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HandBrake 0.9.4 Released
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 11:57 PM EST
Posted by: Glenn

The HandBrake team has announced the release of HandBrake 0.9.4, an update to their popular video converter. The big news with this release is a new build system that allows 64-bit binaries. According to the developers, 64-bit builds tend to perform approximately 10% better than their 32-bit brethren. It also includes a new feature called Live Preview, which enables you to encode a small sequence of video, so that you can check out how it will look after processing. Other improvements in this release include the following:

Soft subtitles and Closed Captions

  DVD Closed Captions

  ATSC Closed Captions

  SRT subtitle import

  Text soft subtitles in MP4 and MKV output

  Bitmap soft subtitles in MKV output

Better support for DVD inputs

  Uses libdvdnav

  DVD angles support

  Workaround for libdvdread malloc bomb on invalid PGC entry

  DVD drive region detection support in Linux

  Handles DVD programs with more than 16 streams

  No longer tries to detect and discard duplicate titles when scanning

  Libdvdnav patched to perform read error recovery

  Libdvdread patched to allow raw device access in Windows

  Handles poorly mastered DVDs that had the menus ripped out of them

Better support for non-DVD inputs

  Preserves MP4 metadata


  DTS-HD demuxing

  8 bit audio

  Better handling of transport streams where audio starts first

  Better handling of transport streams that have been spliced together, leading to duplicate timestamps

  Better VC-1 frame detection

  Fixes bug that was causing one sec. of audio to be dropped on many ffmpeg files

  Looks harder for aspect ratio info from DV sources

  No longer truncates the last (dummy) chapter

  Allows specifying field parity for detelecine and decomb


  Better AV sync

  Support for sources with no audio

  DTS passthrough for MKV

  x264 bumped from r1169 to r1347, which means speed optimizations, new default settings (see r2742 commit comment), the magic of macroblock tree rate control (mbtree), a new CRF curve (meaning you will get different, generally lower bitrates at the same RF, with similar quality metrics), and weighted P-Frames (disabled by default for Baseline encodes and the AppleTV preset.

  Better sample interleaving

  Better, optional deinterlacer for decomb (EEDI2)

  New mode structure for the decomb filter

  Variable verbose logging levels

  Fixed timing for first two frames coming out of filters

  Libtheora bumped to 1.1.0

  Improvements to our theora implementation (2 pass encoding + soft target rate control)

  Caters to Theora's insistence on content having mod16 framing dimensions specified

  Flushes LAME encoder's final packets

  Fixed interjob framerate calculation

  Fixed pthreads regression in cygwin

  Tweaks for packaging tools

  New subtitle tab

  New filters and picture settings inspector

  Custom anamorphic mode

  Updated Sparkle

  Custom number of preview images

  Quality slider now works off actual rate factor/quantizer values instead of percentages

  Partially updated advanced x264 tab

  New built-in presets

  Use libdvdnav by default on DVD sources

  Removed Constant QP encoding option for x264 (use CRF)

  Various bug fixes and UI tweaks

  x264 turbo 1st pass mode now uses subme=2 not subme=1

  Core Audio AAC encoding

  H.264 video source decoding crash fixed

  Queue displays varying row heights based on encode settings

  Fixed EyeTV package scanning

  64bit / 32 bit VLC detection

  Preset import/export

HandBrake 0.9.4 weighs in at 5.5MB and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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