10 and 12-bit encoding

Supported Encoders

The follow encoders support higher than 8-bit.

Intel QuickSync
Apple Video Toolbox

Please note, you must select a “10-bit” or “12-bit” encoder from the “Video codec” dropdown on the “Video” tab to enable this feature. For hardware encoders, the option will only be shown if the system supports it.


Some filters that ship with HandBrake, do not currently support higher than 8-bit.

When these filters are enabled, HandBrake’s pipeline will run at 8-bit rather than 10-bit or 12-bit. This applies to the following filters: