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HandBrake for Mac

By HandBrake Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of HandBrake

  • Convert video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs
  • Last updated on 07/03/20
  • There have been 4 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Windows

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 31, 2014

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3.3

  • Improved support for sources where pixel format cannot be quickly identified, e.g. due to delayed video track start.
  • Added logging to identify where hardware support is disabled.
  • Fixed and improved Intel QSV in various situations, especially hardware decoding.
  • Fixed full range video being not being identified as limited range after conversion where filters are used.
  • Fixed handling of overlapping SSA import subtitles.
  • Improved support for out-of-order SSA subtitles as allowed by specification.
  • Improved Flatpak to better conform to freedesktop metainfo standards.
  • Improved Intel QSV Flatpak plugin build effiency using cmake-ninja.
  • Added a patch to fix cross compiling libdav1d using GCC 10.x (quality of life improvement).
  • Updated libraries.
  • Fixed preview layout not displaying properly on OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Fixed incorrect copyright year on About dialog.

General

Release July 3, 2020
Date Added July 3, 2020
Version 1.3.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks

Popularity

Total Downloads 919,672
Downloads Last Week 303
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Developer's Description

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. HandBrake is a video transcoder that takes your movies and transfers them to a format that's useful on your computers, media centers, and portable electronic devices. It converts most any video formats to a handful of modern ones.