HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

Handbrake can process most common multimeida files and any DVD or Bluray sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection. It supports converting to iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, and Android devices.


  • File Containers: MP4(M4V) and MKV
  • Video Encoders: H.264(x264), MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), or Theora(libtheora)
  • Audio Encoders: AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis.
  • Audio Passthru: AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 tracks

Misc features:

  • Title / Chapter selection
  • Queue up multiple encodes
  • Chapter Markers
  • Subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT)
  • Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
  • Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
  • Video Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping and scaling
  • Live Video Preivew
  • Built-in presets for common devices

Install HandBrake in Ubuntu:

Before the ppa repository updated for Ubuntu 13.04, you can install handbrake by the steps below:

1.) Check 32-bit or 64-bit by going to Unity Dash -> System Monitor. You’ll find system info at first tab, something like “Release 13.04 (Raring) 32-bit Kernel Linux xxxx-generic”.

2.) Download the DEB installer: 32-bit | 64-bit

3.) Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, and run following commands to install the DEB. You’ll be prompt to input the user password.

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/handbrake-gtk_0.9.8*.deb

Then install the required packages to fix dependency problem:

sudo apt-get -f install

Once installed, launch it from the Unity Dash.