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HandBrake is a multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder. Supported sources: Any DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD, and some .VOB and .TS files, Blu-ray source, Most any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode. Outputs: File format: MP4, MKV, Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora, Audio: AAC, MP3, Vorbis or AC-3 pass-through (several audio tracks), Switchable or burned in subtitles and much more! Requires Microsoft .NET framework 4.0.

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Download nightly beta builds here

Download several iso/video_ts handbrake batch convert scripts here.

Download Alert and Convert here, it watches a folder and automatically converts the file using HandBrake.


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Version history/Release notes:
Update: A patch release for the WinGui has been uploaded that fixes a few of the more annoying issues caused by the GUI re-write. If your not having problems, there isn't any need to upgrade, but if you've seen issues, try the new build. The core engine is still 0.9.9

HandBrake 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 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

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XviD4PSP



Guides and How to's:
How to rip Blu-ray to MP4 with H264 video using Handbrake - Read
Converting TV Box Set DVD to MKV Episodes - Read
DVD To DivX - Read
From Blu-ray Disc (3D) to MKV, M4V for iOS/Apple TV and 3D SBS - Read
How to convert a DVD to H264 using Handbrake - Read
How to convert Blu-ray to iPad format with DVDFab and Handbrake - Read
How to convert DVDs to Kindle Fire format with DVDFab and Handbrake - Read
How to convert to high quality MP4 and display in Flash on your site - Read
How to easily convert DVD to high quality MP4/MKV H264 using free tools - Read
How to make a single MKV from a Blu-ray (and also how to shrink it) - Read
How to rip DVDs in Windows/Mac using Handbrake - Read
The Hassle-Free Guide to Ripping Your Blu-Ray Collection - Read
Using Handbrake to Burn in Subtitles from MKV to MP4 - Read
View all guides with guide description here


Tool features, Convert:


Acronyms / Also Known As:
Mediafork, HandBreak, HandbrakeCli

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To whoever objected to the "no real alternatives" ... if, like me, you won't use programs anymore that rely on 3rd party codecs that bugger up your registry, what other alternative is there for windows? I won't have one program repointing all the media codecs away from directx. Hacker crap.

I rate this 10 for functionality despite the fact that it doesn't have all the h.264 bells and whistles built into the menu options (without manually adding strings) because it has the best compromise between ease of use and power of anything I've seen. You don't have to be a hard core video geek, at least at first.

The only thing is that some things are somewhat buried in menus that should be out front imo. Like the shut down after encoding option. To me that's so important in a program like this I assumed at first it wasn't there because it's in the options submenu.



Posted April 04, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.6 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


a great video encoder ......not like another converter like formafactor* etc..this tools is different


Posted April 04, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.6 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


No proper alternativses?
Megui, vidcoder(handbrake gui), hybrid, simple x264 launcher,
HDconvertoX, Staxrip, Cyko (another handbrake gui), and some others.



Posted April 02, 2012 by . Tool version 0.96 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


This tools works great, But constantly loosing features.

AVI and XVID support is gone sometime back.
Now I can not select target size.

What Next???

May be it is targeting some specific applications.

Unfortunately there is no proper alternative.







Posted April 02, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.6 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


I like the new version, even though the first build I installed didn't work properly. The newer one is fine, so far.

I have absolutely no objection to needing a higher version of the .net framework, unlike the previous commenter. Everyone wanting to run media software on windows should have all the .nets, plus visual c++.

Besides, if the size of the .net upgrade is a problem you don't have enough room to deal with video.

The audio gain control is very nice. However, I missed target file size at first. It's not hard to adapt though.

My only problem is that, unlike vidcoder (which uses the older handbrake engine, at least for now). there's still no option to shout the machine down after encoding is done. At least that I can see.



Posted March 23, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.6 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I'm somewhat impressed with the new approach for the program.
I can get by the loss of the *target size* for the output size of any video file that I am working with,... using the *constant quality* slider takes a little getting used to, one has to become familiar with the amount of compression the slider position structures to the video to,but one can still narrow down the selected size that one wishes the output video file size to be.
...(for example....squeezing a 30gig ts video from a Bluray disc down to a particular x264 size within an mkv container)
What I am really NOT impressed with is the building of the new version on the netframework 4 platform. Why couldn't the programmer build it on the framework 3.5 platform that is already part of Win7? Even on Win7, framework 4 is not there and before Handbrake 096 will install it will by default download & install framework 4. Now, that doesn't bother me except for the fact to get the new framework installed uses up almost 600mb of op/sys space!
The dl that goes into windows/framework/.V4 is almost 220mb large and that is before the program dll's install. To me personally, I don't need my op/sys to increase it's size to something that much just to accommodate this little program. I'll stay with 095, it needs no extra install to get it running, and that is fine with me.



Posted March 03, 2012 by . Tool version .0.9.6 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


Nightly builds are back for download.


Posted February 29, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


From https://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15901 - Nightlies will be unavailable until further notice. Back Soon.


Posted February 29, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.6 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


The link to "Download nightly builds here" is no good. It takes you to a login screen.


Posted February 29, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.6 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


I tried new version of this tool (0.9.5) on Win XP and am surprised to see the "High Profile Film setup" missing. Otherwise, it is an awesome tool for converting to MKV.


Posted January 28, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Wouldn't install on XPP - some error message


Posted January 06, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Compression level? As far as I'm aware, one can specify a target size, an average bitrate, or a Constant quality setting. I'm not sure how those aspects could be overlooked.

Profile levels would be nice, but they're not to be mixed up with compression levels or settings.

Additionally, Handbrake does allow for the setting of bframes etc. Use the advanced tab on the main window where you can add x264 options.



Posted January 01, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Indeed, Handbrake lacks a few options for a decent x264 configuration, like compression level, maximum number of consecutive b-frames and probably a few more. Luckily, Handbrake enables the user to alter the command line and thus making use of missing options ('--level n' to specify compression level; '--bframes n' to to specify maximum number of b-frames at once).



Posted January 01, 2012 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


Useful tool, works very well for what it is capable of doing.
I found that it does not seem to have the ability to allow the user to manually select the *profile* level ( example....3.1..4.1..5.1 etc, etc), while I was using the program it was locked onto 3.1, I wanted to use 4.1.
The biggest disappointment has to be the incredibly slow speed. I was re-encoding two relatively small 2.5 gig files that were each 1/2 of a 3 hour movie... a two part movie that I was joining together. I just had to alter the bitrate for both halves to match each other so they would join together in mkvmerge without any issue. Handbrake took more than 16 hours to re-encode EACH file. Terribly slow. It did the job, but, terribly slow.



Posted January 01, 2012 by . Tool version 0.95 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


WOW, this is an AWESOME tool.

I used it a while back when i recall the interface was different. I was not impressed then. Now however, I can see the magic of MP4 compression and its amazing hands-over-fists advantages from XVID. The only major downside to the codec is lack of current device support.

I have a ton of VHS. Handbrake not only detected the letterboxing and helped me remove it, with some de-interlacing the picture was amazing! And for a very efficient size!

This is a very worthwhile program, but you have to invest proper time in encoding. I always use 2-pass if available.



Posted December 26, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


for me ,space problem on my PC so i want convert DVDs to mkv,
i use some freeware software but that was not satisfy me,
but this HANDBRAKE is really good for mkv or H.264 result is so powerful,
(i convert DVDs to mkv in almost 8 gb to 1.5 gb with great quality) must use for mkv conversion



Posted November 16, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5. using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


By gum, you're right. However I don't have any pressing reason to prefer mkv to mp4 so it doesn't affect me either way.


Posted September 20, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Apple Only format? if you mean the .m4v extension you can change that under the setting menu. It also puts out to .mkv. IF you mean codecs it does AVC which is the most widely used codec now and days. IF I could fault it for anything it would me the lack of filter options (i.e avisynth). for most people it does it all. And the linux version supports video preview when cutting/cropping in the program itself


Posted September 17, 2011 by . Tool version 64 bit nightly using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Only gave this an 8 for functionality because it only outputs Apple format. This isn't a problem for me, though, and it definitely makes it easier to use.

How do you rate freeware as to value? It seems to me it'll either get 1 or 10.

This is just about the best freeware I've ever used. Despite what the last comment says it doesn't load the CPU any more than a number of other video rendering programs I've tried that do a crappy job.

And this does an excellent job. It's not buggy like Avidemux and it's much, much easier to use.

Plus, the documentation is excellent. Lots of paid programs don't have docs nearly that good.



Posted September 17, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Hi folks,

I was not sure how to grade this tool ... I have used the older version before and it worked OK ... this version 0.9.5 I used to "try" to convert a RMVB file to MP4 ... and I left everything as "default" ... HandBrake (HB) started doing it's thing ... running my CPU to the max and pretty fast ... so far so good. So, then when the Progress Bar shows 100% ... but HB still chugging along at max 100% CPU use ... so I wonder what the heck ... I manually stopped it after 5 minutes of this BS ... and cheked the Output MP4 file ... file is DEAD ... and unplayable. I tried HB for the second time again ... same problem. So, now I have to look for some other Tool for RMVB to MP4 or AVI conversion.

So, to me this tool is definitely Broken! As far as Rating I was Not sure what to give it to be Fair ... so!!!

Thanks! G!:)



Posted July 27, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Handbrake is exceptionally easy to use, with a clean and attractive user interface. The program allows you easily to change the dimensions of the video (set between custom, strict, etc), it allows you to change the format (m4v, mkv) and allows you to customize an output size. You can also choose an average bitrate, and use 1 or 2 pass encoding.

Highlights for me were: Handbrake allows you to easily import multiple subtitles tracks. Easily select the audio streams you want, and adjust codec, bitrate, etc. Supports direct encoding from VIDEO_TS source file. Handbrake is a great program to encode h264 videos. It accepts a wide range of formats, and I recommend it.



Posted May 23, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


This is a great freeware program that makes excellent quality MKV's with multiple language and subtitle and chapter support for my Popcorn C200 and my Beyonwiz PVR media centre (although the Beyonwiz doesn't support chapters or subtitles at the present time) No problem on Windows 7 32 or 64 bit systems from my personel experience. CQ support is good that doesn't required 2 pass encodes.


Posted May 02, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


does not yield acceptable results for Popcorn Hour or xbox - creates the illusion of a successful conversion but some of the mkv's will not run. Not recommended for anything not sold by apple.


Posted May 01, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


Compared to the other software that I use to convert DVD to H264:

Nero Recode: Limits you to 2 audio files and 2 subtitles. It automatically detects interlacing and applies deinterlacing if detected (Handbrake does not). Nero does not have constant quality encoding, so 2 pass mode is needed to achieve same quality as handbrake (45 min for nero vs. 30 with handbrake on my machine). Nero does not have a queue and does not work with BluRay.

DVD Fab: Creates a folder with separate subtitle files rather than putting them in the same container (Even with MKV container). Allows only a single audio and subtitle file. I have had audio sync issues with this program. Note that it works GREAT for decrypting discs. Rivals Any DVD in breadth of decryption.



Posted April 27, 2011 by . Tool version 0.95 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Boo Yaa; couldn't get a better freeware for converting. I like the GUI, and the advanced options. such as; convert to a specific frame-rate or file-size. You can use presets or try to google others optimal settings. upgraded to a 64-bit OS and forgot about Handbreak as I had not used it in a while. I tried several others and i registered with this site just to leave positive feedback!


Posted April 08, 2011 by . Tool version 0.9.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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