Free video converter ‘HandBrake 1.0’ finally released

One of the most popular video converters ‘HandBrake’ has finished 13 years in development and its first stable version is now available for download. That’s right, 13 years of development and should be one kind of a record! The development team believes in one day at-a-time approach. In fact many of us even won’t be aware that we had been using the beta version until today.

HandBrake is a cross-platform video converter with powerful features not even seen in paid converters. It supports Intel QuickSync Video H.265/HEVC encoding and comes with several handy presets for quick encoding. It includes support for Passthru of E-AC-3, FLAC, and TrueHD audio formats. Ultra HD / 4K color pass through has been added in this version.

HandBrake 1.0
HandBrake 1.0

Here is list of what’s new in this release.

New Features in HandBrake 1.0


General

– New online documentation at https://handbrake.fr/docs
– Completely overhauled the official presets
– New general use presets for broad compatibility
– New device presets, now more up-to-date for common devices
– New web presets
– New Matroska (MKV) presets, including VP9 video with Opus audio
– Official presets from HandBrake 0.10.x are still available under “Legacy”
– New JSON-based preset system including command line support
– New JSON-based API for interacting with libhb
– Improvements to audio/video sync engine to better handle difficult sources
– Many miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements (over 1700 code commits!)


Video

– VP9 video encoding via libvpx
– Intel QuickSync Video H.265/HEVC encoder
– Requires Intel Skylake or newer CPU
– Ultra HD / 4K color pass through (support for BT.2020)
– Additional standard frame rate selections in the graphical interfaces
– New Auto anamorphic mode maximizes storage resolution, replaces Strict anamorphic mode
– New Pad filter (command line only for now)
– New Decomb/Deinterlace filter settings and improved defaults
– Rotate filter now available in all graphical interfaces
– New NLMeans filter tunes Tape and Sprite for analog tape recordings and vintage video games, respectively
– Assembly optimizations NLMeans filter improve performance up to 10%
– Assembly optimizations in x264 encoder improve performance for faster presets by 5-10%
– x265 encoder quality improvements, especially when using tune grain
– High bit depth encoding support via external shared libraries (video pipeline is still 8-bit 4:2:0)
– x264 10-bit
– x265 10-bit and 12-bit


Audio

– Opus audio encoding/decoding via libopus
– Passthru now supports E-AC-3, FLAC, and TrueHD audio formats


Subtitles

– Improved subtitles rendering for some languages via HarfBuzz
– Miscellaneous subtitles improvements


You can download the latest version of HandBrake from here.

Kiran Kumar
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