HandBrake 0.9.2 Released


I have been using HandBrake for as long as I can remember to convert my legally purchased DVDs to AVI for my Windows Media Center. Today they released 0.9.2 which has a lot of additions. The one fix I know people have been waiting for is Dolby Digital 5.1 sound in MP4 files. My appleTV friends will like that. Below is a partial list of the updates. Visit the site for complete details.

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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