Handbrake is a multithreaded video transcoder that supports any DVD-like source and most multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.
Even though it's not its first aim, Handbrake is used by many as a DVD ripper and it was voted as "best Linux DVD ripper" by the WebUpd8 readers.
Handbrake 0.9.5 was released today, bringing some very interesting new features and improvements:
- BluRay disc structure support. (No decryption support)
- Updated Libraries (x264, ffmpeg)
- SSA Subtitle support (including burn-in)
- MP3 audio now supported in MP4 files
- VOBSUB subtitle now supported in MP4 files
- Updated Presets for newer devices and better quality
- AC3 encoding support.
- Improved DVD Main Feature detection (when using dvdnav)
- Universal audio downmix support (all audio types can be downmixed)
- Point*to*Point encoding (second or frame start and end times)
- Batch Scan (Scan Multiple files at once)
- Many Bug fixes and UI improvements.
A complete changelog is available @ Handbrake forum.
Install Handbrake 0.9.5 in UbuntuAdd the Handbrake PPA and install Handbrake 0.9.5 in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic, 10.04 Lucid and 10.10 Maverick using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk
For other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac OSX downloads, visit the Handbrake downloads page.