The HandBrake Team has finally released their HandBrake 1.0.0 – an open source media transcoding tool that has been in development since 2003.

The version 1.0.0 of HandBrake has been released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and one of the best things about the tool is that is works on all the three major platforms – Mac, Windows and Linux computers. HandBrake allows users to easily convert video files from one format to another with just a few clicks and the overall process is complemented with a user-intuitive UI. Users can also add subtitles, add chapter markers and resize videos.

While there have been minor versions of HandBrake available earlier, this is the first time a major and final version of the transcoder has been released. The HandBrake 1.0.0 brings with it a number of updates and new features including an all-new documentation that the team claims is very easy to understand and relatively less technical.

If you already have a prior version of the software running on your system, the team advises that you need to clear your queue first and then only proceed with the update.

Some of the general updates included in HandBrake 1.0.0 are inclusion of new general use presets that have been tweaked for broader compatibility. The device presets have also been updated to include target video format for more common and newer devices. The older presets are still available in the Legacy section.

Version 1.0.0 brings with it support for Ultra HD and 4K videos and lot more frame rate options. HandBrake 1.0.0 takes full advantage of the enhancements offered by newer Intel CPUs. Audio support for FLAC, TrueHD and E-AC-3 have been added. It is now possible to export a queue from the command line interface and import the queue from a graphical user interface. There are a number of performance enhancements and bug fixes.

While conversion of videos from one format to another is Handbrake’s specialty, it cannot be used to edit videos, combine several videos together, split a video into multiple videos or use the software to write to discs. Further, you will not be able to bypass DRM measures on multimedia files and is meant to be used for original content only.

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Lawrence John is a senior editor at TopExaminer. He has worked in the retail industry for more than 8 years. He loves to write detailed product reviews.

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