We love Handbrake so much we’ve written a song about it. “Handbrake Handbrake Handbrake! Handbrake Handbrake Handbrake! Na na na na! Na na na na!” Good, isn’t it?
The app certainly is: it’s a fantastic tool for anybody who needs to rip DVDs (or other kinds of video disc) or convert audio or video files from one format to another. It’s been around forever with a price tag of zero, for which we’re very grateful.
Why you need it
Presets! Not only does Handbrake provide extensive options for pixel perfectionists, but it comes with a really useful stack of presets that provide one-click access to common formats. If you’ve ever wrestled with trying to convert video for an iPhone, PSP or other device, you’ll be clicking the download button already.
It’s not just about devices, though. It can transcode between H.264, H.265, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VP8 and Theora, and its audio powers include AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC, MP3, FLAC, AC3 and Vorbis. That means it’s a great tool for converting any kind of media into whatever format you need.
All together now: Handbrake Handbrake Handbrake! Handbrake Handbrake Handbrake! Na na na na! Na na na na!
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