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HandBrake: An open source video converter upgrade has been released

HandBrake, the open source video codec, has been updated to version 1.6.0. This upgrade enables AV1 video encoding for the first time.

HandBrake, the open source video transcoding software, has been updated this week with some significant improvements. This includes support for encoding videos with the 10-bit AV1 and VP9 codecs, as well as many other new features and improvements.

HandBrake is a free, open source, GPL-licensed, cross-platform, multi-threaded video encoder. It is available for Linux, Mac and Windows 10 or higher. Originally, Eric Petit developed the software in 2003 to simplify ripping DVDs to a data storage device. The program can handle most popular multimedia files and all DVD or BluRay sources that don’t Copy protection It contains.

Users can convert videos from various sources such as DVDs or Blu-ray discs to other formats such as MP4 or MKV. It is also an ideal tool for those who want to convert existing video footage into space-saving formats for viewing on smartphones or tablets. It provides presets for everything from iPhone to Apple TV.

HandBrake 1.6 comes with several updates

With version 1.6.0, HandBrake has recently received a number of improvements. For example, it is now the first version to support AV1, VP9 10-bit, NVENC HEVC 10-bit, and VCN HEVC 10-bit video codecs. The update also adds high bit depth and color depth support for many codecs and filters, as well as new 4K AV1 and 4K HEVC presets.

Apple Silicon Mac owners can now use the H.265 4:2:2 profile for the VideoToolbox encoder. The new version of the application also supports Intel Deep Link Hyper Encode to boost performance when working with multiple QSV media engines on Intel-based computers. Additionally, HandBrake now works with OpenBSD, while the Mac version has Quick Look support and translations into more languages, including Japanese.

It is recommended to download HandBrake 1.6 from the original source, that is, directly from GitHub, to get. You can find complete there Release notes to update. Developers report what to consider when updating:

Before updating HandBrake, please make sure that there are no pending codecs in the queue and be sure to back up any custom presets and application settings you have as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Windows users, please make sure you have Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime version 6.0.x installed. You must install .NET 6 even if you already have .NET 7 installed. “