HandBrake is a GPL-licensed,
multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder.
HandBrake is not a ripper. It converts video, it does not
rip it byte by byte. It does not crack the latest DVD copy
protection schemes hatched by the studios.
It converts video from nearly any format to a handful of
modern ones—that's it.
Description From JCDiaz.Net
HandBrake is a useful
open source tool that converts disks to MPEG for free.
Forget paying for a program to rip your DVDs to your
computer ever again. Considering HandBrake doesn't cost a
dime, the application delivers exceptional results.
Converting any type of DVD through a simple-to-understand
user interface (UI), HandBrake whizzes through the process
of producing an MPEG-4 file to save on your machine.
You'll need to have the right codec installed for the type
of file you wish to convert (DivX, Xvid, OGM, 3ivx, etc.)
but HandBrake lets you perform two-pass conversions and
codify a double soundtrack.
Another great feature is the bitrate calculator, which
alters the quality of the video according to the final file
size you wish to achieve. You can even trim the black bands
around a movie to maximize the size of the file.
Some users might experience occasional stability issues with
HandBrake is a great open source solution for ripping your
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