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.