Batch convert with Handbrake?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by kat.hayes, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    I have lots of MKV videos that I want to convert in Handbrake, though I can only seem to do one file at a time. Is there someway to do a batch of lots of files at once? I see that there is a queue, though I cant seem to add more than one file at a time.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    Open the directory containing the .mkv files just select it not a file in it. Now you will see it scanning each file and generating the previews for each one. Once it completes go to the files menu and select the add all titles option making sure you have your settings you want for the output files already set. A dialog will then appear asking you if you want to add all the files you have the option to deselect to exclude any file you wish from the processing. This option is in the newer versions if it is not there then you need to upgrade your install.

    Edit: If the .mkv have h.264 video in them and you are looking to convert to .mp4 then you can use a program like Avidmux to simply change the container to .mp4 copying the video and audio no conversion needed. Only does individual files at a time though so may not be what you are looking for, a script with ffmpeg doing the same copy of both would work for a batch processing.
  3. kelub macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    There's actually an app (in the app store I think) called "handbrake batch." It's a couple of years old, but it'll work with the latest version of handbrake that you have. It basically gives you a GUI interface for the handbrake CLI. I use it a lot for doing TV shows and stuff.
  4. iPhil macrumors 68040


    Couple of days ago I just did batch convert of owned dvds thru Handbrake ... Select the Ripped folder of Movies >> Handbrake source > once that folder is selected then check the drop list and sure all the rips that you want converted > if so hit start, Check the converted file finished location > let it run

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