Air Profiles on HandBrake

The Best HandBrake (1.2.2) Alternative to Batch Convert SD, HD, 4K Videos Easily

Here, we'll focus on WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, one of the best HandBrake alternatives. It is highly recommended due to many aspects:
- Preferences setting are not required for batch converting;
- You don't need to create presets manually, because this batch video converter comes with hundreds of multimedia formats MP4, MKV, AVI ,WMV, MOV, etc. as well as devices profiles including iPhone Xs/Max, XR, iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9/Note 8 etc;
- Besides acting as a video converter, it is also a DVD converter, video editor, free (YouTube) downloader, and screen/webcam recorder.

Everyone including non-professionals can perform batch converting without any hassle.

Guide to use the HandBrake alternative to batch convert videos from GoPro, DJI, iPhone or other devices:
1. Navigate to Video control and click "+ Video" or drag and drop a dozens of videos into it.
2. Choose output profile.
3. Set destination folder by clicking "Browse".
4. Hit "RUN" to begin converting videos in batch mode.

Best HandBrake Alternative to Batch Convert Video on Computer

Thanks to High Quality Engine, quality of the converted videos will be perfectly maintained to achieve a balance with file size, rooting out errors like Handbrake output file larger than input etc. Compared with HandBrake batch conversion, it delivers faster converting speed due to the support for the world's most advanced level-3 hardware acceleration independent from VideoToolBox. You can enjoy a super smooth performance of batch video conversion with VideoProc even though other programs or browsers locks VideoToolBox.

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About the Author

Donna Peng    Donna Peng@DonnaPeng

Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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