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Handbrake VS MacX Video Converter Pro: Two Ways to Convert Video on Mac OS X Easily

2008 can be an unusually lucky year for many video buffs since the widely acclaimed Handbrake turns over a new leaf, which means video addicts are no longer limited to merely ripping DVD on Mac, but can now convert video on Mac with Handbrake easily.

To cater to the Mac users' needs of converting video using Handbrake, this tutorial will focus on two parts. Part one will emphasize on how to use Handbrake for Mac to convert video in 3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOD, MOV, MP4, WMV, etc. Part 2 will accent on sharing a Handbrake for Mac alternative: MacX Video Converter Pro to make up for Handbrake's limited output formats, say MP4 and MKV.

Part 1: Handbrake Tutorial to Convert Video on Mac OS X

Before the step-by-step guide on how to convert video on Mac with Handbrake, make sure to download Handbrake on your Mac operating system and get it installed. Please note the latest Handbrake version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, so if you've upgraded to 10.9 Mavericks, please head over to a Handbrake alternative for Mavericks.

Step 1: Load Source Video
Click "Source" to add video such as MP4, FLV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, MOV, MOD, WMV, etc you’d like to convert. Though supporting any video, Handbrake can convert video on Mac one by one only, so if you are longing for transcoding more than one video, please seek for an alternative to Handbrake Mac that can convert several video files.

Handbrake add video

Step 2: Choose Output Format or Preset for Your Device
Here you are enabled to convert video to MP4 and MKV on Mac using Handbrake. More than expected, to make sure you are not bogged down in advanced settings, Handbrake is armed with handy presets for iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, Xbox, and more.

Handbrake presetting

Step 3: Tweak Video and Audio Settings
Default settings can be a nice choice for new beginners, but if you want more control over your output file, the sector is the way to go. You can adjust video filters, video, audio, subtitles, chapters, etc. to make the output videos more personalized and suitable.

Handbrake video and audio setting

Step 4: Modify Picture Settings
Hit the "Picture Settings" on the top of Handbrake for Mac interface. Here you are able to remove interlacing, set video resolution and crop video. For me, the crop function of handbrake is just a kind of ornament here and it is not so practical.

Step 5: Start to Convert Video with Handbrake Mac
After finishing all the settings, go ahead to convert video on Mac by simply pressing "Start" button. After the encoding is finished, you can import the converted video to iPad, iPhone, PSP, etc for playback on the move.

Part 2: Convert Any Video to MP4 FLV AVI MOV for Mac iPhone iPad Android Using MacX Video Converter Pro

Although Handbrake provides Mac users a handy video converting experience, it is still far from perfect in terms of the output format. What’s worse, Handbrake doesn't keep abreast with the latest 10.9 Mavericks. So if you are hunting for a replacement for Handbrake Mac to convert any video to any format on your Mavericks, this part is definitely the one you probably like because MacX Video Converter Pro is professional in converting among M2TS, MTS, AVCHD, MKV and MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc and makes any video compatible with iPhone 5, iPad Mini, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Google New Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, PSP, WP8, etc at fast speed and high quality. Below are the detailed steps on how to convert video on Mac with Handbrake alternative.

MacX Video Converter Pro

Step 1: Load video files such as AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV, MKV, AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, MOD, and more.

Step 2: Choose output formats or preset profiles for your mobile device.

Step 3: Click the "Browse" button to select a folder where you want to store your converted files.

Step 4: Click the "RUN" button to begin converting video on Mac OS X (Mavericks included).

Detailed Comparison between Handbrake and MacX Video Converter Pro

 

Main Features

Handbrake

MacX Video Converter Pro

Supported input video formats

3GP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOD, MOV, MP4, MPG, WMV to MP4, MKV, AVI, OGM. (Sometimes, handbrake is not compatible well with them)

HD and SD videos including AVCHD, M2TS, MTS, MKV, MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI, WMV, Google TV, WebM, etc. It even supports downloading video from YouTube on Mac for conversion directly.

Supported output video formats

MKV and MP4

Support a wide range of video formats including MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, FLV, AVC, MPEG, WMV, MKV, MPEG2, MPEG1, RM, 3G2, 3GP, ASF, F4V, DV, SWF, WEBM, HD MP4, HD MOV, and more.

Supported devices

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, Android

Support converting video to 280+ mobile phones and tablets including iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Google New Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, WP8, Surface, PSP, Xbox, etc.

Trim function and parameter setting

Only allowed to crop video, adjust video setting, audio setting and picture setting

Clip video to get your favorite segment, crop frame size to remove the black bars, merge separate videos into a new one, add watermark to personalize your videos, support Blu-ray and MKV inner subtitle tracks, and add downloaded subtitles in AAS/SRT format to video sources, modify video/audio bitrate, resolution, frame rate, and more.

Quality

Remove interlacing

Support High-Quality Engine, Deinterlacing,

Speed

Handbrake takes over an hour to do a movie conversion.

Hyper-threading technology and multi-core CPU utility guarantee a 32x faster speed

 

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