Handbrake – How to Easily Convert Multiple Files

Here’s a trick to convert multiple video files with Handbrake.

Note – with Version 10 of Handbrake. the screens looks slightly different, but the process is still the same.

First off, create a folder to only hold the videos you want to convert and then move all those files into that folder.


Now in the Handbrake program choose Source – Folder and then select the folder you just created when you browse. Make sure you don’t open the folder, just select the folder.




Handbrake will now go through the folder and select all the files in the folder and list them as Titles.
At the Add to Queue box-  CLICK THE DOWN ARROW and click on the Add All option. (thanks AK for this tip.) 


Now you can just run your Queue and wait for all your files to be automatically converted.


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19 Responses to Handbrake – How to Easily Convert Multiple Files

  1. I don’t create many remarks, however i did a few searching and wound up here Handbrake – How to Easily Convert Multiple Files | Tech Help Home. And I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you usually do not mind. Could it be simply me or does it seem like some of the responses look as if they are coming from brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing on additional online sites, I’d like
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  2. Im Großen und Ganzen ist es beim Thema Handbrake für mich meistens notwendig, dass die Artikel
    genauestens recherchiert werden, damit man nichts falsch versteht.
    Das scheint auf dieser Page definitiv normal zu sein.
    Genau deshalb lese ich hier das ein oder andere Mal sehr gerne.

  3. John says:

    After painstakingly converting some junky .avi files to mp4 one by one for my drawing tutorials I was getting tired of the one by one nonsense. Your tutorial works like a charm and saved me time. Thank you.

  4. Pulkit says:


  5. S says:

    Thanks. Great work around to make this awesome piece of software to get into semi-automatic mode where it really counts. I was looking for this kind of way around as it is obvious it can do batch process though does not accept “queue drop” or multiple file selection. Great way to wake up the dragon in this code.

  6. Adam says:

    Nice Tip! Still hate adding to queue though!!! 😦

  7. AK says:

    Thanks for the tip. I’m using Handbrake version and it has the Add all to Queue option.

    If you click the “Add To Queue” button it will straight away add current title to the queue but if you click the downward arrow on the button (on right hand side of the button) it will drop down to show “Add All’ option.

  8. Tom Terrific says:

    Fantastic ! Just what was needed to finish up this tip.

  9. vee ray says:

    I dont have this option in my interface.

  10. Kevin Clark says:

    Have you followed the instructions exactly, I like the numpty that I am was pressing the down arrow key, instead of clicking on the upside down triangle inside the button itself.
    P.S. Awsome time saving tip.

  11. Terion says:

    Is this old information? My handbrake does not have the File»Folder menu. My version number is listed as rev0 so it could also be that my handbrake is older than this advice.

  12. Tom Terrific says:

    It looks like Handbrake has changed their Menus and options. If you click on SOURCE, it will still give you the Folder option.I will redo this post as I have time.

  13. Sergi says:

    Yes, that’s correct. It was a PITA to do it one by one, and despite I don’t like the queue, it works. BUT you must create the appropriate profile before, or else all the files will be converted with incorrect settings!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thank you. I have looked for this capability many times and couldn’t find it.

  15. Merav says:

    If you can’t find the option to add all on the button, click on File -> All All, it’s there and it works.

    1. Choose the folder as source
    2. File -> add all
    3. Change your settings to what you need
    4. Check your queue to make sure it’s all there
    5. Click Play

  16. Dave says:

    This works fine with folders containing .mpg or .avi files. When I try to source a folder with .iso files, it only grabs Chapter 1.

    What am I missing?



  17. Tom Terrific says:

    An ISO file is a diskcopy of the entire disk and not the individual video files that you need.

  18. themezz says:

    thank you for the Handbrake tip. That was helpful.

  19. Lee says:

    I have the same issue as Dave where this does not work with iso files when selected as a folder. Oddly it works fine wen they are selected as individual files and added to the queue. The queue processes fine and all are rendered correctly. It is only when selecting a folder as a source for a batch scan that it fails.

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