Editor's Review

We live in an interconnected world, each of us having multiple devices to support media content wherever we go. That’s why it’s surely possible that you may have neglected your DVD collection, allowing it to waste away in a corner somewhere. Why not coax those old titles out from hiding with HandBrake and convert them to a more universal format, like MP4? Ripping laws vary from country to country so consider this when making a “personal use” copy of a CD. It’s also worth mentioning that HandBrake steers clear of this legal issue by recommending a third-party program to decrypt commercial DVDs, which installs libdvdcss—an open-source library that can circumvent the Content Scramble System (CSS) used on DVDs. But once you run the recommended installer and download HandBrake, you’ll be ready to let it rip! .

HandBrake at a Glance

The basic features of HandBrake are straightforward so that a beginner can easily rip a DVD or convert a file. In less than a minute, we were able to convert an AVI file into an MP4. Obviously small files take less time to convert than a full length DVD but that doesn’t diminish the fact that basic conversions are easy to navigate in HandBrake. Part of the reason for this is that HandBrake uses some default presets to help you get started. That’s why when you click Start button your project “magically” converts. However, if you want to use more advanced settings, you have to do a little bit of homework using the built-in Help file or the community forum.

Product Details

Here is a detailed breakdown of HandBrake’s features:

  • Built-in Device Presets—Get started with HandBrake in seconds by choosing a profile optimized for your device, or choose a universal profile for standard or high quality conversions. Simple, easy, fast. For those that want more choice, tweak many basic and advanced options to improve your encodes.
  • Supported Input Sources—Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-ray sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.
  • Outputs:
    • File Containers—MP4 and MKV
    • Video Encoders—H.264 (x264), MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), and Theora (libtheora)
    • Audio Encoders—AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis/li>
    • Audio Pass-thru—AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 tracks
  • Additional features:
    • Title/ Chapter Selection
    • Queue up Multiple Encodes
    • Chapter Markers
    • Subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT)
    • Constant Quality or Average BitRate Video Encoding
    • Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
    • Video Filters—Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping and Scaling
    • Live Video Preview

Pros

Cons

HandBrake installs quickly, it is speedy in converting high videos to the MP4 format, and it has a no nonsense interface. HandBrake requires a lot of hit-and-miss tinkering around if you want to go beyond the its defaults.

Quick Specs

  • Version: 0.9.9.1
  • Date added: July 02, 2014
  • Operating system: Mac OS X
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Description

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

Convert from many common multimedia file formats, including unprotected DVD or BluRay sources to a handful of modern output file formats.

HandBrake Web Site

Features

  • Multi-platform, Multi-threaded Video Transcoder
  • Video Encoding to several popular formats (H.264, Mpeg-4, Mpeg-2, Theora)
  • File Formats (MP4 and MKV)
  • Audio Encoding (and passthru) - AAC, MP3, FLAC, AC3, DTS, DTSHD etc
  • Subtitle Support (SRT, SSA, VOBSub, Closed Captions)
  • Filters (DeInterlace, DeTelecine, Deblocking, Cropping, Scaling)
  • Chapters
  • Presets for common use-cases
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Hammer of Thyrion (uHexen2) is a cross-platform port of Raven Software's Hexen II source. It is based on an older linux port, Anvil of Thyrion. HoT includes countless bug fixes, improved music, sound and video modes, opengl improvements, support for many operating systems and architectures, and documentation among many others.

Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion Web Site

Features

  • Support for Hexen II, Hexen II demo, Portal of Praevus mission pack and HexenWorld.
  • Supported operating systems/platforms: Well tested on Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Windows, AROS, MorphOS and even DOS. Other unices with SDL support should also work fine. Known to build and run just fine for QNX, and Nokia internet tablets N770, N800 and N810 using Maemo. There are separate ports to AmigaOS4, RISC OS, PalmOS, GP2X and Pandora. Well tested on both 32 bit and 64 bit platforms. Well tested on both little endian and big endian platforms.
  • Improved sound support. Support for OGG, MP3, Opus and WAV external music files to be played instead of the original MIDI files. Working music volume controls and on the fly selection of CD or MIDI music.
  • Widescreen FOV (field of view) support and automatic Hor+ FOV scaling based on resoluton in both opengl and software renderer.
  • In-game resolution changing for both opengl and software renderers.
  • OpenGL enhancements including multitexturing, glow effects, working brightness control, text and hud size changing on the fly, translucent console background, console background stretching, colored lights and support for external lit files, anisotropic texture filtering, fixes for texture cache and model mesh cache mismatches.
  • Fullscreen intermissions and help dialogs.
  • Fully network-compatible with Raven's 1.11 windows version as well as with other Hexen II ports. Can load and play games saved with Raven's 1.11 windows version.
  • The same binary handles both original hexen2 and the mission pack. The same binary transparently handles progs.dat files of both v6 and v7 specs. The same hexen2 binary transparently handles all v1.03-v1.11 (hexen2) and v1.12 (mission pack) style progs.dat files. The same hexenworld binary transparently handles all v0.11, v0.14 and v0.15 style progs.dat files.
  • Improvements and lots of fixes to the HexenC game code.
  • Countless bug fixes, security fixes and other improvements.

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