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HandBrake 1.8.1


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 1.8.1 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.

All platforms


  • Fixed a warning / misconfiguration when repeat-headers is used with the x265 encoder.(#6061)
  • Fixed an issue where the NVEnc encoder ignored the level option


  • Fixed an issue where dvd subtitles could be corrupted during rendering.


  • Fixed an issue that caused video artefacts to occur when using the eedi2 filter (#6073)

Third-party libraries

  • Updated libraries
  • FFmpeg 7.0.1 (decoding and filters)
  • libdav1d 1.4.3 (AV1 video decoding)


  • Fixed a stall in the queue that could happen if the encoding process crashes when configuring a job
  • Removed the "Show" button from the notifications when there is nothing to show


  • Hardware decoding is now defaulted to off for new installations. Users can opt-in whilst making sure they are running up-to-date drivers
  • Fixed an issue where hardware decoding could erroneously be used for previews
  • Fixed an issue where auto name was triggering too aggressively (#6079)
  • Removed an erroneous error message when dragging files onto the main window that include a subtitle file.(#6065)

Download: HandBrake 1.8.1 (64-bit) | Portable 64-bit (Open Source)
Download: HandBrake 1.8.1 (ARM64) | 16.5 MB
Links: HandBrake Website | Other Operating Systems | Screenshot

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