HandBrake Alternatives

    HandBrake is described as 'open-source, multithreaded video transcoder – it compresses and converts digital media from one format to another. HandBrake can rip encrypted DVDs with libdvdcss (libdvdcss is installed with VLC media player on macOS, or AnyDVD/DVD 43 on Windows)' and is a leading Video Converter in the Video & Movies category. There are more than 100 alternatives to HandBrake for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is FFmpeg, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like HandBrake are Avidemux (Free, Open Source), File Converter (Free, Open Source), XMedia Recode (Free) and VidCoder (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 22, 2021

    1. FFmpeg is an open source project that develops libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. FFmpeg is the home to libavcodec, a codec library used by a large spectrum of programs, and libavformat, a mux and demux library for containers.
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      FFmpeg vs HandBrake opinions
      Most users think FFmpeg is a great alternative to HandBrake.
      5247009 FFmpeg allows you to transcode videos through the command line. Besides, it's what HandBrake uses/used as its backend.
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

    2. Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting.
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    3. File Converter is a very simple tool which allows you to convert and compress one or several file(s) using the context menu in Windows Explorer.


      This software was last updated in 2017

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      File Converter vs HandBrake opinions
      Most users think File Converter is a great alternative to HandBrake.
      OPdrill File Coverter is quicker and also supports photo files
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      carlosvgonzalez File Converter is not Quicker in any form, it's very limited actually, not even comparable with Hanbrake, it does not offer hardware based encoding or even low sound bitrates for example ...
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    4. XMedia Recode can convert nearly all popular audio and video formats including 3GP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AAC, AC3, AMR, ASF, AVI, AVISynth, DVD, FLAC, FLV, H.261, H.263, H.
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      XMedia Recode vs HandBrake opinions
      Most users think XMedia Recode is a great alternative to HandBrake.
      It allows more customization, f.e. choose the aspect ratio.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      Its Next To HandBrake Because It Lacks Only File Compression
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    5. VidCoder is a DVD/Blu-ray ripping and video transcoding application for Windows. It uses HandBrake as its encoding engine.
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      VidCoder vs HandBrake opinions
      Almost everyone thinks VidCoder is a great alternative to HandBrake.
      The best freware encoder.Very fast,changing resolition is not loosing quality.Example,change dvd movie standard 720x576 to example 920x715.very quickly and is no loosing quality,just output format must be mkv or mp4.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      Nightcall You can select the files, not the whole folder. Supports drag & drop.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      same source with improvement
      Positive comment about 4 years ago


    6. Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter and DVD ripper.


      Be careful during the installation: Forum

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      Format Factory vs HandBrake opinions
      Some users think Format Factory is a great alternative to HandBrake, some don't.
      BarnMTB Handbrake and Format Factory are both file converter programs that can be used with a mouse pointer without going through command-line interface.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      MakeMKV is a program designed for ripping DVD and Blu-Ray disc video. It works by decrypting proprietary discs to transfer codecs from the formats VOB and M2TS into MKV, preserving the necessary data without doing any lossy codec conversion.
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      MakeMKV vs HandBrake opinions
      This alternative is disputed. MakeMKV is still a legitimate alternative to HandBrake, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Makemkv copies data from source. Handbrake is able to compress, change format, etc.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      MakeMKV is more for ripping commercial discs
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      It's just not as functional
      Negative comment 8 months ago

    7. Open source software without any restriction - converter all formats video|audio|image professionnals codecs and standards - swiss knife tool Windows and OSX.
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      Shutter Encoder vs HandBrake opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Kandi I consider Shutter Encoder much easier and more user-friendly to use than HandBrake with larger codec support
      Positive comment 11 months ago

    8. StaxRip is a video encoding app for Windows with a unrivaled feature set and usability.
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      StaxRip vs HandBrake opinions
      Most users think StaxRip is a great alternative to HandBrake.
      ner0 Cool GUI, user-friendly, literally a swiss army knife with various utilities.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

    9. Freemake Video Converter is video converter that lets convert videos to avi, wmv, mp4 (iPhone, iPod, iPad, PSP, xBox), 3gp, rip dvd, extract mp3, burn DVD and Bluray, create photo slideshow and audio visualization, cut, join, rotate and upload videos, photos and music to YouTube.


      The installer contains OpenCandy. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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      Freemake Video Converter vs HandBrake opinions
      Some users think Freemake Video Converter is a great alternative to HandBrake, some don't.
      It can't do much about subtitles, adjustable settings are very limited and is overall a weaker tool. Many features have been locked behind a paywall over time.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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