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HandBrake 1.7.3

All platforms
Fixed formatting leading zeros for timestamps in logs
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Fixed an issue that could potentially cause incorrect detection of source FPS value (#5677)
Fixed tx3g to SSA subtitles conversion
Fixed the "All Files" open file dialog filter to really show all files
Fixed an issue where adding a new default audio track automatically set the gain to -20 dB
Fixed a regression introduced in HandBrake 1.7.2 by the workaround for VideoToolbox crashes on Sonoma
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Improved security hardening of loading of DLL files within libhb by limiting search scope (#5724)
Improved keyboard navigation on Chapters tab (#5679)
Fixed an issue that could cause encodes to appear stalled when process isolation is turned on
Fixed an issue that could prevent QSV decode from being used when a system also has a non-Intel GPU
Fixed an issue where the drive label was not always correctly detected (#5711)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.7.2

Improved automatic selection of Dolby Vision Level
Fixed an issue in AMD VCN, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, NVIDIA NVENC, and VP9 encoders that could cause the creation of an excessive number of keyframes (#5530)
Fixed unintentional automatic pass through of closed caption side data when using NVIDIA NVENC encoder
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Improved performance by removing duplicate graphic assets and reducing file size
Fixed Flatpak file chooser opening home directory instead of the previously selected directory
Fixed last item in the queue sometimes having the wrong destination path
Fixed some memory leaks in the graphical interface
Added a workaround to prevent a system crash when using VideoToolbox encoders with macOS 14 Sonoma on Apple Silicon Ultra
Added a workaround to prevent issues decoding H.264 video by disabling VideoToolbox hardware decoding for Level 6.1 and 6.2
Fixed a crash opening an empty folder
Added Automation Properties to some controls on the audio tab to assist screen readers
Fixed NVIDIA NVDEC option being ignored (#5569)
Fixed startup crash related to theme loading (#5567)
Fixed subtitle language order not being honoured (#5590)

HandBrake 1.7.1

Fixed Decomb filter producing corrupted frames with 10-bit depth or higher source (#5518)
Fixed a potential crash when using the Comb Detect filter on an RGB source
Fixed Intel QSV devices enumeration where devices from other vendors are present (#5317, #5177)
Fixed an issue opening EyeTV sources (#5514)

HandBrake 1.7.0

Added Apple VideoToolbox hardware presets
Updated Creator presets
Disabled interlacing detection and removal; assume creators are working with progressive sources by default
Updated Social presets
Target higher quality and frame rate over shorter durations, without interlacing detection and removal
Better suited for modern social sharing of short live action clips and screen/game captures
Removed Email presets in favor of revised Social presets
Please stop sending videos via email or use the new Social presets
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Added AMD VCN AV1 encoder
Added NVIDIA NVENC AV1 encoder
Added support for SVT-AV1 multi-pass ABR mode
Added support for preserving ambient viewing enviroment metadata
Added QSV Rotate and Format filters
Improved performance on arm64 / aarch64 / Apple Silicon architectures
Latest FFmpeg provides faster HEVC decoding, 30% faster bwdif filter
New SVT-AV1 assembly optimizations provide up to 4x increase in performance
Improved video conversion speed by removing unneeded frame copies for better memory efficiency
Improved Dolby Vision dynamic range metadata pass through
Supported encoders: x265 10-bit
Supported profiles and cross-compatibility IDs: 8.4, 8.1, 7.6 (base layer only, converted to 8.1), 5.0
Improved HDR10+ dynamic range metadata pass through
Supported encoders: x265 10-bit, SVT-AV1
Improved QSV support on Linux (#4958)
Updated NVENC to not use multi-pass by default; user configurable advanced option
Renamed 2-pass encode option to multi-pass (#5019)
Fixed Intel QSV encoder outputting green video in some cases (#4842, #4876)
Fixed pixel format conversion slightly altering colors when using a 10-bit hardware encoder (#5011)
Fixed scan failures by using swscale instead of zscale when source resolution is not mod 2
Fixed incorrect PAR when reading from an anamorphic AV1 video track
Removed an artificial bitrate limit on VP9 CQ mode
Command line interface
Renamed --two-pass to --multi-pass and --no-two-pass to --no-multi-pass, removed -2 (#5019)
Fixed automatic cropping enabled despite using preset with cropping disabled (#5055)
Fixed low volume level when downmixing ac3 and eac3
Fixed left-only and right-only mono mixdowns (#3533, #5054)
Fixed locale settings potentially causing incorrect decimal separator in SSA headers
Fixed a potential issue affecting zero-duration subtitles
Build system
Added Meson build system for the Linux GUI
Third-party libraries
New libraries
libdovi 3.2.0 (Dolby Vision dynamic range metadata)
Updated libraries
AMF 1.4.30 (AMD VCN video encoding)
FFmpeg 6.1 (decoding and filters)
FreeType 2.13.2 (subtitles)
Fribidi 1.0.13 (subtitles)
HarfBuzz 8.2.2 (subtitles)
libass 0.17.1 (subtitles)
libdav1d 1.3.0 (AV1 video decoding)
liblzma (xz) 5.4.5 (LZMA video decoding, e.g. TIFF)
libopus 1.4 (Opus audio encoding)
libjpeg-turbo 3.0.1 (preview image compression)
libvpx 1.13.1 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
libxml 2.11.5 (general)
oneVPL 2023.3.1 (Intel QSV video encoding/decoding)
SVT-AV1 1.7 (AV1 video encoding)
x264 164 r3107 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
x265 r12776 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
zimg 3.0.5 (color conversion)
zlib 1.3 (general)
Added drag and drop support for video scanning
Added support for native file choosers via xdg-desktop-portal
Added Queue > Add All menu option
Added XML chapter import and export
Added bit depth and HDR information to video summary
Added option to pause encoding when switching to battery power or when power save mode is activated
Added automatic file naming options: {codec} {bit-depth} {width} {height} {modification-date} {modification-time}
Updated Queue, Activity, and Presets windows to no longer float on top of the main window
Updated existing translations
Removed obsolete update checker
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Added support for drag and drop of multiple files at once
Added support for selecting multiple files at once in the Open Source dialog
Added support for recursive folder scanning in the Open Source dialog
Added support for VideoToolbox H.265/HEVC, H.264/AVC, ProRes, and VP9 hardware decoders on macOS 13 and later
Enable/disable in the Preferences > Advanced tab always or full path only
Using hardware decoders on modern devices may decrease CPU usage and thus speed up some filters and encoding
Added GPU accelerated Crop & Scale, Rotate, Pad, Yadif, Bwdif, Chroma Smooth, Unsharp, Lasharp, Grayscale filters
Added "Same as source" destination option that automatically sets the destination path to the source path
Improved SVT-AV1 encoding performance by up to 4x on Apple Silicon Macs
Improved automatic file naming Preferences UI and added new options: {width} {height} {quality_type} {encoder_bit_depth} {modification-time} {modification-date} {codec} {encoder} {encoder_bit_depth} {preset}
Improved handling of security scoped bookmarks
Fixed Chroma Smooth tune options
Fixed Deblock Filter custom string field
Fixed an issue that prevented the VideoToolbox "speed" preset from being used
Fixed the file size display on the queue statistics window when file size info is not available
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Added new translations
Korean (한국어)
Bulgarian (Български)
Updated existing translations
Added support for drag and drop of multiple files at once
Added support for selecting multiple files at once in the Open Source dialog
Added support for recursive folder scanning in the Open Source dialog
Enable/disable in Preferences > Advanced
Added support for excluding file extensions when opening files in batch mode
Default exclusions are common image, subtitles, and text file extensions; edit list in Preferences > Advanced
Improved Preview window native video playback to support most containers and codecs
Modern codec support requires Microsoft Codec Packs from the Microsoft Store
Improved automatic file naming Preferences UI and added new options: {width} {height} {quality_type} {encoder_bit_depth} {modification-time} {modification-date} {encoder} {encoder_bit_depth} {preset}
Improved Queue window UI to optionally show additional status information on the left progress panel
Improved Presets panel
Manage Presets button replaced with a menu of discrete options for quicker access to functionality
Added an option to display the description for the selected preset
Added the ability to clone a preset (create a new preset based on an existing one)
Improved Add Selection window to make sorting feature more discoverable
Improved Process Isolation reliability
Fixed automatic file naming when using physical drive sources (#4859)
Fixed Title Specific Scan for physical drive sources (#4921)
Fixed an potential issue that could cause an unmodified preset to display as "modified" (#4909, #4908)
Fixed an potential issue where changes to queue order were not retained (#4922)
Fixed an Audio tab issue where using a non-fallback encoder could lead to duplicated tracks (#5012)
Fixed an issue where swapping graphics cards might cause hardware presets to be incorrectly shown as disabled
Fixed a potential crash on startup related to Windows Notifications Service failures (#5097)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Added new translations
Czech (česky) (partially complete)
Greek (Ελληνικά) (partially complete)
Estonian (Eesti) (partially complete)
Basque (Euskara)
Finnish (Suomi) (partially complete)
Updated existing translations

HandBrake 1.6.1

All platforms
Fixed a potential decoder issue that could cause desync with audio (#4788, #4789)
Command line interface
Fixed inability to name external subtitles tracks using --subname
Fixed behavior of quality slider when changing encoders
Fixed translations missing updates as part of 1.6.0 (#4790)
Bulgarian (Български)
Corsican (Corsu)
Dutch (Nederlands)
German (Deutsch)
Spanish (Español)
Fixed (partially) Intel QSV hardware detection (#4768)
Fixed a potential crash when canceling an Intel QSV encode (#4341)
Fixed building with -Werror=format-security by adding missing format strings where needed
Fixed quality slider not allowing negative values for encoders supporting them
Fixed issues upgrading presets from older versions (#4820)
Fixed a potential graphical interface hang when stopping the queue (#4782)
Fixed optical disc drives on the source selection pane not scanning correctly (#4771)
Fixed erroneous display of 2-pass check box for Intel QSV AV1 encoder (not yet supported) (#4777)
Fixed a build configuration issue that broke version 1.6.0 for Windows on arm64
Fixed an issue that prevented NVDEC from being available
Fixed passthru audio erroneously falling back to encoding (#4795)
Fixed the Save New Preset button incorrectly overwriting recently added presets (#4804)

HandBrake 1.6.0

All platforms
Added AV1 video encoding
Added high bit depth and color depth support to various encoders and filters
Added 4K AV1 General, QSV (Hardware), and MKV (Matroska) presets
Added 4K HEVC General presets and updated related presets to use similar encoder settings
Revised Web presets and renamed to Creator, Email, and Social
Removed VP8 presets
The VP8 video encoder is now deprecated and will be removed in a future release
Related, the Theora encoder is long deprecated and will be removed in a future release
Miscellaneous other preset revisions
Added SVT-AV1 (software) and Intel QSV AV1 (hardware) video encoders
Added VP9 10-bit encoder
Added NVENC HEVC 10-bit encoder
Added VCN HEVC 10-bit encoder
Added H.264 levels 6, 6.1, and 6.2 for the x264 encoder
Added H.264/H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 profiles for the x264 and x265 encoders
Added H.265 4:2:2 profile for VideoToolbox encoder on Apple Silicon
Added support for Intel Deep Link Hyper Encode (leverage multiple QSV media engines to increase performance)
Fixed longstanding issue where slowest NVENC encoder preset caused encoding failures
Removed support for Intel CPUs older than 6th generation (Skylake) when using Intel Quick Sync Video
Added Bwdif deinterlace filter
Improved Autocrop filter algorithm
Higher accuracy on mixed aspect ratio content, e.g. both letterbox and full frame pictures
Improved video scaling performance on Apple Silicon and ARM-based systems
Use zscale (zimg) by default, falling back to swscale where necessary
Improved multithread performance (slightly) for the following filters on high core count systems
Comb Detect
Updated the following filters to support higher than 8-bit content and 4:2:2/4:4:4 chroma subsampling
Comb Detect
Chroma Smooth
Build system
Added support for building for OpenBSD
Added --cpu configure parameter to enable building for native CPU architecture
Added --lto configure parameter to enable link time optimization
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Third-party libraries
Updated libraries
AMF 1.4.24 (AMD VCN encoding)
FFmpeg 5.1.2 (decoding and filters)
FreeType 2.12.1 (subtitles)
Fribidi 1.0.12 (subtitles)
HarfBuzz 4.4.1 (subtitles)
libass 0.16.0 (subtitles)
libbluray 1.3.4 (Blu-ray decoding)
libdav1d 1.0.0 (AV1 decoding)
libdvdread 6.1.3 (DVD decoding)
liblzma (xz) 5.2.6 (LZMA video decoding, e.g. TIFF)
libjpeg-turbo 2.1.4 (preview image compression)
libspeex 1.2.1 (Speex audio decoding)
libvpx 1.12.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
libxml 2.10.3 (general)
oneVPL 2023.1.0 (Intel QSV encoding/decoding)
x264 164 r3100 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
x265 r12747 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
zimg 3.0.4 (color conversion)
New libraries
SVT-AV1 1.4.1 (AV1 encoding)
Added many quality of life improvements contributed by community members
Improved parity with the Mac and Windows graphical interfaces
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Updated translations
Added new translations
Bulgarian (Български)
Finnish (Suomi)
Georgian (ქართული)
Added Quick Look support to the queue
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Updated translations
Added Japanese translation
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Updated all translations
Added new translations
Bulgarian (Български)
Dutch (Nederlands)
Polish (Polski)

HandBrake 1.5.1

This is a rebuild of HandBrake 1.5.0 with no functional changes.

Build system
Fixed an issue with the source tarball that broke Flathub Builds.
The Windows UI is now .NET 6.0 only. (.NET 5.0 is no longer additionally required)

HandBrake 1.5.0

All platforms
Fixed an issue on older Intel CPUs causing the CLI to fail to initialize (#3924)
Updated video engine to preserve chroma sample location information
Updated Intel Quick Sync to use the Intel oneAPI Video Processing Library (oneVPL)
Fixed MP2 audio sources not utilizing the fallback encoder when pass through is disabled (#3863)
Fixed FFmpeg AAC audio encoder quality mode scale range (#1295)
Fixed an issue with captions pass through durations (#3764)
Build system
Fixed multiple potential race conditions in Flatpak build process
Updated mac-toolchain-build script with newer tool versions
Third-party libraries
Updated libraries
FFmpeg 4.4.1 (decoding and filters)
FreeType 2.11.1 (subtitles)
Fribidi 1.0.11 (subtitles)
HarfBuzz 3.1.2 (subtitles)
Jansson 2.14 (JSON architecture)
libass 0.15.2 (subtitles)
libdav1d 0.9.2 (AV1 decoding)
libjpeg-turbo 2.1.2 (preview image compression)
libogg 1.3.5 (Xiph codecs support)
libvpx 1.11.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
zimg 3.0.3 (color conversion)
Fixed a filter settings issue that resulted in incorrect filters being added to jobs (#3910)
Updated Intel QSV Flatpak plugin to use Intel MediaSDK 21.3.5
Updated Flatpak dependencies
Freedesktop Platform 21.08
Added Corsican (Corsu) translation
Updated translations
Simplified Chinese (简体中文)
Dutch (Nederlands)
French (Français)
Korean (한국어)
Spanish (Español)
Swedish (Svenska)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Requires macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later
Fixed potential issues where encoding process could get stuck on efficiency cores in some cases
Fixed an issue with automatic naming not applying correctly
Fixed main window not being shown upon editing a job in the queue
Updated queue statistics tab to include average encoding speed and percent of original file size
Added "Move to top" and "Move to bottom" to the queue context menu
Added a stop breakpoint to the queue, set when stop after job is selected and may be reordered (#2572)
Added native support for the VideoToolbox API, enabling advanced features such as frame multi-pass, mastering display and content light metadata, and chroma location; the previous implementation via FFmpeg's libavcodec has been removed
Added Corsican (Corsu) translation
Updated translations
Simplified Chinese (简体中文)
French (Français)
German (Deutsch)
Italian (Italiano)
Portuguese (Português)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Requires Windows 10 or later and Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 6.0.0 or later
Fixed a potential crash when encoding using Intel QSV in 2-pass mode (#4026)
Fixed potential issues where encoding process could get stuck on efficiency cores in some cases
Fixed an issue with static preview not updating when switching between automatic and custom cropping modes (#3911)
Updated the toolbar preset dropdown to an overlay panel that utilizes a tree view which saves state
Updated UI with various improvements to layout, typography, and cosmetics
Updated queue statistics tab to include average encoding speed and content information
Updated automatic naming file format placeholders to be live options
Updated Send File To preference to set HB_SOURCE, HB_DESTINATION, and HB_EXIT_CODE environment variables, which can be used instead of arguments
Added new exit_code parameter to Send File To preference
Added "Move to top" and "Move to bottom" to the queue context menu
Added a stop breakpoint to the queue, set when stop after job is selected and may be reordered (#2572)
Added support for Windows 10/11 notifications, enable in Preferences > When Done
Added support for Right to Left UI rendering for languages that require it. This can be set in preferences
Added Traditional Chinese (正體中文) translation
Updated translations
Simplified Chinese (简体中文) - includes fix for access keys in menus
Corsican (Corsu)
German (Deutsch)
Italian (Italiano)
Japanese (日本語)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.4.2

All platforms
Improvements and fixes around colour bit-depth handling.
Fixed various issues where incorrect colour information could be written during muxing.
Hardware Encoding
Fixed corrupted video output when decoding HDR10 content with QuickSync
Fixed a slight subtitle colour shift issue when using libass
Fixed a build system errors that could cause failures linking libbluray
Fixed incorrect documentation URL
Fixed a possible crash that can occur when applying a malformed preset.
Added "Preset" used to the Queue summary tab.
Added "Save New Preset" to the preset menu, and toolbar preset dropdown to make it easier to find. (#3783)
Added category headers to the presets menu when using the flat display mode.
Changed the log filename format back to start with the destination filename as it did with 1.3 (#3740)
Changed tab selection behaviour on queue when changing jobs. it will no longer reset to the first tab. (#3813)
Fixed a minor UI juddering effect on the queue task list when jobs start or finish (#3813)
Fixed calculation errors when using padding on the dimensions tab (#3802)
Fixed an issue where static preview wasn't live-updating when changes occurred (#3803)
Fixed a crash on the Audio Defaults screen whilst trying to add Tracks (#3785)
Fixed incorrect taskbar icon state when running multiple encodes (#3791)
Fixed an issue where "None" resolution limit was not honoured (#3872)
Fixed an issue with preset export. VideoTune was not written correctly (#3829)

HandBrake 1.4.1

All platforms
Fixed a crash when using "Align AV" on Intel based systems. (#3683)
Fixed a crash when reading certain DVD's with missing VOB files
Hardware Encoding
Fixed an issue with QuickSync accelerated Crop/Scale generating incorrect aspect ratios (#3236)
Fixed a crash after a subtitle scan when using the QuickSync encoder. (#3741)
Backport some libass patches which should correct some issues with font and font-weight selections. (#3736)
Fixed an issue that could prevent 3rd party software handling HandBrake files with dvb subtitles.
Command line interface
Fixed a regression that prevented upscaling when using -w and -h (#3746)
Added: flatpak permission to show bookmarks in file dialogs (#3748)
Fix an issue where the Quality Slider was being ignored when using the VideoToolbox encoder. (#3751)
Fixed an issue where incompatible hardware presets could be selected.
Windows UI builds are now available for ARM64 devices. (Named arm64 or aarch64 in the download section)
Added upgrade notices to the installer welcome page advising of .NET Desktop Runtime 5 requirements and to complete existing queue. (#3693)
Added support for software rendering which can be enabled to workaround issues with Variable Refresh Rate and 3rd party software causing rendering corruption (#3755)
Added a new preference to define how the preset toolbar button renders the preset list. (#3697)
Fixed a crash which would prevent all user settings from loading in some circumstances.
Fixed "Reset Settings" button in preferences. Certain settings were not reset correctly. (#3726)
Fixed issues with the built-in updater that may cause it to fail to run the installer if the app was not running as admin.
Fixed an issue that required and app restart to apply changes to the max simultaneous encodes setting.
Fixed an issue with Audio Defaults fallback encoder quality/bitrate/mixdown settings would not display correct values (#3739)
Fixed an with QSV multi-instance support where multiple Intel GPU's are used.

HandBrake 1.4.0

All platforms
The HandBrake engine is now 10 and 12bit capable. Please note that not all filters support 10 and 12 bits. Using an 8bit filter will cause the pipeline to run at 8bit. Please see the documentation for more information.
HDR10 metadata will be passed through from the source file if present.
Static Previews that are generated during file scans are now stored in compressed jpeg format (previously stored as YUV420). Temporary disk space usage and disk writes are massively reduced. This uses libjpeg-turbo
New Filter: Chroma Smooth
New Filter: Colourspace Selection.
New Filter: Support for QuickSync hardware accelerated Crop/Scale when using full path.
Hardware Encoding
New Encoder: Media Foundation
For Windows based ARM64 devices powered by Qualcomm Chipsets.
Updates to the AMD VCN encoder:
Quality tuning for VCN's constrained vbr rate control mode. Results are the same or better than cqp mode, and bit rate is much more predictable.
Included optimised H265 presets for 1080p and 4K content.
Updates to the Intel QuickSync encoder:
Minor performance improvement by skipping VFR and Crop/Scale filters when they are not required.
Overhauled memory management including improved zero-copy support where software filters are not used which should also improve performance.
MP2 Audio Passthru support.
New General purpose subtitle decoder
Added support for DVB Subtitles (Passthru and Burn-In)
Added support for EIA608 Closed Captions.
Replaced current decoders for PGS, SRT and SSA with those in ffmpeg. This should correct a number of rendering issues on Burn-In
Reduced default CC burn-in font-size.
Third-party libraries
The following 3rd party libraries have changed:
ffmpeg 4.4
AMF 1.4.18 (AMD VCN encoding)
nv-codec-headers (Nvidia NVENC encoding)
libmfx 1.34
freetype 2.10.4
fribidi 1.0.10
harfbuzz 2.8.1
jansson 2.13.1
libass 0.15.1
libbluray 1.3.0
libdvdnav 6.1.1
libdvdread 6.1.1
dav1d 0.9.0
libvorbis 1.3.7
libvpx 1.10.0
x264 161 r3043
x265 3.5
zimg and libjpeg-turbo are new dependencies.
General UI Updates (Applies to Windows, macOS and Linux)
The "Dimensions" tab has been redesigned.
The Rotate and Flip filter has been moved from the filters tab.
Added support for padding
Added support to control the resolution limit.
Added limited support for upscaling
Minor usability tweaks and fixes.
Updated translations (levels of completeness vary)
Support for Apple Silicon (macOS only)
Support for running multiple simultaneous jobs.
Support eyetv packages with .ts enclosed media file
Improved UI navigation
Added two menu items to quickly switch between titles
Improved undo/redo support
Drag & drop import/export support in the presets popover
Preference Updates:
Added a preference to control whether the current edited preset should be re-applied when changing title
Improved Security Scoped Bookmarks management
Minor improvements and fixes for macOS 11
Updated Sparkle Updater library.
Updated translations (levels of completeness vary)
Please note, the Windows UI now requires "Microsoft .NET 5 Desktop Runtime"
Windows 10 is now the minimum version supported. The app will still run on Windows 7 and 8.1 however you will receive a message noting that it is not supported (twice) after which it will continue to run. Please note some functionality may not work correctly on these older operating systems and no support will be provided.
Process Isolation
When enabled, any encodes that are started are run under a separate "handbrake.worker.exe" process.
This protects the main UI from any crashes that could occur whilst processing a file and allows the queue to continue.
Multiple jobs can be run simultaneously to improve CPU utilisation on high core count systems.
Audio Tab
Minor improvement to the usability of auto-passthru. To prevent confusion, the "auto-passhtru" audio "encoder" option is now only available on the defaults screen and not the main audio tab.
Queue Improvements
Restored lost "Stop" functionality in the new queue design that landed in 1.3.
The legacy preset side panel has been removed. The presets button on the toolbar will now offer a "preset manager" and list the available for selection.
The inline-preset view from 1.3 is now permanent.
Installer Improvements
Existing NSIS installer: Option to create a shortcut for "all users" as the last step.
Preference Updates:
New Auto Name option: Always use the default path for each new source / title selected
"Send File To" Arguments now supports "{source}" and "{destination}" replacement placeholders.
Added a preference to configure the "Pause on Low Battery" feature.
Check for Updates is now "opt-in" for new installs.
UI Performance: Optimisations to allow better performance when handling large sets of files (1000+)
Updated translations (levels of completeness vary)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.3.3

All platforms
Fixed ISO 639-2/B language codes not set correctly in MKV (affects Hebrew, Indonesian, Javanese, and Yiddish) (#2903)
Improved support for sources where pixel format cannot be quickly identified, e.g. due to delayed video track start (#2893)
Added logging to identify where hardware support is disabled
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Improved Intel QSV memory footprint by eliminating a buffer pool (#2675)
Improved Intel QSV H.265 memory buffer size as required by newer Intel Media SDK (#2862)
Fixed and improved Intel QSV in various situations, especially hardware decoding (#873, #2660, #2661, #2829)
Fixed full range video being not being identified as limited range after conversion where filters are used (#2859)
Fixed handling of overlapping SSA import subtitles (791adba)
Improved support for out-of-order SSA subtitles as allowed by specification (#2906)
Command line interface
Fixed --preset failure unless full path is specified, e.g. --preset="Category Name/Preset Name" (#2838)
Build system
Improved Flatpak to better conform to freedesktop metainfo standards
Improved Intel QSV Flatpak plugin build effiency using cmake-ninja
Added a patch to fix cross compiling libdav1d using GCC 10.x (quality of life improvement)
Official HandBrake 1.3.3 Windows release is built using GCC 9.x and is not directly affected by this issue
Third-party libraries
Updated libraries
FFmpeg 4.2.3 (decoding and filters)
Fixed preview layout not displaying properly on OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Fixed incorrect copyright year on About dialog (#2830)
Fixed a crash related to the dark theme (#2816)
Fixed a potential crash related to preview image memory allocation (#2871)
Fixed a potential crash due to certain actions causing no preset being selected (#2875)
Fixed missing E-AC-3 encoder option (#2855)
Fixed hardware encoder support unavailable in portable build (#2832)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


All platforms
Fixed point to point end detection in certain scenarios (#2603)
Improved support for H.265 video in AVI container produced by some security cameras (#2622)
Added logging to identify problematic sources where container and video track pixel aspect ratios differ
Added logging to help debug potential JSON API issues
Fixed color range conversion being applied twice when scaling video (#2561)
Fixed incorrect identification of support for QSV HEVC encoder on older Intel hardware (#2558)
Added logging to identify automatic picture rotation
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Fixed an upstream FFmpeg issue where passing through AAC ADTS audio could produce invalid MKV output in rare cases (error instead) (#2809)
Fixed uninitialized memory in NLMeans prefilter leading to video corruption at bottom of picture (only affects custom settings) (#2576)
Fixed a crash in the Detelecine filter with out of bounds parameters (only affects custom settings) (#2560, #2804)
Fixed burned in subtitles position offset where cropscale filter is not used (#2449)
Command line interface
Fixed subtitles not being selected when specifying --all-subtitles without also specifying a non-empty --subtitle-lang-list
Build system
Fixed building the GTK graphical interface for use on Windows (link ole32)
Updated Flatpak manifest creation script for compatibility with Python 3
Updated Flatpak runtime and numactl library versions, QSV plugin
Improved minimum version dependencies to facilitate building on systems with older automake and pkg-config
Added a workaround for an upstream libdav1d issue affecting installation on FreeBSD (#2662)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Fixed point to point controls not accepting fractional seconds
Fixed updating presets with identical names in different categories
Improved parity with other platforms by allowing removal of preset categories (automatic after last preset in category is removed)
Improved parity with other platforms by showing title and chapter range on the queue summary tab
Fixed selection behavior new track audio mixdown set to DPL2 instead of stereo (#2641)
Fixed queued job failures related to removable drives by resolving security scoped resources as needed (#2566)
Fixed loading preset files with Unicode characters in path (#2427)
Fixed clear queue options to prevent them clearing active jobs (#2587)
Fixed main window status label not always reflecting the true count of queue jobs (#2538)
Fixed failure loading default settings which could cause various issues in the graphical interface (#2549)
Fixed preview images displaying incorrectly in some cases (anamorphic none, flip horizontal) (e9675bb, #2764)
Fixed various issues related to Auto Passthru, including fallback settings (#2619, #2627, #2611)
Fixed exported presets not importing correctly using the Mac graphical interface (#2531)
Fixed pause and resume not working correctly in some cases (#2647)
Fixed display of times greater than 24 hours (estimated time renaming, paused duration) (#2582, #2649)
Fixed various cosmetic issues in the graphical interface (#2645, #2646)
Improved display of long filenames in the queue (#2570)
Improved some UX stress cases related to the queue (#2632)
Improved error message when importing a preset specifying a nonexistent audio encoder (#2638)
Improved audio and subtitle languages behavior to preserve selected languages order where "any" is also selected (#2611)
Improved low disk space preferences and alerts (#2648)
Added a workaround for an upstream .NET issue causing tooltips to not render correctly in some cases (#2630)
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.3.1 Released
Saturday, January 4, 2020

The HandBrake Team is pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 1.3.1. This release focuses on fixing a number of bugs and issues with the 1.3.0 release.

HandBrake 1.3.0 Released
Saturday, November 9, 2019

“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925

The HandBrake Team is pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 1.3.0. This release includes a redesigned queue interface, new presets for the PS4 Pro and Discord, support for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs (without copy protection), AV1 decoding, WebM container support, many new and updated translations, and much more.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Highlights

All platforms
- HandBrake is now translated into many more languages
- Redesigned queue UI
- Removed Windows Mobile presets
- See the list of compatible replacements on GitHub
- Improved log output by silencing many lines at standard log level
- Improved quality of Gmail presets slightly
- Added Playstation 2160p60 4K Surround preset (supports PS4 Pro)
- Added Discord and Discord Nitro presets
- Updated Intel Quick Sync Video to use Direct3D 11 API
- Updated minimum title scan duration to only apply to disc-based sources like Blu-ray and DVD
- Improved detection of MPEG-1 video in program streams
- Improved interface to FFmpeg avfilter and color handling
- Improved Nvidia NVENC constant quality encoding slightly by not setting qmin and qmax
- Replaced pp7 Deblock filter with FFmpeg Deblock filter
- Added support for reading Ultra HD Blu-ray discs (without copy protection)
- Added support for reading AV1 via libdav1d
- Added encoding to WebM container format
- Added Chroma Smooth filter (CLI only)
- Added zero-copy path for Intel QSV encoding removed in a previous release
- Added support for Intel QSV low power encoding (lowpower=1)
- Added support for AMD VCE encoding on Linux via Vulkan
- Added ability to select x265 encoder level and Fast Decode tune
- Updated audio resampling code to use FFmpeg swresample instead of libsamplerate
- Added source audio bit rate to tracks list
- Added ability to select unknown language tracks
- Added automatic track name pass through
- Added ability to import external SSA/ASS subtitles
- Added ability to select unknown language tracks
- Added automatic track name pass through
Command line interface
- Added additional unit aliases to --start-at and --stop-at, notably seconds and frames
Build system
- HandBrake now builds with libnuma on Linux
- Fixed Python bytestrings causing newlines to be ignored in build output
- Fixed Xcode ignoring make jobs parameter and utilizing all CPU cores (macOS only)
- Updated configure to enable most hardware encoders by default where appropriate by platform
- Updated all scripts for compatibility with Python 3
- Updated mac-toolchain-build script with newer tool versions many improvements
- Updated mingw-w64-build script with mingw-w64 6.0.0, GCC 9.2, and many improvements
- Improved compatibility with GCC 9 and recent Clang releases
- Improved compatibility with recent Xcode releases (macOS only)
- Improved host/build semantics
- Improved namespace isolation
- Improved handling of all options passed to configure
- Improved configure help output
- Improved detection of missing executable dependencies during configure
- Added support for building on NetBSD
- Added --harden configure parameter to enable buffer overflow protections
- Added --sandbox configure parameter to enable sandbox build target on macOS
- Added --enable-gtk4 configure parameter to build with GTK 4 instead of GTK 3
- Added summary of build options to configure output
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Third-party libraries
- Removed libraries
- libsamplerate (audio resampling)
- Updated libraries
- AMF 1.4.9 (AMD VCE encoding)
- bzip2 1.0.8 (general)
- FDK AAC 2.0.1 (AAC audio encoding, must compile from source)
- FFmpeg 4.2.1 (decoding and filters)
- FreeType 2.10.1 (subtitles)
- Fribidi 1.0.7 (subtitles)
- HarfBuzz 2.6.4 (subtitles)
- Jansson 2.12 (JSON architecture)
- libbluray 1.1.2 (Blu-ray decoding)
- libdav1d 0.5.1 (AV1 decoding)
- libdvdnav 6.0.1 (DVD decoding)
- libdvdread 6.0.2 (DVD decoding)
- libiconv 1.16 (character encoding support)
- libmfx (Intel QSV support)
- libogg 1.3.4 (Xiph codecs support)
- libopus 1.3.1 (Opus audio encoding)
- libvorbis 1.3.6 (Vorbis audio encoding)
- libvpx 1.8.1 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
- libxml2 2.9.9 (general)
- nv-codec-headers (Nvidia NVENC encoding)
- x265 3.2.1 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
- Fixed slider control not showing complete values
- Updated translations (levels of completeness vary):
- Czech
- Chinese
- French
- German
- Italian
- Japanese
- Korean
- Norwegian
- Russian
- Spanish
- Thai
- Added translations (levels of completeness vary):
- Afrikaans
- Basque
- Croatian
- Dutch
- Polish
- Portuguese
- Romanian
- Slovak
- Swedish
- Turkish
- Ukrainian
- Added Intel QSV support to Flatpak (requires additional plugin installation)
- Added ability to double-click to edit audio track settings
- Added options to open encode log and log directory to actions menu on queue window
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
- HandBrake now requires OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later
- HandBrake is now sandboxed and uses the macOS hardened runtime
- Updated priority for low-priority threads on macOS to avoid potential stalls in future macOS
- Updated translations:
- German
- Added translations:
- French
- Italian
- Russian
- Added preference to disable preview image on summary tab
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
- Improved browse dialog recently used to fallback to parent directory
- Improved preferences layout
- Improved auto naming collision behavior and file overwriting
- Added preference to test selected notification sound
- Added preference to perform when done action immmediately without countdown
- Added preference to disable preview image on summary tab
- Added hardware.enabled option to portable.ini
- Added dark theme for Windows 10
- Added queue import/export removed in a previous release
- Added new low battery level and disk space safety measures
- Encoding jobs automatically pause when battery level is low, system sleep is allowed, and jobs resume when power is restored
- Encoding jobs automatically pause when disk space drops to critical levels
- Added translations (levels of completeness vary):
- French
- German
- Chinese
- Korean
- Russian
- Spanish
- Turkish
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

We've released 1.2.2 to take care of two additional issues.

- The Mac built-in updater should now work correctly for future releases
- The Windows release was throwing an error on first run.

HandBrake 1.2.1 Released
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:22 pm

The HandBrake Team is pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 1.2.1. This patch / bug fix release remedies issues reported with the 1.2.0 release

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.2.0, please also make note of any custom presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Please note, there appears to be an issue with the built-in update checker in the mac version of 1.2.0. You will need to download via the website if your currently using this release. The Windows update checker is not affected.

Release Notes

All platforms


- Fixed potential crashes due to use of uninitialized variables
- Improved minimum duration to only apply to DVD and BD sources
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


- Fixed incorrect video rotation where rotation is explicitly flagged as none
- Fixed yadif deinterlace filter not properly deinterlacing all frames
- Fixed missing frame at the end of encodes from m2ts sources
- Fixed detection of MPEG-1 video in program streams by improving probing of unknown streams
- Fixed decoding of MPEG-1 video in DVD sources
- Fixed Apple VideoToolbox encoding issues related to pyramidal B-frames
- Fixed lapsharp filter corrupting frame edges
- Improved NLMeans performance by reducing number of threads used with CPUs with high logical core counts
- Improved AMD VCE encoding to enable placing key frames at chapter markers
- Improved calculation of final frame duration
- Improved support for BT.2020 color space


- Fixed channel mapping for AAC 5.1 encoding (signal 5.1 Back instead of 5.1 Side which is less compatible)

Command line interface

- Fixed selection of encoders applied to tracks selected with `--all-audio`
- Fixed audio settings where more are specified than exist in the preset
- Fixed overriding audio bit rate set by the preset

Build system

- Fixed libvpx cross compilation with GCC 8 by disabling AVX-512
- Fixed x265 cross compilation with GCC 8
- Updated to mingw-w64-build 4.1.1 with improvements to error reporting and support for sha256sum on systems without shasum
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

Third-party libraries

- Updated libraries
- libmfx (upstream API 1.27)


- Fixed Flatpak icon validation by reducing resolution to pass new restrictions
- Fixed Flatpak accessing gvfs mounted filesystems by adding an additional access permission
- Fixed display of special characters in preset names
- Fixed exporting presets to sanitize system reserved characters
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


- Fixed incorrect file extension when selecting a preset
- Fixed potential user interface hang on macOS 10.12 Sierra
- Fixed potential issue caused by setting work state to done before all threads have closed
- Improved usability of preview controls overlay by increasing its size
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


- Fixed application uninstaller sometimes appearing behind the installer
- Fixed potential crash when loading settings from older HandBrake versions
- Fixed official presets not updating when a newer HandBrake version is installed
- Fixed maximum resolution limit when selecting a preset (source or preset, whichever is smaller)
- Fixed crop and anamorphic settings not being restored when editing a queued job
- Fixed audio and subtitle selection behaviour where any language + first track are selected
- Restored options control on the queue window previously removed in HandBrake 1.2.0
- Improved user interface on displays close to the minimum recommended resolution
- Improved quality of text rendering on the installer for high density displays
- Improved ordering of presets and preset categories
- Improved QSV compatibility with newer Intel drivers by updating libmfx
- Improved removal of small temporary files that could be left behind in certain cases
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.2.0 Released
Saturday, December 22, 2018

“It’s hardware that makes a machine fast. It’s software that makes a fast machine slow.” —Craig Bruce

The HandBrake Team is pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 1.2.0. This release includes improved support for opening sources previously unreadable; new official presets for Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast devices; AMD VCE, Nvidia NVENC, and Apple VideoToolbox hardware-accelerated video encoding; Touch Bar support on macOS; Dark Mode support on macOS 10.14 Mojave; initial localization support on Mac and Windows including German translation; and much more.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Highlights

All platforms
- 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 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

HandBrake 1.1.2 Released
Sunday, September 9, 2018

"A Fallacy of Software: If it works, and we don't change anything, it will keep working." —Jessica Kerr

The HandBrake Team is pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 1.1.2. This patch / bug fix release remedies issues reported with the 1.1.0-1.1.1 releases.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Notes

All platforms
- Fixed Blu-ray title name where reading from raw device
- Improved handling of broken units in Blu-ray source (skip and continue reading)
- Fixed rare crash related to preview images, anamorphic, and default preset values
- Fixed jitter produced by 59.94 fps to 29.97 fps frame rate conversion
- Fixed duration of silence buffers (may improve audio/video sync for some sources)
Build system
- Fixed linker warning by setting libvpx target to minimum supported macOS version
- Fixed build failure with old GTK versions
- Miscellaneous Flatpak-related fixes and improvements
Third-party libraries
- Updated libraries (necessary to pull in needed bug fixes)
- libdvdread 6.0.0 (DVD decoding)
- libdvdnav 6.0.0 (DVD decoding)
- Fixed potential crash where $HOME directory is missing
- Fixed legacy preferences causing preset window being shown at every launch
- Fixed preset name and menu display on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
- Fixed default destination file name for Blu-ray source to not include MPLS number
- Fixed queue reloading in Flatpak sandbox
- Fixed toolbar icons alignment and use correct art for lower pixel density
- Updated most translations
- Fixed menu item and tooltip strings related to selection behavior
- Fixed crash where presets file contains invalid UTF-8
- Fixed incorrect track selection behaviours on audio and subtitle tabs
- Fixed creating an unneeded HandBrake Team directory in the user's Roaming directory
- Improved path handling when opening a source directory from the queue
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.1.1 Released
Monday, June 18, 2018

"To iterate is human, to recurse divine." —L. Peter Deutsch

The HandBrake Team is pleased to announce the release of HandBrake 1.1.1. This patch / bug fix release remedies issues reported with the 1.1.0 release.

We again remind everyone that the HandBrake Website is the only official source for HandBrake. Downloads are not mirrored on any third-party services, excepting the Linux PPA. For more information on downloading and installing HandBrake safely, please read Where to get HandBrake.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Notes

All platforms
- Fixed a potential crash in the comb detection filter
- Fixed a potential crash in the padding filter
- Fixed decoding certain very high bit rate ultra-high definition sources with extra large packets
- Fixed last frame in source video missing in output
- Fixed crash when decoding an empty audio track
Build system
- Updated mac-toolchain-build script Nasm url and improved curl parameters for robustness
Third-party libraries
- Updated libraries (necessary to pull in needed bug fixes)
- libvpx 1.7.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
- x264 155 r2901 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
- Fixed Ubuntu PPA build date
- Fixed a display issue with the quality slider control
- Fixed issues occurring when running multiple HandBrake instances simultaneously
- Updated Russian translation
- Updated support for creating Flatpak bundles (experimental)
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
- Fixed corrupted output with VP8 and VP9 encoders
- Fixed building x264 using Clang and -march=native/-mavx (thanks H. Gramner for the upstream patch)
- Fixed issues with queue recovery when running multiple HandBrake instances simultaneously
- Fixed an issue with a When Done action potentially causing the last queue item to be marked as a warning instead of success
- Fixed burn-in behavior with MP4 files; after the first burn-in track, no additional tracks that require burn-in will be added
- Improved window resize behavior for Add Selection to Queue dialog and allowed space bar to toggle checkbox for selected row
- Improved tabbing behavior in various circumstances
- Improved adding a new preset with the same name as an existing user preset; the existing preset will now be updated properly
- Improved privacy by adding an option to disable the Summary tab preview image
- Updated installer to block installation on 32-bit systems to avoid confusion (unsupported since 1.1.0)
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.1.0 Released
Sunday, April 8, 2018

"To go faster, slow down. Everybody who knows about orbital mechanics understands that." —Scott Cherf

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Notes

All platforms
- Improved user interface
- Redesigned main window for consistency and usability; overall flow is top to bottom, left to right
- Added new preset controls directly in main workflow
- Added new summary tab for overview of settings at a glance
- Updated interface icons to support high resolution displays
- New and improved official presets
- Added new presets for Vimeo and YouTube
- Added new 2160p/4K device presets for Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku
- Added new Production presets for post-production video editing workflows
- Added additional 2160p/4K Matroska presets
- Improved AppleTV 4K support
- Improved Intel QuickSync Video support
- Added Linux support (experimental)
- Added 10-bit H.265/HEVC encoding support for Kaby Lake and newer CPUs
- Added support for multiple GPUs via D3D11 encode path
- Many bug fixes and improvements
- Added new Unsharp and kernel-based Laplacian LapSharp sharpening filters
- Added CSM prefilter option to NLMeans filter
- Added support for mobile device orientation via auto-rotation container flag
- x265 10- and 12-bit encoders are now included by default; additional dll files are no longer required
Command line interface
- Added support for adaptive streaming (SPS and PPS before IDR frames) via the --inline-parameter-sets parameter
- Added --json parameter to output scan/status information in JSON format, useful for scripting
- Audio sample rate parameter --arate now accepts "auto" as a valid value
Build system
- Added support for FreeBSD 11.1 (must compile from source)
- Added support for compiling on Windows under MSYS (experimental, slow)
- Updated to mingw-w64-build 3.1.1 with support for mingw-w64 5.0.3 and gcc 7.2.0
- Update mac-toolchain-build to add NASM 2.13.2 (now required for x264)
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Third-party libraries
- Updated libraries
- FDK AAC 0.1.5 (AAC audio encoding, must compile from source)
- FreeType 2.8.1 (subtitles)
- HarfBuzz 1.7.2 (subtitles)
- Jansson 2.10 (JSON architecture)
- LAME 3.100 (MP3 audio encoding)
- Libav 12.3 (decoding and filters)
- libass 0.14.0 (subtitles)
- libbluray 1.0.2 (Blu-ray decoding)
- libdvdnav 5.0.3 (DVD decoding)
- libdvdread 5.0.3 (DVD decoding)
- libiconv 1.15 (character encoding support)
- libmfx (upstream API 1.23)
- libogg 1.3.2 (Xiph codecs support)
- libopus 1.2.1 (Opus audio encoding)
- libsamplerate 0.1.9-35-g02ebb9f (audio resampling)
- libtheora 1.1.1 (Theora video encoding)
- libvorbis 1.3.5 (Vorbis audio encoding)
- libvpx 1.6.1 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
- libxml2 2.9.4 (general)
- x264 155 r2893 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
- x265 2.6 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
- zlib 1.2.11 (general)
- Added option to configure low disk space warning level
- Added Intel QuickSync Video encoder (experimental, requires specific Intel driver)
- Added support for Ubuntu 18.04 and 17.10; Ubuntu 15.04 support is removed
- Many other bug fixes and improvements
- Added option to configure low disk space warning level
- Improved support for VoiceOver navigation
- Many other bug fixes and improvements
- Added option to configure low disk space warning level
- Added option to play a sound (MP3/WAV) when encode or queue is finished
- Added option to show progress, pass, passcount in the application title or task tray icon tooltip
- Added more granular progress reporting during search for start of file and muxing
- Added support for per-display resolution awareness
- Added support for running HandBrake in a portable mode (see included portable.ini.template)
- Added custom anamorphic to dimensions tab, it's back!
- Improved static preview window still previews rendering
- Improved audio selection behavior controls; dropdowns are now context aware and range limited with better defaults
- Improved UI constency throughout
- Many other bug fixes and improvements

HandBrake 1.0.7
Post by HandBrake » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:25 pm

This patch release contains bug fixes for issues affecting previous releases, and includes all new features and improvements available in HandBrake 1.0.0.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our bugs forum or GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Versions 1.0.4 -> 1.0.6 were skipped due to issues with our build process.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom Presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Highlights


- Fixed decoding of raw video in Matroska/MKV
- Fixed time stamp handling for containerless raw video
- Fixed memory leaks in OpenCL
- Fixed x265 2-pass encoding where video frame rate is altered by filters
- Improved handling of very small amounts of sync jitter (~1 tick)
- Improved handling of AVI files with broken indices

- Further refined fix for Libav crash encoding AAC at very high bitrates

- Removed fontconfig dependency on Mac and Windows; libass now uses CoreText/DirectWrite
- Improved subtitle font selection when burning in SRT/SSA subtitles

Command line interface
Fixed preset subtitle burn defaults override

Build system
- Updated MinGW-w64 build script for improved compatibility with hardened GCC

- Fixed video preset control not updating
- Fixed audio passthru masks not updating until preset save
- Fixed application of SRT subtitles offset
- Updated translations: af, cs, ja_JP, ru, sk, sv

- Fixed When Done option not updating/resetting correctly

HandBrake 1.0.3 Released
Post by HandBrake » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:55 pm

This patch release contains bug fixes for issues affecting previous releases, and includes all new features and improvements available in HandBrake 1.0.0.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our bugs forum or GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom Presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Highlights

All platforms


- Fixed H.264 decoding using Libav where the initial GOP was dropped
- Fixed 2-pass x265 encoding where the source header incorrectly specifies frame rate
- Fixed 2-pass encoding with bob deinterlace and constant frame rate
- Fixed a seek issue in Libav while reading MKV sources with embedded subtitles
- Fixed multiple issues preventing Libav from opening WMV sources properly
- Fixed miscellaneous issues in Libav
- Fixed memory leaks in OpenCL
- Improved sync for streams delayed by a large amount


- Fixed a Libav crash encoding AAC at very high bitrates
- Fixed a potential hang in Libav while decoding AAC
- Improved Libav audio sync with MP4 sources containing edit lists
- Improved mapping of single channel layouts to single channel layouts


- Fixed a potential crash when selecting video encoders
- Fixed various controls not applying values properly


- Fixed a crash when attempting to edit a queued job
- Improved audio start point to use edit lists when encoding using CoreAudio AAC


- Fixed Title Specific Scan for DVD/Blu-ray
- Fixed broken/missing NLMeans denoise tunes
- Fixed an issue that could cause error -17 when encoding using Intel QuickSync Video
- Fixed an issue where the SRT language code was not being set correctly

HandBrake 1.0.2 Released
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:42 pm

This patch release contains bug fixes for issues affecting previous releases, and includes all new features and improvements available in HandBrake 1.0.0.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our bugs forum or GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom Presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Highlights

All platforms

- Fixed point to point encoding end point when using frames as the unit
- Improve error handling for libdvdread and libavcodec decoders

- Fixed an issue where fallback encoder bitrate was not set properly


- Fixed incorrect duration for UTF-8 subtitles
- Fixed an issue causing extra blank lines for UTF-8 subtitles in MKV


- Fixed an issue sometimes preventing dragging and dropping of presets between folders
- Miscellaneous bug fixes


- Fixed video encoder options not reset when changing encoders
- Fixed incomplete encodes where the chapter count differs on queued items
- Fixed sleep prevention not working in certain scenarios
- Fixed automatic naming for EyeTV bundles
- Added additional checks to prevent source file overwriting
- Miscellaneous bug fixes


- Fixed video encoder options not reset when changing encoders
- Fixed subtitles defaults behaviors to improve how tracks are added
- Fixed issues related to source maximum and custom picture setting modes
- Fixed point to point settings when editing a queued job
- Fixed When Done controls not updating correctly on various screens
- Fixed split buttons not working correctly on audio and subtitles tabs
- Fixed destination path and file name error checking
- Fixed potential crash by disabling OpenCL detection when the scaler is not set to OpenCL Bicubic (workaround for broken system drivers)
- Fixed a potential crash when QSV is supported but disabled at the BIOS level
- Fixed memory leaks in the QSV encoder
- Added QSV detection for Intel Kaby Lake CPUs
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

HandBrake 1.0.1 Released
Thu Dec 29, 2016

"Defect-free software does not exist." - Wietse Venema

This patch release contains bug fixes for issues affecting previous releases, and includes all new features and improvements available in HandBrake 1.0.0.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom Presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Highlights

All platforms


- Fixed a potential crash when using the VP8 or VP9 video encoders
- Fixed a potential crash when using 2-pass ABR

Command line interface

- Fixed importing chapter names from a file


- Fixed Keep Aspect Ratio control (disabled) when anamorphic mode is Auto
- Widened presets list to accommodate longer preset names
- Miscellaneous bug fixes


- Fixed a potential crash when using the subtitles burn feature on macOS versions earlier than 10.12 Sierra
- Fixed certain controls not updating when saving or loading a preset
- Miscellaneous bug fixes


- Fixed certain controls not updating when saving or loading a preset
- Disabled QSV decoding by default when non-QSV encoder selected (configurable)
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

HandBrake 1.0.0 Released
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016

"How does a project get to be a year late? ... One day at a time." - Fred Brooks

After more than 13 years of development, the HandBrake Team is delighted to present HandBrake 1.0.0. Thank you to all of our many contributors over the years for making HandBrake what it is today.

We again remind everyone that the HandBrake Website is the only official source for HandBrake. Downloads are not mirrored on any third-party services, excepting the Linux PPA. For more information on downloading and installing HandBrake safely, please read Where to get HandBrake.

On that note, we are also excited to announce the new online HandBrake Documentation beta, available in English. The new docs are less technical in nature, providing easy to read step-by-step workflows for making videos that even new HandBrake users can understand. Visit the new HandBrake 1.0.0 Documentation.

If you happen to discover any reproducible bugs or issues, please tell us about them on our bugs forum or GitHub issue tracker. You can also get in touch on our IRC support channel.

Upgrade Notice

Before updating, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are currently using HandBrake older than version 1.0.0, please also make note of any custom Presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Release Highlights

- One part banana
- One part cherry
- One part mango
- Garnish pineapple
All platforms


- New online documentation at
- 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!)

- 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

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

- Improved subtitles rendering for some languages via HarfBuzz
- Miscellaneous subtitles improvements
Command line interface

- Presets can now be imported and exported from the command line and are compatible with the graphical interfaces
- Queue exported from the graphical interfaces can now be imported by the command line interface (Linux and Windows only for now)
Build system

- Add scripts to manually build and install Mac and MinGW-w64 (compile for Windows on Linux) toolchains
- Add support for multiple source URLs for third-party downloads
- Add SHA256 hash verification for third-party downloads
- Add configure parameter to disable or filter allowed third-party downloads (see configure --help)
- Use HTTPS everywhere; the few cases where a third-party does not provide packages over https, does
- New targets on Mac to install and uninstall after building
- Add flatpak packaging support (experimental)
Third-party libraries

- Updated libraries
- FreeType 2.6.5 (subtitles)
- Fontconfig 2.12.1 (subtitles)
- FriBidi 0.19.7 (subtitles)
- Libav 12 (encoding/decoding/muxing)
- libass 0.13.2 (subtitles)
- libbluray 0.9.3 (Blu-ray decoding)
- libmfx v6.0.0 (Intel QuickSync Video encoding/decoding)
- libvpx 1.5.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
- x264 148 r2708 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
- x265 2.1 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
- New libraries
- HarfBuzz 1.3.0 (subtitles)
- libopus 1.1.3 (Opus audio encoding)

- Add options for saving and loading queue files
- Removed system tray icon due to performance issues on Ubuntu
- Usability improvements
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

- Updated all tooltips
- Added undo/redo support to the graphical interface
- Improved drag and drop support
- Added Open Recent to the File menu
- Added Add Titles to Queue... to the File menu (batch queueing)
- Preview prompts to open in an external application when the internal player does not support the format
- Preview now displays volume and audio/subtitles language selection during playback
- Picture and Filters settings are now part of the main window
- Settings are preserved when selecting a new title (instead of reloading the last selected preset)
- Improved support for importing/exporting comma-separated (.csv) chapter markers
- Queue is now automatically paused when available disk space is low
- When Done action can now be changed directly from the Queue window
- When Done notification is now interactive (reveals the encoded file in Finder)
- Activity Log window is now searchable (press "?"+"f" to activate)
- XQuartz is no longer required for subtitle burn-in
- Updated Sparkle software update library
- Enabled DSA signature checking for improved security
- Usability improvements
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

- Graphical interface now uses libhb directly, instead of sending commands to the command line interface
- Encoding can now be paused and resumed
- Stopping encoding will finalize the partial file to be playable
- Reduced installer and install size
- The command line interface is no longer included in the graphical interface installer
- Update checker now verifies the signature of the update file for improved security
- Added support for quality-based audio encoding
- Added ability to import tab-separated (.tsv), XML (.xml), and plain text (.txt) chapter markers
- Improved the "configure default" options for audio and subtitles
- Default audio track behavior is now configurable
- Subtitles burn-in behavior is now configurable
- Removed DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) hardware-accelerated video decoding
- Was causing many issues without providing sufficient improvement to decoding efficiency
- May be added again at a later date if performance and stability improves
- Usability improvements
- Miscellaneous bug fixes

HandBrake 0.10.5 Released
Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control we can no longer include binary distributions of HandBrake which include the FDK-AAC encoder.
Please also be aware that if you are distributing any previous 0.10.x you must cease doing so now due to licensing issues.

Release Highlights

- Removal of FDK AAC from our binary releases. --enable-fdk is required for "non-free" builds if compiling from source.
- Updated x265 to 1.9 which brings bug fixes and performance improvements.
- Few minor bug fixes since the 0.10.3 release. This includes improvements in large AVI file handling.

HandBrake 0.10.3 Released
Friday, Jan 22, 2016

"Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering." - Bill Gates

0.10.3 marks our 4th release of our 0.10.x branch. This provides another set if fixes for common bugs that have been raised over the last few months. All going well this will be the last bug fix release for this branch as we look to finish up the major 1.0 release. More details on this will follow in the coming months.

Release Highlights

- Various bug fixes for all platforms and the core engine.
- Updated x265 to 1.8 which brings numerous bug fixes and some performance improvements.

HandBrake 0.10.2 Released
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it." - Donald E. Knuth.

Just a quick note to let everyone know that 0.10.2 has been shipped. This is second release for the 0.10 branch which brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Please note that the built-in updater will be enabled at a later date to allow us to stagger the downloads.

HandBrake 0.10.1 Released
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015

"If you're willing to restrict the flexibility of your approach, you can almost always do something better." - John Carmack

In an attempt to move away from our yearly release cycle, we have decided to start publishing interim fix releases. 0.10.1 marks the first of these releases. It's focus is to fix some common bugs rather than introduce the new features we are working on in the background for 1.0.
Release Highlights

- Various bug fixes for all platforms and the core engine.
- Updated x265 to 1.5 which brings numerous bug fixes and some performance improvements.

HandBrake 0.10.1 is a minor bugfix release only. There are no new features.

Milestone HandBrake 0.10



Intel QuickSync Video Encode / Decode support.
Windows only currently. We hope to bring this to Linux in the future but not for 0.10.
Hardware Decode support via DXVA (Experimental - Windows Only)
Decoding of some H.264, VC1 and WMV content via the GPU.
Can provide a small improvement on slower hardware. Not suitable for fast CPU's
Choice of Scalers
This is currently Handbrake's default scaler and will remain so.
Bicubic (OpenCL) (Experimental)
Available on the Command Line (All Platforms) and Windows GUI. (Mac / Linux GUI's will come in a later release)
Currently only available in OpenCL form so requires a AMD or Intel GPU supporting OpenCL 1.1 or later. Nvidia GPU's are not currently supported.
When downscaling, up to 5% performance improvement can be achieved. No benefit when not downscaling.
Small loss in quality over the Lanczos scaler.
hqdn3d filter now accepts individual settings for both chroma channels (Cr, Cb)
New NlMeans? denoiser. This is very slow, but results are significantly better than hqdn3d.
Added Windows Phone 8 Preset
Updated Libraries
x264 r2479-dd79a61
Libav v10.1
libbluray 0.5.0
Libavformat is now used for muxing instead of mp4v2 and libmkv
"Large File Size" checkbox has now bee removed for mp4, as the new muxer will transition to 64bit files automatically.
mpeg2dec has also been replaced in favour of using libav
The LibAV AAC encoder is now the default as FAAC has been removed.
This encoder is adequate for most, but until it improves a bit further, we have enabled support for the FDK-AAC encoder also.
This FDK option is a temporary measure until the LibAV encoder improves.
Note that FDK-AAC is much slower and will likely bottleneck the encode process, but will produce better quality audio.
H.265 encoder
Using x265 v1.4
This encoder is still early in it's development, so is missing many H.265 features and optimisations.
Added VP8 Encoder (using libvpx)
Available in MKV files only.
Removed mcdeint deinterlace and decomb modes. This relied on the snow encoder in libav which has been was removed by upstream.
Bug fixes and Misc Improvements

Accessibility / Usability Improvements
Added option to 'Use System Colors'. The app should now be more usable in a High Contrast mode.
Fixed Tab ordering to make the app more keyboard friendly.
LibHB is now used for scanning instead of the CLI.
Experiential Preview window is now available as a result. (Can be enabled via preferences)
Improved the layout and design of the Audio and Subtitle tabs.
Split buttons similar to the old 0.9.8 WinForms? GUI
Improved layout on the track listbox to make better use of the space.
Improvements to Auto-Naming feature.
When Done
Added an option that will reset this to 'Do nothing' when the app is closed and restarted.
New 'Presets' Menu
Presets bar can now be hidden if it's not wanted.
Numerous bug fixes
Fixed the Issue in the source dropdown where the drive menu items did not work when clicked.
Numerous fixes in the Picture settings panel around resolution calculation.
Numerous fixes around the way Presets are loaded and saved, particularly around Picture settings.
Removed Growl for Windows support due to bugs and issues with this library that remain unfixed. Project appears abandoned.
Many misc other fixes.
Windows XP is no longer supported. Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or later is now a requirement.
The 32bit build of the application is now considered deprecated. This is due to 32bit process memory limitations.

Build system updates to compiled under OS X 10.9
Automatic audio and subtitle track selection behaviours which can be stored per preset.
Improvements to Auto-Naming feature.
Misc UI enhancements.
Bug fixes

Automatic audio and subtitle track selection behaviours which can be stored per preset.
Improvements to Auto-Naming feature.
Batch Add to queue by list selection.
Russian and Czech Translations
Bug fixes and Misc Improvements
Requires GTK3
Command Line Interface

Basic support for return codes from the CLI. (0 = No Error, 1 = Cancelled, 2 = Invalid Input, 3 = Initialization error, 4 = Unknown Error")
Bug fixes and Misc Improvements

Update: A patch release for the WinGui has been uploaded that fixes a few of the more annoying issues caused by the GUI re-write. If your not having problems, there isn't any need to upgrade, but if you've seen issues, try the new build. The core engine is still 0.9.9

HandBrake 0.9.9


Improved HandBrake pineapple icon by Matt Johnson
Improved Retina-resolution icons within the application, by Nik Pawlak


Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle support
works with Foreign Audio Search
can be Burned-In
can be passed through to MKV (but not MP4)
Additional video framerates
30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
Double framerate ("bob") mode for the deinterlace and decomb filters
Better audio remix support
additional mixdowns: 6.1, 7.1, 7.1 (5F/2R/LFE)
CLI users should note 6ch becomes 5point1
better-than-Stereo sources can be upmixed to 5.1
discard one channel from Stereo sources
Mono (Left Only), Mono (Right Only)
Allow the selection of higher audio bitrates where appropriate
Allow the selection of lower audio samplerates where appropriate
8, 11.025, 12, 16 kHz
Audio dithering (TPDF) when converting to 16-bit FLAC
Use libavcodec for DTS audio decoding (instead of libdca)
DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete support
All graphical interfaces: support for x264's preset, tune and profile options
alternative to the Advanced panel (which is still available)
HandBrake-specific option to ensure compliance with a specific H.264 level
Updated built-in presets
take advantage of x264 preset/tune/profile support
removed increasingly suboptimal and irrelevant Legacy presets
Assorted bug fixes and improvements to the core library (libhb)
Updated libraries
x264 r2273-b3065e6
Libav v9.6
libbluray 0.2.3


User Interface has been re-written in WPF
Includes many small UI enhancements
Switched to .NET 4 Client Profile
smaller download for those who don't have .NET 4 Full installed


Assorted bug fixes
including better support for Retina displays
Prevent sleep during encoding and scanning for Mountain Lion
Drag & Drop files onto the Main window or application icon to scan
Nicer progress indication on the dock icon
Preview window improvements and bugfixes
Updated Growl to 2.0.1
Notification Center support (when Growl is not installed)


Assorted bug fixes and improvements
Use some system libraries rather than bundling
fontconfig, freetype, libxml2, libass, libogg, libvorbis, libtheora and libsamplerate
Command Line Interface

Audio option (-a) will ignore invalid input tracks and encode with only the valid ones
Allow use of hh:mm:ss format when specifying p-to-p start/stop time
Advanced audio options
enable level normalization when downmixing (disabled by default)
disable audio dithering or select a specific algorithm

HandBrake 0.9.8 Released!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"In programming, as in everything else, to be in error is to be reborn."
- Alan J. Perlis

We've decided to push out another release to fix some bugs that cropped up with 0.9.7. This includes all the previous fixes for 0.9.6 including the new AppleTV3 preset and updated iPad preset. Check out the detailed release notes for more details.

UPDATE: We have re-released the 0.9.7 downloads due to a crash bug in the initial release. Anyone who has downloaded 0.9.7 prior to 17th July, should re-download it. <<<<<

HandBrake 0.9.7 Released!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late."
- Seymour Cray

We've decided to release an update for 0.9.6 that fixes a couple of common issues and adds a new preset for the AppleTV 3 and tweaks the existing iPad preset to support up to 720P.

HandBrake 0.9.6 Released!

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012

"Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday's code."
- Christopher Thompson

It's been a while since our last update, so we decided to release another cocktail for your encoding pleasure.

Along with the usual library updates, there are numerous improvements and bug fixes.


-> 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 ( (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:
-> 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)

HandBrake 0.9.5 has now been released.

Release Highlights:

Core Library

* BluRay disc structure support. (No decryption support)
* Updated Libraries (x264, ffmpeg)
* SSA Subtitle support. (Including burn-in)
* MP3 audio now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
* VOBSUB subtitle now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
* Updated Presets for newer devices and better quality
* AC3 encoding support.
* Many Bug Fixes and other small improvements
* Improved DVD Main Feature detection (when using dvdnav)
* Universal audio downmix support (all audio types can be downmixed)
* Point*to*Point encoding (second or frame start and end times)
* Peak framerate option (Capped VFR)

All GUIs

* Updated x264 Advanced Panel
* Video Quality Slider drops % value and only shows RF for x264
* Batch Scan (Scan Multiple files at once. N.B: Does not include multiple VIDEO_TS folders / Image files)
* Many Bug fixes
* Many Tweaks to improve usability.
* Ability to edit queue jobs


* New Audio Panel supporting >4 Audio Tracks
* VLC detection in /Applications and ~/Applications
* Multiple instance support

Windows GUI

* Encode Status in GUI. (CLI window is now always hidden)
* Improved Auto-Naming for Destination file name.
* Drag / Drop Video onto Main Window to scan.

Linux GUI

* Multiple instance support (run multiple copies of ghb at once)
* Many Bug fixes and UI improvements.


* Power PC (PPC) is no longer officially supported. Given limited resources and time, it simply isn’t feasible for this project to support minority platforms. For those of you still using older hardware, we recommend you stick with 0.9.4.

Changes between 0.9.3 and 0.9.4:


* New build system, allowing 64-bit binaries (around 10% faster)
* Soft subtitles and Closed Captions:
- DVD Closed Captions
- ATSC Closed Captions
- SRT subtitle import
- Text soft subtitles in MP4 and MKV output
- Bitmap soft subtitles in MKV output
* Better support for DVD inputs:
- Uses libdvdnav
- DVD angles support
- Workaround for libdvdread malloc bomb on invalid PGC entry
- DVD drive region detection support in Linux
- Handles DVD programs with more than 16 streams
- No longer tries to detect and discard duplicate titles when scanning
- Libdvdnav patched to perform read error recovery
- Libdvdread patched to allow raw device access in Windows
- Handles poorly mastered DVDs that had the menus ripped out of them
* Better support for non-DVD inputs:
- Preserves MP4 metadata
- TrueHD
- DTS-HD demuxing
- 8 bit audio
- Better handling of transport streams where audio starts first
- Better handling of transport streams that have been spliced together, leading to duplicate timestamps
- Better VC-1 frame detection
- Fixes bug that was causing one sec. of audio to be dropped on many ffmpeg files
- Looks harder for aspect ratio info from DV sources
- No longer truncates the last (dummy) chapter
- Allows specifying field parity for detelecine and decomb
* Better AV sync
* Support for sources with no audio
* DTS passthrough for MKV
* x264 bumped from r1169 to r1347, which means speed optimizations, new default settings (see r2742 commit comment), the magic of macroblock tree rate control (mbtree), a new CRF curve (meaning you will get different, generally lower bitrates at the same RF, with similar quality metrics), and weighted P-Frames (disabled by default for Baseline encodes and the AppleTV preset).
* Better sample interleaving
* Better, optional deinterlacer for decomb (EEDI2)
* New mode structure for the decomb filter
* Variable verbose logging levels
* Fixed timing for first two frames coming out of filters
* Libtheora bumped to 1.1.0
* Improvements to our theora implementation (2 pass encoding + soft target rate control)
* Caters to Theora's insistence on content having mod16 framing dimensions specified
* Flushes LAME encoder's final packets
* Fixed interjob framerate calculation
* Fixed pthreads regression in cygwin
* Tweaks for packaging tools
* Solaris 10 build support

All interfaces:

* Live video preview
* New subtitle tab
* New filters and picture settings inspector
* Custom anamorphic mode
* Updated Sparkle
* Custom number of preview images
* Quality slider now works off actual rate factor/quantizer values instead of percentages
* Partially updated advanced x264 tab
* New built-in presets
* Use libdvdnav by default on DVD sources
* Removed Constant QP encoding option for x264 (use CRF)
* Various bug fixes and UI tweaks
* x264 turbo 1st pass mode now uses subme=2 not subme=1


* Core Audio AAC encoding
* H.264 video source decoding crash fixed
* Queue displays varying row heights based on encode settings
* Fixed EyeTV package scanning
* 64bit / 32 bit VLC detection
* Preset import/export


* New audio tab
* AAC audio source decoding bug fixed
* Tray minimization is now optional
* Queue can now be started from main window
* Growl for Windows notification support
* General UI improvements
* Preset import
* Preferred language control for audio dubs and subtitles
* Fixed file extensions resetting to m4v when enabling chapter markers in mkv
* Faster updating of GUI elements from CLI data
* Cleanup / Improved some of the programs options. (Growl, use m4v, drive detection)
* Numerous fixes in the Picture Settings Panel and CLI Query Handling code.
* Bug Fixes and Usability improvements.


* General UI improvements
* Inhibits sleep mode while encoding
* Single title scan
* Chapter duration display
* Notifications when encodes complete
* Tray minimization
* Full screen preview
* Preset import/export
* Preferred language control for audio dubs and subtitles
* Preferences rearrangement
* Preference to auto-apply .m4v extension
* New system tray icon behavior
* Preference for what to do when encode completes
* Preference for how often to delete activity logs
* Preference to disable automatic scanning
* New Gnome session manager support
* Improved "auto" audio selection
* Use .m4v as the default extension for the MPEG-4 container
* Use .m4v when soft subs are enabled
* Alternate angle encoding fix
* Only strips drive letters for Windows builds
* Show correct audio format info when it's been sanitized for incompatibilities
* Preserve chapter list modifications made to queued jobs
* Fixed error when navigating chapter titles with the keyboard
* Bug Fixes.


* Options to handle new subtitle, anamorphic, and preview features
* --srt-file, --srt-codeset, --srt-offset, --srt-lang, --srt-default
* --native-dub option lets users request dubbing instead of subs when the audio isn't in their native language
* Allow encoding sources with no audio without explicitly stating -a none
* Update checker on MinGW built exe should now work correctly.
* Matches GUIs' default verbosity level of 1

Changes between 0.9.2 and 0.9.3:

0.9.3 Snapshot 5 -> 0.9.3 Final
- Better PMT processing
- Basic underlying support for live previews (encode from a seek point for a set number of frames)
- Better searching for IDR frames in H.264 streams
- Preset changes (iPhone goes CRF, some old Apple presets resurrected as Legacy)
- Assorted bug fixes

0.9.3 Snapshot 4 -> 0.9.3 Snapshot 5 (r1913)
Core Library
- VC-1 stream input
- Newer libmp4v2, which fixes the issue with output > 2 gigs in Linux
- Proper allocation for preview frames
- Avoids corruption of previews of sources that use widths that aren't cleanly divisible by 8
- Decodes DTS internally instead of using ffmpeg, to allow mixdowns
- Better support for DTS in MKV files with implicit timestamps or large timestamp errors
- Ensures proper chroma size by rounding up when dealing with odd dimensions
- Ensures "auto" samplerate sends a valid value to faac (22050, 24000, 32000, 44100, or 48000)
- Bumped Theora to 1.0 final
- Bumped x264 to r1024, which includes Nehalem optimizations as well as speed boosts for things such as b-adapt=2

- Allows multibyte characters in chapter titles

Windows GUI
- Fixes issue parsing presets that use maxWidth and maxHeight (-X and -Y)
- DRC defaults to 1 now
- Chapter markers disabled for non-DVD sources
- Makes sure Normal preset gets loaded
- Fixes arithmetic overflow crash when scanning

Linux GUI
- Update checker
- Limits range of chapters to encode to the number of chapters on the DVD
- Disabled entry of dimensions larger than the source

- Allows overriding of audio (tracks, bitrates, samplerates, codecs, mixdowns) and x264 options in built-in presets

- Documentation updates have begun on the wiki, although they are not yet complete

0.9.3 Snapshot 3 -> 0.9.3 Snapshot 4 (r1896)
Core Library
- Converts video in other color spaces to YUV420 (this means DV support)
- Official, standards-based AC3-in-MP4
- Tries to base the AV timing for streams off audio when possible
- Keeps some audio fixes for lost packets in over the air streams from interfering with other sources
- Handles rendering of sources where the picture resolution changes mid-stream (this fixes the long-standing bug reading a particular episode of Doctor Who)
- Wider window for clock references (AV sync)
- Fixed a crash when closing out data for AAC encoding on aborted encodes
- Rejiggered verbose activity log display to be more laconic by default
- Updated x264 to r1016, which means b-rdo and bime are gone and replaced with new subme modes
- DTS and HDMV DTS audio support in streams
- Doesn't show the audio track button on iPhones/iPod Touches unless there's more than 1 track
- Tries to avoid garbage data from AC3 sync by searching for two agreeing packets
- As the MPEG4IP project is defunct, switched to an independently maintained libmp4v2 which has folded in all our cumbersome patches
- Fixed SunOS compilation
- Fixed conflict between maxHeight and maxWidth and loose anamorphic
- Warn in the log when titles are being ignored during scan for lack of audio
- Fixed bug with Slow/Slowest deinterlacing and decomb which could leave a flickering line at the top or bottom of the screen
- Extracts audio and subtitle types from DVD sources, to do things like label commentary tracks
- Better handling of the beginning of AVI and WMV sources that start after time 0
- Optimize MP4 for web download works with AC3 tracks now

- Nested presets
- Individual activity logs for each encode (stored by default in ~/Application Support/HandBrake, can be co-located with encoded file destination by preference)
- Allows reading from ZFS volumes
- Fixed target size mode. It keeps breaking itself. Maybe it should just be put out of its misery...
- Assorted other improvements

Windows GUI
- Nested presets
- Individual activity logs for each encode
- Slow and slower deinterlacing and decomb work now in Windows
- Added resizeable update window
- Fixed parsing of non-DVD source audio formats
- Restored Copy to Clipboard to the Activity Log Window, among other enhancements to it
- Fixed bug with MKV presets showing up as .m4v
- Assorted other improvements

Linux GUI (GTK)
- Nested presets
- Individual activity logs for each encode
- Allows pending queue items to be removed, and reloaded in the main window for editing
- Better handling of HD previews
- Assorted other improvements

- Updated presets to the equivalent of the nested ones in the GUIs
- Allows setting custom audio track names in MP4 files
- Allows selection of the COLR atom in MP4 files, between Bt.601 and Bt.709
- Fixed reading of device paths in OS X

A special note on the new presets (they're collapsible-triangle-folder-thing-errific!)
- Deux Six Quatre, Blind, Broke, and Bedlam are gone. They were dead weight.
- iPod Low-Rez is now iPod Classic & iPod Nano
- iPod High-Rez is now iPod Legacy
- iPhone / iPod Touch is now iPhone & iPod Touch, so take care CLI users
- Animation and Television now use the decomb and detelecine (VFR) filters
- High Profile presets now use psy-trellis and the new subme 9 mode with B-frame RD refinement
- AppleTV is now CRF, so sizes will vary with content
- PS3 preset should be fixed
- Constant Quality Rate still needs its quality % lowered, probably

The keen reader is already asking "iPod Legacy? WTF is iPod High-Rez called iPod Legacy now?"

The answer is Universal.

The Universal preset is designed to play on all modern iPods (anything newer than the iPod 5.5G). It also plays on iPhones. It also plays on AppleTVs. It should also play just about anywhere else, hence the name. It is full anamorphic DVD resolution--no tricks with downscaling like stuff from the iTunes Store. It includes chapters, and has the first audio track in both AAC (DPL2 downmixed) and AC3 pass-thru, just like the AppleTV preset. In fact, it should give the same quality as the AppleTV preset, but faster...and at a larger file size. Like the AppleTV preset, it used CRF, so sizes will vary.

0.9.3 Snapshot2 -> 0.9.3 Snapshot 3 (r1797)
Core Library:
- Universal input support, utilizing libavcodec from the FFmpeg project for decoding non-MPEG-2 video
- Newer, faster, better version of the x264 codec, including psychovisual optimizations
- Better AV sync through full compliance with the MPEG Standard Target Decoder timing model
- More accurate auto-cropping
- Support for New Zealand and Norwegian HDTV broadcasts (H.264 and AAC-LATM in MPEG-TS)
- Detelecine is now "VFR detelecine" by default, dropping some frames and extending others to make up lost time, old behavior of keeping duplicate frames is enabled by selecting a framerate besides "Same as source"
- Threaded deinterlacing in Slow and Slower modes
- Threaded and entirely rewritten decomb filter
- Better audio resampling interpolator
- Better gamma in QuickTime through the use of the COLR MP4 atom
- Better constant quality encoding when using FFmpeg
- Hopefully better cache and virtual memory performance by recycling buffers that were most recently used instead of least
- Fix for MP4s with "negative duration" errors.
- Set the detelecine filter to work better with PAL by using "loose" breaks
- Fix for missing initial H.264 NAL units, improves reliability of 8x8dct
- Fix for subtitle-scan with XviD encoding
- Fix for crash at the end of 2nd pass using x264
- Deblock filter works now
- Rewritten update system, so the core library can read a portion of Sparkle appcasts.
- Updates for libsamplerate, libogg, xvidcore, libtheora, libmpeg2, lame, faac, and of course ffmpeg and x264.

- Entirely rewritten and far more flexible queue that can be saved between sessions, capable of preserving queued items after a crash
- Now requires vlc 0.9.xx to read protected dvd's in the users /Applications folder
- Fix for 4x3 loose anamorphic to keep it from downscaling
- Countless other improvements

Windows GUI
- Resolution calculation
- Better preset bar
- Better queue (including queue recovery feature)
- Better activity log window
- Improved UI (layout changes, animated x264 options, DVD drive detection, duration displayed)
- More options - includes support for custom auto name format & starting the CLI minimized
- Countless other improvements

Linux GUI (GTK)
- It's alive!

Known Issues in Snapshot 3
- Possibility of a flickering line at the top or bottom of the frame after Slow or Slower deinterlacing or decombing
- Input bitrate display may be off by a factor of 100 for H.264-in-TS sources
- Constant Quality Rate preset probably needs a lower quality level (60% - 55%)
- With non-DVD sources that don't have AC3 audio, you can't encode 1 input audio track to multiple output audio tracks
- Slow and Slower deinterlacing and decombing are BROKEN in Windows
- QuickTime won't read Xvid-in-MP4 output, although VLC will
- Windows GUI does not detect all audio tracks from non-DVD sources

0.9.3 Snapshot 1 -> 0.9.3 Snapshot 2 (r1477)
Core Library:
- Anamorphic PAR for the AVI container
- Allow constant frame rates when they different from the source's frame rate (otherwise pass through the variable MPEG-2 frame durations )
- Decomb filter (selectively deinterlaces when it sees interlacing in the frame)
- Filter bug fixed, that would skip any filters after detelecine, if VFR wasn't enabled
- Loose anamorphic + FFmpeg video bug fixed

Windows GUI:
- Title dropdown list bug fixed
- Missing log file bug fixed

- Default audio samplerate changed to 48kHz, audio bitrate changed to 160kbps.
- Samplerate entry bug fixed

0.9.2 -> 0.9.3 Snapshot 1 (r1457)
Core Library:
- New audio subsystem (no more AAC+AC3, control each track's codec and settings individually)
- Removed libdvdcss (HandBrake no longer decrypts DVDs on its own, will use VLC to do so if it's available)
- Added Theora encoder
- Fixed x264-in-avi and ffmpeg-in-avi
- Fixed xvid
- More accurate scaling
- Major sync improvements
- Major stream improvements
- AAC+AC3 support in MKV
- MKV seeking fixes
- Make sure subtitles get displayed long enough to read them
- Updated VBV 2-pass and VBV 1-pass patch for x264
- Adaptive Quantization for x264
- Recover from bad preview scans
- Recover from invalid PGNs
- Fixed vorbis bitrate control
- Snapshot builds

- New audio interface
- Loads libdvdcss from VLC at runtime if it's present on the user's system
- No more general-purpose "Codecs" menu -- set video and audio codecs individually
- More robust preset system, in preparation for nested presets
- Made 64-bit MP4 file widget more prominent
- Only allow useful x264 options in the advanced tab
- Various fixes and improvements

- New x264 tab
- New audio interface
- Various fixes and improvements

- New audio interface

Changes between 0.9.1 and 0.9.2:


- AC3 in MP4 support
- Multi-track audio support for Apple devices
- Better handling of audio discontinuities
- More flexible, "loose" anamorphic
- Variable frame rate encoding
- MP4 optimization for progressive downloads
- Dynamic range compression for encoding from AC3 audio
- Ability to encode an audio stream and pass it through at the same time
- iPhone-compatible anamorphic (pasp atom)
- Robust program and transport stream support
- Better handling of DVD read errors from invalid VOB units
- Detects and works around missing end of cell markers
- Recovers from loss of signal in a stream
- Drops subtitles less often
- Keeps chapter markers in better sync and prevents duplicates
- Better handling of B-Frames
- Tunes FIFO sizes by CPU count
- Finally squashes the bug that cut off the end of movies
- Preset changes
- Standardizes on standard out for progress and standard error for everything else.
- Correct channel counts when passing AC3 audio to Matroska
- Tag MP4 files as encoded with HandBrake
- No more merging short chapters
- Newer copies of x264,
- VBV 2-pass patch for x264
- Sets keyframes for x264 by frame rate.
- Support for >2GB MKV files in Linux
- Code audio languages in a way QuickTime understands
- Better subtitle positioning
- Fewer crashes in 2-pass encoding


- Leopard Only
- Sparkle
- Reads .eyetv files as well as .dvdmedia files
- Much better queue
- More white space
- Code restructuring
- Activity window logging, complete with a "black box recorder" for crashes
- Ability to open a single title for a DVD instead of scanning the whole thing
- Warns people when they try to queue up two files with the same name
- Maintains picture filter states between jobs
- .xib Interface Builder files SVN can track
- Switches to NSImageView for previews, so no more useless OpenGL effects
- Temporary loss of localizations for foreign languages (the old system was broken anyway)
- Separate filter settings for every queued job


- Revamped preset system
- Sparkle-compatible update checker
- Activity log window
- CLI built-in preset parsing
- No more admin rights required in Vista
- Handles more display resolutions


- Built-in presets
- Short names for denoising (weak, medium, strong) and deinterlacing (fast, slow, slower)
- Solaris port
- No more x264b30 (use -e x264 -I -x level=30:cabac=0 instead or better yet an iPod preset)
- Chapter marker .csv input fixed
- CRF as default quality mode for x264, now -q is CRF and if you want CQP add -Q to it

Changes between 0.9.0 and 0.9.1:

Core HandBrake Changes:
+ Added: Forced subtitle support
+ Added: 6-channel Vorbis audio
+ Changed: Much better buffer management, leading to impressive speed-ups all over the place
+ Changed: Color subtitles now display in color, instead of being transparent.
+ Changed: All errors to stderr with hb_log() instead of to stdout with fprintf()
+ Changed: Accept stream input where the file type is in caps (.VOB instead of just .vob, etc)
+ Changed: Better quality Vorbis codec (AoTuV)
+ Changed: Faster (threaded) ffmpeg
+ Changed: Force x264 to use a key frame at chapter markers
+ Changed: Try to recover from bad preview scans instead of crashing
+ Fixed: No more hanging when using MKV with chapter markers
+ Fixed: "Same as source" FPS now works correctly when the end-credits of a progressive film are interlaced.
+ Fixed: "Slow" deinterlacing no longer doubles up the chapter markers
+ Fixed: Proper display of fading subtitles
+ Fixed: Nasty artifacts from inaccurate rounding in the video scaler
+ Fixed: Improved compatibility with streams that have missing/misplaced PMTs
Assorted other changes

Mac Changes:
+ Changed: Bigger buffer for the Activity Log
+ Changed: Redesigned Queueing window
+ Changed: Redesigned Preferences window
+ Changed: Structural reorganization of the code into more segmented files
+ Fixed: Closing the main window no longer causes HandBrake to quit
+ Fixed: Changing dimensions in Picture Settings no longer causes a crash
+ Fixed: Target size bitrate calculation
+ Fixed: Picture Settings previews now scale to display resolution and screen size
Assorted other changes

Windows Changes:
+ Added: More robust exception handling
+ Added: On-completion options to shutdown, suspend, etc
+ Added: Turn tooltips on or off
+ Changed: Open source, NullSoft installer
+ Fixed: Add-to-queue issues
+ Fixed: Foreign language issues
Assorted other changes

Changes between 0.8.5b1 and 0.9.0:

Core HandBrake Changes
+ Added: Matroska (MKV) container output
+ Added: Limited MPEG-2 transport stream (.VOB and .TS) input support
+ Added: Option to write MP4 files larger than 4GB
+ Added: Video filters (pullup, yadif, mcdeint, hqdn3d, pp7)
+ Added: DTS audio input
+ Changed: Switched to Lanczos scaling from libswscale
+ Changed: Precise chapter marker location
+ Changed: Newer libraries
+ Changed: Much faster (threaded) iPod encoding
+ Changed: "Same as source" works differently (better?) now
+ Fixed: Audio drops should be thoroughly banished now
+ Fixed: MP2 audio support
Assorted other changes

CLI Changes:
+ Added: Chapter naming
+ Added: Many new command line options for subtitles and filters.
+ Added: Turbo for 2-pass x264 encodes
Assorted other changes

Mac Changes:
+ Added: Chapter naming
+ Added: Growl support
+ Added: Advanced x264 settings tab
+ Added: Logging window
+ Added: Turbo for 2-pass x264 encodes
+ Added: Many new presets
+ Added: Unified toolbar
+ Changed: Default settings
+ Changed: Further integration of the queue and active queuing
+ Changed: Browse DVDs like any other volumes
+ Fixed: No more floating window syndrome (Mac)
+ Fixed: Presets retain "magic sauce" when you change settings
Assorted other changes

Windows Changes:
+ Changed: New C#-based Windows GUI front-end
+ Changed: Improved queuing
+ Changed: DVD information parser
Assorted other changes

Changes between 0.8.0b1 and 0.8.5b1

Core HandBrake Changes
+ Added: iTunes-style chapter markers.
+ Added: 5.1 AAC surround sound.
+ Added: Dolby Pro Logic I and II downmixing of discrete surround sound.
+ Added: 1-channel AAC sound from monophonic sources.
+ Added: Advanced x264 options. (including High Profile support)
+ Added: B-frames in x264 + .mp4
+ Added: PPC Linux Support.
+ Added: Preserve language IDs from the DVD in .mp4
+ Added: Snapshot build method.
+ Added: Anamorphic video display in QuickTime.
+ Changed: Renamed back to HandBrake.
+ Changed: Libraries updated.
+ Changed: Enabled Update Checker.
+ Fixed: Multiple Audio tracks.
+ Fixed: Sped up DVD scanning time by being nicer to libdvdread.
+ Fixed: .dmg is now mountable in Mac OS X versions older than 10.4
+ Fixed: Proper output size from x264 in target size mode.
+ Fixed: Allows output sizes larger than 2 gigs in Linux.
+ Fixed: Several small memory leaks have been plugged.
+ Fixed: Fixes for 64-bit systems.
+ Fixed: Keep Aspect Ratio is no longer forced, so user-set height values are respected.

CLI Interface Changes
+ Added: Customize maximum width and height while keeping aspect ratio
+ Changed: Much prettier help screen
+ Changed: HBTest/MediaForkCLI renamed to HandBrakeCLI
+ Fixed: Better display of audio and subtitle ids

Mac GUI Changes
+ Added: Presets! Includes initial ones for AppleTV, iPod, and PS3.
+ Added: Preference option to auto-name output files with the DVD name and title number.
+ Added: Preset support for x264 options.
+ Changed: Remembers last destination path.
+ Changed: Remembers last source path.
+ Changed: Copy and paste in text fields.
+ Changed: Updates target size more quickly.
+ Changed: Mac GUI no longer retains target size values between enqueued jobs. (
+ Fixed: Preview frames are no longer distorted in anamorphic mode.
+ Fixed: Mac GUI no longer floats above other windows.
+ Fixed: Browse by file no longer dims the browse button preventing you from changing browse locations without switching back and forth between it and drive selection. (
+ Fixed: Makes sure destination directory is valid.
+ Fixed: Fills in the file save field with the current output name instead of leaving it blank.
+ Fixed: Update destination field with the current path instead of using the last one, which could have been a DVD.

Windows GUI Changes ñ Version 2.2 beta 1
+ Added: A few presets for the iPod in the menu.
+ Added: Ability to set default settings for all program encode options.
+ Added: Ability to turn off Automatic Update check on start-up. See Tools > Options
+ Added: Mod 16 check on the Height and Width boxes.
+ Added: Check the amount of hard disk space left is not running low when saving file.
+ Added: Option to have a Read DVD window showup on start-up.
+ Added: ìView DVD dataî Menu item in the tools menu.
+ Added: Links to the Homepage, forum, wiki and documentation page in the Help menu.
+ Added: Chapter markers check box (New feature in 0.8.5b1 CLI)
+ Changed: View DVD Information no longer appears after clicking the ìBrowseî button.
+ Changed: A few changes to the GUI - replaced textboxes with Dropdowns which auto-populate.
+ Changed: Auto Crop and Aspect text now automatically update when a new title is selected.
+ Changed: Several tweaks to the GUI design, remove a few text items that are no longer needed.
+ Changed: Ability to Queue videos enabled with completely re-written code.
+ Changed: Ability to queue stuff up while the encoding process is running.
+ Changed: Ability to remove items from the encode queue while is running.
+ Changed: Anamorphic option blanks out resolution boxes.
+ Changed: Re-written update checker.
+ Changed: Ability to turn off update check on start-up in Tools > Options
+ Changed: Auto Crop option now fills in figures into text boxes when selected.
+ Changed: Mp4 now default output file extension.
+ Changed: Enabled 5.1 AAC option.
+ Changed: Enabled h264 advanced options.
+ Changed: Updated the FAQ.
+ Changed: Included new version of HandBrake. Version 0.8.5b1.
+ Fixed: Pixel Ratio Not being saved with the profile.
+ Removed: Both ìView Dataî buttons on the Title Selection Window.
+ Removed: The ìRead DVDî button. -Automatically reads the DVD after selecting a source now.
+ Removed: The Help and Support window. Been replaced with a few Web Links.

Changes between 0.7.1 and 0.8.0
+ MediaFork project forked from HandBrake source <>
+ Updated libraries (meaning better quality, hopefully fewer bugs, and increased speeds)
+ iPod 5.5G support
+ Revamped graphical interface (Mac OS X)
+ Anamorphic encoding with pixel aspect ratio
+ Brighter color reproduction in QuickTime
+ Lists disks by DVD name instead of by drive name (Mac OS X)
+ Titles output movies based on the DVD name (Mac OS X)
+ 32Khz audio output
+ Constant rate factor encoding with x264
+ New preference item to turn deinterlacing on by default (Mac OS X)
+ New preference item to select the default audio language (Mac OS X)
+ Bugfix for reading straight from a DVD

Changes between 0.7.0 and 0.7.1
+ Universal Binary for PPC and Intel
+ Bugfixes for missing subtitles, audio glitches with LPCM tracks and more

Changes between 0.7.0-beta3 and 0.7.0
+ Multithreaded H.264 encoding with x264
+ Added option for H.264 Baseline (suitable for iPods)
+ (Very) experimental queue support
+ Fixes for some DVD titles HandBrake would not recognize
+ Fixes audio gliches when encoding from LPCM tracks

Changes between 0.6.2 and 0.7.0-beta3
+ Chapters selection
+ Custom framerate
+ Subtitle support
+ Check for updates
+ Custom aspect ratio
+ Audio samplerate selection
+ mp4/H.264 output
+ Proper NTSC support
+ AC3 pass-through
+ Progress bar in the dock icon (OS X)
+ 2-pass H.264 encoding
+ Constant quality encoding
+ Grayscale encoding
+ Up-to-date BeOS UI

Changes between 0.6.1 and 0.6.2
+ Support for DVDs with MPEG audio tracks
+ Rewrote the DVD navigation code
+ High quality resampler included
+ Better AVI compliance
+ Updated encoders
+ Internal improvements
+ Bugfixes

Changes between 0.6.0 and 0.6.1
+ Fixed LPCM endianness issue

Changes between 0.5.2 and 0.6.0
+ MP4 and OGM output
+ AAC and Vorbis encoding
+ Experimental H264 encoding
+ LPCM DVDs support
+ Autocrop
+ GTK2 linux interface
+ OS X interface localization

Changes between 0.5.1 and 0.5.2
+ Bugfixes

Changes between 0.5 and 0.5.1
+ 2-pass XviD encoding
+ Bugfixes

Changes between 0.4 and 0.5
+ Bugfixes, rewrite of large parts of the core
+ XviD encoding (1-pass only)

Changes between 0.3 and 0.4
+ Better multithreading
+ Allow the user to specify a target size instead of bitrate
+ Misc GUI enhancements
+ Use low-priority threads on OS X

Changes between 0.2 and 0.3
+ OSX & Linux ports
+ Allow 2-pass encoding
+ Many internal changes & fixes

Changes between 0.1.1 and 0.2
+ Fixed a major bug that made HandBrake probably crash after ~ 15
minutes encoded
+ Fixed a few minor memory leaks

Changes between 0.1 and 0.1.1
+ Fixed a stupid bug that prevented to scan volumes correctly if
FAT/NTFS/etc volumes were mounted

Changes between 0.1-alpha2 and 0.1 :
+ Automatically detect ripped DVDs on BFS volumes
+ Allow picture cropping and resizing
+ Allow dual-audio encoding
+ Created files are quite compliant now (tested with OSX/Quicktime
and BSPlayer)
+ Better A/V sync with some DVDs

Changes between 0.1-alpha and 0.1-alpha2 :
+ Show length for each title
+ Fixed the screwed-audio bug
+ Many bugfixes...

First version is 0.1-alpha.

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