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

HandBrake support most common multimedia files that libavformat and libavcodec support, support any DVD or Bluray-like source which is NOT copy-protected. (removal of copy protection is not supported)

HandBrake outputs file format: MP4(M4V) and MKV, video: MPEG-4(ffmpeg), H.264(x264), or Theora(libtheora), and audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC (OS X Only), MP3, or Vorbis. AC-3 pass-through, DTS pass-thorugh (MKV only)

Misc features:

  • Chapter selection, Chapter Markers
  • Subtitles
    • Vobsub and Closed Captions
    • SRT import and passthru
    • SSA passthru or burn-in (experimental)
  • Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
  • Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
  • Video: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Cropping and scaling
  • Live Video Preivew

Install HandBrake in Ubuntu:

ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases contains the official HandBrake releases for Ubuntu

To add this ppa, run this in a terminal window:

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

Then update and install HandBrake: (For now support 11.10, 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk