HandBrake 0.8.5b1 Update: The Pineapple Makes a Comeback

Initially, we saw the evolution from HandBrake to MediaFork, and now, it has emerged once again: HandBrake 0.8.5b1 is now available.

This latest release integrates all the updates from the MediaFork version of this free, open-source DVD conversion and compression tool, plus introduces several enhancements:

• Customizable user presets
• Support for AppleTV and PS3
• Anamorphic video compatibility, including with QuickTime
• Multi-channel audio options (AAC 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic II)
• Chapter markers in QuickTime format
• Official support for the Windows interface
• PPC Linux compatibility
• Advanced H.264 profile

Why not spend your weekend converting your DVD collection to be compatible with your AppleTV? Keep in mind, however, that this is a beta release, and the previous stable version, HandBrake 0.7.1, might still be more reliable.




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