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HandBrake Editor's Review

Nearly every PC user gets into a situation when they fail to understand what to do with a DVD that will not play back on DVD player or PC owing to format restrictions. Some users may also feel irked about a video file downloaded from web refusing to play properly owing to code issues. To make such files play worthy on your PC or mobile devices, you will definitely need to use a video format conversion application. Now, it does not necessarily mean you will have to pay a significant amount of money for buying such third party applications. It is wrong to think freeware video format converters do not work well. If you think so, your view will change after using HandBrake. A Cross platform video format conversion utility, HandBrake has been around since decades and holds its own amidst crowd of expensive commercial utilities.

HandBrake lets you convert DVDs to popular formats like MKV and MP4 easily. It will run on PCs with Windows XP and later versions. You will need to have QuickTime installed on your system as well. Installing the application is simple and a quick affair.

HandBrake can capture video from a number of sources like DVD image, DVDs and it also grabs audio streams.  The application offers you lots of customization options for conversion. For example, you can select specific chapters from a movie DVD. You can also set bit rate and audio sample rate etc. The UI is simple and not much sleek. Sadly, the new version no longer supports AVI format.

Importing DVD folders can be done by standard file browser and drag and drop. The application lets you apply some video filters such as deblock, decomb and gray scale. HandBrake does not tax your system much but video conversion is itself a time consuming process. The improvements made to its x264 video encoder have made the application faster than predecessors. The nice thing is that converted videos retain good audio and image quality.

Despite its features and functionalities, HandBrake may not be the best suited application for beginners. There are so many features but not enough explanations can be found unless you resort to the web. However its default settings should be decent for beginners. Advanced users will appreciate conversion customization options.

Positive Points:
-    Free to use, features a simple User Interface.
-    Not much resource hungry
-    Extensive DVD conversion and customization.
-    Grabs audio streams.
- Negative Points:
-    Lacks support for AVI.

HandBrake is a freeware DVD video conversion utility that offers solid performance and oodles of conversion customization choices. It lets users convert DVDs to MP4 and MKV for easy storage without compromising much on quality. The application can also be used to make video files that are compatible with mobile devices. Beginners may stick to the default settings but advanced users will be happy to explore its extensive conversion customization options. While the application is not very fast it does not make system unstable. Apart from lack of support for AVI, it hardly has any glitches.
Rating: 3.5/5

HandBrake Publisher's Description

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder.

Supported Sources:

* Any DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted--protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), and some .VOB and .TS files
* Most any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.


* File format: MP4 and MKV
* Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
* Audio: AAC, MP3, Vorbis or AC-3 and DTS pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)

Misc features:

* Chapter selection
* Basic subtitle support (burned into the picture)
* Integrated bitrate calculator
* Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling
* Grayscale encoding

Free download from Shareware Connection - DVD to MPEG-4 converter

Publisher: HandBrake | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 0.9.4 | Size: 4813 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 12-05-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: HandBrake

Author Url: http://handbrake.fr
Program Info Url: http://handbrake.fr
Download Url: http://handbrake.fr

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