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Some Handbrake downloads were infected by a virus

Comment by fooble
about HandBrake · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

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.


does the work

Comment by robertmu
about HandBrake · Jan 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

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


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.

Comment by imh1kiko
about HandBrake · Sep 2019 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Multitude of containers to process to. The HandbrakeCLI allows using command-line, which makes it usable in scripts for variety of different uses. In other words, very versatile. I wrote a script, that can turn gifs and videos to webms, since I really wanted to go beyond Discord's send limit (and also save space).

Comment by christopherhamilton
about HandBrake · Jul 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

It automatically coverts files to iTunes friendly format!

Comment by zurab
about HandBrake · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Easy to use, works great, free and open source

Comment by karlblass
about HandBrake · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Must have software if you convert loads of A/V material.


It had it's uses...

Comment by Skylar_L
about HandBrake and XMedia Recode · Mar 2014 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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.


You can use Handbrake in Windows without AnyDVD

Comment by rogerdpack
about HandBrake and VLC Media Player, AnyDVD · Oct 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by JonM33
about HandBrake · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about HandBrake · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by kompulsive
about HandBrake · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by samtsang
about HandBrake · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

if you're ripping a DVD, it can get really hot on your mbp, takes time to encode. Very rarely, Some dvds may not work and miss chapters or match with wrong sound track. Still an awesome tool.


Handbrake can't actually edit video!

Comment by roryok
about HandBrake and Adobe Premiere Pro · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Handbrake has been put in as an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro, I don't think that's really a good match as it can only transcode formats - it can't actually edit video!