HandBrake is a great tool for converting some types of video files into a format that is necessary for other uses.

PLEASE NOTE: When using a Mac computer, if you do not have a two-button mouse that allows you to right-click, hold the keyboard [control] key as you click on an item. The context menu will display.

Rename AVCHD folder1. Navigate to your project folder. Make sure that when you imported footage, you copied the AVCHD folder from the SD card,  then renamed and numbered it.

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Renamed AVCHD folder


Create two more folders2. For each footage folder you want to covert, create a Convert-These and a Converted folder, and give them the same number as the number of your original footage folder.

Open the Covert-These folder. Open Convert-These folder

Open Footage Folder in new window3. Open a new Finder window and navigate to your project folder. Open your footage folder, then right-click on the BDMV folder and select “Show Package Contents.”Right-click to Show Package Contents
4. Open the “Stream” folder.Open STREAM folder

Select all of the files in the “Stream” folder by using the [Command] and [A] keys. Copy all of the files by using the [Command] and [C] keys. Select all and copy items

Paste items into Convert-These folder5. Click on your Convert-These folder, then use the [Command] and [V] keys to paste all of the files. It may take awhile to paste the files.Paste files into Convert-These folder
Find HandBrake on your computer and open it.6. Find the Handbrake program in your applications folder or use the Launchpad to open it.

Cancel the window that opens. Cancel the window.

Under the HandBrake menu set General Preferences as shown.7. When Handbrake opens for the first time, select “Preferences” from the “Handbrake” menu  and set the “General” tab to match the settings shown.  (Click on the image to see a larger view.)

When you are done, click the red dot to close the window.

Under File menu choose Open Source.8. From the “File” menu select “Open Source” and navigate to your project folder.

Select your “Convert-These” folder and click the [Open] button.

It may take awhile to scan all of the files.

Select the Convert-These folder.

Wait until all files are scanned.

9. When the scan has completed, click the double-arrow next to the “Title” window to see if all of your files have been added.

Click double-arrows to right of Title field.

Make sure all files have been scanned.


Click Browse button next to Destination File field. 10. Next, set the Destination by clicking the [Browse] button.


Navigate to your “Converted” folder, then click on the [Save] button. You may have to click on it twice.

Choose Converted folder, then click the Save button.

You may have to click the Save button twice.


Under the File menu choose Add All Titles to Queue11. From the Handbrake “Files” menu click on the “Add All Titles To Queue” option.

When prompted, click on the “Yes, I want to add all titles to the queue” button.

Click Yes, I want to add all titles to the queue

Click the Show Queue button.12. Click on the “Show Queue” button,

then click the [Start] button.

Each file will start converting, and the icon next to its name will change from a slate, to a spinning orange dot, then to a green check mark.

Click the Start button.

Wait for all files to complete encoding.




Que is done will appear when all files are ready.13. When all files are done the “Your HandBrake queue is done!” message will appear. Click the [OK] button.


Completed files will have a green checkmark.


You should now see green check marks next to each file name.

Close HandBrake, then import your “Converted” folder into Adobe Premiere. You should now be able to edit your project using these files.