HandBrake 1.6.0

HandBrake is an open-source video transcoder available for Linux, Mac, and Windows, licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2.

HandBrake takes videos you already have and makes new ones that work on your mobile phone, tablet, TV media player, game console, computer, or web browser—nearly anything that supports modern video formats.

HandBrake works with most common video files and formats, including ones created by consumer and professional video cameras, mobile devices such as phones and tablets, game and computer screen recordings, and DVD and Blu-ray discs. HandBrake leverages tools such as FFmpeg, x264, and x265 to create new MP4 or MKV video files from these Sources.




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Official Download (Windows x64 64 bit)
.NET Desktop Runtime 6.0.16 – Windows x64 Installer english


Alternative Download (Windows x64 64 bit)
.NET Desktop Runtime 6.0.16 – Windows x64 Installer english

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For additional platforms please visit https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Upgrade Notice

Before updating HandBrake, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the queue, and be sure to make a backup of any custom presets and app preferences you have, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.

Windows users, please make sure to install Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime version 6.0.x. Read carefully: you need the DESKTOP runtime. You must install .NET 6 even if you have installed .NET 7.

All platforms


  • Added AV1 video encoding
  • Added high bit depth and color depth support to various encoders and filters
  • Added 4K AV1 General, QSV (Hardware), and MKV (Matroska) presets
  • Added 4K HEVC General presets and updated related presets to use similar encoder settings
  • Revised Web presets and renamed to Creator, Email, and Social
  • Removed VP8 presets
    • The VP8 video encoder is now deprecated and will be removed in a future release
    • Related, the Theora encoder is long deprecated and will be removed in a future release
  • Miscellaneous other preset revisions


  • Added SVT-AV1 (software) and Intel QSV AV1 (hardware) video encoders
  • Added VP9 10-bit encoder
  • Added NVENC HEVC 10-bit encoder
  • Added VCN HEVC 10-bit encoder
  • Added H.264 levels 6, 6.1, and 6.2 for the x264 encoder
  • Added H.264/H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 profiles for the x264 and x265 encoders
  • Added H.265 4:2:2 profile for VideoToolbox encoder on Apple Silicon
  • Added support for Intel Deep Link Hyper Encode (leverage multiple QSV media engines to increase performance)
  • Fixed longstanding issue where slowest NVENC encoder preset caused encoding failures
  • Removed support for Intel CPUs older than 6th generation (Skylake) when using Intel Quick Sync Video


  • Added Bwdif deinterlace filter
  • Improved Autocrop filter algorithm
    • Higher accuracy on mixed aspect ratio content, e.g. both letterbox and full frame pictures
  • Improved video scaling performance on Apple Silicon and ARM-based systems
    • Use zscale (zimg) by default, falling back to swscale where necessary
  • Improved multithread performance (slightly) for the following filters on high core count systems
    • Comb Detect
    • Decomb
    • Denoise
      • NLMeans
  • Updated the following filters to support higher than 8-bit content and 4:2:2/4:4:4 chroma subsampling
    • Detelecine
    • Comb Detect
    • Decomb
    • Grayscale
    • Denoise
      • NLMeans
      • HQDN3D
    • Chroma Smooth
    • Sharpen
      • UnSharp
      • LapSharp

Build system

  • Added support for building for OpenBSD
  • Added –cpu configure parameter to enable building for native CPU architecture
  • Added –lto configure parameter to enable link time optimization
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

Third-party libraries

  • Updated libraries
    • AMF 1.4.24 (AMD VCN encoding)
    • FFmpeg 5.1.2 (decoding and filters)
    • FreeType 2.12.1 (subtitles)
    • Fribidi 1.0.12 (subtitles)
    • HarfBuzz 4.4.1 (subtitles)
    • libass 0.16.0 (subtitles)
    • libbluray 1.3.4 (Blu-ray decoding)
    • libdav1d 1.0.0 (AV1 decoding)
    • libdvdread 6.1.3 (DVD decoding)
    • liblzma (xz) 5.2.6 (LZMA video decoding, e.g. TIFF)
    • libjpeg-turbo 2.1.4 (preview image compression)
    • libspeex 1.2.1 (Speex audio decoding)
    • libvpx 1.12.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
    • libxml 2.10.3 (general)
    • oneVPL 2023.1.0 (Intel QSV encoding/decoding)
    • x264 164 r3100 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
    • x265 r12747 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
    • zimg 3.0.4 (color conversion)
  • New libraries
    • SVT-AV1 1.4.1 (AV1 encoding)


  • Added many quality of life improvements contributed by community members
  • Improved parity with the Mac and Windows graphical interfaces
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated translations
  • Added new translations
    • Bulgarian (Български)
    • Finnish (Suomi)
    • Georgian (ქართული)


  • Added Quick Look support to the queue
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated translations
  • Added Japanese translation


  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated all translations
  • Added new translations
    • Bulgarian (Български)
    • Dutch (Nederlands)
    • Polish (Polski)

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