WatchFolder for Handbrake new release

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

The updates have at long last started!

WatchFolder for HandBrake has been updated and improved and is now ready for download.

V 2.2.0

1. now adds to itunes when the encode is done – toggle on and off – updates your iTunes library
2. Fixed issue with moving files at end of encode process
3. Season and episode numbers now padded properly for consistency
4. metadata now written to album, albumartist, track fields for video files, so they are better categorised when added to a portable device
5. Added saveable custom queries
6. Added mts support
7. browse boxes are now readonly – problems had occurred when users copy and pasted file paths in there and then wondered why the issues.
8. general stability and bug fixes

Download Link

  1. Paul says:

    Is there any chance you’ll add input support for dvrms files or avchd files? Handbrake supports both.

  2. John D says:

    Hmmm just updated to newest version and now once it encodes the 1080p BlueRay DTS x264 to ATV2 preset (only change on the preset is the constant quality from 20 to 21), It says it encodeds, but then I can’t find the file.

    • John D says:

      Sorry, wish I could have deleted that once I posted it. HB GUI errors when it tries to encode it. Bad file I guess. Sorry.

  3. Ed says:

    Thanks for the wonderful set of tools! This may be a dumb question but is there a simple way to set the application to save the new file in the existing directory, essentially replacing the old file?

    I use Usenet to download my files with SABnzbd and Couch Surfer / Sick Beard. These tools already nicely create folders and meta data for everything so I am just looking for automatic file conversion. I use XBMC on ATV2 to watch my stuff.

  4. Ted says:

    Hey…great little program, only one of its kind that I’ve gotten to actually work! (maybe b/c I’m on Windows 7?). Anyways, is there any way to add an update so that the program will automatically search subdirectories? That would be the final step to automating my workflow!

  5. Dexter says:

    I have a query that adds all sub files and audio files from the .mkv file but what I’m trying to figure out is how do I do the same for chapter marks with watchfolder?

  6. Gavin says:

    as i have some films which i need the subs and DTS audo for were do i set this info up from

    • videoscripts says:

      You need to set up a custom query. You don’t do this in the watch UI. You need to open handbrake. Head to settings, switch on query editor and restart. Now, set up all your settings within handbrake. Go to query editor, copy the contents of the query. Now paste this into the watchfolder UI. Save as custom query and you are all set.

      If you get stuck on this, let me know.

  7. Mike says:

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. All my settings appear to be correct but nothing is happening after the file is dropped in the watch folder. Any idea what the problem could possibly be?

  8. Mike says:

    Thanks for the reply

    I am using Anydvd first to rip them to a network drive and then pointing the watch folder to that drive, and then trying to save them back to that network drive. I wanted to see if the network is the problem and I don’t believe it is since I tried doing everything through desktop folders and I get the same result

    Here are my settings


    file extension-mp4

    delete source files-yes

    add metadata-yes

    handbrake priority-high

    set encoder wait period-0

    recreate source folder structure-yes

    rename tv shows-yes

    ignore m4v and mp4 files-yes

    use folder jpg if present-yes

    choose preset-Apple TV2

    web optimized-yes

    Thanks again

    • videoscripts says:

      Mike – I actually need the details from the settings file. Go to the program folder and find a text file that ends in settings.txt. Copy and paste that into a post and we will get you sorted!

  9. Mike says:

    forgot to mention that the files I am trying to access for conversion are what anydvd rips them to, VOB files inside a TS folder

  10. Kirk says:

    Any plans for a Mac version?

  11. jwdv22 says:

    Still having an issue where it seems that WatchFolder skips over 1080 .mkv files. I have several in a folder and it is grabing smaller items, as well as, vob files, but the last 4 or 5 1080 mkv’s sit there with no processing. Ideas? Not sure what files I would need to send you?

  12. jwdv22 says:

    What are the limitations on HD video’s and what can’t be encoded?

    I have had 6 or 7 HD video’s fail recently, but some do work. Here is the media info on two that filed
    Thanks for your help. This is a great tool

    • videoscripts says:

      There is nothing obvious in the mediainfo files that would cause it to fail. Since I rely on handbrake for a valid file check, the best way to help troubleshoot is if you can open one of the files in HB and try and process and grab the error log – can you let me know what you find? Without access to the original files, I can’t do much more than wait for that feedback. The handbrake log into pastebin would help me a lot.

      FYI, generally HB only flips out with mkv files when multiple audio tracks are in there, you appear to only have two.

      • jwdv22 says:

        Well unfortunately or fortunately when I opened HB it asked me to update to .96 and I hit yes. Then I when I used the AppleTV 2 preset with only modding the video quality to 21 instead of 20. It appears to be working and not causing an error. Maybe that was my problem. I always assumed it was the audio, and their new version has some HD audio improvement. Will post back when the encode finishes in 2 hours.

  13. jwdv22 says:

    Now 2 of the movies have encoded in the HB .96 with no problems, but both still failed in Batch Encoder.

  14. CR says:

    I think I have everything setup correctly. But nothing happens with the files in the Media folder. M:\Media is a existing folder that has older files I would like to encode. The folder is on a QNAP NAS.

    But nothing happen. Does watch folder just work by date stamps?


    Here is a my config file:

    -f mp4 -4 -X 1280 –loose-anamorphic -e x264 -q 20 -r 29.97 –pfr -a 1,1 -E faac,copy:ac3 -6 dpl2,auto -R Auto,Auto -B 160,auto -D 0.0,0.0 -m –verbose=1 -O -O -O -O -O -O -O



    • videoscripts says:

      watch folder is only for new files that get added to your folder while running. It will not touch files that are already located in the folder when you run it. It ‘watches’ for new files only. If you have a folder full of files you need to encode, then just use batch encoder, point it at your folder of files and thats it.

  15. Ryan says:

    Hello.. this app is just brilliant. The only issue I have with it, and I don’t know if it’s a built in feature of not, but I have the “Add metadata” feature enabled.. but when it adds to itunes, whether its a tv show or a movie.. it always adds it as a movie.

    all of the tv shows are formatted like this..

    Californication – S05E03 – Boys & Girls


    • videoscripts says:

      Hi Ryan

      Is the naming convention. we use something a little less cleaned up….. so what you have, wont work well with my routines.

      Dumb it down to – Californication.S05E03.Boys&girls – this will get you all of the metadata, cover art, episode title etc and add it to itunes correctly. A freeware bulk renamer would get it to where we can use it.

  16. Loren says:

    Any chance that the info box can be moved on the screen? As I run a double hieght taskbar in Windows 7, it coves half of it.

    If I hide the taskbar, and re-show it, it moves the watch folder info box above it, but it is a pain to have to do that each time.

    • videoscripts says:

      yes, this is planned for the next release

      • Loren says:

        Thanks. Love the program, works a charm.

        One last question, and I havent seen an answer on the boards yet, but is there a way to clear the list of files it remembers? I assume it must keep a list, as if I process a file, and then need to re do it, as I didnt like the way handbrake converted it, watch folders never picks it up again unless I rename it something that it hasnt done or seen before. How can I clear that list?

      • videoscripts says:

        It’s not quite as smart as keeping a list. All it does is look for the file in the target directory. If it exists, it skips it.

        Just delete the files in the target directory you want it to run again.

        Then, a quick restart of watch will clear the holding list. Just right click from menu, settings and click update settings.

  17. Ryan says:

    videoscripts, that method you gave me for TV Shows works brilliant. Now. what about movies? I have them in the same way as the TV shows… Extremely.Loud.and.Incredibly.Close.2011.720p.BluRay.x264-Rx fpr example.. it formats it as a movie (rightfully so.. but i think thats just the default)..

    any ideas?

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