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Hybrid 2018.10.07.1

An advanced video conversion tool with x264 support

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 07 October 2018
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Developer: Georg Pelz
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Hybrid
Hybrid is an advanced video conversion tool for OSX and Windows

If you are looking for the best quality for your video files, there are a number of formats to choose from. One that offers great quality is x264 and Hybrid is a free tool that can be used to convert between formats. There are many tools that do a fairly similar job, but where Hybrid stands out is in the sheer number of options that are afforded you. In many respects, this is not a tools for the faint-hearted, but if you want control over the encoding process, this is the program for you.

You can convert a wide variety of video types into mp4, m2ts, mkv or webm containers or create a Blue-ray or AVCHD structure ready to burn to disc. The stark tabbed interface may seem slightly intimidating at first, but once you have worked through the conversion process a couple of times, everything will start to make more sense.

Using the program is not quite as simple as using a wizard-based tool, but all that needs to be done is to work through each of the program tabs in turn. After selecting the video file and subtitle track you would like to use, you can specify encoding settings and indicate whether your video should be cropped or resized. If you are creating a disc, you can set up chapters, and if you are looking to convert several videos, you can add them all to a queue to be processed one after the other.

As a standalone program Hybrid is already a powerful piece of software, but there are a number of optional components that can be used to add extra features – again at no cost. The neroAacEnc tool can be used to aac encoding while fhgaacenc is used for not only aac but also alac encoding. If you are not going to be using these features, there is no need to install them, but the option is there if you need it.

Version 2018.10.07.1 fixes include (see changelog) for more:

*fixed*

Filtering: FFmpeg deinterlacer
Output: File name generation using chapter names
Subtitle: convertion from ass -> txt
Vapoursynth: Histogram in Preview
Windows: progress indication after minimize and restore

*changed*

Adjusted to QSVEncC 3.09 (Windows only)
Analysis: subtitle analysis through MediaInfo, due to changes in MediaInfo
Analysis: ignore audio languages which are not ISO 3166-1 alpha-2/3 conform
Analysis: handling apcm_adx audio in mpeg container, since MediaInfo reports this wrong atm.
Avisynth: set output depth explicitly
General: Close Hybrid on Windows in case it's running with administrator rights.
General: monitoring and file input.
Misc: misc.ini got an 'runAsAdmin' option, if you use it don't complain in case Hybrid messes up your system
Tags: tags clearing on file change.
Video: Removed NVEnc MB check, since NVEncC doesn't read max MB and doesn't report it anymore (Windows only)

*added*

Filtering: FFmpeg vidstab support
Vapoursynth: mClean
Video: NVEnc, key-frames on chapter start option (Windows only)
Video: QSVEnc HDR signaling support (Windows only)
Video: AV-1 support through aomenc and rav1e

*removed*

Filtering: 'mcdeint' support since it was removed from mencoder/mplayer

Verdict:

 Don’t be put off by the intimidating interface; the immensely powerful conversion tool is easy to use once you get the hang of it.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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