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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Convert anything with Handbrake!

If Handbrake was in my top 10 applications to install right away when I get a new Mac, it now holds the #1 spot. The version 0.9.3 was released and it is packed with improvements. I first want to talk about the downgrade, it is not possible to use it with encrypted DVDs anymore unless you have VLC installed. So it is not much of a downgrade, you just have to make sure to have an up-to-date version of VLC and you won't have any problems. I think the best new feature is that the source is not limited to a DVD or a VIDEO_TS folder. You can convert most video files with Handbrake now. It is using the FFmpegX project for the conversion. I think that's a great news because Handbrake has always been many times more efficient at using multiple cores than QuickTime. There is a lot more to talk about and you'll probably hear more about it soon. You can get the new version of Handbrake here from MacUpdate.

11 Comments:

Blogger Steven said...

Sweet! I've been looking for a video converter with the power of handbrake.

November 26, 2008 at 1:50 AM  
Blogger JD said...

So, if you have VLC installed, is it still a one-click operation, or do you first have to decrypt in VLC then convert with Handbreak?

November 26, 2008 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Carlos Santos said...

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November 26, 2008 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Mr.D said...

Sounds good, I am new to this so what is VLC

November 26, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Alexandre said...

VLC is a media player that you can get there: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

November 26, 2008 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Doc John said...

It's for Intel only. :(

November 26, 2008 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

The MacUpdate link is Intel only, but just under the main link, there is a link to the PPC version.

November 26, 2008 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger t1dogg1 said...

Does it require that I first decrypt the DVD with VLC before converting with Handbrake? Or with VLC installed...does it auto convert?

November 26, 2008 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Just VLC installed is fine.

November 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Matthew D. said...

PPC can be downloaded here: http://handbrake.fr/?article=download

November 26, 2008 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Abraham said...

What is your tops ten apps list

December 3, 2008 at 9:16 AM  

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