HandBrake for Mac

HandBrake for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 144 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.10.0
  • Total Downloads:
    691,700
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 23, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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HandBrake for Mac is a program that lets you convert multiple types of video files into MP4 or MKV format, while specifying other output characteristics, as well. This interface may not seem overly intuitive at first glance, but even inexperienced users will get the hang of the controls quickly.

Pros

Customization options: When you're setting up to convert a file, you can choose to optimize it for the Web, for a large screen, or for the iPod 5G. You also have the ability to add chapters and subtitles to your videos, and you can select the file format you'd like for the finished video, as well.

Preview window: Once you've completed a conversion, you can preview it in a separate window to make sure it's what you had in mind. This allows you to go back and adjust your settings before you save the new file or burn it to a DVD.

Cons

Unattractive interface: The interface of this app is very plain, with many technical-looking input areas when you can add files and specify output preferences. Once you get used to using it, you'll be able to find your way around with little trouble, but initially it can be a little off-putting.

Slow conversions: Conversions through this app weren't terribly speedy, and they often took longer to complete than the clip took to run. While this doesn't need to be a huge drawback, you should know to plan for it.

Bottom Line

HandBrake for Mac is a convenient free utility program that's definitely worth checking out if you often have the need to convert files into MP4 format. It produces good quality videos with little fuss once you get the hang of the interface and get your timing down.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"unresponsive"

October 13, 2014  |  By dxctampa

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

Pros

I don't have any pros

Cons

Every time I try to use this application it freezes up and I have to force quit. I have never been able to use this product

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4 stars

"A United Nations of Multimedia Management"

November 29, 2013  |  By pisaorange

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

Pros

An indispensible application for those blitzed with a plethora of media formats.
The destination spec options in this version are much better than the ancient version I had.

Cons

None I can think of.

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5 stars

"A godsend for converting those 'old DVD's" !!"

August 11, 2013  |  By daveytom67

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

Pros

Does exactly what it's required to do, aid's DVD conversions. I can't say any more than that. Luvely, thank you guys. Regards Bri T.

Cons

For me as a Mac User, There Are None. Regs.

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4 stars

"It did what I wanted."

January 10, 2013  |  By joenovak1

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.8

Pros

It did what I wanted. I just did it a different way.

Cons

Not the easiest piece of software to understand.

Summary

I couldn't view WMV files on my new tablet ( Android ). A friend told me that it was a Hardware Codec vs a Software Codec issue and I just needed to change the Codec. It did it, but it ended up converting it to an MP4 file, which ran just fine on my tablet. End result was what I was looking for.

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5 stars

"Wow, this just gets the job done!"

November 13, 2012  |  By edcontente

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.8

Pros

Works great
Has queue
New version has preset for apple tv 3rd gen
Can add subtitles to your movies

Cons

Cannot select more than one file at a time ( MAC version, windows can)

Summary

Very good app, works like a charm

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4 stars

"Useable app"

August 29, 2012  |  By Anthon09

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.8

Pros

free
converting video easily

Cons

output format is limited

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5 stars

"LOVE it easy to use"

August 19, 2012  |  By adpaxton

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.8

Pros

easy to use for a first timer like moi!

Cons

none so far

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5 stars

"Looks good"

July 28, 2012  |  By Kateblack79

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.8

Pros

This is a perfect app for adding Video to your iPod! It's extremely easy to use

Cons

No const for me

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5 stars

"Does what it is designed to do!"

June 12, 2012  |  By gatorlawgirl

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.6

Pros

I followed the MAC GUI wiki guide on the HandBrake website, https://trac.handbrake.fr/wiki/MacGuiGuide. I needed to make copies of DVDs to put on my computer because taking a bunch of DVDs with you when you deploy is not really an option. I used HandBrake in conjunction with FairMount to decrypt and then transfer to MP4 format (HandBrake). I do not know if HandBrake alone could have done it, I just read that HandBrake was not a decrypter, so I found Fairmount. Worked beautifully and I can take what I wanted to take! Woo hoo! FairMount does need VLC to operate, and I read if you have VLC 2.0 and higher it may not work because the file FairMount uses to decrypt the files has been changed/moved/removed. Wasn't a problem for me because I had version 1.0.3.

Cons

It lost a half a star for me because it is not intuitive. But, figuring out where and how to use the preprogrammed settings made it easy to use (I used the wiki mentioned above to figure it out). The preprogrammed settings are out to the right of the main window. Looks almost like a playlist sticking out the side. It was set to regular/normal. But if you select devices (above regular) it gives you a bunch of options like iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.

Summary

I used the preprogrammed settings for iPad. Worked great and now I can fit the files on my macbook, iPad and iPhone. There are many ways you could tweak the settings which I am sure is great for someone more technically savvy, but the preprogrammed ones worked for me!

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5 stars

"One of my favorites"

April 18, 2012  |  By brad95411

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.6

Pros

Smooth
Fast
Consistant Quality

Cons

None to speak of

Summary

I have used handbrake for a couple of years now, and it has really saved my hide on more occasions than one. Several situations where I am traveling somewhere and I need to rapidly convert video for a upcoming presentation, and it just does it. Nothing bad to say about it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.10.0
See https://trac.handbrake.fr/milestone/HandBrake%200.10.
General
Publisher HandBrake
Publisher web site http://handbrake.m0k.org/
Release Date November 23, 2014
Date Added November 23, 2014
Version 0.10.0
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.92MB
File Name HandBrake-0.10.0-MacOSX.6_GUI_x86_64.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 691,700
Downloads Last Week 1,427
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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