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

And for PPC-Macs?

And for PPC-Macs?

I would even pay for this app. I tried a few alternatives but for this price it's unbeatable.

You need the 32 bit version of HandBrake if you want to rip DVD's, since at the moment there only is a 32 bit version of VLC.

Handbrake rocks! I just downloaded and built the latest 64 bit version (2896 ×86_64) and it's super fast! Big speed improvements over 0.9.3

From the forum:
"one of our goals for version 0.9.4 is to refocus on HandBrake's key strengths and to remove dead weight. As part of this process, several presets [High profile presets, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360], containers [avi, OGG/OGM], and a codec [XviD] have been removed [as output choices] from HandBrake."

Special versions are available (in French):
- 0.9.3 stable (32 bits)
- latest 64 bits development build optimized for Snow Leopard (LLVM GCC + clang)

Comparing the two versions, one user reports 20% less time to encode with the 0.9.4 64 bits optimized, the other 55% less (ie: 80% faster when measuring fps).

Blog: maclocal.free.fr
Downloads: maclocal.free.fr/telechargement.

Handbrake is one of those amazing apps you have to talk about.

I needed to convert 3GB EyeTV files (70 minutes) to normal sized .avi files for storage reasons (obviously). I tried a handful of conversion programs that had complicated interfaces and didn't work in the end. Handbrake is so straight forward. It does what you expect it to. It's also fast, remarkably stable, and doesn't hog resources (only using 67MB RAM on a 3GB file? Wow!). Just load up the queue and let Handbrake take care of the rest. I think I will have that cocktail now.

Amongst the changes of 0.9.3: No more internal DVD decryption, but:
"if HandBrake detects you have installed the VLC 0.9.x media player in your root Applications folder, it will ask you if you want to decrypt DVDs using that application's copy of the libdvdcss library."

@ gribskov

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