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How To Set the Default Path for Handbrake Output Files

Setting a default path for Handbrake Output files is the very first task you need to do after you install a fresh copy of Handbrake, the Freeware Video and Music Conversion / Transcoding app. This is the location where Handbrake will automatically save newly converted files. Make sure this folder has plenty of space especially if you will be converting large video files.

Although this may seem like a very basic tip, I will be referring to it frequently during a new series I’m doing on converting media to different formats. Enjoy!

After installing Handbrake, open it and Click Tools >> Options

handbrake options

Click the Output Files tab

click output files

Next to the Default Path box, Click the Browse button.

click browse to choose default path

Navigate to a spot with a lot of free hard drive space, select the folder and click OK.

In my example I created a folder called Video-Transcode on an external 1TB hard drive with plenty of space. Last thing I want during a lengthy movie conversion is to run out of drive space!

click output folder default

The drive and folder you selected should now be displayed in the default path box. All done!

handbrake default path configured

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4 Responses to How To Set the Default Path for Handbrake Output Files

  1. sage October 24, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    i just want the {source} not the {title}. It wont let me just delete it (it automatically adds it back in) How can I achieve this?

  2. ShoobyDooWop June 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    First, make sure Handbrake is closed. Then open Windows Explorer (Windows Key-E), go to Tools, Folder Options, View, and select Show Hidden files, folders, and drives, click Apply, then click on Apply to all Folders at the top, select Yes at the message about changing all folders to have the same view, then click OK at the bottom. Now go to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\HandBrake and right-click settings.xml (always make a copy of a files you are changing – add .old to the end so the program does not recognize it) and choose “Open With”, then choose Notepad. Do a CTL-F, to open the Find Option, and type {source}. Anything that has anything after {source}, delete it up to (that is the end of that line of code). Do it as many times as you find anything more than {source}. My version of Handbrake, 1.0.1 (2016122900), has it twice. The main one, for me, is the second one that follows the output directory C:\Download\Converted Videos\Completed\{source}. Remember to always leave the because it ends the line that starts with and falls between two lines of code for . The newer versions allow, from my experience, the ability to remove the –{title} without having to adjust the settings.xml file.

    Hope it helps.

    Cheers,

    SDW

    • Michael Reed July 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      Thank you @ShoobyDooWop! I’ve wanted this cure for year.

  3. DoarP September 23, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi,
    I wonder if I can define default path to be as same as the converted files folder, and not to change it each time (I’m converting videos that I took on my camera, videos of my family).

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