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Best 8 Handbrake Alternatives for DVD Ripping & Video Converting

Here we review top 8 best Handbrake alternatives to rip DVDs and convert videos on Windows (10/8/7) and Mac.

Handbrake is a good helper to assist people in ripping DVDs and converting videos. It is open source, clean, and easy to use (check full Handbrake user guide). However, it has some limitations and always pops up errors, thus leading many guys to search for the best Handbrake alternative.

Some Handbrake limitations and errors that may irritate you include:

  • Handbrake can't rip copy-protected DVDs
  • ▪ Handbrake only rips half DVD
  • ▪ Handbrake says 'No valid source or titles found'
  • ▪ Handbrake has limited output formats
  • ▪ Handbrake always get crashed/stuck

Besides the aforementioned, Handbrake has other flaws. If you've fed up with Handbrake, you can try the following Handbrake alternatives out, and see what you think.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Best Handbrake Alternatives for DVD Ripping

No.1 WinX DVD Ripper (Windows & Mac)

WinX DVD Ripper can work as an alternative to Handbrake, available for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and so on. And its Mac version is compatible with OS X 10.6 and later, covering macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur. >> Get a license key for free

As a Handbrake substitute for DVD ripping, WinX DVD Ripper is better than Handbrake in many aspects, such as:

  • It can rip DVDs protected by DVD CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM and more independently. 99-title DVDs and workout DVDs are fully supported. It automatically ticks the right title and delivers high-quality output in order. No crashes.
  • It provides 350+ different output formats. Handbrake allows users to rip DVD to MP4 and MKV only, but this tool is able to convert DVD to AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, MPEG, MP3, AAC, M4A and more video audio formats besides MKV and MP4.
  • It comes with hundreds of preloaded profiles. Handbrake provides limited output profiles, while WinX DVD Ripper is designed to help directly rip DVD to iPhone, iPad Pro/Air/mini, Apple TV, Android Samsung, Google Nexus, Sony, Xbox etc.
Best free handbrake alternative - WinX DVD Ripper
Best Free Handbrake Alternative - WinX DVD Ripper

No. 2 DVDFab (Windows & Mac)

DVDFab is another well-known program you can use to replace HandBrake DVD ripper. Just like WinX DVD Ripper, it is able to remove DVD copy protections, and rip regular and encrypted DVD discs/ISO files/DVD folders to popular media file formats and prevailing devices. But according to the DVDFab reviews on TopTenREVIEWS, it is not a fast DVD ripper. It needs about 1h to finish a full rip of a movie, while other competitors only cost about half that time when ripping the same movie.

Best alternative to handbrake for DVD ripping - DVDFab
Handbrake Alternative - DVDFab

No. 3 Aimersoft DVD Ripper (Windows & Mac)

As powerful as the aforesaid alternatives to Handbrake, Aimersoft DVD Ripper can also deal with copy-protected DVDs and possesses similar features, like rip DVD to mainstream multimedia formats, smartphones, tablets and gaming systems. It provides 175 preprogrammed output profiles in total. Meanwhile, it allows users to adjust video audio parameters and edit videos. It's a solid choice for both beginners and advanced users. However, the disadvantage is that it cannot perform a straight rip of raw DVD files such as the ISO or the Video TS folder.

Best alternative to handbrake for DVD ripping - Aimersoft
Handbrake Alternative - Aimersoft DVD Ripper

No.4 MakeMKV (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Just like HandBrake, MakeMKV can rip Blu-ray and DVD discs to digital. But, there are a few differences. Firstly, HandBrake itself can't handle copy-protected discs while MakeMKV can. MakeMKV is better than HandBrake in terms of decrypting DVD. Secondly, HandBrake exports files in MP4 and MKV while MakeMKV can only export large MKV files. You can use MakeMKV as an alternative to HandBrake. Actually, many users often make HandBrake and MakeMKV in combination. They use MakeMKV to decrypt disc to MKV video and use HandBrake to compress the large MKV file.

Best free handbrake alternative - MakeMKV
Free Handbrake Alternative - MakeMKV

Part 2. Best Handbrake Alternatives for Video Conversion

No.1 Free WinX Video Converter (Windows & Mac)

When it comes to selecting an alternative to Handbrake for converting videos, WinX Video Converter is must be recommended. As we have mentioned at the beginning, Handbrake has many disadvantages while converting videos. So you need a replacement like WinX Video Converter which enables you to:

  • Convert/compress HD and even 4K UHD and 8K FUHD videos stably;
  • Convert videos among MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, MKV, M2TS, TS, MOD, HEVC (H.265), FLV, VOB, etc quickly;
  • Convert videos to iPhone, iPad, Android Samsung, HTC, Kindle Fire, Sony, Xbox and more directly;
  • Extract audios from videos in MP3, AAC, iPhone Ringtone, etc;
  • Customize video audio parameters and edit videos at will.

Not only function as a video converter, it is also an online video downloader supporting 1000+ sites, and a photo slideshow maker supporting background music. The Mac version can record video and screen.

handbrake alternative to convert video
Better than Handbrake - WinX Video Converter

No 2. Freemake Video Converter (Windows)

Freemake Video Converter is a multi-functional yet free Handbrake alternative for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. It is able to convert videos among a wide range of video formats, rip unprotected DVDs to common formats/devices as well as burn DVDs. That's really a pity that Freemake doesn't accompany with a Mac version, thus people have to seek for a Freemake alternative for Mac. In addition, most users complained on CNET saying that Freemake Video Converter is full of adware and possible malware. Be careful if you want to use it.

Handbrake alternative for Windows - FreeMake Video Converter
Handbrake Alternative for Windows - FreeMake Video Converter

No 3. Any Video Converter (Windows & Mac)

Any Video Converter, also known as AVC, is advertised to be able to convert almost all video formats (200+ formats in total). Just like other Handbrake alternatives, AVC is not limited to convert videos. It can also edit videos by cutting, cropping, download videos from YouTube and other 100+ sites, and record videos. But compared to WinX Video Converter, it is a bit behind in upgrading to support new devices, such as iPhone, Apple TV 4, and iPad Pro.

best alternative to handbrake - Any Video Converter
Handbrake Alternative - Any Video Converter

No.4 Format Factory (Windows)

This HandBrake alternative is a free and multifunctional media converter. In addition to converting videos, it can also convert audios, convert images, PDFs, and convert Blurays, DVDs, and CDs. Moreover, it can clip video, join video, split video, crop video, delogo video, download video, record video, and do more. This is really a versatile tool.

Best free HandBrake alternative - Format Factory
Handbrake Alternative - Format Factory

Sum Up

There are many HandBrake alternatives. Some are even better than HandBrake. Above are our picks for the best HandBrake alternatives for ripping DVDs and converting videos, some paid and some free. If you need to rip DVD, WinX DVD Ripper is the best way to go. It can decrypt and rip any DVD to ISO, VIDEO_TS, MP4, MPEG, MOV, MP3 and more multimedia formats. If you need to convert video, WinX Video Converter is a good choice. It supports video of any format and converts it to all popular formats. Both WinX DVD Ripper and WinX Video Converter support GPU hardware acceleration to improve conversion speed and support High Quality Engine to export high quality file.

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Brent Archer is an experienced editor who loves all things related to social. He has spent more than a decade writing instructional contents related to social media, streaming services and video related topics all over the internet for Digiarty. Outside the social, he is addicted to Google I/O, Apple WWDC and other tech news to keep him informed.

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