HandBrake

HandBrake 0.10.0

Free DVD to MPEG-4 converter

HandBrake is a useful open source tool that converts DVDs to MPEG for free. View full description

PROS

  • Quick conversion
  • Alters video quality to suit required file size
  • Chops black bands around a video

CONS

  • Sometimes crashes

Good
7

HandBrake is a useful open source tool that converts DVDs to MPEG for free.

Features of Handbrake

Forget paying for a program to rip your DVDs to your computer ever again. Considering HandBrake doesn't cost a dime, the application delivers exceptional results.

Handbrake lets you perform two-pass conversions and codify a double soundtrack. Another great feature is the bitrate calculator, which alters the quality of the video according to the final file size you wish to achieve.

You can even trim the black bands around a movie to maximize the size of the file. Other features worth mentioning are chapter selection, basic subtitle support (burned into the picture) and grayscale encoding.

Simple to use

Converting any type of DVD through a simple-to-understand GUI, the program whizzes through the process of producing an MPEG-4 file to save on your machine.

Note that you'll need to have the right codecs installed for the type of file you wish to convert such as DivX, Xvid, OGM, 3ivx, etc. Handbrake supports any DVD-like source such as VIDEO_TS folders, .VOB, .TS files, DVD images and real DVD. However, unencrypted-protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries.

Although I experienced a couple of crashes with this version of HandBrake, it's nevertheless a great open source solution for ripping your DVDs.

A robust encoder

HandBrake is an incredibly impressive and efficient video encoder for all of your MPEG-4 ripping needs. Best of all, it's free!

HandBrake supports the following formats

File format: MP4(M4V) and MKV
Video: H.264(x264), MPEG-4(ffmpeg), MPEG-2(ffmpeg), or Theora(libtheora)
Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, or Vorbis. AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 pass-thru
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HandBrake 0.10.0

User reviews about HandBrake

  • Golfhacker27

    by Golfhacker27

    "Works perfectly, very quick ripping and great set of functions and options."

    Stunningly good. Will take a multi-episode DVD and rip just the episodes, none of the titles etc. VERY fast : mid quali... More.

    reviewed on August 31, 2014

  • kevin.sims.1656

    by kevin.sims.1656

    "Worked flawlessly for me till recently."

    Updated to the latest version recently, but since then some DVD output files are broken up into a mosaic pattern with br... More.

    reviewed on June 16, 2013

  • dawoodmohamme

    by dawoodmohamme

    "HandBrake is a fantastic video converter of all time!!!"

    HanBrake is a fantastic free tool MPEG-converter for any kind of which is really fantastic. All my headache have been re... More.

    reviewed on January 26, 2013

  • c674980

    by c674980

    "Handbrake has performed flawlessly for me and it's Free!"

    Ok, it's better if you know a bit about what you're doing first, but with a bit of research and a bit of trial and error... More.

    reviewed on July 19, 2012

  • BerTonic

    by BerTonic

    "perfect mkv converter"

    High quality, easy to use, the finest h264 compresion. The solution to convert yours owns DvD & Blue ray to mkv, sa... More.

    reviewed on September 1, 2011