Best HandBrake Alternatives for Encoding Videos and Ripping DVDs (Free License)

Suppose that you have a really cool video saved in .mp4 format on your laptop that you would like to play on a smart TV. For that to happen, it will need to be converted from .mp4 to .mpeg2 format. Similarly, there are several other applications for video conversion from one format to the other.

For this purpose, a reliable video converter is required. Many people use HandBrake. For those of you unaware, it is an open source video transcoder. The main reasons behind their preference for this tool are that it is free, available on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) and converts videos to and from several formats such as MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MP4 etc. Additionally, it is used as a DVD ripper (copying content from DVD to a computer hard drive).

So, you might think that Handbrake should be your go-to when it comes to converting videos and ripping DVDs. Well, it is not. As a matter of fact, only one in every 20 users of HandBrake has said that it's a “Great and Amazing” tool. Although the tool offers some impressive perks, there are a number of drawbacks associated with using it.

For starters, it is quite slow and prone to errors. Loss of quality can also be observed in the end result. Apart from these two issues, many users have claimed that the tool unexpectedly crashes and there is no way to enable the HEVC option. As for DVD encryption, it isn’t supported. Furthermore, a video cannot be cropped, rotated, trimmed or flipped. Another issue that might not be a major one but is worth highlighting is that subtitles often get missed or mishandled. There are multiple other issues as well.

So the question arises… is there any effective Handbrake alternative? Fortunately, the answer is yes! WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and WinX Video Converter Deluxe are the Windows-based tools you should be using.



The HandBrake alternative DVD ripper in question is capable of ripping all types of DVDs/ISO images to hard drive. Additionally, it can also convert a DVD for playback on various Apple, Android, Sony and Microsoft devices. It comes with 4 unique DVD Copy modes and its Level-3 Hardware Acceleration helps the process of DVD ripping speed up by 50% or more, and that too with the lowest possible CPU usage, intended output file size and without compromising the video quality.

Unlike Handbrake, this DVD ripper can back up the content of DVD to an MPEG2 file. Another exciting perk of the WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is that it allows users to rip DVD to MP4 in just 5 minutes. A stable running on Windows 7 and 10 is also assured!



Now, let’s turn our attention to the HandBrake alternative video converter or WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. It’s an all-in-one video tool, which enables users to convert/compress a video as well as edit or download it. It also has a Level-3 Hardware Acceleration tech because of which videos are processed 16 times faster than normal. When it comes to Ultra-high-definition television, WinX is second to none and maintains a quality balance between resolution and size.

The tool has more than 420 preset profiles to convert files from mainstream video audio formats such as MP4, MOV, AVI etc. to the formats supported by commonly used devices of today such as Apple, Android, Microsoft and Sony. With just one click, users can trim the video length, crop frame size, add a watermark to protect their intellectual property or even add external subtitles.


Time-limited Giveway - Get WinX DVD Ripper/Video Converter for FREE

Long story short, HandBrake is still widely used for ripping DVDs and encoding videos but the tools discussed above will make it much easier to perform the same tasks. Not only that, but users can also get HandBrake alternatives for free.

There is an ongoing giveaway campaign giving people a chance to win the WinX DVD/Video Converter free of cost. The campaign has been divided into two rounds. The first round has been going on since the 24th of September and will last till the 10th of October and the lucky winners will get WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for free, saving them $67.95.

The next round will kick-off on 11th October and end on 25th October and winners of that round will be presented with a free WinX HD Video Converter.

All of you are encouraged to participate in the giveaway. You just have to submit your email id on the official page of HandBrake Troubleshooting and Windows Tutorial (here) and hope for the best.

Here's a visual guide comparing the Handbrake and WinX DVD Ripper + Video Converter:

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