Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Handbrake Vs Dvd Catalyst 4

14 Oct 2013   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Handbrake Vs Dvd Catalyst 4

Hi there
Any feelings over the relative merits of these programs for ripping DVD's etc to MP4 files for viewing on my Samsung S4 Mobile phone.

My gut feel is that the Handbrake program is more flexible, allows also to copy sub titles without "burning then in" so they can be viewed on or off at will and the latest version does good conversion.

I used to like Dvd Catalyst but although the interface is slightly easier it seems more restricted - for example it doesn't handle sub titles so well - burns them in etc.

The Samsung S4 can output to external screens too at 1080p HD so I start watching the movie on a train / plane, and then finish it using the HDMI output to Hotel TV / external monitor - conversion is more than adequate for these size TV's.

(Note for commercial DVD's you need to remove encryption / regionalisation -- AnyDVD is a decent commercial program that does this -- use it to burn to an ISO and then mount either with a Virtual ISO mounter or Windows 8 / 8.1 built in virtual ISO handling system) and then do your rip).

AnyDVD is a legal freely available commercial program (at least where I live) so I hope it's not against the rules saying what the program does.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I use Handbrake and AnyDVD to backup my DVD's to a HDD. I still need a lot of practice because sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Not saying the programs are hard to use but I must be doing something wrong.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Handbrake Vs Dvd Catalyst 4

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Handbrake and DVDs
Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum. If I own a DVD purchased out a shop and I want to place a copy on my Hard Drive, is it legal in the UK to do this? I tried Handbrake to rip a music dvd (owned ) but it wouldnt play the file back. Tried WMP and VLC but neither could read the file. Is...
General Discussion
Handbrake 0.9.6
Just a comment for Handbrake users I have found the recent release of the 64 bit version Handbrake 0.9.6 to be a "bit" flaky. Norton Insight community report a similar finding. I'm sticking with the new 32 bit version of V 0.9.6.
Media Center
Handbrake 0.9.5 Released
December 3, 2010 Handbrake 0.9.5 is available. Changelog below. HandBrake 0.9.5 has now been released. Release Highlights:
Handbrake Alternatives
What are some alternatives for Handbrake? I've used Handbrake on my Mac for years, but heard the windows version doesn't work as well. I want to be able to backup copies of my DVD and also have digital versions for my netbook. Thanks!
Handbrake 0.9.4 available
Changes between 0.9.3 and 0.9.4: source

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:31.
Twitter Facebook Google+