HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, DVD ripper, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. It is a versatile, easy-to-use tool for converting DVDs and other videos into H.264, MPEG-4, or OGG formatted media. It's particularly useful for making videos that are compatible with portable video devices such as the Apple iPod/iPhone.
Built-in Device Presets: Get started with HandBrake in seconds by choosing a profile optimized for your device, or choose a universal profile for standard or high quality conversions. Simple, easy, fast. For those that want more choice, tweak many basic and advanced options to improve your encodes.
Supported Input Sources:Handbrake can process most common multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-ray sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.


Outputs Formats:
  • File format: MP4(M4V) and MKV
  • Video: H.264(x264), MPEG-4(ffmpeg), MPEG-2(ffmpeg), or Theora(libtheora)
  • Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis. AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 pass-thru
  • Title/Chapter selection, Chapter Markers
  • Subtitles
    • Vobsub and Closed Captions
    • SRT import and passthru
    • SSA passthru or burn-in (experimental)
  • Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
  • Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
  • Video and Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale Cropping and scaling
  • Live Video Preivew
  • Built-in presets for common devices

  • Choice of Scalers
    • Lanczos
      • This is currently Handbrake's default scaler and will remain so.
    • Bicubic (OpenCL) (Beta)
      • Available on the Command Line (All Platforms).
      • Currently only available in OpenCL form so requires a AMD or Intel GPU supporting OpenCL 1.1 or later. Nvidia GPU's are not currently supported.
      • When downscaling, up to 5% performance improvement can be achieved. No benefit when not downscaling.
      • Small loss in quality over the Lanczos scaler.
  • Denoise
    • hqdn3d filter now accepts individual settings for both chroma channels (Cr, Cb)
    • New NlMeans? denoiser. This is very slow, but results are significantly better than hqdn3d.
  • Updated Libraries
    • x264 r2479-dd79a61
    • Libav v10.1
    • libbluray 0.5.0
  • Libavformat is now used for muxing instead of mp4v2 and libmkv
    • "Large File Size" checkbox has now bee removed for mp4, as the new muxer will transition to 64bit files automatically.
    • mpeg2dec has also been replaced in favour of using libav
  • The LibAV AAC encoder is now the default as FAAC has been removed.
    • This encoder is adequate for most, but until it improves a bit further, we have enabled support for the FDK-AAC encoder also.
      • This FDK option is a temporary measure until the LibAV encoder improves.
      • Note that FDK-AAC is much slower and will likely bottleneck the encode process, but will produce better quality audio.
  • H.265 encoder
    • is now available through x265 1.4. While this encoder is still fairly new, we have seen some promising results come out of it. It's still under heavy active development and is only going to improve over time!
  • Added VP8 Encoder (using libvpx)
    • Available in MKV files only.
  • Removed mcdeint deinterlace and decomb modes. This relied on the snow encoder in libav which has been was removed by upstream.
  • Subtitle Improvements
    • Burn in of SRT and Closed Captions is now supported.
  • Automatic audio and subtitle track selection behaviours which can be stored per preset.
  • Improvements to Auto-Naming feature.
  • Batch Add to queue by list selection.
  • Basic support for return codes from the CLI. (0 = No Error, 1 = Cancelled, 2 = Invalid Input, 3 = Initialization error, 4 = Unknown Error")
  • Russian and Czech Translations
  • Bug fixes and Misc Improvements

Note: Old version is available for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.

Available for Ubuntu 15.10 Wily/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 17.x/17/13/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install HandBrake Video Converter in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To install command-line handbrake use following command: (Also checkout CLI guide)
That's it
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