flyinghaggis (23rd May 2013)
One of the best programs for converting videos gets a major new update. Also available for the first time publicly are builds that include support for OpenCL and QuickSync.
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HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
- 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 frame rates
- 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 sample rates 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
Last edited by Arthur; 23rd May 2013 at 11:39 PM.
flyinghaggis (23rd May 2013)
I would be interested to see how many people use this on Windows. I'm a mac user for this, and find it's mostly flawless. I have a friend who is a win user, and finds it painful, and unreliable. Any thoughts.
Its nearly useless in Windows in my experience. I bought DVD Fab for my personal use instead, or I use one of the various tools available in Linux for it instead.
I have used it to convert of 300 DVDs, which i now store in the loft of my UK address, whilst the films reside on my Buffalo NAS, and a WD MyBook as back up. Every new film i buy gets treated in the same way. I use the default settings for DVDs (No Blu ray on a Mac yet??) and this reduces the file size quite well too. Takes about 40 minutes for a 90 minute film. I encode to mp4, so my PS3 will pick up and play, as will File Explorer on the iPad, and android stuff too.
HandBrake is essentially just a front-end for x264 so I don't see why the Windows version would be any worse than it is on other platforms.
I've used both windows and mac versions for a long time. My mac hardware is much quicker so I use my mbp or iMac mainly now.
All DVD / Blu-ray are converted to h264 mp4's for me and thrown into Plex Media server which is excellent.
I'm in the process of finishing my media server - which actually has an i7 so I look forward to seeing what quick sync versions can do with that.
Will there be a quick sync version for mac?
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