With HandBrake you can successfully convert video from almost any format to a plethora of widely supported and up-to-date codecs. The free and open-source program is a GPL-licensed, multiplatform and multi-threaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
HandBrake is not limited to DVDs, it will now accept practically any type of video as a source. Its latest version was launched in late 2018 and comes with a wealth of updates and fixed issues. As ever you can get started in seconds by choosing a profile optimised for your device and navigating this easy to use interface.
Key features include:
- Title and chapter selection.
- Subtitle support (VobSub Closed Captions CCEA-608, SSA, SRT).
- Integrated bitrate calculator.
- Live static and video preview.
- Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling.
- Video filters and Grayscale encoding.
- Support for VFR and CFR.
The open source video transcoder promises to offer a “simple, easy and fast” service as well as high-quality conversions. It is considered a great program to use if you want more choice or to tweak many basic and advanced options in order to improve encoding.
Overall, the new and improved version of HandBrake offers a straightforward and results-driven approach. It can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection. Further details and the latest news surrounding the program can be viewed on the software creator’s website.
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.
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.