HandBrake is a popular video format converting and DVD ripping software application that can convert MPEG video (including DVD-Video disc or any DVD image) into a MPEG-4 video file in .mp4, .avi, .ogm, or .mkv containers. Best of all,, HandBrake is a open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded and easy to use freeware. The video transcoder is available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

HandBrake has been upgraded to version 0.9.3. HandBrake v0.9.3 features the following improvements and enhancements:

  • Universal input – accept DVD any type of videothat can be decoded with libavcodec and libavformat from the FFmpeg project as a source.
  • Linux GTK GUI.
  • Improved video quality with new H.264 encoding library of x264 project. Picture quality has enhanced dramatically through the use of psychovisual rate distortion and adaptive quantization, and there have been significant speed optimizations.
  • Audio flexibility – HandBrake now offers total control over multiple audio tracks.
  • No more internal DVD decryption but HandBrake can dynamically load VLC’s copy of libdvdcss to decrypt DVD.
  • Persistent queues.
  • Better organized presets “nested” in folders with a new Apple “Universal” preset, designed to play and look good doing so on anything from an iPod Nano to an AppleTV.
  • Audio-video synchronization to keep lip-synch.
  • Decomb filter in the style of AviSynth’s. It is a deinterlacer that can be left on all the time without degrading picture quality, because it only deinterlaces video when it visibly needs to be.
  • Multi-threaded deinterlacing with the “Slow” and “Slower” filters, as well as the new decomb filter, will now take advantage of as many processors as possible.
  • Passes through the same exact video framerate of the source instead of smoothing to a constant rate, which could lead to frames being duplicated or dropped.
  • Theora video encoding.
  • Updated libraries include x264,libsamplerate, libogg, xvidcore, libmpeg2, lame, faac, and ffmpeg’s libavcodec, libavformat, and libswscale.
  • Massive improvements to all interfaces.

Users who want to rip and decode DVD or encode video clip to MPEG4 format can download and use HandBrake 0.9.3 for free from handbrake.fr, or click on the direct download links to the GUI version of HandBrake below.

OS X 10.5

GUI (Intel Only, DMG): HandBrake-0.9.3-MacOSX.5_GUI_x86.dmg
GUI (PPC Only, DMG): HandBrake-0.9.3-MacOSX.5_GUI_PPC.dmg

Windows 2000/XP/Vista

GUI: HandBrake-0.9.3-Win_GUI.exe

Linux

GTK GUI (Ubuntu 8.10 x86 Binaries): HandBrake-0.9.3-Ubuntu_GUI_i386.deb

Linux 64bit

GTK GUI (Ubuntu 8.10 64bit Binaries): HandBrake-0.9.3-Ubuntu_GUI_amd64.deb

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