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HandBrake for Mac

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Very good
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out of 145 votes out of 1 votes

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    Feb. 11, 2016
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Editors' Review


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.


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.


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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5 stars

"It rips and converts my DVD collection very nicely."

March 30, 2016  |  By bfawlty

2016-03-30 19:36:13  |  By bfawlty

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.10.5


I'm converting my movies to store in my IMac, as I'm tired of replacing discs, over and over again. It doesn't take terribly long, is quite easy to use, after instruction, and I feel terribly guilty that, up to now; it's free!


The only problem I have is that my foreign films that are sub-titled, are not recorded that way. I'm sure that it's "operator-error", but I still need help, apparently.


Love it!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.10.5
- Removal of FDK AAC from our binary releases. --enable-fdk is required for "non-free" builds if compiling from source.
- Updated x265 to 1.9 which brings bug fixes and performance improvements.
- Few minor bug fixes since the 0.10.3 release. This includes improvements in large AVI file handling.
Publisher HandBrake
Publisher web site
Release Date February 11, 2016
Date Added February 11, 2016
Version 0.10.5
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.26MB
File Name HandBrake-0.10.5-MacOSX.6_GUI_x86_64.dmg
Total Downloads 812,344
Downloads Last Week 637
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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