Handbrake is a free and open source tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. It was originally developed by Eric “titer” Petit in 2003 to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions.
Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.
- File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
- Video Encoders: H.264(x264), MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), and Theora(libtheora)
- Audio Encoders: AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
- Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 tracks
Instal Handbrake in Ubuntu:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli
The official download link will point Ubuntu users to the launchpad PPA, which only supports Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and earlier. I’ve tested the raring’s build in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty and fortunately it works!
Handbrake now is available in the default Ubuntu repositories since 14.04 trusty, so all we need to do is update the system and then search for and install the package in Ubuntu Software Center.
When done, open the video transcoder from Unity Dash and enjoy!