HandBrake
HandBrake 0.9.9
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Versatile video encoder; convert any source to MPEG-4 and more.   Free
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HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

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
What's New
Version 0.9.9:

General:

  • Improved HandBrake pineapple icon by Matt Johnson
  • Improved Retina-resolution icons within the application, by Nik Pawlak (http://nikpawlak.com)
Core:
  • Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle support
    • works with Foreign Audio Search
    • can be Burned-In
    • can be passed through to MKV (but not MP4)
  • Additional video framerates
    • 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
  • Double framerate ("bob") mode for the deinterlace and decomb filters
  • Better audio remix support
    • additional mixdowns: 6.1, 7.1, 7.1 (5F/2R/LFE)
      • CLI users should note 6ch becomes 5point1
    • better-than-Stereo sources can be upmixed to 5.1
    • discard one channel from Stereo sources
      • Mono (Left Only), Mono (Right Only)
  • Allow the selection of higher audio bitrates where appropriate
  • Allow the selection of lower audio samplerates where appropriate
    • 8, 11.025, 12, 16 kHz
  • Audio dithering (TPDF) when converting to 16-bit FLAC
  • Use libavcodec for DTS audio decoding (instead of libdca)
    • DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete support
  • All graphical interfaces: support for x264's preset, tune and profile options
    • alternative to the Advanced panel (which is still available)
    • HandBrake-specific option to ensure compliance with a specific H.264 level
  • Updated built-in presets
    • take advantage of x264 preset/tune/profile support
    • removed increasingly suboptimal and irrelevant Legacy presets
  • Assorted bug fixes and improvements to the core library (libhb)
  • Updated libraries
    • x264 r2273-b3065e6
    • Libav v9.6
    • libbluray 0.2.3
Windows:
  • User Interface has been re-written in WPF
    • Includes many small UI enhancements
  • Switched to .NET 4 Client Profile
    • smaller download for those who don't have .NET 4 Full installed
Mac:
  • Assorted bug fixes
    • including better support for Retina displays
  • Prevent sleep during encoding and scanning for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Drag & Drop files onto the Main window or application icon to scan
  • Nicer progress indication on the dock icon
  • Preview window improvements and bugfixes
  • Updated Growl to 2.0.1
    • Notification Center support (when Growl is not installed)
Linux:
  • Assorted bug fixes and improvements
  • Use some system libraries rather than bundling
    • fontconfig, freetype, libxml2, libass, libogg, libvorbis, libtheora and libsamplerate
Command Line Interface:
  • Audio option (-a) will ignore invalid input tracks and encode with only the valid ones
  • Allow use of hh:mm:ss format when specifying p-to-p start/stop time
  • Advanced audio options
    • enable level normalization when downmixing (disabled by default)
    • disable audio dithering or select a specific algorithm

Version 0.9.9:

General:

  • Improved HandBrake pineapple icon by Matt Johnson
  • Improved Retina-resolution icons within the application, by Nik Pawlak (http://nikpawlak.com)
Core:
  • Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle support
    • works with Foreign Audio Search
    • can be Burned-In
    • more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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Gianluca70 reviewed on 29 Mar 2014
One of the best free tool around for converting video files and DVD rip.
Personally I use it for encoding only(hadn't watch a DVD in the last 3 years).
At first it takes a bit to understand all settings and master it but in the long run it will be your everyday tool for encoding h.264/mkv.
[Version 0.9.9]


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Christa_1980 commented on 20 Jan 2014
Can this rip Blu-ray too? (I am going to get external Blu-ray player)
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Alex8602 reviewed on 31 Oct 2013
Excellent free software for x264 – convenient to use with lots of features!

I hope to see an early implementation of H.265/HEVC, when this format (presumably) will begin to gain ground in the near future.
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Turquoise reviewed on 18 Oct 2013
Among my best tools for video conversion. I wouldn't do without.
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Mcr commented on 18 Sep 2013
not a review, just an open comment/question.

I am a user of HB and MDRP (Mac DVDRipper PRo) for many years and very happy with both. I came across a commercial DVD, released about 5 years ago, by a very well known studio, that HB and MDRP were NOT able to decrypt completely, producing output that only had about half of the movie, stopping at the exact same point. As mentioned all over the Net, this is usually a sign that the programs have a problem with the encryption scheme being used. Now I understand HB uses the VLC css decryption code, got that, and works fine up to this point on all other DVDs.

The DVD is five years old, so whatever encryption scheme it is using, Handbrake/VLC and MDRP have certainly had enough time to figure out, but apparently haven't (I did report it to MDRP).

RipIt currently has a bundle price deal and was only $3.70 for a five app bundle, so I said, heck, for $3.70 I'll buy RipIt and try it on this DVD. Well RipIt had NO PROBLEM with the DVD and completed successfully, just as a data point.

Now VLC player has no issue playing the movie, so I'm wondering... if HB looks for and uses the VLC decryption code and VLC 'the player' has no problem playing the movie, why can't HB see the entire movie if it is using VLC to do the decryption?

BTW, I tried HB 0.9.9 on both Mac and Windows, with VLC 2.0.8, and on Windows I do have the latest libdvdcss.dll setup correctly in the HB directory (again, no issues with all other commercial DVDs I've thrown at it).

Just curious. and a nod to RipIt. For $3.70, you should get it and have in your toolbox as another option if HB and MDRP fail. Lookup RipIt on the MacUpdate site, there are comments there about how to get the bundle price which is good up until around Sept 28 or so.
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Tommy_Gun reviewed on 18 Aug 2013
For ripping DVD this is probably the best to use for free.
But it lacks many output formats imo

Still a must have tool.
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HansMueller4641 reviewed on 23 Jun 2013
best DVD ripper on the mac; only things missing are better batch support (for DVDs with music videos) and possibility to use non-DVD-movies as input
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Revco replied on 14 Aug 2013
Batch support: use Add to Queue
Non-DVD input: works with wmv, avi, mp4, m4v. What other format are you after?
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MikeWillis4199 commented on 01 Jun 2013
Has better features then some of the older versions but i still like 0.9.5 the best as far as picture quality and file size. i believe 0.9.5 gives the best picture quality at the smallest file size.Im pretty sure that there is a way to adjust bitrate and etc to get the same quality on 0.9.9 as 0.9.5 but id rather just input how large i want the file size to be and call it the day
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MikeWillis4199 reviewed on 01 Jun 2013
Has better features then some of the older versions but i still like 0.9.5 the best as far as picture quality and file size. i believe 0.9.5 gives the best picture quality at the smallest file size.Im pretty sure that there is a way to adjust bitrate and etc to get the same quality on 0.9.9 as 0.9.5 but id rather just input how large i want the file size to be and call it the day
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Smtips reviewed on 23 May 2013
While Handbrake does an okay job at converting, there are aspects of it that simply are not acceptable.

Namely, the thing uses 100% core CPU when converting. Any other video app I use, uses WAY less processing power.

The dev should limit the usage somehow. It's not acceptable for my machine to show 100% CPU usage and for Activity Monitor to show 780% processor usage! (an obvious BUG someplace.

Worst is, when Handbrake - which is the ONLY app I use that ever comes close to maxing my i7 CPU - is running, temps of the CPU climb to 92 degrees celsius (and yes I have excellent cooling)! This is NOT healthy for a processor and WILL cause processor fail and low lifespan. A lot of video apps give you a plain choice whether you want to utilize all CPU. Not this one and I won't use it because I don't want it burning out my machine prematurely. It's just stupid that it arbitrarily does this. Huge Huge shortcoming.
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Misha replied on 30 May 2013
There is nothing wrong with a CPU running at 100%. That's the limit at which they're designed to run. Exceed that (by overlocking, for instance) and you run into trouble. CPUs are not like car engines where driving at 7000 rpm all the time will cause premature engine damage. I have had racks of Xserves running at 100% on all cores for literally months without issues.
780% is not a bug, either, it's how OS X reports processor usage across multiple cores. You either have an 8-core Mac or a 4-core Mac with hyperthreading (which appears to the OS to have 8-cores).
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Psychiatry replied on 19 Jan 2014
Video conversion is hard, labor intensive work. Any converter which is actually doing any conversion will use up as much processing power it can. This means 100% CPU. And this is not a bug.

My primary wish is that HandBrake also use the GPU for conversion. Currently it isn't. All the conversion is done through the CPU. But with the new Mac Pros standardizing on GPUs, soon every developer will need to also include GPU processing to do things as quickly as possible on the Mac.
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Vagabundo had trouble on 06 Dec 2013
Hello There:

I never took it to rip DVDs until just recently when I got the idea of extracting the music from a 1999 concert I got on DVD to play on my iPod. I learned that using HandBreak in conjunction with VLC (has the libdvdcss library to circumvent copy protection) would allow me to do this. If successful, I would then use a separate tool to extract the music tracks from the resulting file.

The problem: HB was not able to properly rip my DVD; the file would result in audio and video braking. I tried several times, and with different settings, but the result was the same. My guess is there is some type of copy protection libdvdcss cannot go around. I then used Mac DVDRipper Pro, and it just worked - happily enjoying my music now.

Curious about HB being as highly-regarded as it is, and thinking that the failing to rip my music DVD was due more to my lack of experience at using it than to anything else, I tried it again on a movie I own on DVD. This time it couldn't even scan it, saying the source is not a valid file, or something to that tune. Now the question is, what am I doing wrong? Or is it often HB/VLC combo is not the best solution? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Gary30 replied on 24 Dec 2013
I had this problem as well when I first ran Handbrake. The program is said to tell you to do this, but it did not in my case. Hours wasted and finally I discovered that to RIP DVD's that are encrypted you need to acquire the file "libdvdcss.2.dylib". Visit http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/libdvdcss/1.2.11/macosx/ and you can get the file or the package installer. I would get the installer. The file goes into the /usr/lib folder.

This file enables you to RIP DVD's with Handbrake, iFFMPEG, and (I believe) VLC.
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Vagabundo replied on 26 Dec 2013
Gary30
Thank you for your help. I thought that the libdvdcss file was already embedded with VLC, which I have installed (I read somewhere that if you have VLC installed, you are good to go). Anyway, I'm going to do what you suggest and see how it goes.

Thank you again.
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Vagabundo replied on 26 Dec 2013
Gary30
I downloaded and installed the file, as you suggested. And this time HandBrake ripped the video without any problems. All is good now.

Thanks a lot for your help.
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Dlwhite had trouble on 18 Mar 2013
Trying to download the libdvdcss.2.dylib file for Mac OS 10.6.8, but the official VLC link is currently dead: http://download.videolan.org/libdvdcss/last/macosx/

Is there an alternate link you recommend?
[Version 0.9.8]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 18 Mar 2013
The primary download link (http://www.macupdate.com/download/12987/HandBrake-0.9.8-MacOSX.6_GUI_x86_64.-5006b76c6969b.dmg) is compatible with 10.6.8 (64-bit).
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J.Santos had trouble on 28 Dec 2012
Can anyone help?? Neither the old or new version of HandBrake are opening on my mac. I used to have the older version prior to upgrading the HD on my '06 MacBook. I am able to download the disk onto my desktop, but cannot launch the application. This happens for both versions stating "...cannot open 'HandBreak' because it is not supported on this type of mac." Any help would be appreciated. (Current Mac Version 10.6.8)
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J.Santos replied on 28 Dec 2012
I am also trying to download in Barcelona, Spain versus the U.S. if that makes any difference.
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Jolly_joker had trouble on 19 Aug 2012
Problems trying to rip DVDs with Apple TV 3 preset:

I see the movie in iTunes, Apple TV, Quicktime 7, but not Quicktime X; and I see ONLY in VLC the subtitles I've chosen to extract from DVD!

What I have to do? Do I have to change something in the rip settings of Handbrake?
[Version 0.9.8]


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Avv3lenato had trouble on 16 Jul 2012
Version 0.9.7 crashed immediately with a .mov file.
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MrJasper replied on 17 Jul 2012
redownload Handbrake to resolve the crashing bug.
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Sp0radic had trouble on 12 Jun 2011
Doesn't work. Says "HandBrake could not find VLC or your VLC is incompatible (Note: 32 bit vlc is not compatible with 64 bit HandBrake and vice-versa)". Both my VLC and Handbrake are 64bit.
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Sp0radic replied on 12 Jun 2011
Figured it out. VLC has to be at the top level of the Applications folder. I had it inside a folder and Handbrake mustn't have been able to see it there.
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Sp0radic replied on 12 Jun 2011
Still couldn't make a file from an encrypted dvd. I had to resort to Windows to get the job done.
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Jazzyguy had trouble on 04 Jan 2011
If You are running a G4 and you have Handbrake do NOT upgrade as the app will be useless.If you have Handbrake.93 and you launch it Handbrake will offer to give you .94 Do not take the offer.Skip it as you will end up with a useless app.If you do upgrade you will find.93 in the trash pick it out of the trash and put it back in your app folder.
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Jtrent had trouble on 15 Dec 2009
I recently tried to copy a brand new DVD of both star trek and GI Joe that I bought to transfer to my iphone. For some reason when Handbrake copies the movie the chapters are out of sequence. Does anyone know why this is happening? I am using the new version of Handbrake 0.9.4
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Aiminghigh had trouble on 01 Dec 2009
ANy help would be appreciated. I'm trying to rip DVDs that I own into a digital format for playing on a MAC (intel), iphone and potentially appleTV (havent bought this yet). I downloaded handbrake 0.9.4 and have tried a variety of settings for the rip but cant get the film to sync across to the iphone. I have managed to play through itunes and am happy regarding this but wanted to know if others were having problems or whether I am doing anything wrong
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Crow replied on 06 Dec 2009
Are you using the presets for iPod encoding? If the files are too large, they will not sync to your iPod/iPhone. Using the preset specifically for iPod will ensure compatibility.
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mac adam had trouble on 19 Jun 2009
I noticed some more "sacades" from 0.93,
I wonderer a fixed aspect ratio function ;)
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HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

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)
Misc 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


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