HandBrake 0.9.6 released and PPA installation instructions included

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HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

Handbrake features

Supported Sources:

Most common multimedia files that libavformat and libavcodec support.
Any DVD or Bluray-like source which is NOT copy-protected. (removal of copy protection is not supported)


File format: MP4(M4V) and MKV
Video: MPEG-4(ffmpeg), H.264(x264), or Theora(libtheora)
Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC (OS X Only), MP3, or Vorbis. AC-3 pass-through, DTS pass-thorugh (MKV only)

Misc features:

Chapter selection, Chapter Markers
Vobsub and Closed Captions
SRT import and passthru
SSA passthru or burn-in (experimental)
Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
Video: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Cropping and scaling
Live Video Preivew

What is new in 0.9.6


-> Video:

updated libx264 (revision 2146)
MPEG-2 encoder (from libavcodec)
advanced options support for libavcodec encoders format: option1=value1:option2=value2

-bf 2 -trellis 2 becomes bf=2:trellis=2

-> Audio:

audio gain control (increase/decrease audio volume)

updated libogg (1.3.0) and libvorbis (aoTuV b6.03)
new AAC encoder (from libavcodec) (considered experimental) (supported mixdowns: Mono/Stereo/Dolby?, 5.1 will come later) (should be on par with faac in terms of quality, sometimes better)
FLAC encoder (16-bit, MKV container only)

Mac OS X: HE-AAC encoding support, via Core Audio

quality-based variable bitrate encoding support works with: Lame MP3, Vorbis, Core Audio AAC only implemented in CLI and Linux GUI

AC3 encoder: set Dolby Surround flag in stream parameters when mixdown is Dolby Surround or Pro Logic II

-> Audio Passthru:

DTS Passthru to MP4 container (in addition to MKV) (supported by e.g. VLC, MPlayer)
DTS-HD Passthru (MP4, MKV containers)
MP3 Passthru (MP4, MKV containers)
AAC Passthru (MP4, MKV containers) (known issue: Magic Cookie not passed through from MPEG Program/Transport? streams,

which will break playback in e.g. QuickTime Player)

Auto Passthru: one encoder, multiple codecs lets you define allowed codecs (from supported passthru codecs) lets you pick a fallback encoder if passthru is not possible


start MKV clusters with a video keyframe whenever possible should improve seeking and DLNA streaming

bug fix: use ISO 639-2 bibliographic form for MKV language codes
bug fix: fix crash due to division by zero in MP4 muxer
bug fix: fix muxing of Closed Captions. Improper interleaving broke playback on some players


-> Video:

updated libav* libraries from Libav ( http://libav.org/) (v0.7-1696-gcae4f4b, late October 2011) frame-based multithreading for H.264, VP8 10-bit decoding support for H.264, DNxHD Apple ProRes? decoding support
improved average framerate detection
duplicate frame detection for improved frame drop decision (CFR/PFR)
new Same as source, Constant Framerate option for devices that don't support variable framerate automatically picks a constant framerate closest to the detected average framerate

bug fix: fix problem when resolution changes in the middle of a video stream

-> Audio:

Blu-ray: make TrueHD, DTS-HD and E-AC3 Secondary Audio streams available for decoding and/or passthrough

bug fix: libavcodec-decoded streams can now be decoded multiple times

previously, multiple decodes of the same source tracks weren't possible and audio output tracks had to be dropped

bug fix: fix audio screech at beginning of some audio tracks when decoding AC3
bug fix: fix DTS decoder audio volume (was too low)
bug fix: garbled audio when decoding DTS-HD audio from MKV containers
bug fix: fix support for DTS-HD High Resolution Audio in MPEG Transport streams

-> Subtitles:

updated libass (0.10.0)
improved handling of subtitles with overlapping timestamps
improved handling of DVD subtitles without Stop Display commands
SSA subtitles are now passed through to MKV without conversion to SRT/UTF-8

bug fix: fix rendering problem with SSA subtitles when no font is embedded in the source video


improved MPEG Program/Transport? stream support support for MPEG-1 Program streams support for HD-DVD EVOB streams improved handling of Transport streams that have no PCR
WTV container support (via libavformat)

bug fix: files with more than 20 tracks (video, audio, subtitles etc.) are now supported
bug fix: some QuickTime MOV files were misdirected as MPEG Transport streams
bug fix: fix detection of TrueType? font attachments that don't have the correct MIME type


new, much improved decomb filter (but slower) new settings are default old settings become decomb "Fast"


improved "Normal" preset (much faster, similar file size and quality)
removed obsolete legacy presets
added new device presets for Android phones/tablets recent and/or powerful devices recommended

Mac OS X:

-> DVD decryption:

VLC 2.x or later will not work for DVD decryption and is therefore unsupported as of HandBrake 0.9.6
libdvdcss is now the preferred method for DVD decryption already works with HandBrake 0.9.5 a .pkg installer is available from Videolan: http://download.videolan.org/libdvdcss/last/macosx/

-> Build system:

support for Xcode 4 and Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion"
Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" no longer supported


-> OS X 10.7 Lion support:

bug fix: Live Preview window widgets updated to work under Lion
bug fix: fixed positioning of widgets in the Audio panel under Lion

-> Other:

wider main window providing more room for various widgets

Windows GUI:

-> Preview window:

complete redesign
support for VLC or the system default video player
dropped built-in QuickTime playback support

-> Other:

much improved control over the default audio and subtitle tracks selected (see Options)
ability to set the minimal title length that will show up during a scan (see Options)
several other usability improvements
installer now has a silent option for easier network installs (launch the installer with /S)

Linux GUI:

-> Audio panel:

new advanced audio options section for gain and audio track names
dynamic range compression and samplerate moved to advanced audio options

-> Other:

minor UI tweaks and usability enhancements


Target Size is gone, and isn't coming back Don't bother complaining on the forums

CLI: support for x264 presets, tunes and profiles new --x264-preset, --x264-tune and --x264-profile options

DVD: fix issues with some discs
DVD: improved main feature detection

updated libbluray (0.0.1-pre-213-ga869da8, late May 2011)

Install HandBrake 0.9.6 in ubuntu

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk


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