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The open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.0.7 was released hours ago. It’s official PPA now provides the latest packages for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty.

By releasing version 1.0.4, 1.0.5, and 1.0.6 within a few hours, the developer finally announced HandBrake 1.0.7 to supersede previous releases.

HandBrake 1.0.7 changelog:

  • Video:
    • Fixed decoding of raw video in Matroska/MKV
    • Fixed time stamp handling for containerless raw video
    • Fixed memory leaks in OpenCL
    • Fixed x265 2-pass encoding where video frame rate is altered by filters
    • Improved handling of very small amounts of sync jitter (~1 tick)
    • Improved handling of AVI files with broken indices
  • Audio: Further refined fix for Libav crash encoding AAC at very high bitrates
  • Subtitles
    • Removed fontconfig dependency on Mac and Windows; libass now uses CoreText/DirectWrite
    • Improved subtitle font selection when burning in SRT/SSA subtitles
  • Command line interface: Fixed preset subtitle burn defaults override
  • Build system: Updated MinGW-w64 build script for improved compatibility with hardened GCC
  • Linux:
    • Fixed video preset control not updating
    • Fixed audio passthru masks not updating until preset save
    • Fixed application of SRT subtitles offset
    • Updated translations: af, cs, ja_JP, ru, sk, sv
  • Windows; Fixed When Done option not updating/resetting correctly

How to Install HandBrake via PPA in Ubuntu:

The official HandBrake PPA provides the new 1.0.4 release at the moment for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 17, 18, and Elementary OS Loki.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command:

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

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.

2. Then check updates and install the new release via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

If you have a previous released installed, you may also upgrade it using Software Updater:

How to Remove:

The PPA repository can be removed or disabled by launching Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab. And handbrake can be removed via command:

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

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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

handbrake-ppa

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.

Curlew Multimedia Converter

Curlew is a free multimedia converter for Ubuntu Linux that features small package size, few library dependencies, 100+ output formats, easy to use UI, and more.

Curlew is written in Python and GTK+ 3, and uses FFMPEG (or Libav-tools) to transcode media files. The main features are:

  • Easy to use user interface (New GTK3 Header bar).
  • Hide the advanced options with the ability to show them.
  • More than 100 output formats.
  • Allow to edit formats.
  • Shutdown or suspend PC afer a conversion process.
  • Show file informations, file details using mediainfo.
  • Allow to skip or remove file during conversion process.
  • Preview file before conversion in its context menu.
  • Show video thumbnail.
  • Convert a specified portion of file.
  • Combine subtitle with video.
  • Allow to crop and pad video.
  • Show error details if exist.
  • And more …
Curlew 100+ output formats

Curlew 100+ output formats

Curlew Advanced Settings

Curlew Advanced Settings

Curlew show file info

Curlew show file info

How to Install Curlew transcoder in Ubuntu:

Pre-compiled Ubuntu .deb is available in the link below:

Download Curlew (.deb)

So far, the latest is “curlew_0.2.2-1_all.deb”, just download and install it via either Ubuntu Software or terminal command (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/curlew_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

Works for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, and their derivatives. Once installed, launch Curlew from Unity Dash, or your desktop app launcher.

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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

Selene, a free and open-source batch media converter, has recently reached ver 2.5 with VP9 and H265/HEVC encoding support.

For the new encoding supports, there are some points noted in the official release note:

For VP9 encoding support using ffmpeg or avconv:

  • VP9 encoder is very slow compared to VP8. Use the ‘speed’ slider to adjust the encoding speed. Lower values will give better quality video at expense of encoding speed. Higher values will speed-up encoding at the expense of quality. You need to find a balance that you are comfortable with.
  • The ‘constant quality’ rate control method seems to be broken in the VP8/VP9 encoder. Both ffmpeg and vpxenc tools ignore the –crf/–cq-level parameter and produce bad quality video. So currently only ‘variable bitrate’ mode is available in the application.
  • Output format is WebM (*.webm). Other containers currently do not support VP8/VP9 video formats.
  • Ensure that the version of ffmpeg/avconv on your system was compiled with VP8/VP9 support. As of now, the version available in the Ubuntu repositories for 14.04 and above, have support for VP8/VP9 encoding. You can verify this by running the command: ‘avconv -codecs | grep libvpx’
Selene with VP9 Encoding support

Selene with VP9 Encoding support

For H.265/HEVC encoding support:

  • x265 encoder is very slow compared to x264. Change the ‘preset’ option to ‘fast’ or ‘fastest’ to speed-up the encoding at the expense of compression (output file size).
  • Only MP4 container is supported for output. MKV output is not yet available since both ‘mkvmerge’ and ‘ffmpeg’ are yet to add support for muxing h265 streams.
Selene with H265 encoding support

Selene with H265 encoding support

How to Install / Upgrade Selene in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17/17.1 users, the latest packages for this converter are available in the developer’s PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install selene

Or you can directly grab the .deb installer from the ppa packages page.

via: TeeJee Tech