The open source video transcoder HandBrake has reach version 0.9.9. Many new and widely requested features have been added and many more under the hood improvements have been made in this release.

Also, there’re two other releases: HandBrake with Intel’s Quick Sync Video (Beta), and HandBrake with OpenCL (Beta).

Here’s the changes of HandBrake 0.9.9:

  • Improved HandBrake pineapple icon by Matt Johnson
  • Improved Retina-resolution icons within the application, by Nik Pawlak
  • Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle support
    • works with Foreign Audio Search
    • can be Burned-In
    • can be passed through to MKV (but not MP4)
  • Additional video framerates
    • 30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps
  • Double framerate (“bob”) mode for the deinterlace and decomb filters
  • Better audio remix support
    • additional mixdowns: 6.1, 7.1, 7.1 (5F/2R/LFE)
      • CLI users should note 6ch becomes 5point1
    • better-than-Stereo sources can be upmixed to 5.1
    • discard one channel from Stereo sources
      • Mono (Left Only), Mono (Right Only)
  • Allow the selection of higher audio bitrates where appropriate
  • Allow the selection of lower audio samplerates where appropriate
    • 8, 11.025, 12, 16 kHz
  • Audio dithering (TPDF) when converting to 16-bit FLAC
  • Use libavcodec for DTS audio decoding (instead of libdca)
    • DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete support
  • All graphical interfaces: support for x264′s preset, tune and profile options
    • alternative to the Advanced panel (which is still available)
    • HandBrake-specific option to ensure compliance with a specific H.264 level
  • Updated built-in presets
    • take advantage of x264 preset/tune/profile support
    • removed increasingly suboptimal and irrelevant Legacy presets
  • Assorted bug fixes and improvements to the core library (libhb)
  • Updated libraries
    • x264 r2273-b3065e6
    • Libav v9.6
    • libbluray 0.2.3
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Install HandBrake 0.9.9 in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 and Linux Mint:

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, run following 3 commands one by one:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk