HandBrake is a very popular open source and multi-platform video transcoder. This software has finally launched 1.0.0 version after more than 13 years in its development. The new version can process most common media files and DVD/Blu-ray sources which don’t have any copy protection. This video conversion program is easy to use and also offers advanced option for users who want more control over the conversion process.

Features of the new version are enlisted below:-

General

– New online documentation at https://handbrake.fr/docs
– Completely overhauled the official presets
– New general use presets for broad compatibility
– New device presets, now more up-to-date for common devices
– New web presets
– New Matroska (MKV) presets, including VP9 video with Opus audio
– Official presets from HandBrake 0.10.x are still available under “Legacy”
– New JSON-based preset system including command line support
– New JSON-based API for interacting with libhb
– Improvements to audio/video sync engine to better handle difficult sources
– Many miscellaneous bug fixes and improvement

Windows

– Graphical interface now uses libhb directly, instead of sending commands to the command line interface
– Encoding can now be paused and resumed
– Stopping encoding will finalize the partial file to be playable
– Reduced installer and install size
– The command line interface is no longer included in the graphical interface installer
– Update checker now verifies the signature of the update file for improved security
– Added support for quality-based audio encoding
– Added ability to import tab-separated (.tsv), XML (.xml), and plain text (.txt) chapter markers
– Improved the “configure default” options for audio and subtitles
– Default audio track behavior is now configurable
– Subtitles burn-in behavior is now configurable
– Removed DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) hardware-accelerated video decoding
– Was causing many issues without providing sufficient improvement to decoding efficiency
– May be added again at a later date if performance and stability improves
– Usability improvements
– Miscellaneous bug fixes

Before updating ensure that there are no pending encodes in the Queue. If you are using older version of HandBrake, make note of any custom Presets you have created, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

HandBrake’s new version will definitely attract more users.