Handbrake is an open source media transcoder that has been in development since 2013. The software is free to download and released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The application allows users to rapidly convert video files from one format to another and is one of the most capable open source transcoders around. Handbrake is cross platform and works on Mac, Windows and Linux computers.
The new update adds significant capabilities and is accompanied by a simpler to understand documentation, which is only available in English as of now. Existing users are advised to finish all tasks in a queue before upgrading. There are new general use presets tweaked for broader compatibility. The device presets have also been updated to include target video format for more common and newer devices. The older presets are still available in the Legacy section.
There is now support for Ultra HD and 4K videos, with more frame rate options. The software takes advantage of the features in newer Intel CPUs. Audio support for FLAC, TrueHD and E-AC-3 have been added. It is now possible to export a queue from the command line interface and import the queue from a graphical user interface. There are a number of performance enhancements and bug fixes.
The software can be used to convert videos from one format to another, add subtitles, add chapter markers and allows resizing of videos. Handbrake cannot be used to edit videos, combine several videos together, split a video into multiple videos or use the software to write to discs. The transcoder does not have the capabilities of bypassing DRM measures on multimedia files and is meant to be used for original content only.