There are many easy-to-use tools for converting video, many of which are free or open-source. While you can use whatever your preferred tool is, Socialive recommends Handbrake, a free and open-source tool for converting video from (nearly) any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Handbrake is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

You can use Handbrake any time you want to use Socialive recordings (ISOs, composite (broadcast) recordings, or local recordings) from the web app. It is recommended that you run all desktop recordings through Handbrake to make their frame rate constant, to avoid audio drift. However, if it is an HD recording from mobile, you do not have to run the video through Handbrake.

This article provides the steps on how to use Handbrake to convert your Socialive recordings for editing using other software.



Step 1 - Downloading Broadcast Recordings from Socialive

To download your broadcast recordings from Socialive, follow the instructions in the support article Viewing and Downloading Recordings of Previous Broadcasts.

Step 2 - Opening a Video Source

  1. By default, Handbrake displays the Open Source window on launch. It is also accessible from the toolbar at the top of Handbrake's main window. Click the Open Source button to select the video you want to open. Alternatively, you can also drag and drop a video onto Handbrake's main window.

  2. Handbrake will scan your selection and after a few moments, the main window will show the file name of the video (source) you opened, along with some additional information.

For more information, review Handbrake's Documentation on opening a video source.

Step 3 - Selecting a Preset

A Preset is a group of settings specifically tailored for the software or device you want your videos to play on. Selecting a Preset can go a long way toward ensuring your video works where you want it to. Handbrake includes a number of official Presents for specific devices and general use.

Socialive recordings output in 720p. When selecting the Preset, select the "Fast 720p30" option.

Step 4 - Configuring the Video Settings

  1. In the Summary tab, make sure the following options are selected:

    • Format - MP4 File

    • Align A/V Start - Check or Enable.

  2. In the Video tab, make sure the Constant Framerate option is selected.

Step 5 - Previewing Your Settings

Video encoding requires a lot of computer resources and can take a while to complete. Handbrake's Preview feature allows you to perform a test run on a small portion of your video, so you can see what your new video will look like without encoding all of it.

Follow the instructions in Handbrake's Documentation on previewing your settings.

Step 6 - Encode Your Video

  1. At the bottom of Handbrake's main window, you will be able to rename your new video and select where you want to save it by clicking Browse.

  2. Once you are ready, click the Start button on the top toolbar to encode your new video.

  3. Depending on the duration, resolution, and complexity of the video (Source), it may take minutes, or hours to encode. Once the video is ready, you will receive a notification on your desktop.

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