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HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoder for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It supports any DVD-like source and most multimedia files and can convert into the following formats:

  • File format: MP4 and MKV
  • Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
  • Audio: AAC, MP3, Vorbis or AC-3 and DTS pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)

Among HandBrake features are:
  • Chapter selection
  • "Soft Subtitles" (not permanently rendered to frame)
  • Integrated bitrate calculator
  • Picture deinterlacing
  • Cropping and scaling
  • Grayscale encoding.

HandBrake 0.9.4 was released a few days ago, and it includes over 1,000 changes since the last release, including soft subtitles (rips subtitles and you can turn then on or off), constant quality encoding (for better quality video and no need for 2-pass encoding), a live preview mode (so you don't waste your time encoding only to find you had a setting wrong) and something many people have been waiting for: 64-bit support. 64-bit builds tend to perform approximately 10% better than 32-bit. Unfortunately, the 64-bit version seems only available for Linux and Mac OS X for now.

For a complete list of changes, head over to the HandBrake 0.9.4 release announcement.

Download HandBrake (Packages available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux: Ubuntu .deb and Fedora .rpm - both with a GUI or command line).