HandBrake 0.9.2 released; includes full support for Apple TV 2.0, iPhone, iPod touch

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. HandBrake 0.9.2 incorporates many major and exciting changes, including full support for the Apple TV 2.0 and the latest iPhone/iPod Touch firmware. Mac users take note: this release is only compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Features include:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC3) sound in MP4 files, for a true DVD experience on the AppleTV and in Perian.
• Multi-track audio support for Apple devices
• iPhone-compatible anamorphic video at its full size
• Variable frame rate encoding with detelecine filtering
• More flexible, “loose” anamorphic video
• MP4 optimization for progressive web downloads
• Dynamic range compression for encoding from AC3 audio
• Robust program and transport stream support
• A fresher, faster version of x264
• Tuning of FIFO sizes by processor count
• Better handling of audio discontinuities
• Better handling of DVD read errors
• Work-arounds for missing end-of-cell markers
• Recovery when streams have signal loss
• Better synced chapter markers
• Better handling of B-Frames
• No more cutting off the very ends of films
• No more lost subtitles or chapter markers
• No more crashes in 2-pass encoding

More info and download link here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “The Dude” for the heads up.]

25 Comments

  1. I am glad that they have AC3 support in the MP4 container personally. No more workaround needed to play in iTunes. Was making AVI files and save a reference of the AVI as a .MOV file so iTunes would accept it. Makes my life a little easier now.

    And, uh, yeah… not clipping the end of the movie off is a MAJOR plus too! lol

    The Dude abides.

  2. Even though this program can encode in 5.1 I cannot get Apple TV to use it. Am I missing a step in the procedure. I thought the new version 2.0 software might be able to decode the encoded files but its not. Besides this I think the video output from this program is excellent.

  3. @BC

    Are you using HDMI to your receiver? You still need a receiver to decode the DD tracks, just like DD encoded DVDs. Toslink or HDMI to Receiver capable of decoding DD. Otherwise if you don’t have such a setup, then do AC3 + AAC for you encodes.

  4. 0.9.1? This thing has been around for years, and it’s still at version 0? What the hell is it with shareware developers and their irrational fear of v1.0? If you can’t trust your software enough, after YEARS of development, to take it out of beta, then I want nothing to do with it.

    ——RM

  5. @Jubei
    Thanks for your response. Yes I’m running an HDMI to my receiver that can decode a variety of surround sound coding. I encode using AC3 and 6 channel discrete. I’ve also encoded using the AC3 and dolby pro logic II setting to see if that made a difference but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. One final note will LFE not be encoded.

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