HandBrake

An open-source excellent encoder and DVD ripper with preset profiles for use on multiple devices.


Summary

 

Our Score

License Free (Open source)
Link https://handbrake.fr/
Cross-platform, simple and good presets, clean interface, easy to encode DVDs directly from optical disk.
Some presets resulting in slow encoding, limited input and output formats, doesn’t rip protected DVDs unless paired with third-party tools.
Details

HandBrake is an open source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD ripper or video transcoder, available for Windows, Linux and macOS. It transforms your DVD to an MP4 file which is compatible with a wide range of media players, and supports ripping DVD to a MKV file.

Designed with preset profiles, HandBrake provides numerous video and audio parameter settings for you. It is easy to alter file size and video quality suitable for use on multiple devices, including Android and iOS mobiles, TV, PlayStation and others. This is a great feature although its presets are not as fast as StaxRip.

It is easy to convert directly from the DVD, although you may need some on-the-fly decryption freeware, like DVD43 or DVDFab Passkey.

Unencrypted-protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software, which helps break the copy protection so HandBrake can read the DVD.

Alternatively, you can also combine libdvdcss with HandBrake in order to read a DVD that uses CSS. What you need to do is to get the necessary dll file by downloading a DVD player that is based on it. Browse the installation folder of your DVD player and copy the libdvdcss dll file to the HandBrake installation folder. Rename the file to libdvdcss.dll and restart HandBrake.

HandBrake documentation is available based on the versions of the product here.

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