Handbrake 1.5.1 changes Windows requirements to Windows 10 or 11 and .NET 6
Handbrake 1.5.1, released a day after Handbrake 1.5.0 was released, is a major new release of the open source video transcoder. Among the many changes are new system requirements for the Windows version.
Handbrake 1.5.1 is no longer compatible with pre-Windows 10 Windows operating systems. The last working version of Handbrake for those systems is Handbrake 1.4.2, which is still available for download on Github.
Handbrake for Windows requires Windows 10 or higher, and the Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime version 6.0.0 or later. The installer displays a download prompt if the runtime is not detected. The link opens Microsoft's official .NET 6.0 Runtime download page from which the latest version can be downloaded.
The developers recommend that queues are emptied before the upgrade to the new version is run.
The news of the new version has not been published yet on the official website of the project, but GitHub lists all the information already.
Handbrake 1.5.1 is a rebuild of version 1.5.0 of the application. The release includes the usual assortment of updated library files that power core features of the multimedia application.
Release notes are divided into sections for all supported operating systems. The Windows release got support for notifications, which users need to enable under Preferences > When Done. Support for right to left rendering has been added, and the queue got two new options -- move to top and move to bottom -- to improve queue management. The new version fixes several issues, including a crash issue on Windows devices.
The Mac and Linux versions share some of the changes, and interested users may want to check out the official release notes for an overview. The Linux version comes with updated Flatpak dependencies, and the Mac OS X version requires Mac OS 10.13 or higher now.
Handbrake is a handy video encoder that can process single files or queues of files. The program displays the options on start, and users may use drag & drop or a file browser to add supported media files to the application.
From there, it depends on the target media formats for the files that were added to the program. Handbrake supports many popular audio and video formats.
More and more programs start to make Windows 10 the requirement, even though Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1 are supported for another year.
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