With HandBrake you can successfully convert video from almost any format to a plethora of widely supported and up-to-date codecs. The free and open-source program is a GPL-licensed, multiplatform and multi-threaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
HandBrake is not limited to DVDs, it will now accept practically any type of video as a source. Its latest version was launched in late 2018 and comes with a wealth of updates and fixed issues. As ever you can get started in seconds by choosing a profile optimised for your device and navigating this easy to use interface.
Key features include:
- Title and chapter selection.
- Subtitle support (VobSub Closed Captions CCEA-608, SSA, SRT).
- Integrated bitrate calculator.
- Live static and video preview.
- Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling.
- Video filters and Grayscale encoding.
- Support for VFR and CFR.
The open source video transcoder promises to offer a “simple, easy and fast” service as well as high-quality conversions. It is considered a great program to use if you want more choice or to tweak many basic and advanced options in order to improve encoding.
Overall, the new and improved version of HandBrake offers a straightforward and results-driven approach. It can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection. Further details and the latest news surrounding the program can be viewed on the software creator’s website.