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HandBrake

CNET Editors' review

HandBrake is a video converter program intended to both rip and convert video files to work on a number of supported devices.

The features of this converter are easy enough to understand. An advanced computer user will most likely be able to use HandBrake for its full purpose, but a user who knows the basics should be able to figure out how to work through the main steps. You simply have to have a file or DVD to work with, and HandBrake will help with some of the less obvious steps by indicating the missing information that needs to be inserted. It took a couple tries to correctly convert a 15-minute video file the first time. It seemed to shut down without finishing, but eventually it worked. That took about 40 minutes to finish converting and encoding. Time results will obviously vary depending on the file size. DVD ripping seems to work fine and the time varies here as well, depending on the DVD length. The Help button will take you to the publisher's Web site, where some of the information is easy to understand but the more-detailed parts are intended for a more advanced user. It is certainly not the easiest, most efficient converter program we have seen out there.

It didn't take long to download, and the installation process was very simple. There weren't any extra downloads or offers hidden within the installation process, and you'll find that setting this is easy.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 138 votes

    • 5 star: 55
    • 4 star: 37
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 29
  • Current version:

    3.2 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Did the batch conversion simply and efficiently"

    April 3, 2014  |   By chrisjw37

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    -Fast,
    -Small & quick installation
    -Very quick in converting a batch of high def videos to MP4 for backward compatibility.
    -Impressive no nonsense

    Cons

    -Bit of a weird interface at first
    but it is soon obvious.

    No others problems

    Summary

    Excellent program - glad it was recommended.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It fit the bill for me"

    March 29, 2014  |   By geeman1082

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    Great price.
    Worked well.

    Cons

    Despite the inclusion of "presets", the operation is not intuitive for the occasional user. This is due to the myriad algorithms in use on DVDs, no doubt, but still makes it tough for those of us not schooled in the art.

    Summary

    I needed something to rip the video off of a DVD (which contained video of my quartet) that someone had given me. This did the trick nicely, as long as I didn't touch any of the settings ... yes, I know, but I couldn't help poking around a bit to see what options are available, and ended up having to restart the program from scratch to get it to work ;-)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent. No need to try out alternatives"

    March 26, 2014  |   By software_simba

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    Its powerful, easy to use, reliable, is kind on system resources, has no malware and no nag-ware. Best part - its 100% free, no strings no emails no newsletters, nothing.

    Cons

    No cons, really.

    Summary

    If like me you usually try out 3 or 4 alternatives before picking one then let me save you the hassle. Handbrake has everything you need. You won't find a better alternative.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not as good as mentioned."

    February 17, 2014  |   By linzgang

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    The speed is two slow. BTW, it also make big noise during the transfer.

    Cons

    I would like to choose other products than this one. I think next time I would choose xilisoft.com and wei-soft.com 's product.

    Summary

    I would like to choose other products than this one. I think next time I would choose xilisoft.com and wei-soft.com 's product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised, easy to use"

    January 19, 2014  |   By beiley--2008

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    Does what it is designed to do, easily. Has many built in configurations. Great for Android tablet. Free.

    Cons

    Haven't found any cons...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great DVD ripping tool!"

    January 7, 2014  |   By mayorga80

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    Rips DVDs within an hour.

    Cons

    It should tell you that you first need to backup a DVD since trying to rip it straight from the DVD or DVD drive will not work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "my The LORD of all hosts"

    December 6, 2013  |   By fujitsulover

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    FREE with labour and patience

    Cons

    You get no complaints from me

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product To Convert Video Files"

    October 30, 2013  |   By Streamingchurches

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    I use handbrake to change video formats to MP4. What a great free product! I love it and will use it as many times as possible. Really great product!

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Again, when someone told me about handbrake I went to CNET to read about the product. I have download the product for almost 3 weeks now and I have "0" complains....great product!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A crap-free classic since 2006 - but not for slackers!"

    September 27, 2013  |   By eurositi

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    - Has far more image quality adjustment filters than other free (or even many commercial) tools
    - Comes with many useful presets and allows you to compose your own presets (for example for VHS "image cleaning")
    - Is 100% safe to install (no spy/mal/adware)
    - All conversions are based on the superior free x264 codec
    - Preserves chapter information and (additional) audio tracks or subtitles, if you want to keep them

    Cons

    - You can't create or edit chapter information in video files
    - Most out-of-the-box presets are for Apple devices
    - No "quick convert features". You need to define your output file path+name to get an output and keep an eye on your settings
    - Has a steeper learning curve than other conversion tools

    Summary

    People who have little interest in optimizing video quality and playing with settings to get the best result between file size and image quality should avoid this product.

    But with just a little more patience you will slowly begin to appreciate the qualities of Handbrake.

    For DVD/BluRay ripping, it works well in combination with MakeMKV (free if you enter a free license code from the website).

    Highly recommended for optimizing the image quality of digitized analogue video.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good software, with many bugs..."

    September 27, 2013  |   By feri196

    Version: HandBrake 0.9.9

    Pros

    simply, free

    Cons

    often do not work

    Summary

    Unfortunately, I could not use because of the many errors

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