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Best HandBrake Alternative for Windows & Mac (Sierra)


Lewis is a young blogger who has a love for movies and music. He's been freelancing for many years and now focuses on looking for new ways to enjoy movies and music.

HandBrake is a famous DVD ripper and video converter. It can convert videos from and to many formats. Of course, for most users, the best thing about HandBrake is that it can be downloaded for free. Therefore, I'm astonish when I find that many people want to find a HandBrake alternative. Then, I visit many forum websites and try to find the reasons that why people want to abandon HandBrake and ask for an alternative for HandBrake.

In the following passages, I will manage my findings about the reasons and recommend a good HandBrake alternative for you. So you have another choice if you have trouble in using HandBrake.

Part 1 HandBrake Limitations and Problems


  • Limited to MKV and MP4 containers

  • Cannot perform audio conversion

  • HandBrake can be challenging for a beginner to use because all the advanced settings can confuse the user

  • HandBrake's bad compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.12 Sierra may easily drive you crazy

Problems you may have encountered:

  • HandBrake output out of order

  • HandBrake output video audio out of sync 

  • HandBrake stuck at 100% end of conversion

  • HandBrake crashes during batch converting/encoding videos on PC/Mac

  • When ripping DVDs, HandBrake only rips about half movie/DVD

Part 2 The Best HandBrake Alternative

If you want to find a brilliant HandBrake equivalent, I would humbly recommend Video Converter Ultimate for Windows and Mac (El Capitan and Sierra included). Why? Because Video Converter Ultimate features itself with impressive functions.

  • Convert common and uncommon videos like H.265/HEVC, 4K, AVCHD, VOB, etc. to virtually any file formats.

  • Burn videos to DVDs

  • Convert/rip DVD to MP4/MKV/WMV/VOB videos

  • Create side-by-side/Anaglyph 3D video from common 2D video files

  • Versatile video editing functions: rotate, trim, merge, split, watermark, effect, subtitles, etc.

  • Adjust output profile parameters: codec, size, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, channels, etc.

  • Video Converter Ultimate (Win) is fully compatible with Windows 10/8/7 and Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) can run on Mac OS El Capitan and Sierra smoothly.

Video Converter Ultimate - A ideal HandBrake alternative

Use Video Converter Ultimate to solve those annoying problem you encounter while using HandBrake.


Part 3 How to Convert with HandBrake Alternative

Video Converter Ultimate has an intuitive interface. to finish converting videos or rip DVD, you just need a few steps.

Step 1. Download, install and run this videos converter on your computer.

Step 2. Click "Add Files" to upload the videos you want to convert to the program. You can upload many videos a time since batch conversion is supported. (Note: If you want to import DVD files, just click the "Load DVD" instead.)

Add Videos

Step 3. Choose your output format. You can choose a specified format or choose the preset formats for your device such as iPhone, Samsung or PSP.

Choose Output Format

Step 4. Just click the "Convert" button to start conversion.

Convert Video


After doing some researches on video conversion, I realize that ripping DVDs or converting videos is a time consuming process. In this case, choose a more reliable video converter tool is important. In my opinion, HandBrake is good, but it is preferable to have as an alternative to compensate for the flaws. What's your opinion?

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