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HandBrake Video Transcoder

HandBrake Video Transcoder

HandBrake is a free and open source video transcoder for Linux, Mac, and Windows. With HandBrake you can convert videos of most any format with a codec/file type of your choice. Its initial release was in 2003 GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2.

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.


Reasons you’ll love HandBrake are convert video from nearly any format, free and open Source, and multi-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux.)

  • 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 BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.
  • Outputs: 
    • File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
    • Video Encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264(x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, VP8, VP9 and Theora
    • Audio Encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
    • Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 tracks
  • Even more features:
    • Title / chapter and range selection
    • Batch Scan and Queueing of encodes
    • Chapter Markers
    • Subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT)
      Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
    • Support for VFR and CFR
    • Video Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Denoise, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping and scaling
    • Live Static and Video Preview

Source: HandBrake’s features page

HandBrake Dashboard

HandBrake Dashboard



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