Handbrake Supported Input and Output File Formats

Diana Joan

Nov 29, 2016 07:07 am / Posted by Diana Joan

For those people who have ever wanted to convert a video file but were not sure what to use, Handbrake would be a grea choice for you. With Handbrake, you can easily transcode video files from one format to another. However, like other free video conversion application on the market, the file formats supported by Handbrake are also very limited. Before using Handbrake to transcode or encode a file, make sure that the input source files and the target converted files are supported by Handbrake. The following article will talk about Handbrake supported input and output file formats so that you can better make use of Handbrake for format transcodding task.

Handbrake Input and Output File Formats

Handbrake supported input and output file formats

Input file formats:
common digital file formats (MKV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2TS), BluRay, unencrypted DVD-like source (DVD disc, ISO image file and DVD folder)

Output file formats:
Container formats: MPEG-4 Part 14 (MP4), iTunes video (M4V) and Matroska (MKV)
Video codec: H.264(x264), H.265(x265) MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), VP8 (libvpx) and Theora(libtheora)
Audio codec: AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
Audio pass-through: AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 tracks

What file types Handbrake can't deal with?

- Encrypted Blu-ray or DVD disc
- Handbrake not supported digital file formats
- The source file is damaged or badly formatted

How to fix Handbrake file formats not converting issue?

- Handrake not work with commercial Blu-ray/DVD disc
Handbrake can only rip unprotected DVDs, to rip commercial DVD with Handrake, you will need to install libdvdcss, you can download this file separately (32-bit systems and 64-bit systems), leave the filename as libdvdcss-2.dll, and put it in your Handbrake program folder (C:\Program Files\Handbrake). If you're on a Mac, download this file and double click to install it. As for commercial Blu-ray disc, you will need to download and put Handbrake, VLC and MakeMKV into your Mac's Application folder. For detailed information, please visit: rip commercial Blu-ray disc with Handbrake.

- Handbrake not supported digital file formats
If the digital video that you try to convert with Handbrake is not included in Handbrake supported input file formats, it would be much ideal for you to find a more advanced and powerful Handbrake alternative - Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows/Mac (best video converter review), which has enhanced media compatibilty to convert virtually any file formats including Handbrake not supported inputting file formats such as WMV, MPEG-1, H.265/HEVC, Real Video, etc to your desired file formats or preset profile formats for all popular devices and programs (Handbrake only offer serveral presets for Apple/Android/Windows devices). Meanwhile, it also offers feature-rich built-in video editing functions for you to trim/crop/merge/split/watermark video according to your own needs.

- The source file is damaged or badly formatted
You can search for some free tools such as File Repair, DivFix++, Meteorite Project or paid tools like Stellar Phoenix Video Repair, Jihosoft AVI Repair, Remo Repair MOV, Remo Repair AVI or Grau GmbH Video Repair Software to repair the broken source and try again.

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