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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


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- One part cherry
- One part mango
- Garnish pineapple

All platforms

General
- New online documentation at https://handbrake.fr/docs
- 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!)
Video
- 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
Audio
- Opus audio encoding/decoding via libopus
- Passthru now supports E-AC-3, FLAC, and TrueHD audio formats
Subtitles
- 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, handbrake.fr 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)

Linux

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

Mac

- 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

Windows

- 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


Download HandBrake 1.0.0

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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.
   + Please see out AAC Encoder Change Announcement to understand what this means.
- 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.

We would also like to again remind everyone that handbrake.fr is the only official place to download HandBrake. If you do download it from another website, we highly recommend that you verify your download against the SHA1 checksums provided via the download page.

If you happen to discover any bugs or issues please tell us about them in the bugs forum or the GitHub issue tracker. You can also let us know via our IRC channels.

Download HandBrake 0.10.5

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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.

We would also like to again remind everyone that handbrake.fr is the only official place to download HandBrake. If you do download it from another website, we highly recommend that you verify your download against the SHA1 checksums provided via the download page.

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.

If you happen to discover any bugs or issues please tell us about them in the bugs forum or the GitHub issue tracker. You can also let us know via our IRC channels.

Download HandBrake 0.10.3

[ Comments ] can be discussed on our community forums.

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