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Mac Conversion

Last modified 18:32, 21 Mar 2013


This tutorial will cover how to use Handbrake to convert a video file into a smaller format for uploading to the web.

Note: These steps are not specific to Chalk & Wire. They also apply to converting videos to smaller formats for uploading to sites such as Youtube or Google Video.

Download Handbrake

Download Handbrake for Mac OS X from http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php and install the program on your computer.


Open Handbrake & Select Video File

The option to select a video file should automatically appear when you first open Handbrake. If this option does not appear, click the "Source" icon located on the far left side of the tool bar.

Select your video file from your computer and click "Open". In this example we are using a high definition movie trailer (720p) as our source file. The original source file is a .mov extension.


Select Output File Type

Using the Devices "drawer", select the iPod option. This will adjust the settings in the main HandBrake window.


Start Video Conversion

Click the Start button located in the top left of the tool bar.


Once the conversion has begun, you will see its status at the bottom of the HandBrake window.


You will be alerted when the video conversion process is complete. Click the OK button.


Final Output Comparison

This is a comparison between the source (Large Quicktime window) and the converted output (small Quicktime window). The main difference between the two is the dimension and size of the video file. The smaller MP4 version is similar in size to the Flash players used by online video streaming without a massive loss of quality.

Source File: 105.2 MB; .mov
Converted File: 15 MB; .m4v (now playable on your iPod)


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