I updated handbrake-cli using aptitude upgrade, as well as the codecs and now when I try to convert a file it keeps giving me an error "MP4 muxer disabled". Does any one know what the problem is?

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Yes. The repo version is broken. I found a comment from the author, I really can't remember where but he acknowledges the official version is no good.

Good news is that he's got a PPA that works well and works flawlessly on my system.

Here's the terminal stuff -

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-snapshots
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

He said he'll get it fixed in due course, once he's figured out what went wrong.

  • Confirming this answer, the link for Ubuntu from the HandBrake website points to launchpad.net/~stebbins/+archive/ubuntu/handbrake-releases
    – Von
    Sep 10, 2014 at 1:03
  • Go careful here, there are two repos from Stebbins. *-releases are the stable Ubuntu versions which have not worked in the past, and seem to be the same as the one in the Ubuntu offical repos. The *-snapshots PPA I mentioned above is known to work and is the one I use consistently.
    – Drac Noc
    Dec 23, 2014 at 17:16
  • I'm going to add an amendment here. The Stebbins PPA/handbrake-releases are now working fine and I have changed from the nightly *snapshots as they can be unstable from time to time.
    – Drac Noc
    May 14, 2015 at 5:27

Just sudo apt-get upgrade didnt do it for me. Needed to run sudo apt-get upgrade handbrake-cli to get it actually upgraded (or downgraded?).

  • Thank you! The same applied to me in Ubuntu Server 14.04 Mar 7, 2016 at 16:20

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