Handbrake is an open-source video transcoder program that happens to be free on top of being multi-platform. No matter the platform, Windows, Mac or Linux, you will be able to get started with this offline software without much hassle. You will also be happy to know that it also features a command-driven version for those that are enthusiasts of working from the command line. With it, you can convert almost any video format that you may have in your hands to a modern format that is widely supported.
It also comes in very handy when you want to rip DVDs or BluRays to a more suitable and convenient format like MP4, MOV or MKV depending on the format that augurs the best with you. In this review article, you will have a chance to get deeper and get to know what exactly makes this minimalistic app tick. You can expect the following when you align yourself with Handbrake.
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What Does Handbrake Offer?
Actually, there are a plethora of features that Handbrake delivers at your disposal in a way to ensure that you have a comprehensive process at the end of the day. You will get to enjoy a batch conversion with queueing, built-in presets besides rich basic and advanced tweaks for enhanced output. To understand these features better, we will dig a bit deeper into each feature to find out more.
Batch Conversion and Queueing
Converting just one video file is not cumbersome at all but the problem comes in when you have more than one file to work on. Working on all these files one after another proves to not only be tedious but also overly time-consuming. In this review, we have recognized the fact that Handbrake is able to circumvent this issue by bringing the ability to batch convert multiple video files or even a whole folder all at the same time. This leads to the realization of the ultimate convenience when it comes to processing multiple video files simultaneously. You also get the chance to queue encodes so that they are processed based on the priority you have put in place.
When you are a new user to any software or you are not that accustomed to the options you are opened up to, it can be mind-boggling trying to tinker with options that you are not sure how they work. Handbrake has taken this into consideration and recognizes the fact that not everyone is tech-savvy. In that line, it features built-in presets that carry adjustments towards a certain kind of output be it in terms of resolution, target device, the web or even a general format. These presets will get you right down into the conversion process quickly enough without the need to tinker with options that may not make sense to you. In fact, with the presets, you needn’t adjust anything apart from the file name and the saving directory.
Rich Basic And Advanced Options
One thing you will love about this app is just how much control it gives you over the output. In fact, you will get to adjust video and audio codec options in a way that will determine the kind of video quality that you will have at the end. You will also be empowered with the option to adjust the video dimensions, adjust the framerate, apply filters, add subtitles and even chapters as you see fit. To make sure that all your adjustments are reflected, there is a preview option that you can confirm with besides a summary that shows all your applied options.
As much as Handbrake may seem a bit intimidating, especially to first-time users, this review has proven that it does not in any way deliver anything less than powerful features. This is on top of making the process user-friendly by availing presets that one can choose from. If you are patient enough, you can rest assured that you will be able to squeeze the best out of Handbrake including the two-pass feature that comes in handy for an even more refined output. Squeezing the best out of this program, you need to get out of the comfort zone of presets, tinker with the options manually and with a little perseverance, you will smile your way to an output of your preference.