Handbrake: Turning Your DVDs into MP4s Cheaply and Quickly

Handbrake Logo This evening while at dinner with Tracy, Aaron, Lani, and Megan YouTube came up. We laughed about what kind of videos on on that site and how funny it was.

Eventually, since Aaron is a drive course instructor (he teaches people (who teach people) how to drive…. and we’re not talking drivers education here – we’re talking spins, crashes, and other crazy stuff that would typically make you throw up), we got onto the subject of videos of crazy driving. He told me he’d send me one of their videos from the drive course that Tracy filmed, and I’d show him our Apartment 222 videos from the old days of mayhem with the roomies.

Well, to get to the point, instead of swapping DVDs, putting two and two together, I decided I’d just figure out how to rip a DVD to MP4 and then upload it to YouTube. Funny thing was, I’d never done that before.

Enter Handbrake.

For the Mac, you can’t get much better than this. Run Handbrake, and it gives you all the options you’d want to rip any or all tracks from a DVD into MP4. It even has queue management and all other kinds of crap that I don’t really care about for this use but I’m sure other people do.

The point is, in the time it’s taken me to write this post, I’ve converted my entire DVD to MP4. Oh, and I forgot to mention, Handbrake is FREE.

YouTube, here we come.

[tags]YouTube, Handbrake, Mac, OS X, DVD to MP4, convert DVD, rip DVD, ripping[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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