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HandBrake 1.6.1


HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.

Here is a detailed breakdown of HandBrake’s features:

  • Built-in Device Presets—Get started with HandBrake in seconds by choosing a profile optimized for your device, or choose a universal profile for standard or high quality conversions. Simple, easy, fast. For those that want more choice, tweak many basic and advanced options to improve your encodes.
  • Supported Input Sources—Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-ray sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.


  • File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
  • Video Encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264(x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-2, VP8 and Theora
  • Audio Encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
  • Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 tracks

Additional 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 Preview

HandBrake 1.6.1 changelog:

All platforms


  • Fixed a potential decoder issue that could cause desync with audio (#4788, #4789)

Command line interface

  • Fixed inability to name external subtitles tracks using --subname


  • Fixed behavior of quality slider when changing encoders


  • Fixed translations missing updates as part of 1.6.0 (#4790)
  • Bulgarian (Български)
  • Corsican (Corsu)
  • Dutch (Nederlands)
  • German (Deutsch)
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Fixed (partially) Intel QSV hardware detection (#4768)
  • Fixed a potential crash when canceling an Intel QSV encode (#4341)
  • Fixed building with -Werror=format-security by adding missing format strings where needed


  • Fixed quality slider not allowing negative values for encoders supporting them
  • Fixed issues upgrading presets from older versions (#4820)
  • Fixed a potential graphical interface hang when stopping the queue (#4782)
  • Fixed optical disc drives on the source selection pane not scanning correctly (#4771)
  • Fixed erroneous display of 2-pass check box for Intel QSV AV1 encoder (not yet supported) (#4777)
  • Fixed a build configuration issue that broke version 1.6.0 for Windows on arm64
  • Fixed an issue that prevented NVDEC from being available
  • Fixed passthru audio erroneously falling back to encoding (#4795)
  • Fixed the Save New Preset button incorrectly overwriting recently added presets (#4804)

Download: HandBrake 1.6.1 (64-bit) | Portable 64-bit (Open Source)
Download: HandBrake 1.6.1 (ARM64) | 16.4 MB
Links: HandBrake Website | Other Operating Systems | Screenshot

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