Version: 0.9.8 x86_64 || Release Date: 2011-07-18 || License: GPL Developer: HandBrake Project | App Owner: arne

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

Supported Sources:

  • Any DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted--protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), and some .VOB and .TS files
  • Most any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.


  • File format: MP4 and MKV
  • Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
  • Audio: AAC, MP3, Vorbis or AC-3 and DTS pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)

Misc features:

  • Chapter selection
  • Basic subtitle support (burned into the picture)
  • Integrated bitrate calculator
  • Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling
  • Grayscale encoding

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37 Opinions

@el_cravito :
HandBrake Snapshot Builds : svn1913
Check forum for more.
Cheers !

I'm writing this post on November 11th, 2008, the date when version 0.9.3 of HandBrake was posted here in I Use This.
However, the download link leads to version 0.9.2. And there's no mention of a version 0.9.3 in the developer's website.
So... Where's version 0.9.3?

I'm not very satisfied with Handbrake. Compared to AutoGK on Windows, it lacks a lot of important features like external subtitles instead of hardcoded subtitles.

Plus it's very unstable, when I try to convert a DVD to something other than FFMPEG avi, it crashes, takes hours, or the resulting file is messed up and not usable.

The latest version seems to create grainy, blocked, and choppy DVD rips in both .mp4 and .avi format (and maybe other formats as well, I haven't tried). I've tried it on multiple Macs, with multiple presets and custom settings, and with multiple DVDs. The results are the same - disappointing.

What's more disappointing is the response that I got from the moderators of the HandBrake forum. The response that I received from moderator "nightstrm" and project administrator "jbrjake" was immature and petty. Looking at their responses to other new users asking genuine questions makes it obvious that my treatment was anything but out of the ordinary. They consistently badger and demean friendly people who are there to ask genuine questions. Pathetic.

I think HandBrake was a quality application, but the issues that I and other users are having with it are very bothersome. To top it all off, I have a hard time supporting a project (as a user and bug reporter which I do for many apps) when the people working on the project and supporting the user's forums are such... douchebags.

There are better options that HandBrake out there. I'd suggest you use them.

Great app. Amazing they don't charge for it.

Fantastic free app for converting ripped DVD's for running in quicktime/appleTV. However, since purchasing VisualHub, I find myself using Handbrake less and less on my MBP (for .mkv and .avi files mainly), although it still gets used plenty on my iMac (DVD backup machine).

Wonderful. The new version is great.

I use this to rip dvds onto my ipod. Takes a while to do feature length movies (about an hour), but it's worth it.

@aeko :
Some browsers add a ".bz2" extension to the ".dmg" file.
Delete that extension from the file's name and you'll be able to mount the DMG without any problem.
(This is the second time I post this tip about HandBrake. If you had read the previous posts, you could have found it.)

When I decompress the bz2 file, the dmg won't mount and says: "no mountable file systems".

0.8.5b1 will rip into 6-channel audio. Really slick.

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