Have you ever gone to play a video file someone sent you only to get the dreaded, "Invalid file format"? Maybe you're making a video to share and want to make sure anyone can watch it.
What you've probably discovered is that there are dozens of different ways to encode video.
On top of that, some media players can't play certain formats of video. So when you want to play back or edit a video, you may have to find and download the right codec or program.
That makes creating and distributing your home movies a real headache.
Or you could download HandBrake, an all-purpose video transcoding program. That means it can convert videos between many common file formats, making almost every video able to play on your computer.
There are lots of handy presets that make HandBrake easy to use, like the chapter and title selection. There are also chapter markers, subtitles, live video preview and more.
HandBrake is also capable of ripping home video onto your computer. However, it can't rip commercial DVDs.
Warning: Do not use this program to rip DVDs or other video media that you did not create. It could be illegal.