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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesn't do what i bought it for"

    September 23, 2013  |   By Shery P

    Pros

    the try if free records 3 minutes. That works.
    Fine if you want to watch your home movies on your iPad, but useless otherwise. I can copy my home movies already.

    Cons

    So I bought it, but after paying nearly $60, I find out it doesn't work on commercial DVDs. So I am out $60 and I still cannot watch my old DVDs on the Kindle, Ipad, etc. The support apres pay is non-existent.

    Summary

    Very definitely NOT worth the money.

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  • Reply by extirpator on December 2, 2013

    You are reviewing the wrong software. There is no commercial version of Handbrake. Also handbrake doesn't record video, it converts it to MP4 or MKV formats used in most modern video editing software. Handbrake is the easiest free solution for dealing with old interlaced video. It can reverse telecine if your footage was shot with 3:2 pulldown. It can Decomb frames which can sometimes turn the interlacing into a motion blur while preserving a lot of detail. It has several forms of deinterlacing for for non telecine video where decombing alone can't fix the interlacing issues. I perfer the slower deinterlace method most of the time, but it also has bob if you don't mind halving the resolution of each frame. It has denoise controls for helping remove video noise from low light or older CMOS sensors. It also has a deblocking control that can help smooth mpeg/jpeg chromatic artifacting.

  • Reply by daliDave on October 8, 2013

    If you paid for it you've been conned.

    Handbrake is free software which has been GPL'd. As such, the only cost that could possibly be involved is the cost of a DVD (if you requested physical media). Downloading from the web should not incur any charge at all.

    Are you sure that you're actually thinking of Handbrake and not some other DVD ripping software?

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