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How to Enable HandBrake Intel QSV to Rip DVD to MP4/MKV Faster?

Follow this guide to enable Intel QSV on HandBrake 1.0.0/1.1.0 achieving faster DVD to MP4 (H.264)/MKV ripping speed.

HandBrake eventually released 1.0.0 with surprised new features and giant improvement including Intel QSV support through over 13 years in development. This famed open-source video transcoder offers a brand-new preset list. Besides original presets which are placed in "Legacy" category, new general, web, devices and MKV presets are available. Fresh video/audio codecs, including VP9, Opus, E-AC-3, FLAC, TrueHD are fully supported. HandBrake also brought new changes on video filter, subtitles and chapter. Well, the highlight of HandBrake 1.0.0 must be the support of Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV), which greatly improves its performance producing a fast transcoding speed. When it comes to 1.1.0 released in April 2018, Intel QSV support was further improved for HEVC/H.265 encoding.

Have no idea about Intel QSV for HandBrake? Here, we will give an explanation of HandBrake Intel Quick Sync and tell you how to enable Intel QSV on HandBrake 1.0.0/1.1.0 for better performance on DVD to MP4 (H.264/H.265)/MKV ripping.

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Part 1. What Is HandBrake Intel Quick Sync Video Support?

HandBrake Intel QSV is only available when you running on a qualified computer, which requires Intel Skylake or newer CPU (2nd generation or newer Intel Core Ix Series processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics enabled). As a matter of fact, the better processor and graphics your computer has, higher encoding performance at a better quality will be.

HandBrake 1.0.0/1 uses Quick Sync encoder for H.264 encoding. Compared with x264 encoder, Quick Sync delivers faster transcoding speed and occupies lower CPU usage.

Enable Quick Sync on HandBrake
Enable Quick Sync on HandBrake

Part 2. How to Enable Quick Sync on HandBrake (1.0.0/1.1.0) and Set Options

Step 1. Download HandBrake 1.0.0 or 1.1.0 (64 bit) for Windows Vista or later from and install it.

Step 2. After finishing installation, launch HandBrake. Take ripping DVD to MP4 as example. Click Open Source button to import DVD disc (VIDEO_TS folder or ISO image) into HandBrake.

Step 3. Later, move to Video tab and choose H.264 (Intel QSV) as video codec which is available for both MP4 and MKV container.

Step 4. If necessary, you can set available HandBrake Quick Sync options to adjust parameters (frames, bitrate etc.) by inputting following string into Extra Options box.
>> Intel QSV Advanced Configuration for HandBrake (Option Types and Available Options)

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Quick Sync indeed accelerates ripping speed but meanwhile problems emerge. After a test, we get a lower quality resulting file with larger size when using Quick Sync on HandBrake than using x264. If we want to get a reasonable quality, a better GPU is needed. Besides those limitations of Quick Sync, HandBrake also has no breakthrough on copy-protected DVDs. If you want to decode an encrypted DVD to digital file with high quality at a fast speed, the best HandBreak alternative – WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can satisfy you!

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Thanks to level-3 hardware acceleration tech with integration of Intel QSV, NVIDIA NEVNC, it gives the fastest DVD ripping speed while keeping nearly lossless quality.

Part 4. HandBrake QSV FAQs

1. What Is Intel Quick Sync Video?

Intel Quick Sync Video is a hardware core aiming to quickly and easily transcode a video from one format (DVD/Blu-ray included) to another, create and edit video by using the dedicated video encoding and decoding capabilities of Intel Graphics Technology. This hardware accelerated video encoding technology shows a comparable result to x264 superface preset in speed, compression ratio and quality. At present, Intel QSV decoding of H.264, MPEG-4 and VC-1 is widely supported by transcoders/players, like HandBrake (1.0.0 and later), VLC, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and more.

2. Does HandBrake support Intel Quick Sync?

Yes. HandBrake added support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) in version 1.0.0 for faster x264 transcoding, and improved the Hardware Acceleration feature in version 1.1.0 for better HEVC/H.265 encoding.

3. How do I enable Intel Quick Sync in HandBrake?

When trying to decode and encode videos with HandBrake, make sure you have checked the HandBrake Intel QSV option.

  1. Click Open Source button to add a video or DVD (VIDEO_TS folder or ISO image) into HandBrake.
  2. Move to Video tab and choose H.264 (Intel QSV) as video codec.
  3. Click Browse button to choose a destination folder to save the file and then hit Start Encode to start converting videos with Intel QSV hardware acceleration.

4. Is Quick Sync better than x264?

From Wikipedia: Like most desktop hardware-accelerated encoders, Quick Sync has been praised for its speed. The eighth annual MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video codecs comparison showed that Quick Sync was comparable to x264 superfast preset in terms of speed, compression ratio and quality (SSIM); tests were performed on an Intel Core i7 3770 (Ivy Bridge) processor. However, QuickSync could not be configured to spend more time to achieve higher quality, whereas x264 improved significantly when allowed to use more time using the recommended settings.


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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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