I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 32 bit. I have installed HandBrake rev5474 (i686), which I believe is the latest, and the Ubuntu Restricted Extras. I am able to play DVDs via VLC but when it comes to ripping them, so that I can back them up to my Twonky media server, I have issues.

I launch HandBrake and find that the only format available for me to select is MKV.

When I used to run Handbrake on this machine while I was running Ubuntu 13.10 and lower I had no issues and **lots of formats (including MP4 which is what I'm really after) but since reformating and installing 14.04 I've had this issue.

Any help would be much appreciated.


This is Debian bug #695225 - No support for mp4 container in Handbrake. There is a PPA with a fixed version of Handbrake, see Handbrake Releases PPA. To enable it do:

sudo apt-get purge handbrake # remove any old versions
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk

To get the mp4 format to work you must go into preferences and disable the "ipod friendly mkv format" checkbox.

handbrake-gtk also available in apps.ubuntu

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  • Partially successful. With the necessary "sudo" I followed the code above but still only had MPV. – Mitty May 28 '14 at 19:57
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    I needed to add the repo, as given by bain, but needed to install "handbrake-gtk" instead of "handbrake". – Joachim Jun 6 '14 at 16:31
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    handbrake-gtk also available in apps.ubuntu – user47206 Oct 17 '14 at 10:53
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    Using this answer I am only able to convert to mkv or m4v. Not mp4. – Jonathan Rogiest Jul 25 '15 at 14:15
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    @JonathanRogiest Disable Preferences -> "Use iPod/iTunes friendly .m4v file extension for MP4" – jmiserez Aug 8 '15 at 19:45

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