Longest running beta version of popular video converter software HandBrake gets firm version after 13 long years

It may be a world record of sorts. The longest running beta version software is finally getting its first launch after 13 long years. Yes, you heard it correct, the popular video conversion software, HandBrake after 13 long years got its first firm version. The video conversion software has been in beta for so long that many HandBrake users many have actually forgotten that they were using a beta version. On December 24, HandBrake released its first firm version 1.0.0 on 24th December.

“After more than 13 years of development, the HandBrake Team is delighted to present HandBrake 1.0.0. Thank you to all of our many contributors over the years for making HandBrake what it is today. We again remind everyone that the HandBrake Website is the only official source for HandBrake. Downloads are not mirrored on any third-party services, excepting the Linux PPA,” the team behind HandBrake said on its website.

For those unfamiliar, HandBrake is what you use to convert DVDs into video files you can play on your computer. For those looking to convert existing video files for desktops to one that is more suitable (in size and format) for a bunch of devices, HandBrake is perfect for users looking to make them smaller. It can also be watched on Apple TV and iOS.

The version 1.0.0 improves audio and video syncing for difficult sources, adds new device presets, adds new MKV and JSON presets, enhances performance Skylake-based Macs, and more. It also includes new online documentation in English that provides easy for reading workflows for making videos. The version 1.0.0 update also brings along bug fixes and can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, or Linux from the company site.

HandBrake is free, multi-platform (MacOS, Windows, and Linux) and open-source. It is available via its official website (and only its official website). You can find the complete changelog of the video encoder on the company site.