I'm surprised the editors have only rated Handbrake four stars.
I've used other conversion programs in the past and all have worked reasonably well but Handbrake is by far the fastest and simplest to use. I use it to convert Quicktime MOV files to AVI files for use in Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7. It's worked flawlessly for me.
I've tried others but this one is the best. It does the job very well.
Thanks to the developer for this free program.
I've been using this for several years and it has always been reliable.
The conversions are always good quality with very little quality loss and fairly fast.
The interface is easy to understand. The default options should be good enough for most casual users, so there is not much tweaking needed, just add the video and convert. But it may have enough options for more advanced users.
The downside is that on weaker systems, it can chew up a lot of CPU power and slow your system down.
I tried to convert a RM video (Real Media) to MPEG format that understands & supported by most players.
I used VLC (the latest) both x86 and x64 on Windows 7 64bit machine. With VLC, it takes a very long time to convert. For a 54 minutes .rm file (Real Video 4.0 (RV40) resolution: 720x528, frame rate: 1000, cook audio 22050 HZ, mono, 32 bits per sample as reported by VLC), VLC used about 3050 minutes to convert - too long. With VLC, the resulting files are very often having troubles played by other player including VLC - what?! - yeah, VLC can't play the file it converted properly. It's probably user error in the end. VLC's options are extensive and complicated.
With Handbrake, it was done in under 4 minutes on a Q6600 oc to 3.2G with 8G DDR2! WOW - I am impressed. Plus, the result file can be played by VLC, Media Plaer Classic & Media Player Classic Homecinema (both x86 & x64) and most importantly - Windows Media Player.
The selection are very simple and straight forward.
When I use multiple players (Windows Media Player, VLC (x86 & x64), Media Class (x86 & x64), Media Class Homecinema (x86 & x64), Nero Kwik Media) to play the same file, all players play them properly.
I am in love with Handbrake. ;)
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