With Handbrake, you can rip videos onto your computer from a disc and vice-versa or change existing video files from one format to another. Handbrake is free and open-source, meaning that any individual can download it online. Keep in mind that copyrighted material shouldn’t be processed through this video conversion software and that this software cannot decode movies with copyright protection built-in to discs.
HandBrake is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. The program has frequent software updates online that add features and functionality and fix bugs. Ensure that you clear out your queue before updating; Not doing this can corrupt your files and cause issues with the program. Windows users also have to download and install Desktop Runtime 6 – Handbrake gives HandBrake extra control and access to functions and records on your computer.
Handbrake supports multiple different forms of decoding and encoding. Video outputs can look different depending on how you tweak various functions like bitrate and frames per second. Additionally, you can check how much a video has been downloaded or processed through the video preview function – which shows live footage. HandBrake also has chapter markers and title select tools, allowing you to set and later skip to specific sections on a DVD. You can also add a variety of video filters and captions that will impact the look and aesthetic of your film.
HandBrake supports video formats in all regions: NTSC, PAL, etc. The program does not currently support Blu-ray without a BluRay drive and extra applications. However, there are 4K film codecs, and H.264, which outputs MP4, is an accepted video encoder. In general, Handbrake doesn’t have a lot of code on its backend, but because it is open-source, there is an active community that tinkers with its software. You can also encode videos in MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 formats and audio in MP3 and AAC formats. Handbrake also offers many other codecs.