The popular Handbrake video conversion application has sometimes had difficulty running on new version of Ubuntu, but the current version of Handbrake, 0.9.5, works just fine on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. Best of all, the installation only takes a few Terminal commands.
First, you’ll need to add Handbrake’s PPA (personal package archive) to your system. Go to a Terminal window and type this command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
(If you don’t know how to get to the Terminal window, you can get to it by clicking on the Dash button – the Ubuntu icon on the upper-left hand corner of your screen – and typing “Terminal” in the search box.)
Enter your password to authenticate, and the PPA will be added to your system.
Next, update your system’s listings of its software sources with this command:
sudo apt-get update
After the listings have been updated, install Handbrake itself with this command:
sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk
After the installation is complete, you can launch Handbrake by going to the Dash, searching for “Handbrake”, and clicking on the program’s icon.