The popular video transcoder software – HandBrake has just been updated to version 0.9.9 with support for Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle, additional video frames, better audio remix, and improved Retina-resolution for icons within application.

For those who don’t know about HandBrake, it is a software that allows you to transcode or convert most commonly used multimedia and any DVD or Blu-ray disc that are not copyright protected. It’s not a burner or riper, it just lets you convert one media format into another and does it pretty well.

Some of the sources that are compatible with HandBrake are MP4(M4V), MKV, H.264(x264), MPEG-4 and Theora (libtheora), and AAC, CoreAudio, AAC/HE-AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3 for audio.

Below are some of the changes that were added to this release

  • Blu-ray (PGS) subtitle support
  • Double framerate (“bob”) mode for the deinterlace and decomb filters
  • Allow the selection of higher audio bitrates where appropriate
  • Audio dithering (TPDF) when converting to 16-bit FLAC
  • Assorted bug fixes and improvements to the core library (libhb)

To install it in Ubuntu, run the commands below to add its PPA

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


Finally, run the commands below to update your system and install it.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk


That’s it!


After installing you should be able to go Unity Dash and launch it. If you decide you don’t want it, run the commands below to completely remove it from your machine.

sudo apt-get purge handbrake-gtk && sudo apt-get autoremove


The run the commands below to remove its PPA as well.

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


For Windows and Mac OS X systems, visit the Download Page and get a copy from here.