The Handbrake video encoding software has received an update, jumping to version 0.10. With the new software version, the makers of Handbrake are bringing a few notable new features as well as some under the hood improvements, such as new encoders, filters, and scalers along with bug fixes:
Here are some of the new encoders that are introduced:
Intel QuickSync Video is a hardware based H.264 encoder that is available on Intel CPUs. Currently, QSV is only supported on Windows but we hope to bring this to Linux users in the future. Thanks to the good people at Intel for making this possible!
H.265 is now available through x265 1.4. While this encoder is still fairly new, we have seen some promising results come out of it. It's still under heavy active development and is only going to improve over time!
VP8 using the libvpx encoder. We have now deprecated Theora (VP3) in favour of VP8 which is a more modern encoder offering better quality encodes at lower file sizes.
LibFaac: Has now officially been removed due to GPL compatibility issues, and replaced with the libav AAC encoder as the new default for Windows and Linux. In addition, we have added the FDK AAC encoder for Windows and Linux as a optional compile-time option. The Mac release will continue to use CoreAudio as the default.
As usual, we've updated a number of the core libraries including x264 and libav
There are some new filters and scalers added as well. Of note, though, is that OpenCL scaling has been introduced, but according to @donmelton on Twitter, you may not want to use that feature:
BTW, the HandBrake 0.10.0 release has a new feature called "OpenCL Scaling." Sounds exciting but, trust me, don't ever use it. Not good.— Don Melton (@donmelton) November 23, 2014
Denoise: The new NLMeans filter offers much higher quality denoising. Our previous filter, hqdn3d, now accepts individual settings for each of the chroma channels (Cb, Cr).
OpenCL Scaling: In addition to the default Lanczos scaling algorithm, HandBrake now offers BiCubic scaling on Windows via OpenCL. If the results prove positive, we may roll it out to other platforms in a future release. Thanks to the guys at AMD for building our OpenCL framework!
The developers have also made some changes to the GUI as well:
Feature Parity: A lot of work has been done to bring the user interfaces closer in terms of feature parity. We are now much closer than in any previous release.
Audio and Subtitle Defaults: The audio and subtitle controls have been overhauled to support default behaviours which can be stored in presets. This simplifies the workflow for many batch encoding scenarios.
There are also a number of other changes as well in the release notes.
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