AV1 encoding for everyone (with supported hardware)
Handbrake stable gets support for AV1 encoding for supported NVIDIA and AMD GPUs
Finally, the 1.7.0 version of the free and open-source Handbrake tool. This application allows users to convert video from virtually any format and resolution, as well as using a variety of codecs that are supported. The encoding capability was updated today, with support for AV1 encoding on AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, but as always, not everything is supported.
The version 1.6.0 brought AV1 encoding support for Intel QuickSync, while AV1 encoding for AMD and NVIDIA GPUs remained under beta for months. Today’s releases marks the moment when all hardware vendors are finally supported.
For the AMD VCN AV1 encoder, users must use RDNA3 graphics cards, while the NVIDIA NVENC AV1 encoder requires GeForce RTX 40 graphics cards. Intel supports AV1 encoding on their 12th Gen Iris integrated graphics and newer.
The options should become available automatically, but either way, make sure to update your drivers to the latest.
Handbrake 1.7.0. Video Updates (not full changelog)
- Added AMD VCN AV1 encoder
- Added NVIDIA NVENC AV1 encoder
- Added support for SVT-AV1 multi-pass ABR mode
- Added support for preserving ambient viewing environment metadata
- Added QSV Rotate and Format filters
- Improved performance on arm64 / aarch64 / Apple Silicon architectures
- Latest FFmpeg provides faster HEVC decoding, 30% faster bwdif filter
- New SVT-AV1 assembly optimizations provide up to 4x increase in performance
- Improved video conversion speed by removing unneeded frame copies for better memory efficiency
- Improved Dolby Vision dynamic range metadata pass through
- Supported encoders: x265 10-bit
- Supported profiles and cross-compatibility IDs: 8.4, 8.1, 7.6 (base layer only, converted to 8.1), 5.0
- Improved HDR10+ dynamic range metadata pass through
- Supported encoders: x265 10-bit, SVT-AV1
- Improved QSV support on Linux (#4958)
- Updated NVENC to not use multi-pass by default; user configurable advanced option
- Renamed 2-pass encode option to multi-pass (#5019)
- Fixed Intel QSV encoder outputting green video in some cases (#4842, #4876)
- Fixed pixel format conversion slightly altering colors when using a 10-bit hardware encoder (#5011)
- Fixed scan failures by using swscale instead of zscale when source resolution is not mod 2
- Fixed incorrect PAR when reading from an anamorphic AV1 video track
- Removed an artificial bitrate limit on VP9 CQ mode
The full changelog can be found here.
Source and download: Handbrake