Monday, March 30, 2009


This is the app that I've been using to convert my DVDs, or any video file into an AppleTV ready format. Personally I think this is the best and easiest app for DVD ripping/encoding for the Mac. (Not currently that great for HD conversions. Has trouble with Bluray ripps (.m2ts files) DTS audio tracks. Can NOT ripp a Bluray Disk either. Can however encode m2ts files with AC3 audio tracks.

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

Supported sources:

Any DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted--protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), and some .VOB and .TS files. The VLC media player will take care of things there. It is used in conjunction with Handbrake.

File format: MP4, MKV, AVI or OGM
Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
Audio: AAC, MP3, Vorbis or AC-3 pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)

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