20 February 2008 @ 11:57HandBrake 0.9.2

HandBrakeHandBrake 0.9.2 has been released with many improvements, but it is compatible with Leopard only. This is my main conversion utility for creating iPod compatible video files. It’s fast and the files it produces look great.

Apple fans will be delighted over:

  • Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC3) sound in MP4 files, for a true DVD experience on the AppleTV and in Perian.
  • Multi-track audio support for Apple devices
  • iPhone-compatible anamorphic video at its full size

Power users will find:

  • Variable frame rate encoding with detelecine filtering
  • More flexible, “loose” anamorphic video
  • MP4 optimization for progressive web downloads
  • Dynamic range compression for encoding from AC3 audio
  • Robust program and transport stream support

Speed freaks will squee at:

  • A fresher, faster version of x264
  • Tuning of FIFO sizes by processor count

And everyone should enjoy the increased stability brought by:

  • Better handling of audio discontinuities
  • Better handling of DVD read errors
  • Work-arounds for missing end-of-cell markers
  • Recovery when streams have signal loss
  • Better synced chapter markers
  • Better handling of B-Frames
  • No more cutting off the very ends of films
  • No more lost subtitles or chapter markers
  • No more crashes in 2-pass encoding
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