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HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder to convert video from one format to another, and to rip CD/DVD to popular video formats.

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Overview

HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder to convert video from one format to another, and to rip CD/DVD to popular video formats. It transcodes video and audio from nearly any format to a handful of modern ones, but it does not defeat or circumvent copy protection. Its developers removed libdvdcss (the open-source library responsible for unscrambling DVDs encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS)) from the application in version 0.9.2.

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Platform

 

Social

System Requirements

#Minimum
1Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or better
2

Free RAM:

  • 256 MB for transcoding standard definition video
  • 1 GB for transcoding high definition video
  • 2 GB or more for transcoding 4K video
3Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or better
4

System Storage:

  • 50 MB for the HandBrake app
  • 2 GB or more recommended for processing and storing new videos
#Minimum
1

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or better

  • 32-bit Intel Macs (2007 and earlier) cannot run recent 64-bit HandBrake releases
  • 2010 models and newer are recommended, as older Macs are often quite slow for processing video
2

Free RAM:

  • 256 MB for transcoding standard definition video
  • 1 GB for transcoding high definition video
  • 2 GB or more for transcoding 4K video
3Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or better
4

System Storage:

  • 50 MB for the HandBrake app
  • 2 GB or more recommended for processing and storing new videos
#Minimum
1Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or better
2

Free RAM:

  • 256 MB for transcoding standard definition video
  • 1 GB for transcoding high definition video
  • 2 GB or more for transcoding 4K video
3Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or better (higher if running in High-DPI Mode, above 96 DPI or 100%)
4

System Storage:

  • 50 MB for the HandBrake app
  • 2 GB or more recommended for processing and storing new videos
5See note.

Ratings

Aggregate
4.05 
 5

CNET3.5 
 5
based on professional's opinion
CNET4 
 5
based on professional's opinion
CNET4.5 
 5
based on 146 reviews
CNET3.5 
 5
based on 155 reviews
FileHippo7.3 
 10
based on 161 reviews
FileHippo7 
 10
based on 441 reviews
FileHorse7.8 
 10
based on 118 reviews
FileHorse8 
 10
based on 206 reviews
FileHorse7.1 
 10
based on 25 reviews
FossHub5 
 5
based on 40 reviews
G2CROWD4.6 
 5
based on 86 reviews
MacUpdate4.8 
 5
based on 507 reviews
PCMag3.5 
 5
based on professional's opinion
Softonic8 
 10
based on 404 reviews
Softonic8 
 10
based on 821 reviews
Softpedia4.4 
 5
based on 161 reviews
TechRadar4 
 5
based on professional's opinion
TechSpot4.5 
 5
based on 14 reviews

Developer

Eric Petit (OD), The HandBrake Team

Written in

C, C#, Objective-C, Python

Initial Release

24 August 2003

License

GPL v2

Alternatives

Video Transcoder

No alternative software available under 'Video Transcoder' category.


Notes

HandBrake’s QuickSync and OpenCL features are only supported on Windows. QuickSync requires a 2nd generation (Sandy Bridge) or newer Intel Core series processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics enabled and a directly connected display.1 OpenCL scaling is experimental and requires an AMD or Intel GPU with OpenCL 1.2 or later.

In lieu of a physically connected display, a display emulator adapter such as Headless Ghost will enable GPU functions such as QuickSync when connected to the Intel HD Graphics output port.


This page was last updated with commit: Now custom 'Remarks' are allowed instead of just 'Portable' in 'Get it'; all software's source files have been updated accordingly (0cb3959)