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HandBrake 1.8.0


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 1.8.0 changelog:

Upgrade Notice

Before updating HandBrake, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the queue, and be sure to make a backup of any custom presets and app preferences you have, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Windows users, please make sure to install Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime version 8.0.x. Read carefully: you need the DESKTOP runtime.


  • Allowed muxing VP9 and FLAC in the MP4 container
  • Removed timestamp jitters when using a constant NTSC frame rate in the MP4 container
  • Removed support for importing legacy plist based presets from much older versions of HandBrake
  • Updated iso639 language codes list


  • Added support for the FFV1 encoder, including a new preset "Preservation FFV1" under the Professional category
  • Added support for multi-pass CQ with VP9
  • Added support for VP9 tunes
  • Added Dolby Vision dynamic metadata pass through for SVT-AV1
  • Improved Decomb speed by removing unneeded frame copies
  • Improved Framerate Shaper metrics for high depth frames

Command line interface

  • Fixed subtitle "scan" when not first in --subtitle list
  • Fixed override of subtitle settings
  • Fixed processing audio overrides to preset


  • Added TrueHD encoder
  • Added 88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz sample rates for TrueHD and FLAC encoders
  • Improved audio tracks selection by tracking "linked" audio tracks
  • Fixed incorrect channel layout when encoding a 6.1 track to Opus


  • Fixed passthru of VobSub tracks that contains empty of fully transparent subtitles samples
  • Fixed an issue that prevented decoding VobSub tracks stored inside MP4
  • Fixed burn-in of SSA/ASS subtitles inside MKV that have duplicated Read Orders

Build system

  • Reviewed and improved compiler optimization options for the third-party libraries
  • Improved libdovi package to make it possible to ship it in Flathub flatpak version

Third-party libraries

Updated libraries

  • AMF 1.4.33 (AMD VCN video encoding)
  • FFmpeg 7.0 (decoding and filters)
  • HarfBuzz 8.4.0 (subtitles)
  • libass 0.17.2 (subtitles)
  • libdav1d 1.4.1 (AV1 video decoding)
  • libdovi 3.3.0 (Dolby Vision dynamic metadata)
  • libopus 1.5.2 (Opus audio encoding)
  • libjpeg-turbo 3.0.3 (preview image compression)
  • libvpx 1.14.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
  • oneVPL 2.10.1 (Intel QSV video encoding/decoding)
  • SVT-AV1 2.1.0 (AV1 video encoding)
  • x264 164 r3186 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
  • x265 3.6 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
  • zlib 1.3.1 (general)

Removed libraries

  • libxml2


  • Migrated the UI to GTK 4
  • Added support for resursive file scan
  • Added support for drag/drop/multi-file scanning. (Including subtitle files)
  • Added --clear-queue and --auto-start-queue flags to the linux ui app.
  • Update the "Open Source" button to make the folder/batch mode more discoverable.
  • Refreshed app icons
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated existing translations


  • Added Dolby Vision and HDR10+ dynamic metadata pass through for VideoToolbox H.265 10-bit
  • Added Metal accelerated Comb Detect and Framerate Shaper filters
  • Added ability to drag and drop SRT and ASS subtitles files onto the main window
  • Added support for excluding file extensions when opening files in batch mode
  • Default exclusions are common image, subtitles, and text file extensions; edit list in Preferences > Advanced
  • Added new preference to pause encodes when switching to battery
  • Added new preference to clear completed jobs at launch option
  • Reworked notification options to allow per encode or per queue control
  • Reworked toolbar to follow macOS UI style
  • Improved performance of the Activity Log window
  • Improved UI performances by avoiding uneeded window resizes and slow AppKit controls
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated existing translations
  • Added new translations - Ukrainian


  • Requires Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 8.0.x
  • Added Invert Queue option to the Add to Queue Window (#5741)
  • Drag/Drop now supports resursive folder scan mode.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated existing translations
  • Added new translations - Catalan (Català)

Download: HandBrake 1.8.0 (64-bit) | Portable 64-bit (Open Source)
Download: HandBrake 1.8.0 (ARM64) | 16.5 MB
Links: HandBrake Website | Other Operating Systems | Screenshot

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