HandBrake

HandBrake 0.10.0

Free DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter

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

PROS

  • Quick conversions
  • Alters video quality to suit required file size
  • Chops black bands around a video
  • Free to use

CONS

  • May become unstable sometimes
  • No 64 Bit version yet

Excellent
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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 for Mac 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 for Mac, it's nevertheless a great open source solution for ripping your DVDs.

A robust encoder

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

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HandBrake 0.10.0

— User reviews — about HandBrake

  • harrythunder

    by harrythunder

    "Good tool for converting videos"

    Great tool for converting videos. It converts video with multiple formats. Hand Brake offers several customization optio... More.

    reviewed on June 11, 2015

  • nyodreamz9

    by nyodreamz9

    "Too easy to convert DVDs to iPad/iTouch format."

    I downloaded this program to convert DVDs for use on our iProducts and could do so without reading the manual. I haven'... More.

    reviewed on August 6, 2012

  • nitrobeast

    by nitrobeast

    "Not that simple"

    After the free download it will ask you to also have VLC media player, you will not be able to use it without the VLC do... More.

    reviewed on January 17, 2011

  • kauaihealer

    by kauaihealer

    "Great program, easy to use"

    Handbrake is easy to use and works on most videos I have tried. This is my first video conversion program so I was able... More.

    reviewed on July 14, 2010