‘Instant Handbrake’ a quick and easy DVD to iPod conversion utility

“Instant HandBrake is a slimmed down, no frills version of the popular open source video conversion utility, HandBrake. Built from the development branch of the HandBrake source code, Instant HandBrake makes taking any DVD you own and placing it on your iPod easier than ever before,” OS X Daily reports.

OS X Daily reports, “When converting DVD Videos to your iPod, you can choose from the standard MPEG-4 format (perfect for pocket viewing), or if you plan on hooking your iPod up to a television, H.264 encoded video is also supported.”

OS X Daily reports, “Depending on the speed of your Macintosh’s Processor, you will wait from as little as 45 minutes to well over 2 hours. The wait is well worth it, as you will receive a video file which you can simply drag onto your iTunes icon, ready for your next sync.”

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  1. Wouldn’t it be the other way around? I use higher quality MPEG4 rips for TV viewing, via output from my iPod, and smaller H.264 rips for on iPod viewing.

    I’ve been using handbrake from quite a long time now, and it’s been pretty much perfect. I haven’t tried the Instant handbrake version though, the full version isn’t at all difficult to work it.

  2. I use a free program called ISOlator. It makes an ISO image of any disk – audio CD, data CD, video DVD, data DVD. You then use Apple’s Disk Utility to burn a new disk.

    It was produced by StuporGlue.com, which seems to have gone away (don’t bother checking the current website). However I just checked, and it is available on MacUpdate.com.

  3. Simple simon,

    Go read the comments on that dailytech.com article.

    “Congress” didn’t reject anything – it was an administrative ruling, based on current law, by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.

    Also, the dailytech.com article is filled with errors, both minor and major, that change the meaning entirely. Read carefully!

  4. Handbrake is great, it’s is an open source platform and totally free. But to be honest, it’s a little bit complicated and not easy-to-use, especially for beginners. I’ve been using it before one of my friends got me an ifunia DVD Ripper for Mac.

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