Security Alert: Handbrake Download Mirror was Compromised

HandBrake

From Handbrake.fr:

SECURITY WARNING

Anyone who has downloaded HandBrake on Mac between [02/May/2017 14:30 UTC] and [06/May/2017 11:00 UTC] needs to verify the SHA1 / 256 sum of the file before running it.

Anyone who has installed HandBrake for Mac needs to verify their system is not infected with a Trojan. You have 50/50 chance if you’ve downloaded HandBrake during this period.”

If you have Handbrake installed on your Macs, you should check if it is compromised by this Trojan.

Also:

“Based on the information we have, you must also change all the passwords that may reside in your OSX KeyChain or any browser password stores.”

YIKES!

Handbrake 0.10.0

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Handbrake, the Open-Source tool for converting video, has reach a version 0.10.0. Yes, it is Handbrake 0.10.0.

Encoders
We are introducing several new encoders with this release and replacing others.

  • Intel QuickSync Video
    is a hardware based H.264 encoder that is available on Intel CPUs. Currently, QSV is only supported on Windows but we hope to bring this to Linux users in the future. Thanks to the good people at Intel for making this possible!
  • H.265
    is now available through x265 1.4. While this encoder is still fairly new, we have seen some promising results come out of it. It’s still under heavy active development and is only going to improve over time!
  • VP8
    using the libvpx encoder. We have now deprecated Theora (VP3) in favour of VP8 which is a more modern encoder offering better quality encodes at lower file sizes.
  • LibFaac
    Has now officially been removed due to GPL compatibility issues, and replaced with the libav AAC encoder as the new default for Windows and Linux. In addition, we have added the FDK AAC encoder for Windows and Linux as a optional compile-time option. The Mac release will continue to use CoreAudio as the default.
  • As usual, we’ve updated a number of the core libraries including x264 and libav

Handbrake is available for OS X, Ubuntu and Windows.

As a content creator, I certainly am thankful to the people who have been working on Handbrake.

Software Updates: Handbrake and VLC

Handbrake 0.9.8

We’ve decided to push out another release to fix some bugs that cropped up with 0.9.7. This includes all the previous fixes for 0.9.6 including the new AppleTV3 preset and updated iPad preset.

VLC 2.0.3

VideoLAN and the VLC development are proud to present a minor update adding support for OS X Mountain Lion as well as improving VLC’s overall stability on OS X. Additionally, this version includes updates for 18 translations and adds support for Uzbek and Marathi. For MS Windows, VLC 2.0.2 remains the latest release.