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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.

HandBrake with blank widget

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:


That’s it. Enjoy!

handbrake ubuntu 14.04

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!

handbrake ubuntu 14.04

HandBrake, a free and open source video transcoder, finally gets an update by releasing 0.10 beta. It has been such a long time since the last v0.9.9.

Today we are releasing the first of several beta’s for the 0.10 release with the hope of releasing a final build sometime in the next couple of months.
The 0.10 release will give us the opportunity to push out many improvements, but allow us to continue working on the new API we have planned for the 1.0 release.

Handbrake 0.10 beta in Ubuntu 14.04

Changes in HandBrake 0.10:


  • Intel QuickSync Video Encode / Decode support.(Windows only currently)
  • DXVA Hardware Decode support (Experimental and Windows only)
  • Choice of Scalers: Lanczos, Bicubic (OpenCL) (Experimental)
  • hqdn3d filter now accepts individual settings for both chroma channels (Cr, Cb)
  • New NlMeans? denoiser. This is very slow, but results are significantly better than hqdn3d.
  • Added Windows Phone 8 Preset
  • Updated Libraries: x264 r2431-ac76440, Libav v10.1, libbluray 0.5.0
  • Libavformat is now used for muxing instead of mp4v2 and libmkv
  • The LibAV AAC encoder is now the default as FAAC has been removed.
  • H.265 encoder (Experimental – available when compiled from source with –enable-x265)
  • Added VP8 Encoder (using libvpx), available in MKV files only.
  • Removed mcdeint deinterlace and decomb modes. This relied on the snow encoder in libav which has been was removed by upstream.
  • Bug fixes and Misc Improvements


  • Automatic audio and subtitle track selection behaviours which can be stored per preset.
  • Improvements to Auto-Naming feature.
  • Batch Add to queue by list selection.
  • Russian and Czech Translations
  • Bug fixes and Misc Improvements
  • Requires GTK3

Install HandBrake 0.10 beta in Ubuntu 14.04:

The new release is available in the snapshots PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 and its derivatives. To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

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

sudo apt-get update 

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

Or you can grab the .deb package directly from the launchpad page.


handbrake ubuntu 14.04

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 Supports:


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

handbrake ubuntu 14.04

Instal Handbrake in Ubuntu:

Handbrake 0.10 released, and you can install it via the developer’s PPA in Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 14.10. Just run commands below one by one in terminal:

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.

install handbrake ubuntu 14.04

When done, open the video transcoder from Unity Dash and enjoy!