This article describes HandBrake – The open-source video transcoder and How to install on Windows and Ubuntu operating systems.
HandBrake – The open-source video transcoder
Handbrake is a free and open-source video converter. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It supports the most modern codec. You can use it to process the most common multimedia files, DVD or Blu Ray sources which are not copyrighted.
Below are some of the prominent features.
- Free and Open Source
- Support modern code
- Cross-Platform ( Available for Windows, Mac and Linux)
- Built-in Device Presets
- Outputs Codec supported
- File Containers: .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV
- Video Encoders: H.265 (x265 and QuickSync), H.264(x264 and QuickSync), H.265 MPEG-4 and MPEG-VP8, VP9 and Theora
- Audio Encoders: AAC / HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis
- Audio Pass-thru: AC-3, E-AC3, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC and MP3 track
- Batch Scan and Queueing of encodes
- Subtitles (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT)
- Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
- Support for VFR and CFR
- Video Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Denoise, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale, Cropping and scaling
- Live Static and Video Preview
Refer official handbrake feature page for further details.
As mentioned above it is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can download the handbrake from the official page.
- Mac OS X 10.11 and later
- Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 64 bit only. Available as a portable app as well.
- Linux – Ubuntu, and Debian based Linux Distros. Supports flatpack for other Linux distros.
The source code is also available for download. Developers can even contribute to its development on the Handbrake Github page.
Now, let’s see how to install Handbrake on Windows and Linux Platform.
Install Handbrake on Windows
Download the installer from the location mentioned above. It is a wizard-driven installer where you just need to click on next.
Double-click the installer to start the installation. Click the Next button.
Read the license agreement and click Next.
Select the installation location. Click on Install Button.
This starts the installation and completes it within seconds. Click the Finish button.
Install Handbrake on Ubuntu Linux Distro
Handbrake is available in Ubuntu’s default software repository. Just open the software manager and search for Handbrake and install the software.
Follow the below steps to install handbrake using classic apt-get command.
Login to Ubuntu System and open terminal(CTRL + ALT + T). Run below command to add official PPA to your system.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
Update the repository.
sudo apt-get update
Install gtk gui with the command
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk
Install the CLI with the command
sudo apt-get install handbrake-cli
That’s it. This completes the installation.
Navigate to Application and search for Handbrake. Click to open it. Below is the default interface.
Go ahead and install Handbrake and convert videos from one format to another. Useful for Youtube videos.
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