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Encode with HandBrake for Panopto

Before uploading a video to Panopto, you must encode your video to the settings listed below. Encoding your own video also gives you greater control over its final appearance. This process is known as "encoding for streaming," and it allows videos to display properly online.

An easy way to encode any video for Median is to use a program called HandBrake, which is available on all lab workstations, or can be downloaded for free from http://handbrake.fr.

Video codec: H.264 Audio codec: AAC
Video average bitrate: 800 kb/sec Audio bitrate: 128 kb/sec
Video file extension: .mp4 Audio sampling rate: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz
Video must NOT be anamorphic  


Encoding with Handbrake

An image showing where the anamorphic checkbox is. Uncheck it.

An image showing the Handbreak encoding settings for a Panopto upload.


When you launch HandBrake, it will prompt you to choose the video file or DVD you want to convert. Navigate to your selection and click Open.

Choose the encoding settings outlined and pictured above. If HandBrake has not already done it for you, be sure to change the file extension to .mp4 in the File field under Destination.

To make sure the video is not anamorphic, click the Picture Settings button at the top of the HandBrake window and choose None in the Anamorphic drop-down menu.

The Picture Settings window is also where you can set other aspect ratio and cropping controls the way you want. Close the window to save your settings.

Under Audio, use only one track.

An image showing the audio settings in Handbreak for a Panopto upload.


Once all the appropriate settings are selected, click the Start button at the top of the HandBrake window. HandBrake will encode your video to the location on your hard drive specified under Destination.

Further reading:

Getting Started with Panopto

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