Handbrake vs Roxio Toast

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by axeldtf, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. axeldtf macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2007
    I recently downloaded some tv shows from the internet. I converted one show (21 minutes) to watch later on my iphone. I first used the convert option on roxio toast and this procedure took almost 2 hours. Then out of curiosity i did the same thing on handbrake. Handbrake only took 15 minutes. Also the quality from the handbrake app looks a whole lot better. So i guess my question is why is handbrake so much better with a free app? I paid for roxio and it seems to have more issues. Do i even need roxio anymore?
  2. obsidian1200 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    If you're only doing video conversions from one file format to another, chances are Handbrake will meet all of your needs. However, if you want to burn movies to a disc, copy a software or home movie disc for a backup, or anything else that requires a physical medium, I'd recommend holding on to roxio just in case. Also, in the event you have any odd-ball devices (such as a PSP), I'd recommend holding on to roxio for that purpose as well.

    As to why the quality is so much better on handbrake than roxio, I honestly couldn't say. I definitely agree that Handbrake encodes look much better and take much less time than anything roxio does. Maybe the developers behind Handbrake just put a little more love into their software than roxio :p
  3. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    I have been using the combo of Burn and Handbrake. I find these two apps together cover the functions that I would otherwise find useful in Toast.

    My only issue is that some features of Handbrake require an installation of VLC which I have no other purpose for installing. But, VLC does include some video editing features similar to Toast not covered by Burn and Handbrake if you require those features from Toast.
  4. Jackhan macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    You will love this Handbrake alternative macx dvd ripper, its free as Handbrake, but none open source.
  5. Jack06 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2009
    Burning software?

    Hi Axel,
    What software do you use to burn to dvd? I find the stock 'drag to burn folder' option very slow, and have heard iDVD is even worse?
  6. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    generally I've found that open source projects do a lot better jobs.
    handbrake being one of the best.
  7. axeldtf thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2007
    I have been using Roxio to burn discs. I rarely use the stock drag to burn option. There is a free app called liquid cd which is similar to roxio toast.

    Thanks to everyone for there replies.

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