Handbrake 1.1.0: major video converter update

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 9, 2018
Updated • Apr 9, 2018
Music and Video

Handbrake is a popular open source cross-platform video converter that you may use to convert video files and DVD and Blu-Ray media without encryption from one format to another.

We reviewed Handbrake in 2007 for the first time here on Ghacks, and followed development of the video converter since that time. The developers released the major milestone Handbrake 1.0 in 2016, and today another major update.

One of Handbrake's major features is support for conversion presets which are designed to convert videos for optimal use on specific devices, programs or video hosting sites.

The application supports all major video formats but limits output to mp4 and mkv.

Handbrake 1.1.0

Handbrake 1.1.0 is a major update that introduces new features and modifies existing ones. Users of the program may notice several user interface improvements. Presets have been integrated into the main conversion workflow and the main window has been redesigned to improve usability and consistency.

Handbrake 1.10 comes with a new summary tab that displays important information right away.

The core conversion process has not changed all that much though; you load a video file that you want to convert and select a preset that you want to work with or modify transcoding parameters manually if you prefer that or need to do so if no preset is available.

You can save custom configurations as new presets so that you may select custom presets at any time in the future.

Handbrake 1.1.0 supports new presets; Internet users who host videos on Vimeo or YouTube find presets for these platforms in the new version. Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku owners find new presets for 2160p and 4K resolutions for the mentioned devices, and there are new 2160p and 4k Matroska presets as well. Last but not least, new post-production presets are available as well.

Presets speed up the transcoding process significantly. All it takes is four steps to convert a video from start to finish:

  1. Load the video.
  2. Select a preset.
  3. Select an output directory.
  4. Click on "start encode".

You can encode individual files one after the other, or use Handbrake's queue functionality instead to batch transcode video files.

Handbrake 1.1.0 includes plenty of other changes. Here is a short selection of important changes or improvements:

  1. Support for adaptive streaming added (use --inline-parameter-sets)
  2. Experimental Intel QuickSync Video support for Linux.
  3. Added 10-bit H.265/HEVC support for Kaby Lake and newer processors.
  4. Support for multiple graphics processing units via D3D11 encode path.
  5. Improved AppleTV 4K support.
  6. Updated third-party libraries.
  7. Option to configure low disk space warning level (under Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Low diskspace warning level). Default warning level is set to 10 Gigabytes.
  8. Windows: option to play a sound on complete.
  9. Windows: option to show progress in title bar.
  10. Windows: per-display resolution awareness.
  11. Windows: support for running Handbrake in portable mode (see portable.ini template).

Closing Words

Handbrake 1.1.0 is a major update for the video converting software. The new version introduces new features, updates presets and third-party libraries, and comes with other improvements across the board.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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