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Cross-Platform Video Transcoding With HandBrake

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in Software

Messing with a video transcoder that has no limitations can take some time if you want to get an idea of what can be done with it and how fast it is. Fortunately I got up really early today released the handbrake and then got back to sleep. No I wasn't sleeping in my car only that HandBrake is the video transcoder I have to tell you about today...

With free versions for Mac OS X Linux Windows HandBrake is one of the few open source multiplatform and multithreaded video transcoders currently available. Covered by the terms of the GPL license this piece of code supports and DVD-like source for input as well as standalone multimedia files that can be read and decoded by libavformat and libavcodec while available outputs include only two file formats MP4 and MKV with MPEG-4 H.264 or Theora video streams and AAC MP3 Vorbis AC-3 and DTS pass-through for audio.

What I really like about HandBrake is its excellent support for multiple processors/cores. In my case I processed some large video track from a DVD and speed was almost on par with the original but it was great to see my CPU "fully loaded" during the entire process.

That's all folks so since this is not a review all I can say now is to go on and grab HandBrake this is really a piece of code worth checking out believe me! (final words to make you change your mind in case you are not interested: built-in presets include iPod iPhone & iPod Touch as well as Apple TV and a bunch of other regular and legacy profiles!)