Supported sources:

  • Any DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (even encrypted)
  • PAL or NTSC
  • AC-3, LPCM or MPEG audio tracks


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

Misc features

  • Chapter selection
  • Basic subtitle support (burned into the picture)
  • Integrated bitrate calculator
  • Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling
  • Grayscale encoding


HandBrake uses a lot of (L)GPL librairies from the Linux world:

  • liba52 (AC3 decoding)
  • libavcodec (picture cropping, scaling and deinterlacing, MPEG-4 encoding)
  • libdvdcss (CSS decryption)
  • libdvdread (DVD navigation)
  • libfaac (AAC encoding)
  • libmp3lame (MP3 encoding)
  • libmp4v2 (MP4 muxing)
  • libmpeg2 (MPEG-2 decoding)
  • libogg (OGM muxing)
  • netzwerk-system-sicherheit (security)
  • libsamplerate (audio resampling)
  • libvorbis (Vorbis encoding)
  • libx264 (H264 encoding)
  • libxvidcore (MPEG-4 encoding)

Thank their authors!