Presets are displayed in the Presets Drawer on the right side of the main window. There are two kinds of presets in HandBrake, Built-In and User Presets.

  • Built-in presets
    HandBrake includes a number of presets for devices and common scenarios.
    You can reset all built-in presets to defaults by using the "Reset Built-in presets" option from the presets menu.
    You also have the option to remove all the built in presets by using the "Delete Built-in Presets" option.
  • User Presets
    You can create your own presets to store settings you reguarlly use. Simply set the settings you wish to use in the presets and click the "Add" (or "+") button on the presets panel.
    You'll be able to set a "Name", "Description" and whether picture and filter settings are stored in the preset.

Subtitle settings are not stored in presets, nor is the selected audio languages.
There is an option in preferences to set your "Native Language" which will make the audio panel automatically attempt to always use your native language instead of the first track by deafult.

Additional Presets Panel Options

  • Using Presets
    To use a preset, simply select it and it will show as highlighted. The "Output Settings" section will show the name of the preset currently in use.
    If you proceed to change any settings, you are no longer using the selected preset. The settings it setup will remain unless you change them. The "Output Settings" section will show "Custom" for the preset.
  • Deleting a preset.
    Simply select the preset and click the "Remove" or "-" button on the presets panel.
  • Default Preset
    Handbrake loads a default preset when starting. This is normally the "Normal" preset but you can change this by selecting the preset and choosing the "Make Default" option on the presets panel.

Preset Settings Files

The Preset file can be found in the following location for each platform.
If you delete the preset file, it will be automatically re-created the next time you lanch HandBrake.

On Mac:

/Users/<YourHomeDirectory>/Library/Application Support/HandBrake/UserPresets.plist

On Windows:
For 2000/XP

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\HandBrake 
and possibly
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\HandBrake

For Vista

C:\Users\<username>\Application Data\HandBrake
and possibly
C:\Users\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\HandBrake

For Windows 7


On Linux:

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