Handbrake

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.

Outputs:

  • 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

The PS3 preset is a godsend. Now I literally convert every single video that I come across and transfer it to my PS3. The quality is pretty good and the encoding time is really insignificant. If you have a PS3, do yourself a favor, and start using it.

good stuff. i just used handbrake to convert the vob files from two bootlegged zappa shows off a dvd to mp4 movies so i could extract the audio from them with quicktime, it worked flawlessly. i then converted the audio only mp4 files to m4a files with max. now i have the 9/8/74 munich show i have been wanting for so long in decent sounding 224 kbps m4a format.

The description is incorrect. Handbrake originally forked (no pun intended, it's a technical term) from the MediaFork project, and developed on its own in the Mac universe. Recently, however, Handbrake has rejoined the MediaFork team, so this is OFFICIALLY a rejoining (not an evolution) of the two projects.

However, it is a really nice app. Three container choices (OGM, AVI, and MP4) with the ability to use MPEG-4 or H.264 with AC3 (direct-copy), MP3, AAC or Vorbis audio (depending on container choice) is really nice, as is gray-scale mode, Pixel-Aspect-Ratio, Auto-Crop, Deinterlacing, multi-pass encoding, batch processing, and the ability to rip multiple audio tracks. However, I find the controls tend not to be fine-grained enough. The only option for subtitle ripping is to burn them into the image, as opposed to a separate track, the inability to control how many channels you rip audio in (Mono movies ripped to Stereo just wastes space), the inability to rip different tracks to different audio codecs (I'd like my soundtrack in AC3 but my commentaries in AAC), and the lack of MKV support reduce this from a one-stop-shop to the first in a chain of steps, with other utilities for ripping additional tracks to different formats, subtitles, MKV chapter points, and so on. It should at least allow some MP4 metadata support.

However, despite its shortcomings, it's still a great ripping app for OS X, and I recommend it to everyone who asks for one. It handles the jobs most people need with good quality and speed, it just doesn't measure up to my super-exacting, obscure standards.

This project will be back soon with the (original) Handbrake name.
This post in The Unoffical Apple Weblog (TUAW) tells the whole story:
http://www.tuaw.com/2007/02/23/mediafork-to-unfork-back-into-handbrake/

This project will be back soon with the (original) Handbrake name.
This post in The Unoffical Apple Weblog (TUAW) tells the whole story:
http://www.tuaw.com/2007/02/23/mediafork-to-unfork-back-into-handbrake/

Great! Thanks! Now to test this out.

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.

Anyone able to mount the dmg? I get an error with the download from here as well as the app's website. Error is "no mountable file system."

MediaFork is the continuation of this, as it appears that the main developer behind HandBrake seems to have disappeared.
http://osx.iusethis.com/app/mediafork

Without this my iPod video would be used far less. I rent DVDs and rip them to the iPod. Since I don't have time to watch movies at home, I watch them when commuting to work.

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