HandBrake

HandBrake

Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 146 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.3
  • Total Downloads:
    1,253,965
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 23, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    15.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,415
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 9 votes

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

    3.5

    out of 146 votes

    • 5 star 57
    • 4 star 38
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 34
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5 stars

"This software works well."

November 21, 2009  |  By MortalToad

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

Very easy to use.

Cons

No complaints.

Summary

It does what it says and turns out quality video.

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4 stars

"It does what it says it does."

November 14, 2009  |  By Opa-Loka

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

It ripped my own DVD nicely. no sputter or stutter.

Cons

I didn't see any problems and my OS survived.

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5 stars

"Excellent open source DVD converter. A must have."

November 12, 2009  |  By Thothie

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

This absolutely free, no nag-ware conversion suite has a slew of features the retail converters just plain lack. It's faster than the bulk of them as well. The output is very clean and completely under your control.

Cons

Might look a bit daunting to non-techies. It's only daunting in appearance though - the organization is well thought out, and the profiles let you convert your DVD's in practically one click. Better than others, where the options are not available.

Summary

A wide and flexible range of output options make this powerful open source, freeware product vastly preferable to anything else I've seen out there. It's almost sad that the nagware and crippleware programs in competition from Handbrake don't bother to learn from it. It's no wonder why companies like Microsoft do almost everything they can to stop this sort of software from reaching the general market - they might actually have to start working for a living, if they were forced to compete with stuff of this quality.

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4 stars

"excellent ripping software"

November 10, 2009  |  By kryptonite1970

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

ease of use, free software

Cons

still needs anydvd or dvd decrypter to remove copy-protect.

Summary

highly recommended

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3 stars

"Great Ripper, With Warts"

November 09, 2009  |  By linuxroadwarrior

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

I love the way it does things, especially it's powerful ripping tools.
Nice interface.

Cons

It's better used in the hands of an experienced tech; not the most user friendly.
Needs more formats supported.
Windows Version slow to rip.

Summary

Perfect for experienced users who want a good, solid, open source ripper/converter. Especially good for those with high-end computers. It's features are rock solid and powerful.

Good interface, nice community, and a great guide contribute to it's goodness.

A 4GB disk became a 1.25 MP4 video, in a matter of hours.

All it needs is a "Basic/Lite" version built for beginners.

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5 stars

"Easy to use and gets the job done"

November 05, 2009  |  By mac79pr

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

Easy, powerful, free

Cons

none, apart from the flash thing.

Summary

Easy to use and gets the job done

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5 stars

"Powerful and Free!!!"

November 01, 2009  |  By mrquique

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

Free... Advance options let you customize any video and DVD. Highly recommended.

Cons

A little primitive interface but acceptable.

Summary

If you understand how video conversion works you will understand this software. Its perfect for intermediate and advance users because it let you customize just about everything. Keep in mind that if you add complex settings will take some time to encoded. But for a free application is the best and even surpasses some commercial software. Try it!

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4 stars

"Great program, very useful"

September 08, 2009  |  By adanedhel728

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

Converts dvds and video files reliably and accurately.

Cons

It's not especially user-friendly, but workable. It doesn't rip encrypted dvds, so you need to rip those with another program first . It's kind of slow, but not too bad.

Summary

It's great for converting ripped dvds into usable formats (I personally convert to xvid, because it's very versatile). It's best feature, though, is that it can convert video files. I was trying to convert several .ts files with other programs, and none of the programs I was using could synchronize the audio. Handbrake is the only program that does.

It's not especially user-friendly, so there's a bit of a learning curve. But, it's well-worth it. And it's really not hard; it's just not quite as user-friendly as, say AVC, but its reliability puts it way ahead of AVC. You can use presets or you can get technical in your specifications.

It's kind of slow, but not too bad. Converting one 1 hour .ts file takes about an hour and a half to two hours if you use 1-pass encoding. Encoding a dvd with two passes takes about two to three hours. This is on a lower-end computer that's about a year old.

The different types of video files it accepts is limited; it doesn't convert .flv files, for example.

It also has a neat auto-crop feature, where it crops out black bars. I record TV using GB-PVR, and this is very useful because if I'm watching a standard-size tv show, it records in widescreen, but Handbrake automatically takes the black bars out. It doesn't work if there's ever any place in the video file that has video data on the sides, though. For that, you'd have to manually crop.

It also can't convert encrypted dvds; you need to break encryption with another program first (like DVDFab5). That's the biggest annoyance, and that's why I'm giving it a 4/5 instead of a 5/5.

I'm spending a lot of time describing its downsides because I feel like you really learn more from the negatives than the positives, but I want to say that this program is absolutely fantastic. It's extremely reliable and it gives you a lot of control. For converting video files, I use this or AVC whenever one fits the job better than the other; but I find that I use this far, far more often than AVC (AVC is Any Video Converter, in case you didn't know). This is the only program I know of that can decently convert GB-PVR's .ts files. Even GB-PVR's auto-convert doesn't do it correctly, but Handbrake does.

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1 stars

"Windows version takes days to encode something."

August 14, 2009  |  By floresuprm

 |  Version: HandBrake 0.9.3

Pros

Mac version works well, even on an older computer (G4 processor).

Cons

No Flash Video support.

Summary

The Windows version needs to get much closer to the Mac version in speed.

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General
Publisher HandBrake
Publisher web site http://handbrake.m0k.org/
Release Date September 23, 2008
Date Added September 23, 2008
Version 0.9.3
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Converters
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.11MB
File Name HandBrake-0.10.1-i686-Win_GUI.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,253,965
Downloads Last Week 2,415
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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