HandBrake for Mac

HandBrake for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 144 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.5
  • Total Downloads:
    685,387
  • Date Added:
    January 03, 2011
  • File Size:
    9.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,206
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel

Editors' Review

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HandBrake is a free application for converting all types of videos into MPEG-4 files. You might be overwhelmed by the busy interface and numerous options, but once you get started, you'll find that HandBrake offers features that will help any user get up to speed quickly.

HandBrake's interface holds all the tools you need but the wide variety of options can confuse users -- especially beginners. We quickly found that the program's preset options were the quickest and easiest way to convert files. In fact, the moment you find the Presets tab, you'll find the best connection between yourself and HandBrake. Video conversion becomes simple; you just need to select the device you want the video optimized for, and the fun begins.

As soon as you have selected the file you want to optimize for, let's say, your iPad, HandBrake does its job quickly -- depending, of course, on your computer and the file size. The downside is that this great open-source tool will likely have you glued you in front of your computer since you may be tempted to optimize all your existing DVDs for your mobile devices.

Overall, HandBrake worked very well converting files. It may not be the best choice for novice users, but more experienced users will find it to be a handy addition to their Mac toolbox.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.4

    out of 144 votes

    • 5 star 101
    • 4 star 24
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 8
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4 stars

"Works perfect"

January 15, 2012  |  By scotty_h

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

It's free - that's cool

Cons

A little slow

Summary

Best tool for creating mp4 files, can handle every source file I throw at it. Files that SUPER and Videora fumbled with audio delays, converted perfectly with Handbrake. And the only freeware tool that seems to be able to handle m2ts files.

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5 stars

"Dozens of DVDs ripped to play on iPad"

January 14, 2012  |  By Burrmantom

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

Works as advertised (iMac)
Ripped dozens of DVDs, only 1 wouldn't rip
Free, free, free

Cons

Slow -- Did I mention that it worked great and was free!

Summary

A free app that does what it says it will do. Big thank you to the developer!

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5 stars

"Excellent utility"

December 28, 2011  |  By exxxviii

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

Flexible and creates reliable rips of all our movies.

Cons

Needs VLC installed in the root of "Applications"
I wish it could overcome rip lock on my Mac

Summary

Very worthwhile

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4 stars

"Pain Free Video Library Conversion"

December 02, 2011  |  By keyboardcrunch

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

It's Free
Can execute it by commandline - better for batch processing
Can convert to web ready formats
Supports large files
High quality video output

Cons

A little bit slow compared to FreeMake.

Summary

This is very useful if you need to convert a lot of videos over into web ready MP4. I wrote a batch file to convert a whole directory. The program encodes a little slower than FreeMake Video Converter. But you can control the file size, quality, and have batch processing in Handbrake. ****

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5 stars

"Best free copying software downloaded on download.com"

September 10, 2011  |  By MrTreize

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

The software can copy almost all standard dvd's into a wide variety of formats. I have only run into a couple of dvd's I could not copy because the program would copy the chapters out of sequence.

Cons

Can only copy one disk at a time. I tried downloading it for my super powerful windows PC I build 1 year ago which has multiple optical drives. The program worked one and then never again. Works everytime without fail on my mac.

Summary

I takes a little time to copy video files more than 30 minutes in length but it will get the job done. And the finished product is always faithful to the source material in quality. And it's ability to copy the file into a large variety of video formats is also a plus for people who need that feature. Since my movie collection is so large and I wanted digital backups of all my disks it took me the better part of 6 months to finish my backup project and the majority of a 2TB hard drive. This was a good thing since some of my older dvd's had begun to deteriorate.

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5 stars

"LOVE it easy to use"

September 06, 2011  |  By pointer165-2009

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

easy to use for a first timer like moi!

Cons

none so far

Summary

it's easy, so far free..and does what it should do

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1 stars

"No longer supports or works with ppc."

August 03, 2011  |  By VegasVic666

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

No longer supports or works with ppc.

Cons

No longer supports or works with ppc.

Summary

No longer supports or works with ppc.

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4 stars

"Does a decent job of encoding .M4V files"

May 07, 2011  |  By Geoffrey Dean Jackson

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

-H264 format encoding is excellent and very flexible
-decent speed on a intel iMac
-able to fine tune resolution on ripped files

Cons

-Some settings can cause Handbrake to crash
-Some settings can be VERY processor tasking (re: heat issues on iMacs. Would recommend a fan controller application to speed up cooling fans)
-Some files still take 5 to 7 hours to rip (99.99999% quality)

Summary

If you want a good application to make files for your iPod, iPhone, AppleTV, then Handbrake will work just fine. It's certainly capable of near-HD rips depending on your settings, but be advised that higher quality rips will take alot longer and is processor taxing.

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2 stars

"Eventually ripped, but couldn't play file."

March 28, 2011  |  By Burnsie61

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

Managed to rip a film that no over product I had could.

Cons

Didn't play once it had been ripped.
Infinite number of setting to choose from to try and get it to work.

Summary

Unless you know exactly what you want, try another product.

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4 stars

"Download link is to 64bit version."

January 04, 2011  |  By zorkblam

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.5

Pros

Handbrake has both 32 and 64 bit versions. See developer's website for both download links as well as links to other platforms.

Cons

Handbrake is great; I just wish CNET provided a way to point out an error in its site (like pointing its download link to the version that not everyone can use) without resorting to bogus reviews like this one.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9.5
  • BluRay disc structure support. (No decryption support)
  • Updated Libraries (x264, ffmpeg)
  • SSA Subtitle support. (Including burn-in)
  • MP3 audio now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
  • VOBSUB subtitle now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
  • Updated Presets for newer devices and better quality
  • AC3 encoding support.
  • Many Bug fixes and other small improvements
  • Improved DVD Main Feature detection (when using dvdnav)
  • Universal audio downmix support (all audio types can be downmixed)
  • Updated x264 Advanced Panel
  • Video Quality Slider drops % value and only shows RF for x264
  • Batch Scan (Scan Multiple files at once. N.B: Does not include multiple VIDEO_TS folders / Image files)
  • Peak framerate option (Capped VFR)
  • Many Bug fixes
  • Many Tweaks to improve usability.
  • Ability to edit queue jobs
  • Point-to-Point encoding (second or frame start and end times)
  • New Audio Panel supporting >4 Audio Tracks
  • VLC detection in /Applications and ~/Applications
General
Publisher HandBrake
Publisher web site http://handbrake.m0k.org/
Release Date January 03, 2011
Date Added January 03, 2011
Version 0.9.5
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.92MB
File Name HandBrake-0.10.0-MacOSX.6_GUI_x86_64.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 685,387
Downloads Last Week 1,206
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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