Introducing HandBrake 1.8 Video Transcoder with GTK4 Port on Linux and FFmpeg 7.0 Support 

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HandBrake 1.8 open-source and cross-platform video transcoder application arrived today as a major update that finally brings a GTK4 port for Linux, as well as numerous other new features and improvements.

Coming a little over three months after HandBrake 1.7.3, the HandBrake 1.8 release introduces a GTK4 port of the UI for Linux users, along with recursive file scan support, refreshed app icons, new --clear-queue and --auto-start-queue flags, and support for drag-and-drop multi-file scanning.

Also for Linux users, HandBrake 1.8 updates the “Open Source” button to make the folder/batch mode more discoverable, updates many of the existing language translations, fixes miscellaneous bugs, and adds various other smaller improvements for a better experience.

For all supported platforms, HandBrake 1.8 introduces support for the FFV1 encoder, along with a new “Preservation FFV1” preset under the “Professional” category, support for multi-pass CQ with VP9, support for VP9 tunes, and Dolby Vision dynamic metadata pass-through for SVT-AV1.

VP9 and FLAC muxing support in the MP4 container, a TrueHD encoder, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz sample rates for TrueHD and FLAC encoders, AMF 1.4.33 for AMD VCN video encoding, oneVPL 2.10.1 for Intel QSV video encoding and decoding, SVT-AV1 2.1.0 for AV1 video encoding, x264 164 r3186 for H.264/AVC video encoding, x265 3.6 for H.265/HEVC video encoding, libdovi 3.3.0 for Dolby Vision dynamic metadata, libopus 1.5.2 for Opus audio encoding, libvpx 1.14.0 for VP8/VP9 video encoding, and FFmpeg 7.0 support have all been incorporated.

Moreover, HandBrake 1.8 increases Decomb’s speed by eliminating unnecessary frame copies, enhances Framerate Shaper metrics for high-depth frames, streamlines audio track selection by tracking “linked” audio tracks, and improves the libdovi package to facilitate its distribution in the Flatpak version of the app distributed on Flathub.

This release also eliminates timestamp jitters in the MP4 container when deploying a constant NTSC frame rate, discontinues support for importing legacy plist-based presets from previous HandBrake versions, fixes the overriding of subtitle settings, and resolves incorrect channel layout when encoding a 6.1 track to Opus.

Issues such as pass-through of VobSub tracks containing empty or fully transparent subtitle samples, issues preventing the decoding of VobSub tracks stored inside MP4 files, burn-in of SSA/ASS subtitles inside MKV files that have duplicated Read Orders, and processing errors of audio overrides to preset have been resolved in HandBrake 1.8.

Have a look at the release notes on the project’s GitHub page to get more information about the updates in this release. You can also download HandBrake 1.8 as a Flatpak app from there, which is simple to install on your GNU/Linux distribution through a graphical App Store such as GNOME Software or Plasma Discover.


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