HandBrake Adds Blu-ray Support

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.