Handbrake is a free and open-source video transcoder which has quite powerful features and it’s very easy to use for anyone. It’s available for multiple platforms and supports a variety of video formats.
Supported input & output formats
HandBrake can work with most common media files, including non-protected DVD and/or BluRay devices as well.
This little program allows you to export video files into 2 most commonly-used file types:
- .MP4 (.M4V) and .MKV
And supports these Audio and Video encoders:
- Video: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264(x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, VP8, VP9 and Theora
- Audio: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 tracks
HandBrake advanced features
This little program has some additional features which might be useful for most users:
- The title, chapter, and range selection support,
- Encode queuing and batch scans,
- Simple chapter makers,
- Subtitle support (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT),
- Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding,
- Support for VFR and CFR,
- Multiple video filters (Deinterlacing, Denoise, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping, Scaling),
- Live Static and Video Preview
HandBrake is really a good video conversion tool which provides a great queuing system for conversion batching. It also provides several presets for different devices and platforms.
- User Interface - 6.5/106.5/10
- Functionality - 9/109/10
- Speed - 8/108/10
Handbrake is really a decent-quality software when you want to quickly reduce the file size of your videos without losing too much of the image quality. The only downside of this software is a bit outdated interface which might give headaches to some users.