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If you want to copy a DVD to the hard drive under macOS on the Apple Mac, there are various apps and tools for this. We last dedicated ourselves to an app that is repeatedly recommended for this in 2017: HandBrake. Recently, however, the name came up again in the comments of a post on the topic Convert and compress videos on Mac on. So I took a look at what was currently going on with the free Mac app. Lo and behold: the update was released a few days ago Hand Brake 1.4.0, which, in addition to further improvements, brings compatibility with the M1 chip and the corresponding Mac models.
The fact that the new HandBrake version is designed for M1 chips in newer Mac models is not the only innovation. Since the last update in June 2020, numerous improvements and extensions have been submitted with the current version. The complete changelog of the HandBrake editions for macOS, Windows and Linux can be found at GitHub. For macOS it means, among other things, that several processes can now be carried out in parallel. In addition, the navigation in the user interface has been improved. There are a few improvements and fixes specifically for macOS 11 Big Sur. Other bugs have also been fixed. HandBrake 1.4.0 is available from macOS 10.11 (here version overview).
In the article from 2017 linked at the beginning, I showed you which settings are the best if you want to save a DVD with high quality but a small amount of data on your Mac hard drive. In the meantime, however, I have not had the opportunity to check whether this information is up-to-date. But if you're currently working with HandBrake and have some recommendations for the 2020 or even the current 2021 edition, then feel free to leave a comment. At that time I was on the format (MP4), the codec (264), the frame rate and video quality, the preset (Slow or Very Slow) as well as the tune (film) and level (3,1). What do you think about it in HandBrake 1.4.0?
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.