HandBrake 0.10.5 Drops FDK AAC in Its Official Binaries

February 12, 2016

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The popular HandBrake video transcoder has reached the 0.10.5 release one day ago. Due to licensing issues, the high quality FDK-AAC encoder has been removed from the official binary releases.

This change affects all of the device presets on Windows and Linux. OS X is unaffected because it has always used coreaudio for aac encoding. The LibAV AAC encoder is still present though it does not support HE-AAC.

HandBrake 0.10.5 features:

  • Removal of FDK AAC from our binary releases. --enable-fdk is required for “non-free” builds if compiling from source.
  • Updated x265 to 1.9 which brings bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • Few minor bug fixes since the 0.10.3 release. This includes improvements in large AVI file handling.

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Install HandBrake 0.10.5 in Ubuntu:

You can either install the new release in Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives via the official PPA:

launch terminal and run below commands one by one:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Or compile from source with --enable-fdk to plug fdk-aac library. See the compile instructions

To revert back the stock version of HandBrake in Ubuntu, just reinstall handbrake via Software Center which will ask to remove handbrake-gtk and/or handbrake-cli.

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