How to Use Handbrake to Convert a MOV File to an AVI or a WMV

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How to Use Handbrake to Convert a MOV File to an AVI or a WMV
Convert videos to different formats with the Handbrake program. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The Handbrake application, which is available for both the Mac and Windows operating systems, is primarily known as a DVD ripping tool. However, you can also use Handbrake to convert existing video files into different formats. For example, you can convert a file in the MOV format into the AVI or WMV format with Handbrake. Keep in mind that you may lose some degree of picture quality when converting to a different format.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • PC or Mac computer
  • Handbrake 0.9.3 or 0.9.4

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Launch the Handbrake application on your PC or Mac computer.

  2. 2

    Select the MOV file you want to convert in the "Source" pop-up window and then click "Open."

  3. 3

    Open the "Format" drop-down menu and select the type of file you want to create from the list of available formats, which includes AVI and WMV.

  4. 4

    Press the "Browse" button.

  5. 5

    Navigate to the location where you want to save the converted version of the video file, enter a name for the converted file and hit "OK."

  6. 6

    Press the "Start" button at the top of the window to convert the source video into the selected format.

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