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Some Handbrake downloads were infected by a virus

Comment by fooble
about HandBrake · May 2017 ·

One of Handbrake's download servers were hacked. Anyone who may have downloaded handbrake for Mac between May 2nd 2017 and May 7th 2017 should click the above thread for more information!

The issue has been resolved and current downloads should be safe.


Handbrake is just awesome..!

about HandBrake · ·

Handbrake is an awesome app for cropping and compressing video. Powerful, yet quite easy to use!


Handbrake convert video

about HandBrake · · -1 Helpful

Handbrake is more of a DVD converter rather than a general video converter. It is the best in the market for handling stuff like chapters, subtitles, etc. But to convert video, I'd recommend Acethinker Video Converter, the conversion speed is faster than handbrake. And it's totally free.


Just go online

about HandBrake · ·

I needed a mpeg fro my ppt, but the program couldn't give me a video that worked on libreoffice, the online converter worked perfectly. Though i say this, the other desktop converters seem horrible and this one seems to have a good enough interface for newbies.
Edit: Just used it to convert some flv's from OBS for my PPT, worked just fine.
[Edited by munteanzeno, June 15]

If you can't convert a format, you usually can get a codec pack, like K-Lite Mega Codec Pack, which will give the ability of a handful of programs to convert many more formats.


does the work

Comment by robertmu
about HandBrake · Jan 2016 · 1 Helpful

i think is a little slow but at the end it gets the job done. there are definitely more and better options out there.

It is a pity that Handbrake only can output MP4 container. When I want to convert DVD to upload to YouTube, I think get a Handbrake alternative which can output FLV will be better.

Youtube converts whatever video you upload. It does not matter if you upload it in MP4 format or FLV. If anything FLV is a kind of deprecated format. Nowadays youtube videos run of HTML5, which means MP4 H264 or the newer WebM VP8.


It had it's uses...

Comment by Skylar_L
about HandBrake and XMedia Recode · Mar 2014 ·

I had used handbrake without a problem for a long time, it worked, but always left me wanting more.

I found XMedia Recode, and haven't looked back really. The ability to output in any format that I choose, is one reason I switched. Since this is a comment for Handbrake, I won't say more about XMedia Recode.



Comment by Anonym
about HandBrake · Apr 2013 ·

really so many likes 0_0

and that's all what program can do


-File format: MP4 and MKV

-Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora


You can use Handbrake in Windows without AnyDVD

Comment by rogerdpack
about HandBrake and VLC Media Player, AnyDVD · Oct 2011 ·

You can use it for encrypted DVD's (legal at times in the US) if you copy a dll into it (you don't need to buy AnyDVD) see

I think Handbrake can decrypt DVDs if you have VLC installed, too.

on mac yes, on windows, you have to follow those instructions.

about HandBrake and Videora Converter, SUPER © · ·

Best tool for creating mp4 files, can handle every source file I throw at it. Files that SUPER and Videora fumbled with audio delays, converted perfectly with Handbrake. And the only freeware tool that seems to be able to handle m2ts files.

I'd recommend downloading one of the "nightly builds" from the forum, has a lot more features.


Handbrake is too complicated. Use Freemake!

about HandBrake and Freemake Video Converter · ·

Handbrake is really out of date and too complicated. Use Freemake. Freemake is where it's at.

FreeMake is not even close to Handbrake especially when it comes to compression. Handbrake is slower, but so much better on the end result.

I might as well throw in an opinion here. Freemake has the best interface I've ever seen on a video converter. Handbrake might be more reliable (though I can't vouch for that), but most people are going to have a lot better time using Freemake.

True: Handbrake is more advanced and for the experienced user. Freemake has a very easy intuitive interface with many presets.


Not an alternative in Linux. Visiting the Handbrake website ...

Comment by JonM33
about HandBrake · Jun 2011 ·

Not an alternative in Linux. Visiting the Handbrake website you see a note stating: "0.9.4 is no longer available due to compatibility issues with the newer version of gnome."

So unless you use an old, outdated version of Linux don't bother with this.


I've removed some of the clutter in Handbrake's description ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about HandBrake · Jun 2011 ·

I've removed some of the clutter in Handbrake's description; it was almost completely unreadable for anybody who isn't familiar with tech jargon. However, I'm no expert, so feel free to fix anything in the information box that looks wrong.

Anyways, Handbrake is a great tool for shrinking the size of your media library. It's all that's stopping my hard drive from running out of space by next week.

about HandBrake · ·

Amazing that it is free.
A must to get movies onto iPod and iPad and iPhone.
However, mpg to mp4 transcoding on a Mac was fruitless for me. (Corrupt file.)


I agree with some of the previous comments. Handbrake is aw ...

Comment by kompulsive
about HandBrake · Jun 2011 ·

I agree with some of the previous comments. Handbrake is awesome, but it's a transcoder. guessed's not a converter or a comparable alternative.