Video Converter HandBrake 1.0.0 released

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 26, 2016
Updated • Dec 26, 2016
Music and Video

HandBrake 1.0.0, a new version of the popular open source cross-platform video converter, was released on December 24, 2016.

I reviewed HandBrake for the first time in the year 2007 here on Ghacks as a program to convert video DVDs. The program is capable of more than that however. Basically, what it allows you to do is convert any input video file or DVD / Blu-Ray video source that is not copy protected, to the file container formats mp4 or mkv.

The video conversion program is easy to use on the one hand, but offers advanced options for users who want more control over the conversion process.

In the best case, all you need to do is load one or multiple video files in the program, select one of the available output presets -- e.g. Android 720p30, Playstation 1080p30 Surround, or Super HQ 1080p30 -- and start the conversion process with a click on the "start encode" button.

HandBrake 1.0.0

So what is new in HandBrake 1.0.0? A lot. The presets that the program ships with have been updated big time. You get new device presets for devices released in recent time, new general use presets for best compatibility, new presets for web publication or sending, and new Matroska presets that include support for VP9 video with Opus audio.

That's not the only change however. The developers of the program have improved the audio and video sync engine; it handles problematic video sources better in the HandBrake 1.0.0 release.

What else is new?

Below is a short selection of important changes in the new version of HandBrake:

  1. The new Intel QuickSync video H.265/HEVC encoder is available on devices with an Intel Skylake or newer cpu.
  2. The documentation for the program was updated as well.
  3. The installer and the installation size on Windows is smaller.
  4. Windows users can pause and resume encoding jobs.
  5. The command line interface is no longer included with the Windows installer.
  6. DirectX Video Acceleration (DVXA) hardware accelerated video decoding removed because it was causing many issues.
  7. Updated third-party libraries HandBrake uses.
  8. Support for Ultra HD / 4K color pass through.
  9. New Auto anamorphic mode maximizes storage resolution, replaces Strict anamorphic mode.
  10. Assembly optimizations improve filter performance by up to 10%, and x264 encoder performance by up to 10% for faster presets.

You find the full list of changes on the news page on the official website.

Closing Words

HandBrake 1.0.0 is an excellent video converter that is powerful and easy to use at the same time. The new version improves the program significantly for all supported operating systems.

While it is still not the one-video-converter to rule them all, as it lacks options to merge or split video files for instance, it is excellent when it comes to converting different video sources to mp4 or mkv.

Now You: Which video converter do you use, if any?

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  1. Abel said on June 30, 2017 at 12:33 am

    In the previous version of Handbrake, via the activity log, I was able to copy the ffmpeg command line used. Is their a way to get that same command line using this new version? I cant seem to find it in the activiy log.

  2. Max66 said on December 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I use Handbrake regularly but I equally use ffmpeg as it is also available for my OS X platform and my QNAP (Linux) NAS. Since encoding is CPU intensive and can sometimes take a long time, I often schedule a cron job on my QNAP and have ffmpeg work through whatever time it takes. Of course Handbrake is much easier to use with all its settings at hand, so no need to search man pages for help.

  3. Anonymous said on December 28, 2016 at 1:03 am


  4. Martin said on December 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Does it onclude HE-ACC again? (was taken out… )

  5. Steve said on December 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Front page on TechMeme way to go Martin!

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks, that is always really nice. Not happening that often though unfortunately :)

  6. hirobo2 said on December 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Martin should also do one for 3D SBS/OU to anaglyph converter…

  7. Phylis Sophical said on December 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    My son has a band that goes back to the mid 90’s and therefore, tons of CD’s with his performances. I used HandBrake to convert the whole lot. Also did all the Family video’s that go back to the 50’s. Had them converted from 8mm to Cd’s and thanks to HandBrake, they are now in .mp4. Very easy to use even for a novice. Thanks for the update notice.

  8. Dorryn said on December 27, 2016 at 6:21 am

    For everything related to video encoding I’ve always trusted megui. I wonder what Handbrake does differently.

  9. XenoSilvano said on December 27, 2016 at 5:31 am

    There must have been a blue moon tonight because I cannot recall the time this software was updated last

  10. pd said on December 27, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Definitely a very handy program. Thanks to all the authors who work so hard to make this app available, including the contributors to the underlying projects that make this possible like the libav and x264 teams.

    Those teams go uncredited in the Handbrake About page which is disappointing to see.

  11. Jeff said on December 27, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Great little app! Must-have really if you transcode videos. Don’t use some cheap ass converter, use Handbrake.

  12. Robert said on December 26, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I just installed the ppa onto Linux and the version there is at 0.10.2 .

    1. Robert said on December 27, 2016 at 12:16 am

      I used the wrong command. To get version 1.0, these are the commands:

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

      sudo apt-get update

      apt-get install handbrake-gtk

      1. Joel said on December 27, 2016 at 3:24 am

        This is what I did and I can confirm this installs the latest. I’ve noticed that the layout is different from the Windows one that Martin shows in the article. I actually think Handbrake is better under Linux.

  13. Tom Hawack said on December 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Very nice, very easy. HandBrake chooses the correct settings, nothing to do really for a non-techie as myself yet includes advanced tuning for the experts.

    I have hundreds of flv, mpeg, avi, wmv files from years ago (some over 15 years!) downloaded when my Internet connection was too weak to allow optimal streaming. I was searching for a very good video converter, many are available but after trying two or three I postponed the choice, not really satisfied. HandBrake does it fine, I now have the tool, I’ll have to get the work done… nothing complicated, no cockpit with buttons everywhere, intuitive :) But not basic as I said.

    Great. Nice you spotted this application, Martin, rather that you described its update as well.

  14. Wolfgan said on December 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    The main issue I see with handbrake is that it doesn’t allow remuxing/ stream copy features (which with modern HW players it’s an useful feature as they have the capability to play optimized video for many codecs and resolutions, but probably fail on variety of containers support, or just the audio needs to be transcoded so no need to touch the video)

    On windows I usually rely on Avidemux or Xmedia Recode when media files are not natively supported

  15. Moloch said on December 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Used it before to convert x265 to x264, works great.

  16. Anonymous said on December 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Great, now that discs are dead and it’s no longer needed, haha

    1. pd said on December 27, 2016 at 5:05 am

      It’s far from limited to discs-only. That’s an ignorant comment.

    2. James T. said on December 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Vudu Disc to digital
      Amazon Video and Google Play Movies
      kinda replaced discs

  17. Mikon said on December 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    No NVENC and AMDAPP support? Thats bad. ;<

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