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

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Handbrake review by Eric Eduardo W.
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"Amazing open-source software for video conversion"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is a great utility for converting or reducing the size of videos, and since it is open-source based it is available for free and constantly updating with new features. Once you learn how to use it properly, it really can save a lot of time and space, which is often a problem when working with videos mostly on the cloud.

What do you dislike?

The offering of options and tools for converting video can be confusing for someone not used to the software, and since some of the official documentation can be outdated it can give you problems learning to use it by yourself. Also, the interface for batch video conversion could be better as it is outdated by today's standards, but other than that I'm satisfied with the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It can take some time to properly learn to use Handbrake, but the reduced frustration and saved time make it worth it mostly considering it is available for free. In fact, it is better than some paid alternatives I tried when looking for a software, which often have troubles with common codecs or fail to reduce the file size.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using Handbrake to reduce the file size of videos, which is often convenient when uploading a video to social media. Its variety of options makes it frustration-free to upload big videos without wasting time, mostly since most of the time converting the video is faster than the upload process.

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Handbrake review by Marcos G.
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"a tool that any modern video editor can not miss!!"

What do you like best?

Its simplicity and its results.... with only 3 or 4 clicks you can reduce the size of any video file to half or better (in most cases)... You just have to select your source video... select the output folder and hit "start" thats it... By default it auto transcodes your video into an HD .mp4 file... but if you want to get all pro, you can edit the advanced settings...

What do you dislike?

It has a lot of options that I have never ever used, and some (way too) pro for me, but probably somebody likes them

Recommendations to others considering the product

Gei it!! Its free... To give you an idea, theres is no video created by us and uploaded to the web thas HASN'T pass trough handbrake before...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We create a lot of educational content for the web. Some of those videos turn out to be quite heavy, wich makes it difficult to upload, store and play them online... But thanks to Handbrake we can convert them to .mp4 and loose much of that weight without loosing any quality on our videos... Reduce a couple hundred Mb into just a few...

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Handbrake review by Mirella C.
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"Good free tool for your video"

What do you like best?

One of the best thing is that Handbrake it's free to download. You can use it as it is or use all the advanced controls that the interface provides you. It is also useful if you want to work on blurays. The presets for the different devices and formats are always good if you do not know how to move in the interface.

What do you dislike?

The interface is really difficult. I had to watch many tutorials online to understand how to move the first steps. Also the graphic composition of the interface is really confusing. I've also to underline the fact that sometimes to convert files will take sooooo long.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is the only software I've ever used to manage my conversions. So I really do not know if out there you can find something better. For me and my work it does what I need. Test it. It's free.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Handbrake because it allows me to share different videos on different devices. In a click I can create a version for the different devices so I can have previews of videos for clients.

Handbrake review by Fernando HĂ©ctor M.
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"Useful little tool for reducing video file size"

What do you like best?

I like how effective it is reducing the file size of videos as how fast it can be when you need to quickly convert them to use in social media. The variety of tools make it easy to work with, and you can easily use presets to make the process faster.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the extremely outdated interface, which makes the batch conversion a pain to work with. Other than that I'm pretty happy with the software as it is available for free.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a nice software when you quickly want to reduce the file size of videos without highly compromising the image quality, and it is better than some paid software despite of being free. I only wish the interface was better as it is highly outdated, but it is still easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using Handbrake to re-encode videos as it allows to further compress videos giving a lower file size while keeping the image quality in overall, making it faster to upload online. I also use this software to encode videos for Twitter, as the site can be a little picky for the videos when uploaded.

Handbrake review by Thomas P.
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"Great option for easily compressing videos"

What do you like best?

I like the different optimization features when exporting videos, the ease of using presets and the availability of options. While compressed videos are hard to further reduce the file size, it is highly effective when it comes to projects that need to be uploaded.

What do you dislike?

When it comes to Handbrake, one of the biggest issues I disliked is the outdated interface, making the batch options annoying to use and annoying to make new presets. The rendering options can be a little slow sometimes, but I guess that is to expect from a software that is still in development.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When it comes to compressing video files, Handbrake is one of the most complete options available for free. While it does lack some features compared to paid solutions, it does bring content to the table which is often lacking. Even if it is something simple like uploading a video to a website, this is a highly useful tool that will often save a headache in the process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to compress the file size of videos which help me sending projects and drafts to client faster, reducing the time not of the upload process from our side but also the download from their side.

Handbrake review by Francesco M.
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"Handbrake to convert your video files"

What do you like best?

One of the biggest thing about Handbrake is that the software is completely free and open source. You have a complete interface, with many options that give the user advanced controls over the converting procession, so the needs can be easily reached. The software is also good for working on Blu Ray format and in the huge list of presets there is a good part dedicated to iOS and Android devices.

What do you dislike?

Even if it offers you tons of controls and tools for your video, Handbrake can be confusing and challenging for a novice. Unfortunely the software can't handle protections on DVD or BluRay... So you can't work with them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With Hanbrake you can have complete control over your videos. Can be a little challenging at the beginning to understand how to use, but I think that thanks to its complete tools still remain the best software out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Handbrake to keep my archive light, archiving in a more tiny format all the videos that I've to put aside in the archive. Sometimes it can be slow to work on, but I find that this is the best software out there.

Handbrake review by Matthew Z.
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"Fantastic open-source solution for video conversion"

What do you like best?

Open-source based! This has a great combination of cost (free) and sharing community. Feature packed and many presets that allow for many solutions. This is great software for converting and / or down sizing video clips. While every things touts high-def today, you don't necessarily need HD when uploading to a website or forwarding to a customer.

What do you dislike?

Being open-source - you are on your own for support. There isn't a tech department waiting for your phone call. If you have a problem or question, you need to do your own research online. This works for those who are computer literate, but less experienced users might need help.

design is a little antiquated - looks a little last gen or so. But this is splitting hairs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give yourself time to learn, find a good online wiki, in person teacher, or other source of direction.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resizing videos for customer review and posting online. It saves alot of frustration to down size a 1+GB HD video that could easily take hours over a mobile connection or take up alot of web space to something more manageable.

Handbrake review by Rita M.
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"HandBrake is a good option for video conversion, but too confusing"

What do you like best?

HandBrake is a good option for video conversion. The software provides us a great queuing system for batch conversions, that can be useful when working with multiple files for a project. HandBrake also provides a series of devices and platform presets. Finally HandBrake it's free.

What do you dislike?

HandBrake is a good option for video conversion, but it's too confusing. Find the right setting can be a long process of trial and error. And this will be time consuming since it take a while to convert files. The HandBrake interface is responsible for this, with so many options and boxes can scary the most determined user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even if the HandBrake can appear intimidating in the first instance, test it and learn to use the functions, maybe use some internet tutorial about the platform.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Even if HandBrake appears difficult at the beginning after that you find the right path to follow in the conversion it remains a good choice. I'm still using it in my work to convert my video project for mobile platform. In this way I can easily share them with clients and members of the team.

Handbrake review by Stephen F.
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"A Perfect Encoder"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is an extremely easy-to-use encoder. The interface is simple and straightforward, allowing you to encode in multiple formats in just a few clicks. Also, for free software, the developers are providing constant updates and support.

What do you dislike?

There's honestly nothing that I dislike about it. The software is simple and effective. Best of all, it's free, so how can you go wrong?

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a top of the line file encoder, give Handbrake a try. It's a free solution to any of your encoding problems. It's simple, easy to use, straightforward, and always gets the job done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When exporting raw video, the files can be extremely large. When having to upload or send to clients, it can be tough. With Handbrake, you can decrease your file size through encoding with Handbrake. Sending large video formats has never been easier. And, it's free.

Handbrake review by Todd P.
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""Your Cocktail is Done""

What do you like best?

There are hundreds of great tutorials to learn how to use this program. My expertise is not in video production but his program is easy to learn and use. Once you get a quick tutorial it is easy to use and the fact you can save settings saves you a lot of time and energy. Another great feature is you can set up a list of videos to encode and walk a way as the program works. I also love the the fact when a video is encoded it says "Your Cocktail is Done"

What do you dislike?

Some times its hard to figure out which settings need to be adjusted in order to get the video to a file size small enough to use on a portable device. Often a new operating system will break some encoding features. You then have to download a special file to work on the Mac Os platform. The fix is easy to find but it can be frustrating if you are in a hurry on a project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its best to use this product for its intended purpose for encoding videos you have the rights. Watch the videos that are available. I have used it both on the Mac and Pc and have found it works best on Mac os

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to take videos I have created and make them smaller to load on a tablet. I then use those videos as I create lighting designs for a theatre production.

Handbrake review by Tashon R.
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"A great tool for consistent encoding in a market of inconsistencies."

What do you like best?

Completely manual control of the codec. I've been using Handbrake solely for my encoding work. Other encoders (Adobe namely) have resulted in the encodes suffering from colour and gamma shifts. This is unacceptable when you are delivering work for a client.

What do you dislike?

The user interface could be a bit more user friendly and provide more indepth tooltips for beginners. Though I image most people using this will understand it anyway.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend some time learning the intricacies of it's various options. We've learnt how to get brilliant looking encodes with tiny file sizes.

Spend some time experimenting with different settings. You'll soon be able to put together a set of presets for easy encoding.

One thing we do miss from Adobe Media Encoder is the watch folder functionality. You'll need to manually setup each encode with Handbrake. We still use Adobe Media Encoder for creating proxy files for editing but Handbrake is our new champion for masters and content delivery.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were wasting a lot of time and money outsourcing our videos to colour houses to ensure that our colour outputs were consistent. We would grade the video and get the exact look we wanted but then the resulting encodes would look noticeably different.

Handbrake takes our ProRes masters and delivers beautiful x264 encodes everytime!

Handbrake review by Eric A.
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"Simple, Versatile Video Transcoding"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is incredibly easy to use. Simply open your file(s), check preferences for each, and begin encoding. It allows you to queue up additional files, so you can leave your machine on its own during the process. If you aren't very technical, there are a bunch of presets for different file outputs, and they are generally spot on for the average user. There are also other nice touches, like the ability to optimize video output for web, crop videos, manage audio and subtitle tracks, and chapter management.

What do you dislike?

There are a few default behaviors that can be annoying, and to my knowledge are unfortunately unchangeable. For example, you can't flat out disable chapter creation for all videos, so you are forced to manually uncheck the box for each video. I believe there is something similar with subtitles, where you must manually press a button to input mutliple sub files from the original video file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I just recommend familiarizing yourself with the few minor nuances regarding lack of control over mass video imports, such as inability to disable chapter creation, so you don't forget in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a web developer, sometimes I deal with video on the web. This software is super fast and easy and has saved me so much time. I had a video with black edges that needed to be cropped, and Handbrake automatically set itself up to crop only those edges away from the video, and it did it perfectly. I didn't have to do anything. I also use it for transcoding videos to be played on different devices, and it is always so very reliable.

Handbrake review by Ho'omana Nathan H.
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"Powerful and highly manipulable, but advanced settings are not for the faint of heart"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is a powerful, efficient program for video encoding and it offers massive room to modify settings to get your quality and file size just right.

What do you dislike?

The more advanced settings really take a pretty deep knowledge, and while they offer somewhat extensive documentation, it's more descriptive than explanatory, so you still need to put in quite a bit of legwork yourself to figure out what different settings mean.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're interested in really maximizing file size and quality, I'd recommend putting in the time to understand how video storage works.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Handbrake to encode video of linguistic interviews for easier sharing and storage. Audio preservation is particularly crucial in this work, so Handbrake's vast audio settings allow us to get the audio just right while reducing file size on the video end.

Handbrake review by James (Mikey) N.
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"Powerful video converter, best of all... it's free!"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is very easy to use. Open it up, choose your source video, choose your output and convert your video. There are tons of loaded presets to choose from, or you can dive in and customize your own. You can set a que of multiple videos to save time. Also, it is quick! Oh, I forgot to mention it is also FREE!

What do you dislike?

The UI is starting to get a little dated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have to convert videos for different formats a lot in my job, and handbrake makes that easy to do. We have digital signs that are sometimes very picky about what type of video format, codec, resolution is needed and Handbrake makes it easy for me to convert videos on the fly.

Handbrake review by Dan O.
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"Easy Video Encoding"

What do you like best?

It's a fast and easy which to web optimise video.

What do you dislike?

The colour of the video can go a little funky when using handbrake, it would be helpful if I were able to watermark, combine videos/image stills.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Often, in order to explain a process or software defect I make use of screen recording. The problem with recording a video, particularly with my screen resolution, is that the videos that get produced are far large in file size to be easily distributed through the internet over a regular household broadband connection - or email. Handbrake encodes those screen recordings into file sizes that are most easily uploaded and downloaded whilst providing me the ability to manage the quality of the export.

Handbrake review by Stephen S.
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"Useful, but not always reliable"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to pull content from a DVD. My organization uses this feature all the time to pull old game footage off of DVDs that we keep in our tape room.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the consistency and reliability of the program. And by that I mean that there are often times when I choose a specific output format and when it's done encoding, the file isn't in the format I chose and requires me to do further conversion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Temper your expectations when using HandBrake. It's probably the easiest program to use for DVD ripping and is free, which is nice. However, you sometimes get what you pay for - in other words, it's convenient, but the results don't always end up being exactly what you had first hoped for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We primarily use HandBrake for pulling old game footage from archive DVDs.

Handbrake review by Brendan C.
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"Simplest app for converting"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is a software I always reccomend for converting files to apple formats or for posting on social media. The simple presents it presents give people an easy way to convert to their desired destination format.

The settings are easily customized should you want to change something.

Queuing up files is a great way to do a lot at once and saves on downtime.

What do you dislike?

A few more included presets would be nice. For example it would be nice it they had Facebook/Youtube presets built in to easily show people what to convert to without questions.

Additional options would be nice as well. Like a watermark or timecode options (from professional media)

Some sort of color correciton would be welcome as well. It wouldn't have to be complicated either, just basic gamma and chroma shifts. Sometimes converting files changed the picture, so to have options to offset this would be nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Google handbrake presets for more options and then import/customize.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

While I work in video, it's not always easy for clients or people unfamilliar to convert files. This is the problem Handbrake solves.

Handbrake review by User in Medical Devices
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"A Must Have Tool if You Do Not Own Adobe Media Encoder (or equivalent)"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is an amazing FREE tool. It is worth reading how this tool came to be just to appreciate how powerful it is. In my case, I rely more on the simply usability and effectiveness of this tool. My main two use cases are compressing videos down in size or transcoding videos to MP4. I also appreciate the ability to web optimize the video and the helpful list of presets to give you a jump start. Oh yea, the preview function is very helpful as well as you are trying out various settings or creating your own favorites. This tool also supports a drop folder - videos you place in the folder will automatically be processed.

What do you dislike?

The user interface contains more than I need but it doesn't get in the way of the learning curve. Watch a YouTube video to see how the workflow works - quite easy once you see it done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1) Video compression 2) Conversion to MP4

While I like using Adobe Media Encoder probably the best (being a PC user), Handbrake is my 2nd go to tool for these two activities. I also recommend most frequently to others due to its price and ease of use.

Handbrake review by User in Motion Pictures and Film
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"Easy, fast, reliable conversion"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is great - I have been using it for over 10 years already! Its a simple way to convert files. Its saved me on a few projects over the years!

What do you dislike?

I really haven't found anything to dislike. This product does its its supposed to, and its simple to use. I have not run into any issues with it at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is a no-brainer. Its so easy to use, and inexpensive (it may even be free, but I can't remember!) You basically set up the conversion and let it do its thing. If you want a fast, easy, cheap solution for conversion or DVD un-encoding, this is it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It gives me the ability to un-encode DVDs which has been a lifesaver- I have on occasion been given dvds of videos from clients that I need to work with to create a new project, and unfortunately once the DVD is authored you can't just import it into editing software. Handbrake solves this. Like the time I asked a client to give me digital (NOT DVD) copies of her home movies for a family event project I was hired to do and instead she gave me 30 DVDs. It took a while, but with Handbrake I was able to get the files I needed off the DVDs in a format I could work with and complete the project!

Handbrake review by Shawn L.
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"Useful utility for video compressing"

What do you like best?

I like how easy is to use and how effective it is when compressing video, and being able to create different presets is a time saver. The preview setting is also nice, as it is possible to know in advance if you are using the correct settings.

What do you dislike?

The one thing I dislike about Handbrake is its outdated interface, which can make some of the tools confusing to use at first. It can be slow with some codecs but at least it isn't as resource consuming as other tools, so it isn't such a big deal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When it comes to effective tools for free, Handbrake is one of the best tools around and I highly recommend it. The interface is a little outdated but at least it is easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using Handbrake to compress video to send to customers and upload to social media, related to both support and promotions. Keeping a low size is important as often people seeking for support are in a hurry or have connection issues, and phone calls aren't useful enough and/or they can't wait for a scheduled visit.

Handbrake review by User in Higher Education
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"Simple, consistent, and FREE!"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is free and versatile. It's easily used on its default settings by even novice computer users, but is customizable in a huge number of ways for the more advanced users. It's fast, efficient, and reliable.

What do you dislike?

The biggest impediment I've encountered with Handbrake (on Mac) is that there is no simple way to rotate/flip the image. For less experienced users (who might not be familiar with the definitions of some parameters), the program could provide more guidance/explanation in the interface itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The online software manual is invaluable! Even if you believe you are already familiar with all of the parameters, be sure to at least look it over. You may learn there are additional capabilities you had no idea were possible with this program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My department maintains a massive audiovisual archive that is now being converted to a portal website, with materials that span decades and come from dozens of countries. All of our video files are being run through Handbrake before uploading to our server, since we have found that the MP4 encoding in Handbrake has played nicely with EVERY OS, player, and interface we have tried. Our first step whenever we find a video is not displaying or performing properly on our site is to run the file through Handbrake and upload again-- this almost always fixes the issue, which then gives us more time to explore the original problem in depth while simultaneously providing a working solution to our audience almost immediately.

Handbrake review by User in Computer Software
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"Free utility that does it's job well"

What do you like best?

The thing that makes this app stand out is that it's free, and not "free" where you get spammed or have to install other utilities. Truly "free".

What do you dislike?

It's not the snappiest of applications. I'm sure there are tools that can convert to video files fast, but Handbrake isn't one of them. It tells you your progress though, so there aren't surprises on how long the conversion process will take.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking to convert many files quickly, Handbrake might not be the best choice. If you're OK with the process chugging along on a system then it might fit your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I convert videos from one format to another, choosing the quality as you do so. I've used it to convert legacy DVDs we made for customers to videos that can be posted to YouTube.

Handbrake review by Lewis W.
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"Quick and easy to use"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is the simplest solution for video compression on Mac. Before I used Handbrake I had an elaborate setup in order to reduce the file sizes of some of my videos. Now Handbrake does the magic for me in a much shorter time.

Handbrake can also compress multiple videos in a row. This saves further time when managing a batch of videos.

Handbrake is also versatile at ripping video clips from DVDs. I initially used Handbrake to convert my old family videos into digital files. The process was simple and Handbrake was stable throughout.

What do you dislike?

The interface to Handbrake is quite bare and can be a little over complicated. It isn't all too intuitive upon first use. A lot of the features in handbrake don't necessarily explain what they are unless you search online. Handbrake is a technical tool for technical people. It would be helpful to have a friendlier user interface to make this product more usable for a wider audience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Handbrake is a free application for mac users. It is simple to use and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick solution to video compression and conversion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Handbrake introduces a quick solution to video compression and saves time when preparing videos for the web. I manage a lot of high quality videos and Handbrake With Handbrake, we can now collect more video footage on a flash drive due to great compression.

Handbrake review by JeriBeth S.
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"Quick and easy open source video encoder"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is easy to use and offers a lot of options for converting and encoding video files. One can choose the type of device, including Apple iPhone and iTouch touch devices, and quality of encoding to help control the size of the files being encoded. Choose between chapters, seconds, and frames of the video being encoded. Also choose between web optimized and iPod 5G support. Can tweak options for Video, Audio, Subtitles, and Chapters to really dial in the best encoding for your project. Picture settings allow you to adjust height, width, cropping, aspect ratios and more. Also offers filters such as grayscale, deblock, denoise, decomb, and detelecine with preview before committing to changes. Has preview window, activity menu and presets, along with show queue and add to queue easy access buttons at the top of the panel.

What do you dislike?

Really nit-picky, but the interface could be prettier. Only two format to choose from - mp4 and mkv although those should work for most situations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Open source, free software that's easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to get a large video file encoded for a business website that won't take hours to load and be optimized for mobile devices.

Handbrake review by Mike G.
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"I use Handbrake Daily"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is a quick and easy way to compress video files into .mp4 files. I use this every time I export from Final Cut Pro X for my final copy to upload to our video server or to save a high quality final file. I really like the built in presets that I can choose from also when picking my final video specifications.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I can think of that I dislike is the fact that its not the quickest to just create a 720p version from a 1080p clip. You could make a preset, but it would be nice if there was a official preset to quickly and easily change the video dimensions from a higher output to a lower output video size.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a cheap (as far as I know, its free) software to compress video files into .mp4 this is a wonderfully easy solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to take my very large raw FCPX video files and compress them to a high quality, but also a way smaller file size. This helps tremendously when trying to share and store video files.

Handbrake review by Daniel P.
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"Better than paid software"

What do you like best?

Its Free! And its super customizable. You can do almost anything you would want. Handbrake allows for very specific customization of your video compression to best suit your particular need.

What do you dislike?

The user interface can be confusing if you don't have previous experience encoding video. It would be nice to have more how to videos accessible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read up on how to use Handbrake before implementing it into your workflow and run a few tests on shorter video clips so you can see the results before setting up a long queue.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are transcoding large amounts of video for upload online

Handbrake review by Fabio A.
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"Open source, free, efficient, what else?"

What do you like best?

Now, let's get it right. You need to do something specific, such as converting a DVD source into an mp4 or mkv file that you want to upload in instance on YouTube or a similar media. When you need soemthing so specific, usually you search for a freeware, possibly ads free, software, and most of the time you spend your day installing and unistalling softwares that claim to be the ones and they are not (they either don't do what they say or they don't work proprerly). Oh well, HandBrake is the one instead and it doesn lie, it just does what it says. It is as easy as it can be, direct, immediate, a few click and there it is, your mp4 ready and cooked. Something that impressed me is that it doesn't stress the CPU like other software I tried before. It is exremely fast and precize. The output quality is perfect and I had no trouble to convert 4:3 ratio and 16:9 ratio DVD source. Really, can't imagine a lighter, more efficent software to help you converting DVD into mp4 or mkv. It is also full of options you can use.

What do you dislike?

I know it sounds odd, but no, I haven't found so far anything I would improve or that does not work properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just get it if you need it. it is fast, no ads, it doesn't oveload your system in anyway and it does right what it s meant to. I am really entusiastic to share this review because it saved a lot of my time. And valuable, it is a true free and complete software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Converting a DVD source into an uploadable mp4 video format or mkv.

Handbrake review by Rebecca C.
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"Gets the Job Done! "

What do you like best?

The best feature of the software is the ease of usability. It looks complex at first but is very easy to get the hang of, and once you press 'start', the job is done.

What do you dislike?

The program has a older aesthetic. If you aren't familiar with the 2000's style windows desktop OS, it's designed with the same style in mind. Updating the program's visual likability would also increase usability further.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You'll still need to pair the software with a transcription program, but is an amazing encoder.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using it for webinar transcription, and have realized that it's a great program!

Handbrake review by Matthew H.
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"Useful tool that's easy to understand and free!"

What do you like best?

Free! Never cost me a penny. Useful for turning DVD files in to other formats. Very basic software in terms of understanding.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes video can come out "choppy." Of course this depends on file type and size, but it can be an inconvenience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I generally use it to turn DVDs in to editable video formats. Avoid using it to make illegal copies or digital files of movies and other videos protected by copyright. Doing so goes against Handbrake's terms & conditions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Often times we will receive surveillance video in a DVD format which cannot be edited. Using handbrake, however, I'm able to turn it in to most edit-friendly file formats such as MP4, AVI, etc.

Handbrake review by Brennan B.
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"Handbrake - An arrow in the video editors quiver"

What do you like best?

Handbrake is one of those programs that save so much time and effort, you wonder why everybody doesn't already know about it. Converting video files in post production is a every day occurrence. With the built in standard compression templates in Handbrake, it is easy as drag and drop. The interface is super easy to use and with the need to convert files for so many different modes of playback, handbrake can fit most needs without even changing the basic settings.

What do you dislike?

It seems like Handbrake could use more development to make a whole suite of easy to use video applications. We want more programs like this for audio, video editing, uploading interfaces for youtube, and other social media platforms.. What a great opportunity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This should be one of those programs that are check'd off every time you set up a new computer. All people working in video should use this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With most standard fallback video compressors, there are codecs that aren't recognized. Handbrake is the tool that I use to make the high quality compressions from files like .mkv files, that are becoming popular and widely used, but not addressed in other compressors. If they are used in software tools other than Handbrake, the quality of the final file is usually low. Handbrake allows you to generate conversions very easily while also keeping a super high level of quality.

Handbrake review by Steven H.
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"Handbrake transcodes anything and everything as easy as can be"

What do you like best?

The user interface is simple to use. The presets are great and cover just about every device out there and the capability to manually set aspect ratios, frame rates, etc covers the rest

What do you dislike?

Eats up quite a few resources when running but that is to be expected so not a huge deal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Handbrake to anybody that is looking for an easy solution to transcode video to produce a consistent product among a variety of platforms

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use handbrake as a way to make video portable across all platforms and as a way to standardize our content to provide consistent quality and results

Handbrake review by Cassandra W.
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"Great Free Software"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to use Handbrake. The entire process is very quick and extremely simple. After setting up the conversion that you would like to make you can simply let it run in the background and go about your business. It converts a number of different file types which is great! I use this all of the time at work and absolutely love it!

What do you dislike?

I cannot think of anything that I dislike. It would be great to see them add on to the program and continue to grow, but at the moment it takes care of all of my needs!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend trying out Handbrake to convert your video files. It is free, easy to use and works great!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this to convert video files to use in our weekly worship slides, on our website, etc. It saves me a ton of time and allows us to include so many cool elements to our worship!

Handbrake review by Dieter G.
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"Handbrake is awesome"

What do you like best?

It's super easy to use, and very efficient

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of functions, which sometimes, is overkill.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great product, has lots of features (which can sometimes be frustrating), but it is super quick, and very easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do a lot of 4K video editing, and therefore need to compress my videos before uploading them. handbrake helps me do this, super quick, and super efficiently.

Handbrake review by G2 Crowd User in Individual & Family Services
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"Necessary for video editing"

What do you like best?

My HD video camera records beautiful footage, but saves in a format I can't immediately open in Camtasia. Handbrake makes it easy for me to convert these files into an editable file with no hassle. It's the easiest way I've found to convert video files, by far.

What do you dislike?

I wish that Handbrake could convert other types of files. I need a program that will allow me to convert PDF into eBook formats like Mobi or Epub. I know that type of program exists, but I'd love to have it as part of Handbrake so it could all be in one program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely try this for any video conversion needs- it's not as good for audio conversion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have several employees who also use Handbrake. As a nonprofit, the fact that Handbrake is free is huge for us. We don't have the budget to purchase conversion software for everyone that needs it.

Handbrake review by Michael B.
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"Nothing Better Than Handbrake"

What do you like best?

Handbrake was the easiest software to use and was extremely intuitive. I never felt like I had to know everything about Handbrake in order to use it.

What do you dislike?

Handbrake does more than rip DVDs and I never felt like I was getting the full use out of the software. I wish there were more tutorials so that I could use the program to the fullest extent of its capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it. There isn't anything better out there. You will search for something and you will be disappointed in the product. Just use Handbrake and thank me later.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed clips from popular movies to be used in a few performance and public speaking appearances. Using Handbrake allowed us to use content that could illustrate a point better than we could telling the story on our own.

Handbrake review by User in Biotechnology
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"The only compression solution you should be using."

What do you like best?

Handbrake is my go-to compression software for challenging encodes - when I want it small and want it looking good at the same time, there's no alternative. Except maybe going frame-by-frame and applying custom compression? But handbrake is easier :P

What do you dislike?

The interface isn't the most intuitive, but anybody who's worked in video since the good old deck-to-deck days should be used to that kind of thing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't think Adobe Media Encoder is going to save you. This is the kind of free tool you need if you're going to deliver good quality video to customers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video is a giant bandwidth black-hole-sucking-sound at the heart of the internet. We all know this. I don't want my internal clients' customers waiting and waiting to see a video that they might not really be into watching in the first place (advertising: nobody really wants to ever see it).

By really throttling on the compression with Handbrake and tweaking the algorithm, I'm able to get great results - great looking video that downloads quickly.

Handbrake review by Aaron W.
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"Handbrake Review"

What do you like best?

I like the price range and usability of the product.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that there is little to no support help.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Handbrake is an awesome tool to use. The first major selling point in my mind is that it is a free program to use. It can rival Media Encoder in some aspects and gets the job done. I have heard handbrake is also good at ripping movies and blurays onto computers. Although I find it better at simply changing or converting video file types to something more fitting to my workflow.

All that being said it is not a perfect program, it is simply a free and efficient tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm solving issues when we need to rip a video and/or change its settings quickly.

Handbrake review by User in Graphic Design
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"Best video converter ever"

What do you like best?

It is the best video converter high quality, easy to use, multi-platform that you can get online; able to convert any format, at least the most used, and the best It's FREE!.

The user interface is quite simple, a small learning curve to understand how it works, but it is quite logical so I think anyone using them with few minutes can convert a video, at least using the presets that come with the application.

For more advanced users also it offers more possibilities as:

Title / chapter and range selection

Batch Scan and Queueing of encodes

Chapter Markers

Subtitles (VobSub, CEA-608 Closed Captioning, SSA, SRT)

Cropping and scaling

What do you dislike?

To my level does not have any problem, it has made my job easier

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to share video on your social networks, website etc, with lightweight and great quality videos but know nothing of CODEC or Average Bitrate HANDBRAKE is the best tool you can have in your workflow in a few minutes you can share all the videos you want in any social network or website

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Part of my job was to provide my light and quality to share their social networks for video customers, and using after effects / premier was quite difficult to get the best quality and low weight of the video to be delivered; perhaps due to ignorance; but since I found Handbrake; all customers are satisfied with the quality and even and increased the number of videos requested me.

Handbrake review by User in Design
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"Handbrake Review "

What do you like best?

Handbrake software is an amazing and powerful output program designed to help the user downgrade the quality of video that provieds a nice codec layout interface that is very simple and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

No major flaws and help guided tab provides the user with a full HTTP documnetation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please enjoy the features of this powerful software!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Uploading and hosting problems resolved after quality video and H.264 output have been created to downsize quality for media solutions.

Handbrake review by Michelle W.
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"Good flexibility"

What do you like best?

Super easy to use, flexible output options. I liked that we could get a presentation into the right format for a meeting where they didn't have the same programs we did.

What do you dislike?

Hard to learn at first, but then it make sense. Some minor UI changes might help, because actual use is really easy once you get it set up. The most common pre-sets didn't work for us but was simple to change the export settings to meet our needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good all-purpose tool, and free option makes it competitive with other apps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Compatibility with different VC or meeting rooms where you don't know what set up you'll have available. Ease of sharing information or educational videos across offices..

Handbrake review by User in Broadcast Media
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"Steep Learning Curve"

What do you like best?

When it comes to getting video off of a DVD this is the only route I take. I love all of the available export options, as well as how technical i can get with file settings. It offers a very professional result when you know what to do.

What do you dislike?

there is a very steep learning curve with using this program. its User Interface is very technical and it takes a long while to sort out what all of the functions do. something like a recommended setting would be super helpful. there are also many functions that are somewhat buried that are almost impossible to find right away.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a professional need to get video off of a disc then there is no better option for the money.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is the only program I use for ripping DVDs that clients give me. often times clients don't realize how difficult it can be to pull something like a wedding video off a disc, but with this it's a breeze.

Handbrake review by User in Entertainment
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"Great Product With an Unbeatable Price"

What do you like best?

HandBrake is a great tool for our organization. We are able to samples of our instructors work on DVD and quickly and easily transfer them to MP4 files for demonstrations in their classes.

What do you dislike?

Turning on subtitles and figuring out what audio track to choose for foreign language films could be easier, but it does not impede the process of adding or choosing them from DVDs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the perfect choice if all you want to do is encode a quick MP4. You can't beat the price. The software is free and very easy to use. It might not be the best solution if you are working on a project like a documentary film, but for a quick, grab-n-go use it is exemplary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use HandBrake to take short clips from films our teachers have produced, written or directed to use as class examples.

Handbrake review by User in Computer Software
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"A video editor's lifesaver "

What do you like best?

An open source video converter that can convert everything you need from delivering projects to clients or sizing down into a digestible file format to transfer easily to your colleague.

What do you dislike?

Updates come infrequently and the UI could be a little simpler, but since it's open-source I'm not complaining.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The custom settings section can be a bit complicated and advanced-looking, but the presets settings on the sidebar is really all you need for beginners.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can queue up my hundreds of video projects to convert into multiple different formats very easily. I can convert last minute too if a client needs to post a video right away and he has bumped into formatting issues.

Handbrake review by Jonathan L.
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"I use this product for video conversion from DVDs, as well as moving between different video codecs"

What do you like best?

I love that the software allows me the creativity to work with different video codecs, which makes encoding videos much easier.

What do you dislike?

I wish that that it allowed for great video quality resolutions options

Recommendations to others considering the product

I believe that anyone can get a strong knowledge and understanding of video codecs by using Handbrake. It's incredibly useful and does a great deal for video editors and producers at any level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is helping me to solve various video encoding issues at my job.

Handbrake review by Akshay C.
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"Best encoding app and its 100% free"

What do you like best?

Fast encoding app using this ever since I switched to Mac back in 2009.

What do you dislike?

Interface is something this app can work on. This could use a UI simplification like Final Cut Pro X

GPU and CUDA core utilization. I wish there was a passive mode that renders video in background without using too much resources.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Perfect app no better alternative

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Transcoding conference videos, interviews and vlogs to Youtube video format. Putting videos to your iPad/iPhone for reviewing on flights. It works like a charm.

Handbrake review by Chris C.
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"Easy video converting"

What do you like best?

Reads many different video types and can convert to most popular types. It works very fast, and can be used in the background for large conversions.

What do you dislike?

It is missing some features and has a very clunky interface. Importing can be a little tricky as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The interface is difficult to get used to, but will be easier as you gain experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to convert video types to be used on smart TVs, eliminating the need for computer pass-through.

Handbrake review by User in Market Research
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"A Must Have if you Use a Mac and Need to Convert any type of Video"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to use. Drag and drop. Minimal settings. Quick encoding.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how little there is very little information about the encoding options. The software expects the user to be very proficient in video encoding.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's great to use but make sure you google the encoding options to bake the best decision.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to reduce file size from raw video for video archival and internet upload.

Handbrake review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Wow amazing tool"

What do you like best?

The best thing about handbrake is the speed just takes few seconds to compress a huge video and also doesn’t brake the quality and gives you a file of few mb that you can send by mail with out problems

What do you dislike?

I dislike sometimes when the video is bigger than hd you need to put the size by hand it doesn’t recognize it automatically

Recommendations to others considering the product

When you try it you you will use it forever

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can share any video by mail or phone with the clients and the size are just few mb

Handbrake review by User in Computer Software
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"Fantastic for a free program"

What do you like best?

Ripping dvds, converting files and transcoding media. It works great for all of this.

What do you dislike?

I honestly have no issues. It could support a few more codecs and options for conversion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to quickly convert files and fix frame rate issues.

Handbrake review by User in Government Administration
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"Easy Video Rendering"

What do you like best?

The thing I like best is the expansive selection of video rendering options that Handbrake has to offer. They can convert any video to the format you need. This is very helpful when converting imovies or windows movie clips to mp4.

What do you dislike?

This product works very well. There is very little to want or improve upon with product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a simple video rendering/converting software that allows you the versatility to tailor video clips for your business needs.

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