HandBrake 1.0.3 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu

handbrake video transcoder

Handbrake, the popular open-source video transcoder, has reached the 1.0.3 release hours ago with various video / audio, and platform fixes.

Handbrake 1.0.3 is a bug-fix release. According to the release note it brings fixes to:

  • Fix H.264 decoding using Libav where the initial GOP was dropped
  • Fix 2-pass x265 encoding where the source header incorrectly specifies frame rate
  • Fix 2-pass encoding with bob deinterlace and constant frame rate
  • Fix a seek issue in Libav while reading MKV sources with embedded subtitles
  • Fix multiple issues preventing Libav from opening WMV sources properly
  • Fix miscellaneous issues in Libav
  • Fix memory leaks in OpenCL
  • Improve sync for streams delayed by a large amount
  • Fix a Libav crash encoding AAC at very high bitrates
  • Fix a potential hang in Libav while decoding AAC
  • Improve Libav audio sync with MP4 sources containing edit lists
  • Improve mapping of single channel layouts to single channel layouts

How to Install Handbrake 1.0.3 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into the official handbrake PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and Linux Mint 17 & 18.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Type your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

handbrake ppa for xenial

2. After that, launch Software Updater and upgrade handbrake from a previous release after checking for updates:

upgrade handbrake in Ubuntu

Or install / upgrade handbrake either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk


To remove handbrake, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt remove handbrake-gtk && sudo apt autoremove

To remove the PPA repository, go to Software & Updater -> Other Software tab.

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