With all the Flip Video cameras, iPods, mp4 players, etc, etc, out there, a teacher needs a good tool that will transcode video into many different formats. As an aside, I just hate to work with video. In our district one of the main times we work with teachers comes about this time every year. Why March, you ask? In North Carolina, until 2010-2011, they always paid the registration fee for teachers to seek National Board Certification. With the 10% salary bump, many teachers in North Carolina tried for that. Part of the process is a video teachers must submit on DVD. Well, we all know about DVD+R and DVD-R. Of course I know about them, but don’t understand either. Let’s also introduce DVD mini camcorders, DV cameras, and Flip Video cameras. All with their own video formats. Then when trying to use something like Windows Movie Maker, we pull our hair out going between XP and Vista or Seven.
That’s one of the logical places Handbrake saves the day. Handbrake is an open-source, cross platform (Windows, Mac, AND Linux) application that transcode video into just about any possible format you could ever want. My test of this is my iRiver Clix. A small mp3/mp4 video player, this guy gave me all kinds of struggles when trying to use it with Linux. I finally got the mp3s to sync in Amarok. Video posed the problem, so I tried Handbrake, and sure enough I could encode the video into a format that would work with my Clix. Need to pull off the video from a DVD? No problem. Handbrake pulls it off and into a format you can edit/work with. Need it to go onto an iPod? Once again, you can set it to Apple, and it encodes the video into a format you can put on your device. If anything, Handbrake gives you too many options.
Another nice feature–they release it as a 32 and 64 bit application. I recently bought a new Dell Vostro 1320 64 bit laptop, and I cannot always find 64 bit apps. With the 64bit Handbrake, I can utilize all that extra RAM to speed encoding up even more. Also, for all three OSs, you can download the app either as a GUI (with the menus) or a CLI, for those who like to live at the command line. Strong, strong app with strong support and strong features. Definitely a must have app if you work with any type of video.