Posted by: Chris Barylick
Date: Monday, May 20th, 2013, 07:48
Category: News, Software
Handbrake, Eric Petit’s incredibly useful open-source DVD ripping/conversion utility, has been updated to version 0.9.9.
The new version, a 9.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Improved HandBrake pineapple icon by Matt Johnson.
- Improved Retina-resolution icons within the application, by Nik Pawlak (http://nikpawlak.com).
- Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle support.
- Works with Foreign Audio Search.
- Can be Burned-In.
- Can be passed through to MKV (but not MP4).
- Additional video framerates (30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps).
- Double framerate (“bob”) mode for the deinterlace and decomb filters.
- Better audio remix support.
- Additional mixdowns: 6.1, 7.1, 7.1 (5F/2R/LFE).
- CLI users should note 6ch becomes 5point1.
- Better-than-Stereo sources can be upmixed to 5.1.
- Discard one channel from Stereo sources.
- Mono (Left Only), Mono (Right Only).
- Allow the selection of higher audio bitrates where appropriate.
- Allow the selection of lower audio samplerates where appropriate.
- 8, 11.025, 12, 16 kHz.
- Audio dithering (TPDF) when converting to 16-bit FLAC.
- Use libavcodec for DTS audio decoding (instead of libdca).
- DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete support.
- All graphical interfaces: support for x264′s preset, tune and profile options alternative to the Advanced panel (which is still available).
- HandBrake-specific option to ensure compliance with a specific H.264 level.
Updated built-in presets:
- Take advantage of x264 preset/tune/profile support.
- Removed increasingly suboptimal and irrelevant Legacy presets.
- Assorted bug fixes and improvements to the core library (libhb).
- x264 r2273-b3065e6.
- Libav v9.6.
- libbluray 0.2.3.
- User Interface has been re-written in WPF.
- Includes many small UI enhancements.
- Switched to .NET 4 Client Profile (smaller download for those who don’t have .NET 4 fully installed).
- Assorted bug fixes including better support for Retina displays.
- Prevent sleep during encoding and scanning for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
- Drag & Drop files onto the Main window or application icon to scan.
- Nicer progress indication on the dock icon.
- Preview window improvements and bugfixes.
- Updated Growl to 2.0.1.
- Notification Center support (when Growl is not installed).
- Assorted bug fixes and improvements.
- Use some system libraries rather than bundling (fontconfig, freetype, libxml2, libass, libogg, libvorbis, libtheora and libsamplerate).
Command Line Interface:
- Audio option (-a) will ignore invalid input tracks and encode with only the valid ones.
- Allow use of hh:mm:ss format when specifying p-to-p start/stop time.
Advanced audio options:
- Enable level normalization when downmixing (disabled by default).
- Disable audio dithering or select a specific algorithm.
HandBrake 0.9.9 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.