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After 13 years of development, the open-source handbrake video transcoder finally reached the 1.0.0 release with many new features, miscellaneous improvements and fixes.

The HandBrake Team announced the 1.0.0 release on Christmas Eve 2016. It features:

  • New online documentation at https://handbrake.fr/docs
  • Completely overhauled the official presets
  • New JSON-based preset system including command line support
  • New JSON-based API for interacting with libhb
  • Improvements to audio/video sync engine
  • VP9 video encoding via libvpx
  • Intel QuickSync Video H.265/HEVC encoder
  • Ultra HD / 4K color pass through
  • Opus audio encoding/decoding via libopus
  • Passthru now supports E-AC-3, FLAC, and TrueHD audio formats
  • Other improvements and fixes. See here for details.

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How to Install HandBrake 1.0.0 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The official PPA repository has made the new release for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint 17 and 18.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:

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

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2. For those who have installed handbrake from Ubuntu’s main repository archive, remove it either via Ubuntu Software Center or using the command:

sudo apt remove handbrake && sudo apt autoremove

3. Finally install the 1.0.0 release via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

For those who have installed a previous gtk build from the handbrake PPA, upgrade it via Software Updater:

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How to Uninstall:

To remove the PPA build of Handbrake video transcoder, run command:

sudo apt remove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed via Other Software tab of Software & Updates utility.

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Handbrake, the popular video transcoder and DVD ripper, has reached the 0.10.2 release with a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Handbrake 0.10.2 is the second release for the 0.10 branch. Its official release note and the full changelog can be found at this page.

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How to install handbrake 0.10.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and Ubuntu 15.04, the latest release has been made into its official PPA repository.

Below is how to add the repository (to receive future updates) and install handbrake both GUI and command line tool.

NOTE: If you have installed the default version of handbrake available in Ubuntu Software Center, you may have to remove it before doing below steps!

1. First open terminal from the Dash/Launcher, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command:

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

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2. After adding the PPA via above command, you can either install handbrake by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

or use Synaptic Package Manager (available in Software Center) to update and install handbrake:

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3. Due to a bug related to the Unity overlay scrollbars, there’s a blank widgets issue which can be fixed by running below command to edit handbrake’s .desktop file:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/ghb.desktop

Install gksu from Software Center if the command doesn’t work. When the file opens, change the value of Exec to env LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0 ghb %f so it look likes:

disable-overlay-scrollbars

That’s it. Enjoy!

handbrake ubuntu 15.04

While Ubuntu repositories only provide an old version, the popular Handbrake video transcoder has reached the 0.10.1 release for a while. And there are hundreds of new features, changes, and bug fixes in the new releases.

At the moment, the official Handbrake PPA does not contain the packages for Ubuntu 15.04. We can alternatively install Handbrake 0.10.1 in Vivid either from Marc Deslauriers’s PPA (unofficial) with black widgets fixes or using the official .deb installer for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic.

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HandBrake with blank widget

Install HandBrake 0.10.1 from Marc Deslauriers’s PPA

Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:mdeslaur/handbrake

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake

The packages in the PPA were built with Unity’s Overlay Scrollbars disabled to fix the blank widgets (see picture above) issue.

Install HandBrake 0.10.1 using .deb for 14.10 Utopic:

If you want download the .deb installer for 14.10 from the links below:

.deb installer for 64-bit

.deb installer for 32-bit

Once downloaded, open the package with Ubuntu Software Center from its context (right-click) menu and click install it.

To manually fix the blank widgets issue, disable overlay scrollbar for Handbrake only by running below command to edit its .desktop file:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/ghb.desktop

Install gksu from Software Center if the command doesn’t work. When the file opens, change the value of Exec to env LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0 ghb %f so it look likes:

disable-overlay-scrollbars

That’s it. Enjoy!

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The open source video transcoder Handbrake 0.10.1 was released recently with various fixes. The developers are working on the next major release Handbrake 1.0.

In an attempt to move away from our yearly release cycle, we have decided to start publishing interim fix releases. 0.10.1 marks the first of these releases. It’s focus is to fix some common bugs rather than introduce the new features we are working on in the background for 1.0.

Handbrake 0.10.1 in Ubuntu 14.04

Release highlights in Handbrake 0.10.1:

  • Various bug fixes for all platforms and the core engine.
  • Updated x265 to 1.5 which brings numerous bug fixes and some performance improvements.

Install or Upgrade to Handbrake 0.10.1 in Ubuntu:

The developer has made the binaries into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and/or Linux Mint 17/17.1.

To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run:

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

After that, upgrade Handbrake through Software Updater. Or install it by running below commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

handbrake ubuntu 14.04

The HandBrake video transcoder got a new update recently by releasing the 0.10 release, which brings hundreds of new features, changes, and bug fixes.

HandBrake is a free and open-source multithreaded transcoding app, available for Windows, OS X and Ubuntu. After several beta and RC releases, version 0.10 was finally released one year and a half after the last 0.9.9 release.

HandBrake 0.10 in Ubuntu 14.10

What’s new in HandBrake 0.10:

The new release introduced several new encoders:

  • Intel QuickSync Video, a hardware based H.264 encoder that is available on Intel CPUs. Currently, QSV is only supported on Windows. Linux support will be available in future release.
  • H.265 is now available through x265 1.4. It’s still under heavy active development and is only going to improve over time!
  • Deprecated Theora (VP3) in favour of VP8 which is a more modern encoder offering better quality encodes at lower file sizes.
  • Due to GPL compatibility issues, LibFaac has been replaced by the libav AAC encoder as the default for Windows and Linux.
  • Added the FDK AAC encoder for Windows and Linux as a optional compile-time option. The Mac release will continue to use CoreAudio as the default.
  • A number of the core libraries including x264 and libav has been updated.

The HandBrake 0.10 also brings the new NLMeans filter that offers much higher quality denoising. In addition to the default Lanczos scaling algorithm, HandBrake now offers BiCubic scaling on Windows via OpenCL.

The audio and subtitle controls have been overhauled to support default behaviours which can be stored in presets. This simplifies the workflow for many batch encoding scenarios. For Linux, now requires GTK+ 3.

For more details, check out the release note.

How to Install HandBrake 0.10 in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10:

The developer has made the binary packages into the official HandBrake PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Linux Mint 17.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below:

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

Type in your user password when it asks and press Enter to continue.

After that, install HandBrake via your package manager after checking for updates. Or just run the commands below one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

That’s it. Enjoy!