HandBrake 1.6.0, should have AV1 encode, finally! December_2022


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Before updating HandBrake, please make sure there are no pending encodes in the queue, and be sure to make a backup of any custom presets and app preferences you have, as they may not be compatible with newer versions.
Windows users, please make sure to install Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime version 6.0.x. Read carefully: you need the DESKTOP runtime. You must install .NET 6 even if you have installed .NET 7.
HandBrake 1.6.0
All platforms
  • Added AV1 video encoding
  • Added high bit depth and color depth support to various encoders and filters
  • Added 4K AV1 General, QSV (Hardware), and MKV (Matroska) presets
  • Added 4K HEVC General presets and updated related presets to use similar encoder settings
  • Revised Web presets and renamed to Creator, Email, and Social
  • Removed VP8 presets
    • The VP8 video encoder is now deprecated and will be removed in a future release
    • Related, the Theora encoder is long deprecated and will be removed in a future release
  • Miscellaneous other preset revisions
  • Added SVT-AV1 (software) and Intel QSV AV1 (hardware) video encoders
  • Added VP9 10-bit encoder
  • Added NVENC HEVC 10-bit encoder
  • Added support for the NVDEC decoder.
  • Added VCN HEVC 10-bit encoder
  • Added H.264 levels 6, 6.1, and 6.2 for the x264 encoder
  • Added H.264/H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 profiles for the x264 and x265 encoders
  • Added H.265 4:2:2 profile for VideoToolbox encoder on Apple Silicon
  • Added support for Intel Deep Link Hyper Encode (leverage multiple QSV media engines to increase performance)
  • Fixed longstanding issue where slowest NVENC encoder preset caused encoding failures
  • Removed support for Intel CPUs older than 6th generation (Skylake) when using Intel Quick Sync Video
  • Added Bwdif deinterlace filter
  • Improved Autocrop filter algorithm
    • Higher accuracy on mixed aspect ratio content, e.g. both letterbox and full frame pictures
  • Improved video scaling performance on Apple Silicon and ARM-based systems
    • Use z
    • scale (zimg) by default, falling back to swscale where necessary
  • Improved multithread performance (slightly) for the following filters on high core count systems
    • Comb Detect
    • Decomb
    • Denoise
      • NLMeans
  • Updated the following filters to support higher than 8-bit content and 4:2:2/4:4:4 chroma subsampling
    • Detelecine
    • Comb Detect
    • Decomb
    • Grayscale
    • Denoise
      • NLMeans
      • HQDN3D
    • Chroma Smooth
    • Sharpen
      • UnSharp
      • LapSharp
Build system
  • Added support for building for OpenBSD
  • Added --cpu configure parameter to enable building for native CPU architecture
  • Added --lto configure parameter to enable link time optimization
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
Third-party libraries
  • Updated libraries
    • AMF 1.4.24 (AMD VCN encoding)
    • FFmpeg 5.1.2 (decoding and filters)
    • FreeType 2.12.1 (subtitles)
    • Fribidi 1.0.12 (subtitles)
    • HarfBuzz 4.4.1 (subtitles)
    • libass 0.16.0 (subtitles)
    • libbluray 1.3.4 (Blu-ray decoding)
    • libdav1d 1.0.0 (AV1 decoding)
    • libdvdread 6.1.3 (DVD decoding)
    • liblzma (xz) 5.2.6 (LZMA video decoding, e.g. TIFF)
    • libjpeg-turbo 2.1.4 (preview image compression)
    • libspeex 1.2.1 (Speex audio decoding)
    • libvpx 1.12.0 (VP8/VP9 video encoding)
    • libxml 2.10.3 (general)
    • oneVPL 2023.1.0 (Intel QSV encoding/decoding)
    • x264 164 r3100 (H.264/AVC video encoding)
    • x265 r12747 (H.265/HEVC video encoding)
    • zimg 3.0.4 (color conversion)
  • New libraries
    • SVT-AV1 1.4.1 (AV1 encoding)
  • Added many quality of life improvements contributed by community members
  • Improved parity with the Mac and Windows graphical interfaces
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated translations
  • Added new translations
    • Bulgarian (Български)
    • Finnish (Suomi)
    • Georgian (ქართული)
  • Added Quick Look support to the queue
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated translations
  • Added Japanese translation
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
  • Updated all translations
  • Added new translations
    • Bulgarian (Български)
    • Dutch (Nederlands)
    • Polish (Polski)
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Hi jmc, really useful info. I know you had to do similar with 1.4 too. I've got windowsdesktop-runtime-6.0.10-win-x64 installed.

I don't know if you're finding that when you get the yellow audio line for 5.1 Dolby Digital and then save it, only stereo shows on MediaInfo. I'm reluctant to open a new thread because there's a lot of spam appearing on this forum now.

I hope Dan can maybe sort it if he gets a chance.


I have occasionally encountered instances of MediaInfo reporting stereo on a file I had down as 5.1. Files that I edit frequently have a “stutter” as the broadcast transitions from stereo to 5.1 so I try to make the start point of the edited file to when it has stabilised. I also wonder how MediaInfo counts the tracks, from the file header or a number of frames at the start of the file.
The only test I can think of is to open the output file in VR and see what is the colour of the audio line. Does VR decide the audio count from the first few frames and apply it to the entire file, or will it switch back and forth as appropriate? Of course, you can “force” matters by editing the profile to change the audio to 5.1 regardless.
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