HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted -- CSS is not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), BDMV folder (unencrypted), and some .VOB and .TS files
Any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.
File format: MP4 and MKV
Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
Audio: AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC (16-bit, 24-bit) or AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and DTS-HD pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)
Soft subtitle support (DVD/VobSub in DVD/MKV/MP4, Blu-ray/PGS in BD/MKV, SRT files, SRT/UTF-8 in MKV, ASS/SSA in MKV, TX3G/3GPP in MP4 - DVD/VobSub, Blu-ray/PGS and ASS/SSA subtitles can also be burned-in the picture)
Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling
What’s new in version 1.6.1
Updated on Jan 25 2023
Fixed a potential decoder issue that could cause desync with audio (#4788, #4789)
Command line interface
Fixed inability to name external subtitles tracks using --subname
Fixed behavior of quality slider when changing encoders
Seven years later, Handbrake is still my conversion workhorse. Only on some old device I have issues using its converted videos (sound drops) where iFFmpeg (now ffWorks) gives no issue for the same source file and comparable settings.
I had an old version on Handbrake on an old mac that worked great, just took a long time. It was great to travel with a selection of movies. Now this version is fast but its alternates between clear and pixelated throughout the whole movie rip. How do I get the old version or is there something I should be doing different to rip?
Love this app -- it's the tits !!! It's the only app that converts video without producing a pixel-ridden result or black blocks that seem to take up a lot of screen room. It's straight-forward and simple to use. Oh, and let's not forget it's free !!!
Certainly can't complain about the price. Sadly, there have been user interface issues that have plagued this software for years. Adding stuff to the queue is counter-intuitive and the encoding settings doesn't seem to hold between items in the queue. With not all that much effort this software could be really great - if I knew how to program I'd step up...
This has been an absolutely indispensable app, but I do NOT understand why the "Target Size" option was removed in the past. I understand that it was not 100% accurate, but it was certainly very useful and "good enough" for downsizing large media files. I very strongly believe that it should be re-added, and if not into the application, than at least as some kind of optional add-on or extension. Because of this, I've not updated my copy from version 0.9.5 :(