HandBrake 1.3.3 Released with Improved Intel QSV Support

Last updated: February 23, 2021

HandBrake video transcoder 1.3.3 was released today with a number of bug-fixes and improvements.

Changes in HandBrake 1.3.3 include:

  • Fixed ISO 639-2/B language codes in MKV
  • Improved support for sources where pixel format cannot be quickly identified
  • Improved Intel QSV memory footprint
  • Improved Intel QSV H.265 memory buffer size
  • Improved support for out-of-order SSA subtitles
  • Improved flatpak package support
  • Updated libraries: FFmpeg 4.2.3
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

How to Install HandBrake in Ubuntu:

HandBrake has an official PPA which so far supports for Ubuntu 19.10 and Ubuntu 20.04.

NOTE the PPA is not updated at the moment of writing. The new release packages should be available in a few days, check the previous PPA link before getting started.

1.) Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from ‘Show Applications’ menu. When it opens, run command:

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

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompts and hit Enter to continue adding the PPA.

2.) Once the PPA is updated with the new release packages, you can run following commands one by one to install it on your system:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk

(Optional) To remove the handbrake PPA repository, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software, or run command:

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

In addition, HandBrake also available to install in Ubuntu via Flatpak package.


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One response to HandBrake 1.3.3 Released with Improved Intel QSV Support

  1. The last optional commandline in point 2 (remove handbrake) looks like a copy&paste of the add repository command. I think there is a –remove flag missing. This removes the repository not the installed software. To uninstall handbrake you should use a apt purge command.