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HandBrake for Mac

Versatile video encoder; convert any source to MPEG-4 and more.

Free
In English
Version 1.8.0
4.4
Based on 334 user rates

HandBrake overview

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

Features
  • Supported Sources
    • 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.
  • Outputs
    • 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)
  • Miscellaneous features
    • Chapter selection
    • 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
    • Grayscale encoding

What’s new in version 1.8.0

General
  • Allowed muxing VP9 and FLAC in the MP4 container
  • Removed timestamp jitters when using a constant NTSC frame rate in the MP4 container
  • Removed support for importing legacy plist based presets from much older versions of HandBrake
  • Updated iso639 language codes list
Video
  • Added support for the FFV1 encoder, including a new preset "Preservation FFV1" under the Professional category
  • Added support for multi-pass CQ with VP9
  • Added support for VP9 tunes
  • Added Dolby Vision dynamic metadata pass through for SVT-AV1
  • Improved Decomb speed by removing unneeded frame copies
  • Improved Framerate Shaper metrics for high depth frames

Full list of changes available here

HandBrake for Mac

Free
In English
Version 1.8.0
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What customer like

Value
Price

What needs improvements

Regular updates
Design

HandBrake qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
4.0
Features
3.5
Reliability
4.0
Customer support
3.5

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4.4

(527 Reviews of HandBrake)

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HJRBR
HJRBR
Apr 29 2023
1.6.1
0.0
Apr 29 2023
0.0
Version: 1.6.1
Where can I find and get HandBrake v. 1.3.3??
Aargl
Aargl
Jan 23 2023
1.6.0
4.0
Jan 23 2023
4.0
Version: 1.6.0
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.
johnrjordandesign
johnrjordandesign
Jan 15 2022
1.5.1
1.0
Jan 15 2022
1.0
Version: 1.5.1
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?
Septic Monkey
Septic Monkey
Mar 4 2021
1.3.3
5.0
Mar 4 2021
5.0
Version: 1.3.3
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 !!!
OhEssex
OhEssex
Nov 1 2020
1.3.3
4.0
Nov 1 2020
4.0
Version: 1.3.3
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...
Macsmurf
Macsmurf
May 21 2024
1.8.0
5.0
May 21 2024
5.0
Version: 1.8.0
Malzha
Malzha
Jan 13 2024
1.7.2
5.0
Jan 13 2024
5.0
Version: 1.7.2
MyronV9060
MyronV9060
Jan 11 2024
1.7.2
5.0
Jan 11 2024
5.0
Version: 1.7.2
kom
kom
Jul 26 2023
1.6.1
4.0
Jul 26 2023
4.0
Version: 1.6.1
Satcomer
Satcomer
Feb 12 2023
1.6.1
4.0
Feb 12 2023
4.0
Version: 1.6.1
xouzouras
xouzouras
Jul 23 2022
1.5.1
5.0
Jul 23 2022
5.0
Version: 1.5.1
tonybarraganstudios
tonybarraganstudios
Apr 9 2022
1.5.1
4.0
Apr 9 2022
4.0
Version: 1.5.1
gregraven
gregraven
Feb 19 2022
1.5.1
5.0
Feb 19 2022
5.0
Version: 1.5.1
johnrjordandesign
johnrjordandesign
Jan 15 2022
1.5.1
1.0
Jan 15 2022
1.0
Version: 1.5.1
firewall00110
firewall00110
Dec 12 2021
1.4.2
5.0
Dec 12 2021
5.0
Version: 1.4.2
timuche
timuche
Nov 11 2021
1.4.2
2.0
Nov 11 2021
2.0
Version: 1.4.2
misjase
misjase
Oct 2 2021
1.4.1
5.0
Oct 2 2021
5.0
Version: 1.4.1
nmassello-1
nmassello-1
Aug 19 2021
1.4.1
5.0
Aug 19 2021
5.0
Version: 1.4.1
CharlesTheMacman
CharlesTheMacman
Jul 21 2021
1.4.0
5.0
Jul 21 2021
5.0
Version: 1.4.0
The_Blinded
The_Blinded
Jul 20 2021
1.4.0
5.0
Jul 20 2021
5.0
Version: 1.4.0
arizdave
arizdave
Jul 19 2021
1.4.0
5.0
Jul 19 2021
5.0
Version: 1.4.0
freddygingham
freddygingham
May 31 2021
1.3.3
4.0
May 31 2021
4.0
Version: 1.3.3
Alfie_m
Alfie_m
May 19 2021
1.3.3
5.0
May 19 2021
5.0
Version: 1.3.3
OhEssex
OhEssex
Nov 1 2020
4.0
Nov 1 2020
4.0
Version: null
Rfleisch
Rfleisch
Aug 10 2020
5.0
Aug 10 2020
5.0
Version: null
Ptrix
Ptrix
Jun 15 2020
4.0
Jun 15 2020
4.0
Version: null
l-studio
l-studio
Jun 15 2020
4.0
Jun 15 2020
4.0
Version: null
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Jun 15 2020
5.0
Jun 15 2020
5.0
Version: null
GladysR7247
GladysR7247
May 5 2020
5.0
May 5 2020
5.0
Version: null
cmmce
cmmce
Apr 24 2020
5.0
Apr 24 2020
5.0
Version: null
Heretherealan
Heretherealan
Feb 16 2020
5.0
Feb 16 2020
5.0
Version: null
dancingmonkeysphotography
Jan 23 2020
5.0
Version: null
andrelouispaulbessot
andrelouispaulbessot
Jan 10 2020
5.0
Jan 10 2020
5.0
Version: null
Macfool
Macfool
Jan 5 2020
3.0
Jan 5 2020
3.0
Version: null
jlee5201
jlee5201
Jul 19 2019
5.0
Jul 19 2019
5.0
Version: null
SteveGosselin
SteveGosselin
Mar 21 2019
4.5
Mar 21 2019
4.5
Version: null
unGraphic
unGraphic
Feb 26 2019
4.5
Feb 26 2019
4.5
Version: null
viniskate
viniskate
Jan 30 2019
5.0
Jan 30 2019
5.0
Version: null
sup3rny4nb0y2
sup3rny4nb0y2
Jan 12 2019
4.0
Jan 12 2019
4.0
Version: null
Bipou
Bipou
Sep 10 2018
3.0
Sep 10 2018
3.0
Version: null
JohnF1664
JohnF1664
Aug 28 2018
5.0
Aug 28 2018
5.0
Version: null
robintangotanitogi
robintangotanitogi
Jun 21 2018
0.5
Jun 21 2018
0.5
Version: null
LeroyMorrison
LeroyMorrison
May 15 2018
5.0
May 15 2018
5.0
Version: null
pdavidkay
pdavidkay
May 13 2018
5.0
May 13 2018
5.0
Version: null
Freenergy
Freenergy
Apr 9 2018
5.0
Apr 9 2018
5.0
Version: null