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HandBrake 0.9.4 adds 64-bit support in Leopard, Snow Leopard

updated 06:05 pm EST, Wed November 25, 2009

Ripping utility offers improved encoding

HandBrake has released an update to its self-titled DVD ripping utility. Version 0.9.4 adds support for 64-bit operations for the Mac, including both Leopard and Snow Leopard operating systems. The 64-bit builds are said to perform approximately 10 percent better than the 32-bit equivalents. The software is also claimed to offer overall improvements in quality, which has been partially attributed progress made with the x264 project.

The latest version also allows users to add subtitle tracks that can be turned on or off, instead of rendering the words permanently into the video. Multiple subtitle tracks can also be included in the same output video.

Users can now test the software settings in a live preview before wasting time on a full encode. The software utilizes a new DVD library, allowing it to read some DVDs that had proven troublesome with the earlier version. Quality-based encoding now ensures that a minimum quality level remains constant, however the file size may be less predictable.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Quality-based encoding now ensures that a minimum quality level remains constant, however the file size may be less predictable."

    It's had this for some time.

  1. Jens24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    64 bit HandBrake is AWESOME!

    On my Mac Pro with 32 bit HandBrake I would usually get 50-75 fps in ripping for iPod Touch. With 64 bit I averaged 110 fps!! I peaked out at 187 fps!! I had never seen it that high. A two hour movie ripped in under 30 mins! Good Job!!!

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969



    since the DVD decoding has been offloaded to VLC (for awhile now... it is all backgroundy)... you need a 64-bit version of VLC to work optimally with the 64-bit version of HandBrake.

    as of yesterday at least... there wasn't a 64-bit version of the newest 1.0.3 version. there is a 64-bit version of the previous 1.0.2 version available though for download. just FYI.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Many downloadable options

    I guess these guys haven't heard of fat binaries. I wonder how many users know if they have a 32-bit or 64-bit computer.

    That said, nice update!

  1. Bru

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No DVD ripping

    Handbrake is not a DVD ripping utility because it does not rip DVDs. It is a video encoding utility.

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