I’ve long considered Handbrake on of the best DVD ripping applications available, and after a year long wait, it’s finally been upgraded to version 0.9.4, complete with over a whopping thousand changes. I tested Handbrake 0.9.4 on Mac OS X, specifically the 64-bit version which promises a 10% performance boost over the 32-bit version. If you’re a Windows user, you won’t have a 64-bit option, as this is only available on Mac OS (including Leopard) and Linux.
If you’ve used Handbrake before, you’ll be familiar with many of the features, but there’s things you’ll have to get used to in the latest version. Firstly, you can now include subtitle tracks in your rips without having to hardcode them in to the movie, so you can choose whether or not to have them available when watching. As well as this, there’s also support for .srt files which you can download from the internet.