Convert Video For Android Devices for Free with HandBrake
There are numerous video converter software tools on the Internet (by a simple Google search) that can be used to convert video files to play on Android phones and tablets. Here I’d like to share a totally free video converter application named HandBrake. HandBrake is quite easy to use in that it provides optimized presets for all your Android devices and even Apple devices as well. There’s also a universal preset for all iOS and Android devices. Besides, you are allowed to crop the video area, customize video and audio parameters, import subtitles, etc.
Below is the main interface of HandBrake for Windows:
Using HandBrake, you can easily import video files from your computer, choose a desired profile and start to convert on the fly.
1) Download and install HandBrake. This open-source video transcoder is free, and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
2) If you are looking to rip an encrypted DVD, grab a DVD decrypter such as DVD43 (Windows) or libdvdcss (Mac) to circumvent the built-in disc restrictions.
3) When you launch the HandBrake program, click the Source button and select the DVD (or video file if not using a disc) from the drop-down menu. HandBrake will then scan the disc for titles to copy. This step can take some time, depending on how much data is on your disc.
The Source selection menu
4) When HandBrake has finished its scan, click the Title drop-down menu to choose the section to copy. This step can involve a bit of trial and error; generally speaking, though, if you want to rip the main movie, select the title with the longest run time. Otherwise, you might end up with a rip of the previews or the menu screen, but not the actual movie.
When in doubt, rip the longest title... that's most likely the actual movie and not the special features/trailer
5) Next, look at HandBrake’s preset menu on the right side. It has a list of preset outputs for Apple and Android devices. If you don't intend to use any of the game consoles, iOS or Android devices included in the presets, you can manually arrange your own settings by choosing Normal or High Profile.
6) The Video tab lets you fine-tune your project, and has some options that will allow you to adjust the final quality of your movie. Just remember that the higher the quality, the larger the file size. If your device is short on storage space, try the Target Size option to have HandBrake rip to your storage requirements.
7) You can tweak the audio quality under the Audio tab. Here you can select different bit rates and Dolby processing, but the default settings are often good enough.
8) If you are ripping more than one title, click Add to Queue; otherwise, click Start, and watch the magic begin.
Once finished, you can then transfer the output video files to your Android device... Enjoy!
Handbrake is a very powerful and very efficient tool to have, especially if you have a huge collection of DVD/video movies that you want to back-up, or to watch on different media. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
1) Always check the copyright notices on the DVDs you plan to copy (in fact it is fair legal to backup your own DVDs). Make sure you have full copy right of your DVDs or source video, and never use Handbrake for illegal purposes, such as for piracy or commercial gain.
2) If you want to rip TV episodes instead of a movie, you either need to convert the episodes one at a time, or try a simpler solution: build a queue.
To build a queue:
a. First select the Enable Queue options.
b. Set up all of the options for each episode.
c. Click, Add to Queue.
d. Repeat for each episode.
Have any tips or recommendations? Feel free to share your knowledge in the comments below.