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HandBrake is a cross-platform video transcoder that supports most common multimedia formats, DVDs or Bluray-like sources that aren't copy-protected. The application can even create chapters or add subtitles.

After more than a year, a new HandBrake version has been released: 0.9.6, and it includes many improvements, such as:
  • updated encoders / decoders
  • audio gain control (increase/decrease audio volume) and a new advanced audio GUI section for gain and audio track names
  • new AAC encoder
  • FLAC encoder (16-bit, MKV container only)
  • advanced options support for libavcodec
  • improved "Normal" preset (much faster, similar file size and quality)
  • added new device presets for Android phones/tablets recent and/or powerful devices
  • many other improvements and bug fixes

For a complete list of changes, check out the HandBrake 0.9.6 changelog.

Install HandBrake

The latest HandBrake 0.9.6 is available in its official PPA for Ubuntu 11.10, 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04 users - add it and install Handbrake using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

HandBrake also comes with a command line tool, to install it, use this command:
sudo apt-get install handbrake-cli

For Windows, Mac OSX, Fedora binaries or source code, check out the HandBrake download page.