HandBrake Adds Blu-ray Support

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The HandBrake Project released HandBrake 0.9.5 on Tuesday with support for unencrypted Blu-ray discs. HandBrake is a Mac OS X application that lets users convert DVDs into video files that can be played on computers and portable media devices like the iPhone and Apple TV.

HandBrake 0.9.5 added encoding presets for the iPhone 4, iPad and the second generation Apple TV. It also gained improved AC3 encoding support, better subtitling support, improved audio support, automatically checks to see if VLC is installed in your Applications folder. VLC is a necessary component in HandBrake’s DVD ripping process.

This marks the first update for HandBrake in months, and also signals the end of PowerPC-based Mac support for the application since version 0.9.5 is coded only for Intel-based Macs.

HandBrake 0.9.5 is free and available for download at the HandBrake Web site.

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It’s a great app. I use it constantly to convert MPEG-2 files for which Mac has no freely distributed codec (that works!) when transferring the files from digital video cameras that still cling to that format. And the speed in Handbrake has advanced considerably. It takes less than half the time it used to to convert a 50-60 minute video (which was real-time or slower).

Love it!



I’ve been ripping/encoding my chrismas presents so that I can view them on my appleTV.  A speed up is most appreciated.

Jeff Geerling

Handbrake’s latest nightly builds allow me to also convert DTS digital surround audio to AC3, so it’s the last link in the chain for allowing me to convert my entire collection of DVDs, Blu-Rays, and HD-DVDs to something that works across all my Apple devices!

I hope .9.6 is released soon, as it will have a few nice changes.

See more about my workflow with DVDs and Blu-Rays with Handbrake and MakeMKV.


0.9.4 wouldn’t rip a handful of DVDs I owned.  The new 0.9.5 version reads them just fine.  Good job!


This marks the first update for HandBrake in months

Months? It has been over a year. Also, 0.9.5 doesn’t add Blu-ray support. Your title is misleading. Handbrake 0.9.4 supported unencrypted Blu-ray discs, it did not support the disc structure. You could still encode the Blu-ray disc by browsing the disc and finding the .m2ts file and selecting it. The update now allows you to simply select the disc and it finds the file automatically and scans it.

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