HandBrake is a cross-platform, open source video transcoding tool. Need to convert a DVD or Blu-ray rip to an MP4 file with AAC, MP3, or FLAC for the audio track? No problem. Handbrake will let you do that on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
It’s a powerful tool that’s been around for years… but the developers have a penchant for small version numbers: this weekend HandBrake 0.10.0 was released. The new version adds support for several new encoders which should allow you to create smaller, higher quality videos.
HandBrake 0.10.0 includes support for H.265 and VP8 formats thanks to the x265 and libvpx encoders.
These formats are designed to offer high video quality at smaller file sizes than the H.264 encoding that’s so popular these days.
HandBrake also now includes support for Intel QuickSync Video (QSV). This is a hardware-based H.264 encoder that allows you to transcode videos to H.264 more quickly by leveraging technology built into many of Intel’s more recent processors.
QuickSync only works with the Windows version of HandBrake for now, but there are plans to add Linux support eventually. While you might end up with larger and/or lower-quality videos using QuickSync than H.264, you should be able to convert large files much more quickly when using this option.