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    HandBrake v0.9.9

    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.


    Release Notes

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

    Core
    • 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

    Windows
    • 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

    Mac
    • 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)

    Linux
    • 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; 24th May 2013 at 12:39 AM.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jallsop View Post
    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.
    I've made some use of it. I had a bit of trial and error to find a good settings for the target that would suit my Sony Blu Ray picking up from a Servio DNLA server, but one that was sorted it seems to work OK.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    It's nearly useless in Windows in my experience.
    I've never had any issues transcoding Blu-ray MKVs (from MakeMKV) into smaller MKVs and MP4s for playing on my PC and Android tablet. Even at school, it has been great for converting videos from camcorders into significantly smaller MP4s.

    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.

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    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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