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Review on the HandBrake Version 0.9.8 for Windows

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HandBrake 0.9.8 was released on July 18, 2012. What about the newest version of this open-source and GPL-licensed video transcoder applied for Windows, Mac and Linux OS? To make HandBrake 0.9.8 review, I just tested the windows version on my laptop in my own person.

To know what's new in HandBrake 0.10.0/1/2 and 0.9.9, please refer to HandBrake 0.10 review and HandBrake 0.9.9 review.

What's New in HandBrake 0.9.8

I am not gonna say this is a big update, because it can only be considered as bug fixing work based on the previous versions 0.96 and 0.97. The specific update content includes:

* New AppleTV3 preset

* Updated iPad preset

Personal Review on HandBrake 0.9.8

To give an accurate review on HandBrake 0.9.8, I made sure I downloaded the latest version on HandBrake official website first.

The download speed is quite fast and the file size is small enough to give me satisfaction. Once I ran it on my computer, I saw this interface:

HandBrake 0.9.8 Review

And I figured out the following useful information:

Source: Video File, folder, title specific scan

Output Settings (Container): MP4 file, MKV file

Then I inserted a valid DVD disc (Transformers 2) into my DVD-ROM, so Drive G for DVD was shown to be selected. Someone may encounter "No Title Found", or Crash problem, etc.

After I chose the DVD as the source, it began to process the titles one by one. Transformers DVD has 99 titles totally, and HandBrake 0.9.8 took more than 8 minutes before not completing DVD title importing.

What was totally annoying is when it was processing Title 90, it got all stuck. Then I realized such DVD with special copy protection was not supported by Handbrake, even for the latest version 0.9.8. So is the case with other copy protected DVDs. Therefore, Handbrake can only convert SOME of commercial DVDs. (See how to solve "Cannot Handbrake DVD Mission Impossible 4" problem) This makes it very inconvenient to copy commercial DVD even if HandBrake can take advantage of VLC to find the main title number and probably remove copy protections inside the DVDs. Take the DVD Transformers 2 for example, the main title number is 76.

The latest HandBrake 0.10.2 was reported to have a large amount of bugs fixed successfully. However, WD problem has not been resolved yet, and we still have to remux with mkvmerge.

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From HandBrake 0.9.8 review above, we can conclude HandBrake is a good choice for the person who needs a totally free DVD video transcoding program and specializes in profile settings. But generally speaking, HandBrake 0.9.8 is still too complex for beginners or average users who are not so professional in parameter settings, although the profiles provided are very rich.

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