HandBrake 1.2.0 Released — Here’s How to Install / Upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10

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HandBrake 1.2.0 is released with boat load of changes, including improved support for opening sources previously unreadable, new official presets for Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast devices, Apple VideoToolbox hardware-accelerated video encoding and many more.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install or upgrade HandBrake on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10.

HandBrake is an open source, cross-platform multimedia transcoder that allows anyone to convert video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

One thing to remember is that HandBrake will not convert protected multi-media files. HandBrake will only support source media files that are not encrypted. and legal. If you want to convert a protected media, you may have to use another tool.

For more about this release, please check its new page

Below are some of the changes added to this release:


– Switched core decoding library from Libav to FFmpeg
– Updated official presets to use stereo instead of DPL2 mixdown
– Limited in impact since DPL2 decoding has not been in widespread use for years
– Updated official presets descriptions to revise compatibility and mention recently released devices
– Updated official presets to rename Fire TV to Amazon Fire


– Fixed an issue decoding Blu-ray titles where the aspect ratio is unknown (assume 16:9)
– Fixed an issue encoding video with very short frame durations (less than 0.00285s or greater than 350 FPS)
– Improved extradata handling to accommodate all codecs
– Added support for decoding TIFF/LZMA video


– Fixed potential decoding issue for audio lacking an explicit channel layout (intelligently guess the layout)
– Fixed a potential crash during audio probe
– Improved resampling to allow dithering for all codecs (only where necessary)
– Improved quality of the default AAC encoder on non-Mac platforms (FFmpeg AAC), no longer experimental
– Improved bit rate constraints to allow Opus as low as 6 kbit/s per channel
– Added support for up to 7.1 channel AAC encoding (note that FDK AAC/HE-AAC do not support 6.1)
– Added support for E-AC3 audio in MP4 container
– Added Speex audio decoder

Build system

– Fixed Linux packaging with an out-of-tree build directory
– Fixed Windows graphical interface build script signing tool location
– Removed –enable-local-* and associated contrib libraries; please see the documentationfor dependencies help
– Updated to mingw-w64-build 4.1.0 with gcc 7.3.0, continuous output (keep alive), and miscellaneous improvements
– Improved support for building with Xcode 10


– Fixed Blu-ray title name being set to device name (e.g. sr0) when scanning raw devices
– Fixed Blu-ray default destination file names to no longer include MPLS number
– Fixed an issue with queue state not being updated properly on reload
– Fixed various issues importing presets
– Updated most translations
– Added initial support for GTK 4
– Added ability to customize activity window font size and increased default from 7 to 8
– Added destination overwrite protection (append number to file name on conflict)
– Added {source-path} to automatic path setting
– Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


– HandBrake now requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
– Removed preferences option to show the advanced tab (deprecated and slated for removal)
– Fixed minor display issues on macOS 10.14 Mojave
– Fixed queue toolbar icon not updating


– HandBrake now requires .NET Framework 4.7.1 or later (installer offers download if missing)
– Fixed mixdown selection where the specified mixdown in the selected preset is not available
– Fixed audio sample rate of 48 kHz being selected where Auto was the specified behaviour
– Removed preferences option to show the advanced tab (deprecated and slated for removal)
– Removed options menu from queue in favour of contextual menu
– Improved layout to better support localization
– Improved error handling when adding items to the queue

Installing HandBrake on Ubuntu

To install the latest version of HandBrake on Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

The easiest way to install HandBrake on Ubuntu is via its PPA repository. to install from that, run the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Then run the commands below to update Ubuntu and install HandBrake

sudo apt update
sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Running the above commands should download the latest version of the package and install on Ubuntu.

That’s it!

If you decide that you don’t want HandBrake installed anymore, run the commands below to remove the package

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

That should do it!

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