Handbrake 1.2.2

HandBrake is a GPL'd multi-platform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter.

12.8 MB
4.5 10 votes

HandBrake was originally available on the BeOS, but now has been ported over to MacOS X and to GNU/Linux.


  • Can encode directly from DVDs (even encrypted ones) or from VIDEO_TS folders
  • Supports AC3, LPCM and MPEG audio tracks
  • Outputs MP4, AVI or OGM files
  • Outputs AAC, MP3 or Vorbis audio
  • Supports 2*pass encoding
  • Supports encoding of two audio tracks
  • Includes a bitrate calculator
  • Supports picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling

What's New:


  • Switched core decoding library from Libav to FFmpeg
  • Fixes numerous sources previously unreadable or otherwise broken
  • Facilitates a number of the improvements and features in this release and planned for the future
  • Removed deprecated Legacy presets
  • See the list of compatible replacements on GitHub
  • Updated official presets to use stereo instead of DPL2 mixdown
  • Avoids potential spatial positioning issues with the current DPL2 algorithm and wide pans in source material
  • Limited in impact since DPL2 decoding has not been in widespread use for years
  • Updated official presets descriptions to revise compatibility and mention recently released devices
  • Updated official presets to rename Fire TV to Amazon Fire
  • Added Amazon Fire 720p30 and Chromecast 1080p60 presets
  • Added {creation-date} and {creation-time} to automatic file naming


  • Fixed an issue decoding Blu-ray titles where the aspect ratio is unknown (assume 16:9)
  • Fixed an issue encoding video with very short frame durations (less than 0.00285s or greater than 350 FPS)
  • Improved extradata handling to accommodate all codecs
  • Added support for decoding TIFF/LZMA video


  • Fixed potential decoding issue for audio lacking an explicit channel layout (intelligently guess the layout)
  • Fixed a potential crash during audio probe
  • Improved resampling to allow dithering for all codecs (only where necessary)
  • Improved quality of the default AAC encoder on non-Mac platforms (FFmpeg AAC), no longer experimental
  • Improved bit rate constraints to allow Opus as low as 6 kbit/s per channel
  • Added support for up to 7.1 channel AAC encoding (note that FDK AAC/HE-AAC do not support 6.1)
  • Added support for E-AC3 audio in MP4 container
  • Added Speex audio decoder


  • Fixed a potential crash where an SRT file cannot be opened
  • Added support for SRT files using periods instead of commas to delineate fractions

Command Line Interface

  • Fixed inability to override preset subtitles burn setting (native and none are now valid values for --subtitle-burned)

Build system

  • Fixed Linux packaging with an out-of-tree build directory
  • Fixed Windows graphical interface build script signing tool location
  • Removed --enable-local-* and associated contrib libraries; please see the documentationfor dependencies help
  • Updated to mingw-w64-build 4.1.0 with gcc 7.3.0, continuous output (keep alive), and miscellaneous improvements
  • Improved support for building with Xcode 10
  • Improved support for building on FreeBSD 11, 12, and 13
  • Improved Flatpak packaging for Linux (numerous fixes and improvements, no longer experimental)
  • Improved configure.py to always use the Python executable found by configure
  • Added script for creating Flatpak manifests
  • Added support for selecting a compiler via the CC environment variable
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

Third-party libraries

  • Removed libraries
  • Libav 12.3 (decoding and filters)
  • yasm 1.3.0
  • Updated libraries
  • libopus 1.3 (Opus audio encoding)
  • x264 157 r2935 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
  • x265 2.9 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
  • New libraries
  • FFmpeg 4.1 (decoding and filters)
  • liblzma (xz) 5.2.4 (LZMA video decoding, e.g. TIFF)
  • libspeex 1.2.0 (Speex audio decoding)


  • Fixed Blu-ray title name being set to device name (e.g. sr0) when scanning raw devices
  • Fixed Blu-ray default destination file names to no longer include MPLS number
  • Fixed an issue with queue state not being updated properly on reload
  • Fixed various issues importing presets
  • Updated most translations
  • Added initial support for GTK 4
  • Added ability to customize activity window font size and increased default from 7 to 8
  • Added destination overwrite protection (append number to file name on conflict)
  • Added {source-path} to automatic path setting
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


  • HandBrake now requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
  • Removed preferences option to show the advanced tab (deprecated and slated for removal)
  • Fixed minor display issues on macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • Fixed queue toolbar icon not updating
  • Removed Growl in favor of native system notifications
  • Updated Sparkle automatic update library
  • Improved handling of invalid presets
  • Improved layout to better support localization
  • Improved preview border alignment on high density displays
  • Improved automatic naming to avoid updating when unrelated settings change
  • Improved criteria for showing destination overwrite warnings
  • Improved stop encoding confirmation dialog
  • Improved notifications to no longer play sounds when alerts are disabled
  • Added initial localization support and German translation
  • Added initial support for VideoToolbox hardware-accelerated encoding
  • Added support for Dark Mode on macOS 10.14 Mojave (new Dark Mode toolbar icons require building with Xcode 10 on Mojave)
  • Added Touch Bar support to various windows and dialogs
  • Added Finder progress bar to files currently encoding
  • Added Show Source in Finder to queue contextual menu (renamed Show in Finder to Show Destination in Finder)
  • Added validation for custom filter parameters
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


  • HandBrake now requires .NET Framework 4.7.1 or later (installer offers download if missing)
  • Fixed mixdown selection where the specified mixdown in the selected preset is not available
  • Fixed audio sample rate of 48 kHz being selected where Auto was the specified behaviour
  • Removed preferences option to show the advanced tab (deprecated and slated for removal)
  • Removed options menu from queue in favour of contextual menu
  • Improved layout to better support localization
  • Improved error handling when adding items to the queue
  • Improved multi-instance queue recovery to avoid loading queue files from the wrong instance
  • Improved filters layout and controls
  • Improved video quality slider by allowing it to grow with window size and setting x264/x265 granularity to 0.5
  • Improved SRT import default browse location (open source video location)
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts by making Ctrl-S open the destination save dialog (start encode is now Ctrl-E)
  • Added additional keyboard shortcuts for various actions
  • Added initial localization support and German translation
  • Added support for AMD VCE and Nvidia NVENC hardware-accelerated encoders
  • Added automatic queue archiving and option to select an archived queue for recovery (archives are removed after 7 days)
  • Added support for recovering specific queue files on start using --recover-queue-ids=
  • Added additional controls to passthru audio tracks to configure audio fallback parameters
  • Added ability to drag and drop SRT subtitles files onto the main window
  • Added option to disable preview image on summary tab
  • Added option to disable checking for update on start in portable mode
  • Added stop encoding confirmation dialog
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

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