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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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.1

  • Fixed potential crashes due to use of uninitialized variables
  • Improved minimum duration to only apply to DVD and BD sources
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Fixed incorrect video rotation where rotation is explicitly flagged as none
  • Fixed yadif deinterlace filter not properly deinterlacing all frames
  • Fixed missing frame at the end of encodes from m2ts sources
  • Fixed detection of MPEG-1 video in program streams by improving probing of unknown streams
  • Fixed decoding of MPEG-1 video in DVD sources
  • Fixed Apple VideoToolbox encoding issues related to pyramidal B-frames
  • Fixed lapsharp filter corrupting frame edges
  • Improved NLMeans performance by reducing number of threads used with CPUs with high logical core counts
  • Improved AMD VCE encoding to enable placing key frames at chapter markers
  • Improved calculation of final frame duration
  • Improved support for BT.2020 color space
  • Fixed channel mapping for AAC 5.1 encoding (signal 5.1 Back instead of 5.1 Side which is less compatible)
  • Fixed selection of encoders applied to tracks selected with `--all-audio`
  • Fixed audio settings where more are specified than exist in the preset
  • Fixed overriding audio bit rate set by the preset

General

Publisher HandBrake
Publisher web site http://handbrake.m0k.org/
Release Date February 18, 2019
Date Added February 19, 2019
Version 1.2.1

Category

Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Converters

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 12.75MB
File Name HandBrake-1.2.1-x86_64-Win_GUI.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,659,267
Downloads Last Week 1,258

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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