Fans of the critically acclaimed video encoder/converter HandBrake, rejoice, as after more than a year of silence, the developers behind the app finally launched a new version earlier today. The release offers many new features, such as up-to-date audio and video encoding libraries, limited BluRay support, AC3 (Dolby) audio encoding, expanded subtitles support, and better overall performance. The update also brings a slew of new encoding presets optimized for iOS-powered devices, to help users import their favorite movies without a hitch.
The new settings cover the complete iOS spectrum, namely older generation iPod, third generation iPhone and iPod touch, fourth generation iPhone and iPod touch, as well as iPad and second generation Apple TV. As usual, the encoding process is straightforward, as all you need to do is to fire up Handbrake, select the video or DVD you wish to encode, choose the right setting for your device, and you’re set. The update – version 0.9.5 – is available on Handbrake’s website. Note: In case you are wondering what HandBrake is, HandBrake is an open-source program designed to convert MPEG videos (such as DVDs) into MPEG-4 videos compatible with iOS-powered devices, so they can be viewed on iPods, iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs, as well as most media players. It was originally developed for BeOS, but was eventually ported to other platforms, including Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.