HandBrake 1.2.0 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.10, 18.04

Last updated: December 23, 2018

HandBrake video transcoder announced the 1.2.0 release last night with great new features and many bug-fixes.

HandBrake 1.2.0 switched core decoding library from Libav to FFmpeg, added new official presets for Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast devices, added initial support for GTK 4.

Other changes include:

  • Improved support for opening sources previously unreadable
  • AMD VCE, Nvidia NVENC, and Apple VideoToolbox hardware-accelerated video encoding
  • Touch Bar support on macOS
  • Added support for decoding TIFF/LZMA video
  • Dark Mode support on macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • Initial localization support on Mac and Windows
  • Added support for E-AC3 audio in MP4 container
  • Added Speex audio decoder
  • Updated libraries, and numerous other changes.

How to Install HandBrake 1.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The official HandBrake PPA offers the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and Linux Mint 19.x.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command:

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

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) when it asks for sudo command and hit Enter to add PPA.

2. Then install the video transcoder via command:

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Remove handbrake-cli from the code if you don’t need the command line version.


To remove the software, open terminal and run command:

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

To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.


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