HandBrake is an open-source DVD ripping and video converting software, which is wildly used by Mac OS users. It's especially useful if you want to rip movies and TV shows from your DVDs and watch them on your iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, etc. HandBrake 0.9.8, HandBrake 0.9.9 and HandBrake 0.10.2 all come with new Apple TV preset and updated iPad preset, so you can easily convert DVDs specifically to watch on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, or even Apple TV/2/3, Android (Mid or High), etc.
Following with this specific HandBrake Mac Tutorial, you will learn how to rip DVD and convert video with HandBrake on Mac OS X (up to 10.11 El Capitan) easily.
Note: To convert a DVD/Video to new born Apple devices with HandBrake for Mac, you need to learn to create specific presets, like how to build HandBrake Mac iPhone 6/iPod touch 5 preset, and how to make HandBrake iPad profiles.
HandBrake Mac Tutorial Navigation:
Step 1: Download and Install Handbrake
Step 2: HandBrake Source, Destination and Output Settings
Step 3: HandBrake Video Settings for Mac
Step 4: HandBrake Mac Picture Setting
Step 5: Use HandBrake to Convert Videos on Mac
HandBrake is a video converter program intended to both rip and convert video files to work on a number of supported devices. - Editor's Review from CNET
500 MHz processor or better with at least 16MB of video RAM. Only the versions after HandBrake 0.9.3 and HandBrake 0.9.4 can convert videos using the Theora codec. It can convert videos such as 3GP, AVI, FLV, MOD, MOV, MP4, MPG, WMV to MP4, MKV, AVI, OGM, MKV on your Mac OS X.
Note: HandBrake user guide for Windows Users if you want to convert DVD/video on Windows PC.
Step 1 - Download HandBrake Mac OS X Version and Get It Installed on OS X El Capitan
Download the free program HandBrake (in this page you can select different version of your computer, like Download HandBrake for Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 for 64 bit Intel, Windows Vista-8.x for both 64 bit and 32 bit etc.). Check to see if your Mac has the system requirements; click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and About this Mac. Then install HandBrake.
Note: If you are trying to rip Disney encrypted DVDs with Mac HandBrake, then you need to installed both HandBrake 64 bit and VLC 64 bit. If you come across error message says: "This version of HandBrake is 64 bit, VLC found but not 64 bit!" Then you can move on to solve HandBrake 64 VLC Error.
Step 2 - Change the HandBrake Source, Destination and Output Settings
The way your picture and sound quality will turn out in the resulting file depends on the settings you choose in this step. You could always go with the default settings, but if you'd like more control over the output, here's how to do it.
1. You can right click Source button you import your DVD or video file. And the loaded file information can be checked at HandBrake Mac version Source section.
2. In the Destination section you can set the output folder by clicking Browse button.
Step 3 - HandBrake Video Settings for Mac Version
Framerate(FPS): Select a frame rate that you prefer.
Quality: There are three options available: Specify an output size and the quality will depend on the specified output size; Select a birate. The higher bitrate you choose, the bigger size the output file will be, and the better quality you will get; Directly select a quality.
Encoder: Select the encoder you prefer.
2-pass encoding (optional): This takes twice as long to encode, but it improves the video quality and doesn't make the file any larger. Read on to find How to Calculate HandBrake Video Quality Settings >>
Step 4 - HandBrake Mac Picture Setting
Click on Mac version HandBrake Picture Settings button to launch a separate window. The only thing you really want to do here is to compensate for interlaced or grainy, compressed looking video. HandBrake will have adjusted everything here for you based on the preset you selected.
Picture Settings: Here you can set video resolution and crop video. HandBrake highest resolution for the output video depends on the original video resolution and optimized output video for player such as iPod touch 5/iPhone 6 (960x640 retina display), iPad Air 2 (1024x768 display), QuickTime, Apple TV, PS3, Xbosx 360. >> Learn Apple iPhone 6 Video/Audio Formats Supported
For example, the highest resolution optimized supported by iPhone 6/5S/5C and iPod Touch 5 is 940*640, you can set up to 940*640 resolution for the output if the resolution of the original video is higher or set up to the same resolution with the original if the resolution of the original is lower. HandBrake crop function of HandBrake for Mac is kind of like a decoration here, because it is not powerful or practical.
Note: Here are user guide for HandBrake iPhone 6/iPod touch 5/iPad Air 2 preset building, as well as how to create HandBrake iPad presets.
Step 5 - Use HandBrake to Convert Videos on Mac
Finally! Click on the Start button on the left top of Mac version HandBrake. The encoding time will depend on several variables including: the duration of the video file, the speed of your Mac computer and which Mac OS, Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, or Mac OS X Snow Leopard. What other activity your computer is currently doing, the codec you selected (H264 or MP4) and if you decided to do a 2-pass encoding or not.
Since this is basic HandBrake tutorial for Mac OS users, to find the details explanation, you still need to cast an eye on HandBrake official site. And at times, you may come across with unexpected issues when using HandBrake on your Mac, so it is better to find some HandBrake Mac alternatives in case.
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