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HandBrake – A Free and Open Source Transcoder for Linux

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HandBrake is a completely free and open source tool for converting video files from nearly any format to selecting widely supported codes. It’s a multiplatform and multithreaded video transcoder available for all the major OS, including Linux, Windows, and macOS. For modern and smooth file coding, it uses third-party libraries such as Libav, libvpx, and x265. It helps you make all the video files compatible with all the modern devices like iPhone, Android devices, smart TV, Fire Stick, and much more to run your favorite files across the devices.

Important Features

  • There are no Built-in Device Presets available for standard or high-quality conversions.
  • Very simple and easy to use.
  • HandBrake is a good choice for both newbie and advanced users.
  • There are a lot of advanced options to improve your encodes.
  • HandBrake can process most modern and common multimedia files that obviously don’t include any copyright protection.
  • A wide range of output files is supported.
  • Support for VFR and CFR.
  • Chapter markers and subtitles.
  • Live Static and Video Preview.
  • Hardware acceleration.

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HandBrake - A Free and Open Source Transcoder

A few days ago, HandBrake video transcoder released a new version, with lots of bug fixes and new features. Let’s check some important new features.

  • Improved user interface.
  • New and improved official presets.
  • Improved AppleTV 4K support.
  • Improved Intel QuickSync Video support.
  • Many other bug fixes and improvements

Here is the full list of changelog

How to install HandBrake on Ubuntu

  • Method 1: Install via Official PPA

Now you can install the HandBrake video transcoder through the official PPA. Run the following command one by one into the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Remove the HandBrake Software

If you want to remove the installation and purge the PPA, run the below command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Now launch “Software & Updates >> Other Software” to remove PPA.

  • Method 2: Download Source code

If you are not comfortable with the PPA installation or just want to install it on another Linux system, then download the source code and install it.

Source code from Official site   Source code from GitHub

Note: The features mentioned here are not all-inclusive. The features mentioned are compiled either from their respective official websites or from my personal experience using them.

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