HandBrake is a program that allows you to rip DVD or BluRay to MKV format, reducing the size of movies, with the advantage that you get a very good quality result, because it encodes the videos in high definition.
In addition to converting videos to MKV format (MATROSKA), HandBrake also serves to convert to other formats, such as MP4 or AVI; But we recommend ripping MKV to get a better result, mainly because it uses the H.264 codec (which is superior to Xvid), as well as allowing better management of subtitles, audio and DVD chapters. The only impediment is that the DVD player does not support the MKV format, and in that case will have to opt for another container.
At first this software can be somewhat complicated for novice users because it includes too many options that can be applied during the preconfiguration of a file, but it is advisable to test and learn by trial and error, and obviously consult the manual of the Program to become familiar with the different concepts that come into play so that a possible conversion is possible as optimal as possible, with the desired resolution and size.
To simplify the process, the application includes a menu with presets (pre-configurations) that fit certain profiles and can be selected in case you do not want to experiment with the different options. For example, if you do not need a movie in high definition, you can choose a preconfiguration that includes the xvid codec for video and MP3 to 192 kps for audio, which will generate a film of lower quality (but quite acceptable), Which will be able to rip in less time. Other presets fit certain specific devices, such as an iPhone or iPod (3G or MP4 encoded). Supports the import of presets from the menu (Presets->Import).
The operation is simple, you must select the source file and the destination file, you must choose the format and audio and video options (or choose a preset), save the settings (if you want to use for other movies), And finally convert. Multiple files can be added to a queue.
HandBrake 0.10.5 (its latest version, updated in March 2016) is a good alternative to other free programs we have already presented, such as Format Factory. Works with Windows (XP, Vista, 7 and 8), Mac and Linux.