The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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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.


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:

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:

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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